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The Business Blog is a daily business blog anchored by Firstpost senior editors. It will offer quick comments and insights into major business news developments from the pink press.

Dec 1, 2012

The real purpose of branding…is not what you think

Why are we willing to pay more a Rolex than a Titan or a Casio? The value comes from branding - and information asymmetry #Bisleri #Branding #Coca-Cola #Harley Davidson #In My Opinion #Kingfisher Airlines #Kissan jam

Nov 29, 2012

Why automobile taxation can’t be an arbitrary affair

The automobile industry cannot be subjected to arbitrary taxation driven by the short-term need to control diesel subsidies #Automobile Taxation #ConnectTheDots #Diesel Vehicle Taxes #Tax axe

Nov 28, 2012

The shriller CAG’s critics get, the more they are losing it

The focus on Rs 1.76 lakh crore - the top end of the CAG's loss estimate in the 2G scam - is actually reducing the criticism to a farce #2G scam #A Raja #CAG #Surjit Bhalla

Oct 31, 2012

Is PMO moving to meet Ambani half-way on gas price hike?

The PMO has asked the petroleum ministry if it is legally possible to raise Reliance gas prices. Are things moving Ambani's way? #Gas War #KG-D6 #Mukesh Ambani #Natural gas #PMO #PolicyWatch

Oct 27, 2012

Sahara Group is pushing the envelope on SC orders

A Sebi ad warns Sahara group investors from falling victim to the group's overtures to switch the money to other schemes #OFCDs #Sahara Capers #SEBI #SHIC #SIREC

Oct 19, 2012

A first: TCI suit against CIL becomes a mass tort claim

A UK hedge fund has been allowed to convert its case against Coal India into something akin to a class action suit. #Class Action Suit #coal india #Corporate governance #TCI

Sep 28, 2012

Fiscal gap: Govt bluffs again, but no one is fooled

Why does the government go on pretending the fiscal deficit is under control when it isn't? #fiscal deficit #Govt Borrowings #Numbers #Vijay Kelkar

Sep 24, 2012

Chidu winks, Subbu smiles: Odds on rate cut improve

On 30 October, the odds are more than even that Duvvuri Subbarao will oblige the finance minister with a rate cut. #D. Subbarao #Monetary policy #P. Chidambaram #ToWhatEffect

Sep 19, 2012

Run, Chidu, run: Only weeks left to rake in the moolah

If UPA wants to give away some goodies in the 2012-13 budget, Chidambaram has just six weeks to fix his budget this year. And disinvestment is the key. #Disinvestment #fiscal deficit #Mamata Banerjee #P. Chidambaram #SUUTI #UPA

Sep 10, 2012

Is Chidambaram our next Muhammad bin Tughlaq?

Muhammad bin Tughlaq went down in history as the Sultan who debased his own currency. Will Finance Minister P Chidambaram be following in his footsteps? #EasyMoney #MUhammad bin Tughlaq #P. Chidambaram