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Planters seek hike in import duty on rubber to 30%

Cheap imports in recent years have resulted in a massive fall in the prices of rubber in the domestic market

Start-ups at Kochi StartUp Village valued at Rs 292 cr

Produces 533 active start-ups as the Kerala-based incubator completes 1,000 days

BKS alleges Adani Wilmar, Jayant Agro, NCDEX nexus for castor seed price suppression

As per BKS, the average cost of input of castor in Gujarat comes to around Rs 60,000 to 70,000 per metric tonne (PMT) while the current price ...

Railways hopeful of higher GDP growth supporting its ambitious freight loading target

Railways is budgeting for freight traffic to grow from 1,101 MT in 2014-15 to 1,186 MT next fiscal

Gadkari says land acquisition bill not against farmers

Gadkari's statement comes close on the heels of Shiv Sena having decided to launch a statewide agitation opposing the Bill

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Freeing up fertiliser creates a policy conundrum

The fertiliser industry is hoping NDA will bite the bullet and announce price decontrol in the Budget. But experts reckon the move is at least ...

India's health crisis needs money, but that isn't enough

Both higher spending and efficiency of spending are critical to improving the standards of public healthcare in India

Redefining the spaces between the Centre and the states: Saumitra Chaudhuri

The Fourteenth Finance Commission report is quite path-breaking in many more ways than the very sharp increase that it has recommended for the ...

14th Finance Commission: Recommendations


With 282 mn illiterates, India's education sector waits for big bang

Despite gains since Independence, India continues to lag most BRICs nations, spending only a fraction of GDP on education

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The right track

The difference with this Railway Budget

Free the clicks

Deregulate e-commerce, and see ancillary benefits

Accelerating devolution

For states, more power and responsibility

A new plan for gas

And why not link coal to world prices?

Reform resolution

Government must not give up on difficult reform

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Shyam Ponappa: Extractive charges on spectrum and petroleum
Shyam Ponappa

The author examines whether government levies on these critical inputs are beneficial or detrimental

Barun Roy: A sequel to Hong Kong?
Barun Roy

Recent efforts to promote trade and tourism between China and Taiwan show the latter's risk factor as a flashpoint is no longer acute

Arvind Panagariya: India must call the US' bluff on patents
Arvind Panagariya

The recent US-India friction over trade is being driven by Big Pharma

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Governance pain of public banks

Dual regulation by the finance ministry and RBI, political influence in lending and appointment of board members have taken a toll on governance ...

Budget 2015 would also need reforms in Customs

One of the risks is to get swayed by the idea that exemptions bring popularity

TDS on payment to foreign consultant

A weekly selection of key court orders


Bumps ahead for Financial Code future

With many sections of the financial market unhappy about certain provisions of the FSLRC report, changes are likely in the modified draft


Three approaches to budget-making

The law governing manufacturing is replete with obsolescence on multiple counts

Triangular litigation over power tariff

There has been a spate of litigation between electricity generation and distribution companies, regulatory commissions and industrial consumers ...

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Economic Indicators

YoY (In %) Current Qtr Ago Yr Ago
Inflation (31/10) 1.77 5.41 7.24
IIP (31/12) 1.70 2.50 -0.20
GDP (31/12) 7.50 5.30 4.70
CPI (31/01) 5.11 5.52 8.79
CRR (29/01) 4.00 4.75 5.50
Bank rate (30/01) 8.75 9.00 8.75