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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 12, 2012

The EPFO has outlived its utility; it must be downsized

The EPFO's bid to take a bigger chunk of your salary should be rebuffed. Like T-Rex, the EPFO is a dinosaur of another era and needs to be downsized #EPFO #NPS #PF #Salary #Your Money

Dec 6, 2012

SC gives Sahara more leeway, more litigation likely

The litigation in the Sahara case looks likely to prolong further as the Supreme Court gives the group more time to repay investors #OFCDs #Sahara Capers #SEBI

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

Nov 20, 2012

UPA will have to swallow its ego on 2G auction to make it work

With the SC breathing down its neck, the UPA will have to cut short its celebrations over the failure of its spectrum auction and come up with solutions #2G scam #Spectrum Auctions

Nov 5, 2012

Chidu shows RBI who’s boss: Is this sweet revenge?

Is the finance ministry trying to put the RBI in its place by seeking to deny a deputy governor an extension and asking to scrutinise the RBI's books? #Chidambaram #CRR Interest #D. Subbarao #RBI Vs Finmin #Tug-O-War

Nov 1, 2012

Why the Apr-Sep fiscal deficit figure is also a fudge

Miraculously, the fiscal deficit figure for September was practically nil. But did the FM provide for Rs 70,000 crore of oil subsidies due to the OMCs? #fiscal deficit #P. Chidambaram

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 29, 2012

Chidu to Subbarao: Look, I’ve cut the fiscal deficit

The finance minister's decision to announce a fiscal roadmap a day ahead of the monetary policy is an effort to push the governor to cut rates #Monetary policy #P. Chidambaram #Rate cut #RBI