BusinessLine

Section: Articles
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik
Publisher: BusinessLine
The Union Finance Minister in her maiden budget speech on July 05, 2019 has made a significant announcement in paragraph 103 that reads: “India’s sovereign external debt to GDP is among the lowest globally at less than 5%.The Government would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme in... read more
Section: Articles
By: Arun Maira
Publisher: BusinessLine
Objections to Greenpeace’s strategies by Extinction Rebellion (XR), the environmental movement whose supporters occupied Greenpeace’s offices last year, as well as its own successes, highlight contrasts between the strategies of organisations and citizens’ movements. Loose citizens’ movements are... read more
Section: Articles
By: Himadri Bhattacharya
Publisher: BusinessLine
The full budget for 2019-20 presented on July 5 did not contain the kind of stuff that would fire up the financial markets and cause a rush of adrenaline in taxpayers and investors. In that sense, and in many others, it was not similar to budgets in the past. And what is a good thing for the sake... read more
Section: Articles
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik
Publisher: BusinessLine
While presenting the budget the Finance Minister (FM) recognises that NBFCs play an extremely important role in sustaining consumption demand as well as capital formation in the small and medium segment. In this context the FM mentioned that NBFCs that are fundamentally sound should continue to get... read more
Section: Articles
By: Arun Maira
Publisher: BusinessLine
Economists are confused about the health of the Indian economy. Firstly, statistics of the economy are unreliable. Methodologies for measuring growth and employment have been changed. Comparisons with the past are no longer straight-forward; trends cannot be gauged accurately.Secondly, the... read more
Section: Articles
By: Himadri Bhattacharya
Publisher: BusinessLine
As widely expected, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of RBI, in a somewhat rare show of unanimity cut the policy repo rate from 6% to 5.75% - third cut in a row- and what is more important, shifted the policy stance from ‘neutral’ to ‘accommodative’ in its second bi-monthly meeting yesterday. As... read more
Section: Articles
By: Usha Thorat
Publisher: BusinessLine
The 25 bps rate cut and the change in policy stance from ‘neutral’ to ‘accommodative’ has been welcomed by the markets and is consistent with the growth projections and the inflation target. The MPC needs to be congratulated for a timely and appropriate policy, that has provided comfort to the... read more
Section: Articles
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik
Publisher: BusinessLine
We will need a series of actions that fix structural issues and can drive change in the medium and longer term. There is in the end no quick fix to the given situation. Suggestions that the government will go on a PSU-privatisaton spree, as reported, carry little meaning because in the end who will... read more
Section: Articles
By: Arun Maira
Publisher: BusinessLine
Iconic visions of Industry 4.0 are robots and self-driving cars that will eliminate human workers, and 3-D printers that can compress the capabilities of a large factory with hundreds of skilled workers into a small machine operated by a single person. A broader view of Industry 4.0 includes the... read more
Section: Articles
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik
Publisher: BusinessLine
The headline retail inflation measured in terms Consumer Price Index —Combined (CPI-C) has trended downward since September 2018 and reached 2.0 per cent in January 2019 on a year-on-year basis. This is the floor for retail inflation legislatively mandated under the Flexible Inflation Targeting (... read more

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