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As state capitals get crowded, businesses are scrambling for newer destinations within and outside their home states. Happily for India Inc., there are quite a few cities to choose from.

 
 
Investment plans that offer both protection and the promise of long-term returns are proving to be stiff competition for mutual funds.
 
 
The IT boom has turned Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Gurgaon into cities of opportunities. But on the flip side, it has turned these cities into urban nightmares.
As the indices hit new highs with monotonous regularity, an increasing number of investors (and punters) are riding the gravy train. Will some fingers get burnt?
A dodgy mix of high-priced and dubious issues makes public offerings a less popular investment avenue for retail investors than before.