Cost

  • LS poll cost jumps 80 times, from Rs 10 crore to Rs 846 crore 08-04-2014 04:56 PM

    The poll holding exercise has witnessed a whopping jump by 80 times to Rs 846 crore since 1952 when it was mere Rs 10 crore. The entire expenditure on actual conduct of elections to Lok Sabha is borne by the government of India and such expenditure on conduct of election...
  • SpiceJet offers lowest fare of Re 1 01-04-2014 02:56 PM

    Low-cost carrier SpiceJet, which lowered its fares by up to 75 per cent last quarter, on Tuesday offered fares as low as Re 1 across its domestic network with limited period bookings, putting its rivals on the mat. Besides, the Gurgaon-based airline also announced two more special schemes, offering travellers...
  • India to build 200 low cost airports 10-03-2014 05:24 PM

    Hyderabad: India plans to build 200 low cost airports in the next 20 years to connect tier-II and tier-III cities, said a civil aviation ministry official. This will be one of the focus areas of India Aviation 2014, the country's largest civil aviation exhibition and conference beginning from Wednesday. The...
  • Aakash 4 tablet to be available in India in the next 45 days for Rs 3,999: Kapil Sibal 18-02-2014 11:13 AM

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said low-cost tablet PC Aakash 4 will be available in the market in around one and a half months for Rs 3,999. "Aakash 4 will be available in the market in one or one and a half months. Its a modern tablet and will...
  • New PAN card to cost Rs 105 28-01-2014 04:33 PM

    New PAN cards issued by the Income Tax department will cost Rs 105, including taxes. The I-T department has recently notified new procedures for verifying personal and proprietary data of an individual or entity for allotment of new PAN cards. The step, sources said, has been taken in order to...
  • The first low-cost BlackBerry 10 phone likely to come by April 24-12-2013 10:32 AM

    Taipei: Foxconn's BlackBerry Ltd deal marks the Taiwanese firm's biggest step up the value chain - a chance to not just assemble smartphones, but help design them, too. The agreement to design and market phones starting in Indonesia, the world's fourth-most populous country but an under-penetrated market, is a boon...
  • UbiSlate 7Ci: India's Aakash 2 tablet launched in UK at £30 17-12-2013 01:51 PM

    London: A commercial version of India's low-cost Aakash 2 tablet computer was launched in Britain at a cost of 30 pounds. The UbiSlate 7Ci, made by UK-based company Datawind, is based on Aakash 2, which is mainly used by students in India and was designed to provide cheap internet access...
  • Datawind launches low-cost 5-inch phones; prices start at Rs 3,499 15-12-2013 11:24 AM

    New Delhi: Low-cost Aakash tablet maker Datawind made a foray into touch-screen smartphone segment with the launch of three handsets at a price starting from Rs 3,499, which are equipped with its patented mobile internet technology. "We have been able to break price barrier in smartphones. Our phones are about...
  • Pay more for safety, banks may raise ATM cost by Rs 6 per transaction 07-12-2013 08:25 AM

    Mumbai: ATM usage is likely to get costlier as banks are planning to hike ATM charges by Rs 6 per transaction. The proposal to hike charges comes after a few state governments asked banks to tighten security at ATMs following the brutal assault of a customer inside an ATM in...
  • Moto G review: Not the best, but worth its price 04-12-2013 11:07 AM

    New York: You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us - the ones who can't afford $500 to $700...
  • Motorola hints at Moto G's India availability 13-11-2013 04:51 PM

    New Delhi: Motorola's newest smartphone, the Moto G could be making its way into India. Though we have not seen any new phone from Motorola in India since the company shut down its India website and trimmed down its operations in India, but a teaser post from Motorola on its...
  • Home, auto loans to be costlier as RBI hikes policy rate 29-10-2013 03:37 PM

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday hiked a key policy interest rate by 0.25 per cent in less than two months to curb inflation, but eased some rupee support measures. The move would make home, auto and other loans costlier. In its second quarter review of the monetary...
  • Aakash 4 tablet approved by HRD Ministry, will be out by January next year 28-10-2013 11:43 AM

    New Delhi: After much deliberation, the Union HRD ministry has given the go ahead to its ambitious Aakash 4 project, and a cabinet note seeking permission for the production of the low-cost tablet is expected soon. Under this proposal, HRD plans to procure over 22 lakh tablets at a cost...
  • Rising food prices hit festivities 16-10-2013 11:03 AM

    As the country celebrates Eid on Wednesday, price rise has become a dampener for millions of Indians this festive month. The prices of food commodities have pushed food inflation to a 3-year high of 18 per cent in August. Onion is the main villain among vegetables, followed by cereals, egg,...
  • Arunachalam Muruganantham's video goes viral, sets Twitter abuzz 10-10-2013 03:34 PM

    New Delhi: It wasn't easy for Arunachalam Muruganantham achieve the goal he had set out for himself. But it was just because of his determination and consistent efforts that Arunachalam managed to make reasonably priced sanitary napkins in India, an idea which wasn't appreciated by many. For someone, who was...
  • Panasonic to launch mobile phones under Rs 5,000 by November 29-09-2013 11:52 AM

    New Delhi: In a bid to strengthen its position in the Indian mobile phone market, Japanese electronics major Panasonic plans to come out with devices below Rs 5,000 by November this year. The company has already launched four premium smartphone models since May, when it entered into the domestic market...
  • Olympus to exit from low-end compact camera market in India 15-09-2013 03:12 PM

    New Delhi: Japanese imaging major, Olympus will phase out its low-end compact cameras and focus on high-end premium products to expand its base in India. The company, which sells low-end compact cameras at a price range of Rs 4,500 to Rs 32,000 in India, said in the wake of competition...
  • US-made Moto X phone as cheap to produce as China-made Apple iPhone 5 29-08-2013 01:38 PM

    New York: Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the USA" designation. Labor costs are higher in the US compared with Asian factories, where...
  • Therapy to treat inoperable liver cancer successfully performed 18-08-2013 12:55 AM

    A new therapy for inoperable liver cancers was on Saturday successfully performed on a 48-year-old male patient at the super-speciality Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital in Coimbatore. Development of 'Rhenium 188 Lipiodol' therapy has been a big step forward in meeting the demands for making available at a low cost...
  • AirAsia: The Tony Fernandes and Mittu Chandilya show 22-07-2013 11:30 AM

    Tony Fernandes and Mittu Chandilya are as different as chalk and cheese. Gregarious, irreverent Fernandes, who's promised to paint the Indian skies in the red hues of his AirAsia airline once he gets a permit to fly domestic routes later this year, is a journalist's delight, full of quotable and...
  • AirAsia applies for NOC for operations in India 02-07-2013 11:28 AM

    New Delhi: Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia may soon be starting with its India operations as part of its joint deal with the Tata Group. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes on Tuesday said that it has applied for a No Objection Certificate, while Aviation Minister Ajit Singh hinted that the process won't...
  • AirAsia to start India operations later in 2013 29-06-2013 07:11 PM

    Chennai: Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia on Saturday said its Indian operations should begin later in 2013 with flights for southern region and the company would also look at setting up some ancillary businesses in the country. "We are hopeful of starting Indian operations later this year with three aircraft serving...
  • Kairali airlines to commence operations from Nov 1 15-06-2013 06:04 PM

    Kochi: Kairali Airlines, a low cost private sector airline from Kerala, will commence operations from November 1, a top official said. The plan was to start flight services connecting Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode airports to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore and Lakshadweep with aircraft which would be purchased or leased, Chairman...
  • Airlines may be able to charge extra for only 20 pc seats 30-05-2013 05:40 PM

    New Delhi: Indian carriers may have to limit the seats for which they can charge extra to about 15-20 per cent of the total seats on each flight, with the government planning to soon issue a directive in this regard. The total seats on a two-class single-aisle Airbus A-320 or...
  • Apple to dump Foxconn for low-cost iPhone; moving to Pegatron: Report 30-05-2013 02:53 PM

    New Delhi: The highly-rumoured low-cost iPhone reportedly will not be manufactured by Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which is widely known as one of Apple's key manufacturing partners. The Wall Street Journal reports that the low-cost iPhone will be assembled by a relatively unknown supplier Pegatron, which has developed a limited number...
  • HSBC may cut 14,000 more jobs as revenue faces pressure 15-05-2013 08:10 PM

    London: HSBC will redouble cost-cutting efforts, including axing up to 14,000 more jobs, but Europe's largest bank was forced to soften a key performance target in the face of muted revenue. London-headquartered HSBC is seeking up to $3 billion in additional annual savings by 2016, on top of $4 billion...
  • US engineers ask Senate to reject expansion of H1B visas 14-05-2013 02:54 PM

    Washington: A professional US body of engineers has asked the Senators to reject any move to increase the number of H-1B visas, popular among Indian professionals, arguing that it has a damaging effect on American economy. In a statement issued on Monday, IEEE-USA - the largest American body of professional...
  • Airlines can charge for preferred seats, check-in bags: Govt 29-04-2013 08:50 PM

    New Delhi: In a move that would raise the cost of air travel, the government on Monday said it has allowed airlines to charge passengers for preferred seats on a flight, check-in baggages and meals, among other things. "Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has decided to permit scheduled airlines to...
  • HP to set up panel for timely completion of hydel projects 25-04-2013 01:19 AM

    Shimla: To ensure completion of hydro-power projects in time, a committee would be set up that will monitor the ongoing projects and address the problems of delay in getting clearances. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday directed the officials concerned to complete the hydropower projects within time bound to avoid...
  • Luxury carmakers chase the young, female and frugal 23-04-2013 07:00 AM

    Mumbai: Luxury carmakers in India are moving downmarket and shifting production of smaller and cheaper cars to local plants to cut costs, broadening their target market to include young, female and middle-class drivers to boost lacklustre performance. In an effort to raise stuttering sales that far lag emerging Asian rival...