COVID-19 PACKAGE: Govt offers Rs 3 lakh cr worth of MSME loans

The central government has started giving out the details of its 20 lakh crore ($250 bln) stimulus-cum-rehabilitation package announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the program yesterday, and said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the details in coming days. Sitharaman said she would announce plans […]

MARKET CORRECTION: Good time to invest?

Major Indian stock market indices fell by 8-9% today in the biggest single-day fall since the global financial crisis of 2008. The Sensex fell 2,919 points (8.2%), while the Nifty 50 fell 868 points (8.3%) — by far the biggest single-day points correction in the history of these two indices. GOOD TIME TO INVEST? The […]

India tops world in job loss worries, Indian firms least trusted

A survey by global image consultants Edelman has found that Indians are significantly more worried about losing their jobs than people in any other country, while those in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and Germany are the least worried. The survey, which was conducted among 34,000 people in 28 countries, also found that Indian companies were […]

COLUMN: Why we should welcome a recession

Subramanian Swamy is often accused of propagating outlandish ideas and suggestions, but at least on the issue of addressing a slowdown in India’s GDP growth, he seems to be closer to the truth than India’s ruling establishment. Both Sitharaman and Swamy are united in recognizing the need for a ‘stimulus’ to nudge the economy from […]

Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again. The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting specific services exempted from […]

Indian IT industry facing layoffs as conditions worsen, warns Assocham

Indian IT companies are bound to see “some laying off” of their work force back home due to various negative forces impacting the industry, Assocham — an association of various industries — warned. “With the US tightening the norms for H-1B visas under the President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ campaign, the Indian IT […]

Fitch revises US growth estimates on Trump election, says protectionism to rise

The surge in populism and anti-establishment sentiment witnessed in the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election seem likely to push structural policies in the direction of economic nationalism, said Fitch Ratings in its latest global economic outlook (GEO). This will result in a reduction in trade openness and international labour […]

Despite Demonetization, India will beat China in GDP growth: Fitch Ratings

Despite a moderation in India’s GDP growth rate in the short term due to cash crunch, the Indian economy will still grow faster than that of China, global ratings agency Fitch said. “We still expect India’s GDP growth to trend higher than China’s in the medium term,” said the agency, whose primary job is to […]

India’s GDP grows by 7.1% in Apr-June quarter

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the estimates of Gross Domestic Product(GDP) for the first quarter (April-June) Q1, of 2016-17, both at constant (2011-12) and current prices, along with the corresponding quarterly estimates of expenditure components of the GDP. GDP at constant (2011-12) prices in Q1 of 2016-17 […]

India’s GDP to grow a robust 7.7% this year: FICCI survey

The results of latest round of FICCI’s Economic Outlook Survey puts across a median GDP growth forecast of 7.7% for the fiscal year 2016-17. The growth in 2016-17 is expected to be supported by an improvement in the agricultural and industrial sector performance. Prediction of a good monsoon after two consecutive years of sub-optimal rainfall […]

How Ravishankar Prasad can resolve the 700 MHz spectrum auction pricing problem

India is getting ready for a digital revolution by auctioning 700 MHz spectrum that has the potential to take high-speed Internet to every village in the country. However, telecom operators — who have to play the role of the enablers — are not popping open the bubbly quite yet. The reason for their misgivings is […]

Indian corporates to benefit from higher growth – Moody’s

Amid the slightly cautious atmosphere regarding a revival in Indian corporate earnings, Moody’s Investor Service has come out saying that it expects things to get better. It said most non-financial corporates it rates in India will benefit from strong domestic growth and accommodative monetary policy (lower interest rateas), although weak global growth and a potential […]

Manufacturing improves, but Nikkei India PMI hits a low point

Business conditions across the Indian manufacturing economy improved further in October, but purchasing manager index showed weakness, research commissioned by The Nikkei newspaper showed. October saw the weakest rise in output in current 24-month sequence of expansion and new orders increased at a slower pace. The Nikkei India PMI hit a 22-month low in October. […]