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  • Companies butter up consumers ahead of China's dreaded TV expose March 15, 2015

    Shanghai: From cut-price apple pies to free iPads, companies in China are transforming Sunday's dreaded consumer rights day into a shopping frenzy, to blunt the impact of being named and shamed in state broadcaster CCTV's annual expose. McDonald's is discounting pies three years after food safety lapses made it a one-time...
  • No proposal under consideration to regulate e-commerce: Ram Vilas Paswan March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said that there is no proposal under consideration to regulate e-commerce business in the country. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he also said the government has initiated investigation on the basis of formal complaints alleging unfair...
  • President Mukherjee accepts Raosaheb Dadarao Danve resignation March 6, 2015

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday accepted the resignation of Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, from the Union Council of Ministers. President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accepted the resignation of Danve with immediate effect, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in...
  • German consumer groups warn Facebook over data protection February 27, 2015

    Berlin: German consumer groups say they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations said it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Facebook's European headquarters in Ireland. The letter cites 19 clauses in the company's terms of service and...
  • Floating Bluetooth speaker to Internet-connected kettle: Whackiest gadgets at CES 2015 January 7, 2015

    It's that time of the year when you get to see the most interesting and insanely bizarre gadgets at the same time and under one roof. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, is on and tech companies including start-ups from around the world are busy showcasing their...
  • Cars, SUVs, consumer durables to be costlier from January as government ends excise sop December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Come New Year, the prices of automobiles and consumer durables will go up as the government on Tuesday decided not to extend the reduced excise duty rates provided to these sectors beyond Wednesday. "The government is not extending the excise duty concessions on the auto sector and consumer durables,"...
  • November retail inflation at record low of 4.38 per cent December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India's annual consumer price inflation eased for a fourth straight month in November to 4.38 per cent, its lowest level since the government started releasing the data in 2012, government data showed on Friday. The latest number was lower than a poll forecast of 4.50 per cent and October's...
  • British Airways to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort during journey in 2007 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: British Airways has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort and inconvenience caused to them in their journey to the US in 2007. The South West Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by SK Sarvaria, asked the...
  • Watch: IIP up by 2.5 per cent against 0.4 per cent in August November 13, 2014

    With consumer price inflation dipping and factory output growing slightly, all eyes are now on the Reserve Bank of India. Will it or will it not cut rates at its next meeting is the question. ...
  • India has potential to become 2nd largest steel consumer: Deutsche Bank November 2, 2014

    Mumbai: India's steel demand is expected to rise by 4-5 per cent this year and will touch 15 per cent CAGR after FY17 as the country has the potential to emerge as the second largest steel consuming market after China during FY15-20, Deutsche Bank said in its research report. With...
  • Watch: Barack Obama talks about his credit card getting declined October 18, 2014

    Recently, US President Barack Obama's credit card was declined while he was out for dinner at a restaurant in the Big Apple with his wife Michelle Obama. Speaking to workers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Obama recounts what happened. ...
  • Sensex rises 109 points; Bank Nifty up 2.5 per cent, CNX IT slips 4 per cent October 17, 2014

    Mumbai: The Sensex rose 109.19 points or 0.42 per cent to close at 26108.53 and the Nifty climbed 32.40 points or 0.42 per cent to 7780.60. About 1336 shares have advanced, 1501 shares declined, and 117 shares are unchanged. Good buying was observed in capital goods, banking, healthcare and fast moving...
  • Choppy Sensex, Nifty close lower; DLF tanks 28 per cent, BHEL up 4 per cent October 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Equity benchmarks closed marginally lower amid consolidation on Tuesday ahead of two state elections (Maharashtra and Haryana) on Wednesday. The Sensex fell 34.74 points to close at 26349.33 and the Nifty declined 20.25 points to 7864. About 1301 shares have advanced, 1622 shares declined, and 109 shares are unchanged. ...
  • Home Ministry asked to administer Emblems Act October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Consumer Affairs Ministry has asked the Home Ministry to take over the complete administration of a law that aims to prevent improper use of certain emblems and names for professional and commercial purposes. The Emblems and Names Act (Prevention of Improper Use)...
  • Air India asked to give compensation to man who lost baggage September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India has been asked by a consumer forum to pay compensation to a man, who lost his baggage at airport, saying the airline caused "extreme mental agony" due to its "deficiency in action and gross negligence". The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by CK Chaturvedi,...
  • Delhi/NCR highest consumer of pizza in India: Survey September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: On the occasion of National Cheese Pizza Day on Friday, food ordering portal Foodpanda.in conducted a survey and the results revealed that people in the NCR region indulge in the Italian delight the most in the country. Maximum orders for Pizzas came from Delhi/NCR with 45 per cent, followed...
  • Snapdeal launches Teewe, a Google Chromecastlike media streaming dongle, at Rs 1,999 September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: While Google's muchlauded Chromecast dongle shows no signs of being officially available in India (though it can still be brought from online shopping sites such as eBay.in at a premium), Snapdeal has unveiled a similar device called Teewe under its Launchpad initiative. Quite like the Google Chromecast, Teewe, priced...
  • Bags destroyed by rats during journey; Railways to pay Rs 15,000 August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Railways has been held deficient by a consumer forum here which directed it to pay Rs 15,000 compensation to a retired serviceman, whose bags were damaged by rats in a train. New Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by C K Chaturvedi,...
  • July retail inflation accelerates to 7.96 per cent August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Consumer price inflation accelerated to a twomonth high of 7.96 per cent in July, driven up by surging prices for vegetables, fruit and milk, government data showed on Tuesday. A Reuters poll had forecast the consumer price inflation rate would edge up to 7.4 percent from 7.31 percent in...
  • RBI to unveil credit policy review, interest rate may remain unchanged August 5, 2014

    The Reserve Bank of India will come out with its credit policy review on Tuesday. It is likely to maintain status quo on interest rate in its bimonthly monetary policy review. The central bank may prepare ground for an easier rate regime by introducing some liquidity enhancing measures. In spite...
  • Tomato prices skyrocket to Rs 80 per kg in some cities July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Tomato prices have soared up to Rs 80 per kg in some parts of the country after a substantial drop in supply from key producing states. The average price of tomato, monitored by the Consumer Affairs Department, in 59 cities, however, stood at Rs 60 per kg. The vegetable...
  • Higher weight of food items causing high retail inflation: Government July 20, 2014

    New Delhi: A higher weight of food items in the consumer price index has kept retail inflation at elevated levels in the country, according to official data. The high inflation in India owes to "higher weight for the food basket (about 50 per cent)" as against 14 per cent and 32...
  • Budget 2014: What's cheaper, what's dearer July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday spared the common man from price hikes by keeping duties on commonly used daytoday items unchanged but made it costlier for smokers and tobacco consumers with a steep increase in excise rate in tax proposals in Budget 201415. Following is a list...
  • US economy contracts sharply, consumer spending revised down June 25, 2014

    Washington: The US economy contracted at a much steeper pace than previously estimated in the first quarter to record its worst performance in five years, but there are indications that growth has since rebounded strongly. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 per cent annual...
  • Government extends reduced excise duties on some goods for 6 months June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday decided to extend the excise duty concessions announced by the previous UPAII government in its interim budget for another six months till December 31, 2014. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the reduced excise duties on automobiles, capital good and consumer durables...
  • Thane: Twowheeler Co asked to pay Rs 50,000 for deficient service June 9, 2014

    Thane: A consumer forum has ordered a motorcycle manufacturing company to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to a customer for deficient services. Monesh Mishra, a resident of Vasai town in Thane district, had complained to District Consumer Redressal Forum that on May 5, 2011, his twowheeler met with an accident as...
  • Consumer Unity and Trust Society suggets reforms to contain inflation June 5, 2014

    The Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), an NGO, on Thursday suggested Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley there was a need to introduce competition and transparency reforms to contain inflation and achieve high growth. The new government at Centre has obtained clear and sustainable majority in Lok Sabha,...
  • High fructose in beverages harming soda consumers: Study June 5, 2014

    New York: Love gulping down cans of beverages or juices to chill out this summer? Think twice as soda consumers may be getting a much higher dose of the harmful sugar fructose than they have been led to believe, an alarming research suggests. Beverages and juices made with high fructose corn syrup...
  • Ration helpline gets plenty of queries May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ration helpline number of the Delhi government till now has received 90,753 calls related to queries and complaints. "The complaints received so far mostly pertain to non opening of FPS, quality of foodgrains, issue of foodgrains less than the entitlement, service deficiency at the FPS and misbehavior...
  • Man sues Delhi multiplex for Rs 50,000 because he didn't like the film 'Rockstar', court tells him 'you could have just left the hall' May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: A consumer forum has dismissed a Rs 50,000 claim by a man alleging mental harassment against multiplex authorities over bad quality of a movie he saw in 2011, saying he could have left the hall if he did not like the film. A West Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal...