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  • 24-Jun-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Govt likely to extend sops to EoUs, STPI by another year

    Move to benefit around 6,000 STPI units, 2,486 EoUs.

  • 19-Jun-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Newsmaker: Anand Sharma

    India’s commerce minister has not allowed his short stint in the job to curb his conviction in his own abilities.

  • 18-Jun-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan & Niharika Chandola

    Anand Sharma's optimism on Doha talks not welcomed here

    Even as Commerce Minister Anand Sharma claimed the “impasse” over the Doha Round of world trade talks is “broken”, senior government functionaries familiar with the negotiations maintain nothing has changed since July 2008, ...

  • 18-Jun-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    The great SEZ rush skids on slowdown, land issues

    Almost half the proposals to be taken up by the Board of Approval involve developers wanting to curtail their plans.

  • 17-Jun-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    ComMin wants 3-year I-T waiver for labour-intensive exports

    In an attempt to support exporters hit by the ongoing global economic crisis, the commerce ministry has proposed to its finance counterpart to exempt income tax for a period of three years for certain labour-intensive sectors like handicrafts, ...

  • 12-Jun-2009 | Aditi Phadnis & Rituparna Bhuyan

    Newsmaker: Gopal Krishna Pillai

    Soft talk and big stick

  • 06-Jun-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Govt allows firms to share space in IT SEZs

    The Union commerce ministry has allowed leasing of space within infotech Special Economic Zones (SEZs) on shift basis, making it possible for two companies to operate from a common space within the zones at different times of the day.

  • 28-May-2009 | Niharika Chandola & Rituparna Bhuyan

    India, Asean resolve differences over FTA

    The last remaining differences between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) on the ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on merchandise goods have been ironed out and the deal is ready for signing.

  • 26-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    FinMin asks govt depts not to exceed allocations

    The total budgeted expenditure estimates for 2009-10 stood at Rs 9,53,231 crore, including planned and non-planned expenses of the government. This was an increase of nearly 5.8 per cent over the revised estimates of 2008-09. The vote on account had ...

  • 21-May-2009 | Niharika Chandola & Rituparna Bhuyan

    Govt to simplify SEZ approval

    The commerce ministry has initiated steps to reduce the time taken to develop Special Economic Zones (SEZs) by simplifying procedures to get the tax-free industrial enclaves notified.

  • 20-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Economic Advisory Council steps down

    Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to the Prime Minister Suresh D Tendulkar, as well as other member of the apex panel submitted their resignation today.

  • 20-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Commerce ministry demands sops to lift falling exports


  • 18-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Who takes up the reins will decide India's trade & investment policy

    Policy-related momentum expected to carry on if Congress keeps the portfolio.

  • 18-May-2009 | Sreelatha Menon & Rituparna Bhuyan

    Follow the manifesto, don't forget the CMP

    The UPA government’s Common Minimum Programme, prepared in partnership with the CPI(M), included flagship schemes like Bharat Nirman, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP). This meant targets set ...

  • 18-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Planning Commission members to resign today

    All Planning Commission members, including the deputy chairman, will submit their resignations tomorrow when the current Union cabinet meets for the last time.

  • 14-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan & Niharika Chandola

    End users protest safeguard duty on imports

    Say it will result in increase in prices of their products.

  • 13-May-2009 | Niharika Chandola & Rituparna Bhuyan

    Exports fall 33% in April

    India’s exports have declined for the seventh consecutive month in April.

  • 12-May-2009 | Devika Banerji & Rituparna Bhuyan

    Bumpy ride for India Inc's ITI adoption plan

    India Inc’s initiative to adopt Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country is facing problems because of low level of cooperation on the field as well as red-tapism, industry lobby groups have claimed.

  • 09-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    Govt mulls safeguard duty on four more products

    The government is looking at imposing safeguard duty on at least four more products to protect the domestic producers from surge in imports.

  • 07-May-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan & Devika Banerji

    Chambers divided over need for more stimulus

    Ficci: Rationalise tax structure; CII: Space for fiscal incentives is limited.

  • 30-Apr-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    New WPI series to be ready by August

    A new wholesale price index (WPI) series with updated product portfolio is likely to be ready in another three months.

  • 28-Apr-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    New FDI norms may be revised for banking sector

    To avoid problems for Indian banks with majority foreign equity.

  • 27-Apr-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan

    India can do little on US visa proposal: Experts

    Even as India reacted strongly against the proposed changes in the US visa regime, trade experts said the country could do little in multilateral forums like the World Trade Organization (WTO) to appeal against implementation of such measures.

  • 27-Apr-2009 | Arun Kumar & Rituparna Bhuyan

    RBI, government divided on FDI relaxation in press notes

    It's the central bank & finance ministry versus commerce over 'unintended liberalisation' permitted in February guidelines.

  • 22-Apr-2009 | Rituparna Bhuyan & John Samuel Raja D

    6% growth in worst-case scenario: CEA

    The country’s economy is expected to grow by around 6 per cent in the current fiscal, even in the worst-case scenario of global recession prevailing till March 2010, according to Arvind Virmani, chief economic adviser in the Ministry of ...