RBI extends rate pause as food price pressure lingers

RBI‘s monetary policy committee on Friday decided to keep interest rates on hold for the seventh successive meeting, stating that “growth has surpassed all projections but cautioned that food price uncertainties continue to weigh on the inflation trajectory going forward”. RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said, “Two years ago, when inflation was at its peak at … Read more

Kovind panel sets stage for simultaneous polls, cites growth gains

On average, real GDP growth after simultaneous polls was comparatively higher than otherwise, the panel led by former President Ram Nath Kovind said. The committee submitted its report to President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday, recommending Constitutional amendments to facilitate concurrent polls. Home minister Amit Shah, former leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi … Read more

Factory output powers down in Nov, food fuels inflation in Dec

While industrial output growth fell to an eight-month low of 2.4% in November, consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation rose 5.69%, its fastest pace in four months in December, the statistics ministry said. Though factory output points to a slowdown in manufacturing growth momentum in November, in the April-November period of this fiscal, it expanded 6.4%, … Read more

2023: A year of special achievements, says PM Modi

Describing 2023 as a year of ‘special achievements’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country is replete with self-confidence and the momentum should continue in 2024. Addressing the nation through the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ broadcast, Modi mentioned the G20 summit, passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament, landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the … Read more

New industrial policy goes on the back-burner

The wait for India’s new industrial policy just got longer with the government expected to take a fresh look at it following global supply chain shifts, greater urgency on the green agenda, and geo-political developments, two people aware of the matter said. Late last year, the Union commerce ministry had circulated the draft of Industrial … Read more

Centre’s debt estimated to drop to 57.2% of GDP in FY24: MoS finance

The Central government’s debt is estimated to moderate to 57.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) in FY24 from 61.5% in FY21 when pandemic-related spending to provide succour to people and businesses led to a spike in its loan profile, the finance ministry said on Tuesday. Minister of state for finance Pankaj Chaudhary, in a written … Read more