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Indian citizenship amendment bill dropped Analyses & Assessments

Indian citizenship amendment bill dropped

Indian government has put aside a controversial amendment to its citizenship law after violent protests in its north eastern states. The Citizenship...

RBI cuts interest rate Analyses & Assessments

RBI cuts interest rate

The Reserve Bank of India cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, a move likely to please Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he makes a...

Budget sops before Elections Analyses & Assessments

Budget sops before Elections

The Narendra Modi-led government unveiled a budget tailored for an election year with tax breaks, relief for small business and unorganised sectors...

India’s unemployment rate highest in 45 years Analyses & Assessments

India’s unemployment rate highest in 45 years

An official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, delivering a...

BJP’s new election push Analyses & Assessments

BJP’s new election push

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is in favour of an expansionary economic policy and does not consider the government’s plan to keep the...

India cuts import taxes on Palm Oil Analyses & Assessments

India cuts import taxes on Palm Oil

New Delhi has reduced import duties on crude and refined palm oil, an essential import commodity for India’s rapidly growing economy. Malaysia stands...

Indian markets slip after U.S. Fed’s comments Analyses & Assessments

Indian markets slip after U.S. Fed’s comments

The rupee and stocks weakened early on Thursday, tracking Asian peers after the U.S. Federal Reserve gave a 2019 rate outlook that traders called “...

RBI to consult with government Analyses & Assessments

RBI to consult with government

On Wednesday, the newly appointed RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das addressed that he would consult more closely with the government on policy issues and...

IL&FS and the Indian Economy Op-Eds

IL&FS and the Indian Economy

The infrastructure lender IL&FS has raised concerns about the risk of loan defaults, causing a sharp drop in the benchmark Nifty index. As a...

Demonitisation, Two Years On Analyses & Assessments

Demonitisation, Two Years On

8 November marks the second year since India demonetised all ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes. Small and medium businesses are still struggling to recover...

India’s fiscal deficit at 5.95 trillion rupees Analyses & Assessments

India’s fiscal deficit at 5.95 trillion rupees

India’s April-September fiscal deficit stood at 5.95 trillion rupees ($81.20 billion), or 95.3 percent of the budgeted target for current fiscal year...

India to export raw sugar Analyses & Assessments

India to export raw sugar

India to export raw sugar for the first time in three years as global prices rally. A rebound in New York prices to seven-month highs along with...

Monsoon rainfall predicted below average Analyses & Assessments

Monsoon rainfall predicted below average

Rainfall in India’s annual monsoon season in 2018 was below average and less than forecast, with key crop-growing northern states among areas that...

 Indian Tariffs on Non-Essentials Analyses & Assessments

Indian Tariffs on Non-Essentials

The finance ministry of India increased customs duties on “non-essential” items, including washing machines, air conditioners, footwear, gemstones...

IL&FS cause liquidity crunch Analyses & Assessments

IL&FS cause liquidity crunch

The risking risk of loan default by the Infrastructure Leasing & Financies Services Limited firm raises concerns about market stability, which...

India looks for  oil futures contracts Analyses & Assessments

India looks for oil futures contracts

India’s government is planning to ask state oil firms to lock in their crude futures purchase prices. New Delhi is anticipating a spike when U.S....

India - US on a new trade package Analyses & Assessments

India - US on a new trade package

Washington and New Delhi are looking to remove long-standing irritants to ties, which include tariffs and other non-tariff barriers. Indian farmers...

Stock markets buoyed by domestic investors Analyses & Assessments

Stock markets buoyed by domestic investors

India’s stock market had become accustomed to foreign investors serving as a reliable engine of funds, with a net $59bn of money flowing in over the...

India’s own Belt-and-Road fiasco Analyses & Assessments

India’s own Belt-and-Road fiasco

Private development company IL&FS has accumulated a mountain of debt in a country which is desperate for basic infrastructure. Infrastructure...

Christine Lagarde issues warning for Emerging Markets Analyses & Assessments

Christine Lagarde issues warning for Emerging Markets

The IMF chief is warning Emerging markets of the impact from the US-China trade war. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international...