articles by Sindhu Bhattacharya

Business

Indian Railways report card for Apr-Sep shows uptick, but meeting full-year target likely to be a tough task

But despite trains adhering to better timings, there has been no dramatic surge in either the passenger numbers or earnings.

Business

Govt hikes customs duty on 19 items: Import curbs not to have major impact on widening current account deficit

The move to penalize imports of “non-essential” items may not be enough for India’s external trade woes to be addressed since external factors and rising oil prices are likely to continue to exert pressure

Business

Air India gets fresh fund infusion from Centre; why govt is unwilling to get out of airline business

Disinvestment of Air India has obviously been too tough to handle. So why not break up the airline – as was envisaged earlier – and at least sell-off in parts

Business

Air India may face more headwinds as govt backtracks on Rs 30,000 crore second bailout package

The government needs a proactive approach to tackle the mess it has created at Air India.

Business

Amid a desperate scramble for cash, Jet Airways is banking on promoter Naresh Goyal's ability to save the day

The government seems wary of helping Jet Airways promoter Naresh Goyal in such trying times. Can he pull a rabbit out of his hat to save his beloved airline?

Business

Jet Airways needs urgent recapitalisation, could report higher Q-on-Q loss for June quarter

Jet Airways' worrying financials and the management’s struggle to keep the airline together come amid a steep rise in costs for all airlines operating in India

Business

IKEA waited six years for an amenable FDI regime; Swedish retailer to trigger price war in India’s fragmented furniture market

The journey to its first store in India shows IKEA has been able to navigate the power corridors, coaxing successive governments into relaxing policies to suit its needs.

Business

Jet Airways proposes to cut staff salaries to continue operations; who will blink first?

Whatever here on, the employees of the airline must be prepared for some tough times ahead as cost cutting reaches a fever pitch.

Business

IndiGo's technical snags: A clueless aviation watchdog, DGCA must seek aircraft-specific glitch data from carriers

Instead of asking for the number of technical snags, aviation regulator DGCA must seek data on the percentage of snags per aircraft per cycle (one takeoff and landing).

Business

Air India flop show: An IPO of the white elephant is out of question; govt better revise terms of sale to attract bidders

SEBI rule state that a company has to log profits for three preceding years before going public. Air India hasn’t made any profit for over a decade

Business

Air India sale: Time to scrap the idea; govt neither has expertise nor political firepower to execute transaction

Either let the market force decide the price, etc at which Air India should be sold or log off the entire idea.

Business

Air India divestment: Govt unsure if it can sell the ailing carrier; civil aviation secretary RN Choubey's take a case of sour grapes?

A non-airline company, with no experience in running an airline, can also place a bid for Air India. This shows all that is wrong with the divestment.

World

Walmart buys Flipkart: While some harp on swadeshi vs videshi binary, the deal is an ode to discount-loving shoppers

Naysayers and sceptics should examine what the $16 billion Walmart-Flipkart deal means for other retailers in India and its impact on consumers.

Business

Markets ignore months of turbulence at IndiGo; but will piloting the airline be easy post Aditya Ghosh's departure?

As IndiGo undergoes changes, navigates hiccups and learns what it's like to be steered by unfamiliar hands, it was perhaps time for Ghosh to quit.

Business

Aircel files for bankruptcy: Why consolidation is the way forward for telecom industry

What happened to Aircel was neither sudden nor unexpected; the rapid and unprecedented market consolidation is changing the workings of the telecom market like never before

Business

Air India stake sale: Breaking up of the Maharaja is a good move but govt should exit the national carrier completely

Even if the government waives a significant part of the Air India' debt from the books, its looming presence would be enough to deter sound investors.

Business

Why robust sales of large trucks, higher rural demand for FMCG signal good news on economy

Commercial vehicle sales have been on an upswing for at least three months now, indicating a slow but sure turnaround in the economy

Business

Reliance Jio strikes 4G gold with RCom deal; will strengthen telecom major’s broadband and fibre cable play

The deal also means RJio trumped other competitors to get precious airwaves – at least one incumbent telecom company was also eyeing the spectrum cache of RCom.

Business

Budget 2018: With more agriculture states poll bound, expect more farm-focussed steps this year

The widening farm distress is evident not just from what farmers’ representatives said, but also from increasing riots due to agrarian crisis