with the Indian economy growing at a breathtaking pace, the urban Indian consumer has never had it so good. There are more cars, more ipods, more mobile phones than what anybody could have imagined

This report highlights the incompatibility between continued rapid growth in the global economy and the sustainability of the environment with global warming presenting an increasing threat to future living standards. In the first part of the report focus on climate change and the response of governments and companies. The second part contains results and analysis of data collected as part of the IBR survey, identifying the attitudes of privately held businesses towards global warming and what action they are taking to limit the effects.

In 1995, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) instituted the banking ombudsman: a quasi judicial authority to address banking complaints. Dissatisfied bank customers have the option of approaching this authority when all else fails. Says P Shimrah, secretary to the Banking Ombudsman, "We encourage complainants to approach their respective banks before coming to us.

Despite having burned its fingers with export processing zones, which mainly involved a number of substantial fiscal benefits, the government has gone into overdrive to push its new policy on special economic zones. The difference, this time around, is th

Tax breaks Public money for private gain

Will SEZs be fiefdoms, beyond the law?

The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of The World

The World Trade Organization (wto) was supposed to be the driver of free trade in a globalised economy. But this does not seem to be the case. Regional trade agreements (rtas) seem to be ruling the

WEST Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee signed a much-hyped deal with the Salim Group of Indonesia for investments up to Rs 20,000 crore in infrastructure development on July 31. Billed

West Bengal s Left Front government is all set to displace farmers