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Gold sovereign bonds to carry 1.5-2% interest rate

Scheme to be operationalised through designated banks; tax incentives for holders and exemption from CRR/SLR to banks could be carrot to ...

'Make in India' for HAL trainer, import of Swiss trainer capped

Council orders IAF to buy indigenous HTT-40 trainer

Domestic tyre industry buoyed by traction in 2-wheeler space

Analysts expect exports to grow by 4-6% for FY15

Karnataka erupts in joy over move to set up IIT

The state government is yet to finalise the location and send recommendation to the Central government

Hampi gets its share finally

Hampi is among the 25 cultural World Heritage Sites in the country

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Budget Impact: Hope and disappointment

The extra 2% surcharge on dividend distribution will have a mildly negative impact on investor sentiment if corporates decided to rebalance ...

No big bang, but budget goes for growth, investment

While seeking to spark an investment-led boom, the Budget was short on structural reforms, as the govt left major welfare schemes untouched

An optimistic Survey: Nitin Desai

The tone and tenor of the Economic Survey has ramped up expectations of an investment & investor-friendly Budget

Championing growth without a big bang: Ajit Ranade

This Survey breaks from tradition, and is organised into two volumes, with a nod to the style of IMF's World Economic Outlook

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 ...

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Wanted: a time frame

Clarity needed on the plan to reduce corporation tax

Missing farm focus

Budget impact on agriculture blurry

Coping under pressure

Arun Jaitley had a difficult job to do, and he has coped well. He has met his headline target of restricting the fiscal deficit for the year ...

The right track

The difference with this Railway Budget

Free the clicks

Deregulate e-commerce, and see ancillary benefits

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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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Taking India back to future

The government has provided a long-term vision, avoiding any "big-bang" reforms but the devil will be in the details of the implementation, say ...

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

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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