All you need to know about the Budget to realign your finances with the new tax rules. Low cost of debt has helped Reliance raise huge loans. Jio's success is a must for it to again rebalance its debt-to-equity ratio.
The Budget Story in Numbers While spending prudently, Arun Jaitley has managed to ensure that the government's pet schemes don't remain underfunded.
Hitting a Bump The cab aggregation industry is facing a demand-supply mismatch, denting the earnings of drivers.
Totally Trumped New US administration's move on H-1B visas and protectionist rhetoric are bad news for India's exports, especially from the information technology sector.
Taking a Pledge Shares pledged by promoters touched a 13-quarter high at the end of December.
A Good Call? The proposed Vodafone-Idea merger, although beneficial for the sector, may not augur well for consumers. In the clutter of laptops, tablets and hybrids, Lenovo's Yoga Book is a breath of fresh air.
Get A Shade Smarter Tricks and hacks to learn a new skill, manage your time and tasks better, and get an edge in your work life.
Politically Correct Why political campaigns do better than brand campaigns on social media. The Budget has the potential to reverse the declining investment cycle
and spur demand growth, eventually building up to 7 per cent-plus GDP
growth in 2017/18
Work In Progress Rural, agriculture and allied sectors get top priority. The allocations are tilted towards schemes and projects that have already been prioritised.
A Culture of Violence The book explains in great detail Mao Zedong's dogged pursuit of ideologically pure communism, and the resulting catastrophe.
Cloud nine Cloud telephony is at a take-off point but a poor regulatory environment may yet derail it.
Filling Funds Gap Adequate finance to MSMEs is a must to help them get out of the slump caused by demonetisation. The Budget tries to do just that
Moving Out of an Outdated Tradition The finance minister has brought down the fiscal deficit to an unprecedentedly low level. Now he must raise his ambition
Long-term Focus Consumer and cement sectors may benefit from the rural focus and thrust on infrastructure may help select defence and capital goods stocks
Charged Up Poll frenzy has led to a spike in demand for business aviation, but demonetisation could spoil the party.
Building Hopes Real estate gets a shot in the arm, with a raft of proposals for the sector.
Growth Engine The government continues to bet on high infrastructure spending to get growth going. It is time to focus on getting the execution right.
Undermined Hit by scams and delays in clearances, the mineral mining sector struggles for investments while shelved projects pile up.
Upfront Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins the chorus of opposition to curbs on
entry of immigrants from some countries announced by US President Donald
Waiting for the Sun Leo Puri has a plan to help UTI AMC get its mojo back. But it may be difficult to make it work. With BHIM, the government is fortifying its focus on digital India. We tell you how the app fares compared with other digital payment solutions
Sunny Days The worst seems to be over for the banking sector. It may be the right time to buy bank stocks. Indian retail is set to script a turnaround after years of weak demand and sluggish growth.
Poorva Prakash, Senior Director, Deloitte Haskins and Sells LLP
Meeting Your life Goals You need a financial plan to secure your future. Our experts show you how you can go about it. The Rs 7,200-crore tax-cut bonanza is likely to rev up the MSME sector reeling under the effect of demonetisation.
The Panchayat Connection The tech industry sees a major business opportunity in increased allocation for the BharatNet project. Still, the 'narrow' corridor managed to include measures to boost consumption, to provide growth stimulus, and to ensure fiscal discipline.
More of the Same This Budget has relied on strengthening strategies for agricultural progress articulated in the previous year, rather than new initiatives Letters to the Editor Business Today Magazine Kurt Stoeckli, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, talks to P.B. Jayakumar about the latest trends in drug research globally. In my letter (A Lack of Data) in the Business Today pre-Budget special, I
had pointed out: "Almost all economists agree what the finance minister
ought to do. He should go in for hefty tax cuts to make firms and
consumers start spending again, deepen the social security net so that
the poor are benefitted, and boost government spending on infrastructure
to get the economy going." It imparts a great lesson in governance, and brims with the author's years of expertise in the domain.
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