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Mar 20, 2013
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Anti-rape bill goes easy on first-time stalkers, but only if innocent

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Women have become increasingly worried about their safety in New Delhi after the gang rape and torture of a young woman aboard a moving bus last December. Not for nothing do people call the city India’s rape capital. Beyond the leers and the crass words that men often direct at women walking on the street, fresh fears have arisen over stalkers.

Mar 4, 2013
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Chidambaram’s ‘Hangout’ debut: learning from Modi, a lesson for others

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P. Chidambaram’s budget announcements might not have pleased everyone, but the finance minister has done reasonable work in the recent months to improve market sentiment and shed the ruling coalition’s “business as usual” image.

Mar 4, 2013

Equity diversified funds post worst month since Nov 2011

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s diversified equity mutual funds posted their worst performance in more than a year in February, dragged down by poor returns in financials and mid- and small-caps, according to data from fund tracker Lipper.

Such funds fell 6.7 percent on average last month, under-performing the 5.2 percent fall in the BSE Sensex, and marking their worst performance since November 2011.

Mar 4, 2013

India equity funds post worst month since Nov 2011

NEW DELHI, March 4 (Reuters) – India’s diversified equity
mutual funds posted their worst performance in more than a year
in February, dragged down by poor returns in financials and mid-
and small-caps, according to data from fund tracker Lipper.

Indian funds fell 6.7 percent on average last month,
under-performing the benchmark BSE index’s 5.2 percent
fall, and marking their worst performance since November 2011.

Feb 6, 2013
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A look at India’s last five annual budgets

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The countdown has begun for the biggest business and economic event of the year, the release of India’s annual budget at the end of February, and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has a tough job on his hands. With general elections a year away, he must please voters, boost growth and control deficits.

In the last five years, the finance minister has always relaxed income tax slabs — by either increasing the basic exemption limit or widening the tax slabs. As far as markets go, the 2009 budget day was the worst for stocks as the index fell around 950 points during trade. However, the focus has always been on the government’s fiscal deficit targets, which have hovered around the 5 percent mark in recent years.

Feb 4, 2013

Equity funds fail to capitalise on Jan rally; outlook muted

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Diversified equity mutual funds underperformed the broader market by a wide margin in January, as exposure to financials and to mid- and small-cap stocks hit returns, according to data compiled by fund tracker Lipper.

Funds overall returned 0.45 percent during a month in which the BSE Sensex rose 2.4 percent, up for a third consecutive month on the back of continued strong foreign net inflows and government reform measures such as allowing diesel prices to rise.

Feb 4, 2013

India stock funds fail to capitalise on Jan rally; outlook muted

NEW DELHI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – India’s diversified stock
mutual funds underperformed the broader market by a wide margin
in January, as exposure to financials and to mid- and small-cap
stocks hit returns, according to data compiled by fund tracker
Lipper.

Funds overall returned 0.45 percent during a month in which
India’s 30-share BSE index rose 2.4 percent, up for a
third consecutive month on the back of continued strong foreign
net inflows and government reform measures such as allowing
diesel prices to rise.

Jan 29, 2013
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Understanding the repo rate, cash reserve ratio and the Reserve Bank of India

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday cut the repo rate as well as the cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 25 basis points, or 0.25 percent. Here’s a quick explanation of what that means. It will be obvious to some readers, but many people haven’t studied economics and are unfamiliar with the terms.

The repo rate, which now stands at 7.75 percent, is the rate at which the central bank lends money to Indian banks. As the repo rate goes down, it gets cheaper for banks to borrow money. That makes it easier for people to borrow money at cheaper rates too. As more people borrow money, which ought to be the result of action like this, they’ll spend more money. That’s good for the Indian economy.

Jan 10, 2013
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Bold moves, smart timing on rail fares, diesel proposal

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The railway budget in India is usually presented in parliament a few days before the main budget in February. In a rare move, the railways minister on Wednesday announced an across-the-board increase in passenger fares starting Jan. 21, the first such step in nine years.

Dec 29, 2012
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Delhi gang rape victim dies: elsewhere on the web

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 The 23-year-old woman whose gang rape sparked protests and a national debate about violence against women in India died of her injuries on Saturday, prompting a security lockdown in New Delhi and an acknowledgement from the prime minister that social change is needed.

Bracing for a new wave of protests, authorities deployed thousands of policemen, closed 10 metro stations and banned vehicles from some main roads in the heart of New Delhi, where demonstrators have converged since the attack to demand improved women’s rights. Hundreds of people staged peaceful protests at two locations on Saturday morning.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. After joining Reuters in July 2008, Aditya spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. During 2013-14, he was closely involved in developing the website's India Insight platform, writing on topics ranging from business and politics to stocks and mutual funds. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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