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  • While Theresa May’s decision to announce a snap election may be politically expedient for her domestically, India has a growing stake in the political tremors around the world, writes India Inc. CEO Manoj Ladwa.
  • It may be time to anoint New Delhi as a hub for a reimagined Commonwealth, writes India Inc. CEO Manoj Ladwa.
  • The UK-India Awards will unveil the true depth and spirit of the relationship by celebrating the people and businesses in...
  • Now that Mrs May has triggered formal divorce proceedings with the EU India Inc CEO Manoj Ladwa explains how the...
  • The new emerging consensus on important issues marks a tectonic shift in India s otherwise fractious political discourse writes India...
  • Some heavy hitting from the Finance Minister puts the Indian economy on a winning wicket writes India Inc CEO Manoj...
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    • Benjamin M. Cook
    • Shaurya Doval
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    • Dr Gareth Price
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  • Editorial
The GST is still several crucial steps away from reality but the Modi government is moving methodically for its rollout from April 1 next year.
by Arnab Mitra
4th Oct, 2016
Whilst the West veers to protectionism, India shows the world it's open for business, writes India Inc. CEO Manoj Ladwa
by India Inc Staff
19th Jul, 2016
India’s dynamic commerce minister speaks to India Inc. Consulting Editor Arnab Mitra on the country’s latest reforms and a wide range of wider economic issues in this exclusive interview
by India Inc Staff
13th Jul, 2016
The shrill reactions have subsided. Knee-jerk comments like “After Rexit, ruin,” have, fortunately, proved premature and alarmist.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Jun, 2016
India may be playing catch-up with China but it has consciously decided to approach African nations as a partner in their development.
by India Inc Staff
14th Jun, 2016
Looking ahead to Narendra Modi’s historic speech to the joint session of the US Congress next week, the India Inc. team presents a draft speech of what many Indians would love the Indian Prime Minister to say about the current status of US-India relations
by India Inc Staff
3rd Jun, 2016
PM Modi in Iran, IIFCL's S.B. Nayar on infrastructure funding, Solar India dos and don'ts & a VC’s guide to ecommerce success
by India Inc Staff
25th May, 2016
Understand blacklisting policy, Real Estate Act, bankruptcy code, know the infra czar & Interview with India’s German Ambassador
by India Inc Staff
17th May, 2016
India’s new bankruptcy code has passed the first parliamentary step and if it were to become law, the knock-on effect on the country’s development agenda is expected to be wide-ranging and significant.
by Arnab Mitra
16th May, 2016
Exports must pick up to generate the millions of jobs the Modi government needs to create to fulfill its electoral promises. India Inc. Founder & CEO evaluates.
by India Inc Staff
26th Apr, 2016
The NDA government’s passage of Aadhaar as a “money bill” ensures $38 billion subsidies reaches the real poor rather than “relatively better off sections of society that currently skim off a major portion of these benefits”.
by Arnab Mitra
18th Mar, 2016
Effective and efficient deployment of solar power could prove to be major catalyst for empowerment of those on the wrong side of socio-economic divide.
by Manoj Ladwa
15th Mar, 2016
The answer to the question is a qualified yes as the Indian Finance Minister has been constrained by global economic headwinds as well as the fiscal deficit targets.
by Arnab Mitra
14th Mar, 2016
The southern state of Andhra Pradesh has taken the lead to grab a large chunk of India’s $15bn Internet of Things (IoT) target by 2020.
by India Inc Staff
11th Mar, 2016
India’s struggling public sector firms have accumulated losses of around $15bn, an amount that could have been better invested to meet the economy’s growth targets.
by Arnab Mitra
11th Mar, 2016
Is the $3.8 billion recapitalisation for banks provided by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his third Budget enough, given the scale of the problem?
by Arnab Mitra
10th Mar, 2016
Make in India is the Narendra Modi led government’s central plank around which other flagship programmes revolve.
by India Inc Staff
7th Mar, 2016
It is hoped that a limited amnesty window offered in this year’s Budget for tax evaders to come clean may go some way in resolving the long-standing issue.
by India Inc Staff
4th Mar, 2016
Investments are now flowing into Make in India and other flagship schemes of the Narendra Modi government. As the focus shifts towards how well these funds can be utilised, India Inc. takes an in-depth look at the implementation strategy and attempts at overcoming challenges.
by Arnab Mitra
3rd Mar, 2016
As the dust settles in the wake of the Budget announcements, it would seem that the Indian finance minister's prudence will help the country balance its books.
by Arnab Mitra
2nd Mar, 2016
Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley took a tough yet pragmatic stand on tax matters in this year’s Budget.
by Arbinder Chatwal
1st Mar, 2016
The general consensus on the year’s most anticipated announcement to come out of India is one of fiscal prudence and a move away from trickle-down economics to grassroots reform.
by Arnab Mitra
29th Feb, 2016
Digital India along with Make in India can create a platform to create an economy driven by industry, innovation and entrepreneurship and promote investor confidence, job creation, infrastructure development and achieving total digital connectivity, writes a financial expert.
by Ajit Deshmukh
29th Feb, 2016
The 2016 Railway Budget has carried the baton forward to transform Indian Railways into an efficient, professional and profitable entity by continuing to focus on new investments amid emphasis on service delivery.
by Rana Kapoor
26th Feb, 2016
Just days before this year's Budget is unveiled by the Indian finance minister, India's President makes a timely intervention in favour of mitigating the distress within the rural agrarian sector.
by India Inc Staff
25th Feb, 2016
There has been a flurry of activity in the roads and highways sector, with over $4bn worth of projects being cleared at the start of the year alone.
by India Inc Staff
24th Feb, 2016
The first-ever Make in India Week has come to a close with some impressive top line numbers – an investment commitment worth $225bn and the promise of nearly 6 million new jobs over the next five years. India Inc. goes behind these headline figures to dig a little deeper.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Feb, 2016
As Make in India Week concludes in Mumbai, India Inc. explores the innovation potential of the country for a truly sustainable manufacturing base that will define the new India. Make, design, create in India must all go hand in hand.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Feb, 2016
The demand for greater transparency of balance sheets is gradually paving the way for a banking system fit to meet India's investment needs.
by Arnab Mitra
19th Feb, 2016
British Prime Minister David Cameron backed up his claims for the UK to be the partner of choice for India to meet its humungous infrastructure challenge with the appointment of one of his most energetic MPs, Alok Sharma, as Infrastructure Envoy to India.
by India Inc Staff
15th Feb, 2016
Balancing the books and providing a Budget has become a little more difficult for the Indian finance minister amid market turmoil.
by Arnab Mitra
15th Feb, 2016
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will have to walk a tightrope between fiscal prudence and the need to step up public expenditure to push growth
by Arnab Mitra
4th Feb, 2016
A new version of the public-private-partnership (PPP) model where the Indian government takes on the heavy-lifting in major road construction projects in the country offers a tailor-made opportunity for overseas investors.
by India Inc Staff
4th Feb, 2016
Dual pillars of contextual understanding and localised partnerships can prove unbeatable when it comes to the UK tapping into a country widely seen as the best economic bet in the world.
by Philippa Symington, Anuj Bugga and Vishal Gandhi
2nd Feb, 2016
There is consensus across the board that this is a fantastic time to be an entrepreneur in India as start-ups gather an almost unstoppable momentum. But on the role of government – opinion is divided.
by India Inc Staff
1st Feb, 2016
Local mini-grids could be the way forward to achieve India’s 100 GW solar power target by 2022. Global investors are tapping into this multi-billion-dollar investment opportunity but the field remains wide open for many more.
by Arnab Mitra
28th Jan, 2016
Net neutrality is imperative for India's development says Arvind Gupta, as he argues that giving Internet Service Providers the right to decide consumers' access to content would go against the very grain of the Digital India vision.
by Arvind Gupta
27th Jan, 2016
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will formally launch the Rs 40,000-crore ($6 billion) National Investment & infrastructure Fund (NIIF), which will be structured like a sovereign wealth fund, on February 4.
by Arnab Mitra
25th Jan, 2016
The shipbuilding industry’s decade-long demand to be granted infrastructure status has been finally met, giving it a free hand to access global funds and more actively participate in the Make in India programme.
by India Inc Staff
20th Jan, 2016
Prime Minister Cameron, since taking office, has made his intentions clear about making UK "the partner of choice" for India's economic transformation and in PM Modi he has found his partner and the summit joint statement reflected the commitment of both sides to build a common future as partners
by India Inc Staff
20th Jan, 2016
The Indian government’s vision of a more integrated waste-water management policy got its first major boost with the launch of a new incentive-based corporate model.
by India Inc Staff
19th Jan, 2016
Talk of India-UK ties and the discussion invariably veers to historical ties and cultural bonds going back several centuries.
by Arnab Mitra
19th Jan, 2016
The Indian government’s plans around skill development and financial inclusion aimed to feed into its numerous flagship programmes with the ultimate goal to boost growth have stepped into its most critical phase this year.
by India Inc Staff
18th Jan, 2016
The power sector, and more specifically, the reforms of the state-level distribution companies, is on track to meet its target of wiping out all losses in distribution within three years.
by India Inc Staff
24th Dec, 2015
It was kept so low profile and understated that it escaped the attention of most media watchers and analysts and was largely ignored by the mainstream media.
by India Inc Staff
15th Dec, 2015
A civilian nuclear deal, a Rs 98,000-crore ($16 billion) agreement for a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, a commitment by Japan to help India build and improve its infrastructure in roads, rail, metro rail, industrial corridors and urban development and a closer strategic and defence embrace marked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India.
by Arnab Mitra
14th Dec, 2015
The government has listed the Goods & Services Tax Bill for passage in the Rajya Sabha this week but senior leaders in both the Treasury and Opposition benches said negotiations between the two sides will go down to the wire before, if at all, there is a meeting of minds and a solution emerges.
by India Inc Staff
7th Dec, 2015
India Inc. hosted its second annual Digital India Conclave to evaluate the success of this ambitious agenda and delve deeper into the challenges that remain.
by India Inc Staff
4th Dec, 2015
It is official – India’s growth rate has been equal to or faster than China for three consecutive quarters now.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Dec, 2015
The Indian Prime Minister has issued a sharp criticism of richer nations for their attitude towards poorer nations like India on issuing carbon curbs in the global fight against climate change.
by India Inc Staff
30th Nov, 2015
The facts are chilling. According to a 2014 study by the World Health Organisation, Delhi is the world’s most polluted city, with the highest concentration of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns, which cause respiratory disorders and related health issues that can lead to death.
by Arnab Mitra
27th Nov, 2015
The chances of the Goods & Service Tax (GST) Bill getting past Rajya Sabha have brightened following informal negotiations between the government and carious opposition parties, including the Congress, which had succeeded in blocking its passage in the previous session of Parliament.
by India Inc Staff
26th Nov, 2015
The scattered weeds are slowly coalescing into more visible, and tangible, green shoots.
by Arnab Mitra
24th Nov, 2015
The Indian government’s Clean India programme seems to have made a mark with the country being ranked among the world’s top 5 clean energy business hotspots.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Nov, 2015
The Seventh Pay Commission Report is out and it has recommended a cumulative annual increment of Rs 1.02 lakh crore ($16 billion) for about 10 million central government employees and pensioners.
by Arnab Mitra
20th Nov, 2015
How is India doing? If you pick a wide enough sample to pose that question to, the responses could leave you very confused.
by Arnab Mitra
16th Nov, 2015
In yet more evidence that the economic recovery, seen in some sectors, is gathering steam, indirect tax collections for the first seven months of the current financial year showed an impressive 36 per cent rise to Rs 3.8 lakh crore (about $60 billion).
by India Inc Staff
10th Nov, 2015
The overwhelming victory of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance comprising the JD(U), RJD and Congress) in Bihar is expected to embolden the Congress and its allies to stall the Winter Session of Parliament and prevent the Narendra Modi government..
by Arnab Mitra
9th Nov, 2015
The government kicked off its ambitious programme to channelize the country’s humungous stock of idle gold into the productive economy by launching the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) promised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in this year’s Budget.
by India Inc Staff
6th Nov, 2015
The Peoples’ Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank and financial sector regulator, and the central banks of Norway and Malaysia have bought government of India bonds for the first time, signalling a huge vote of confidence in the Indian economy as a global safe haven.
by India Inc Staff
4th Nov, 2015
Making good on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day promise of turning India into a start-up haven, the government is expected to unveil a new law to dramatically simplify the procedures governing start-ups and the eco-system under which they operate.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Nov, 2015
The Indian government is putting in place measures to cut down the number of permits and the time needed to procure them in the construction sector to provide a fillip to economic growth and job creation across the country.
by India Inc Staff
30th Oct, 2015
A new British Council report released ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit next month has called on closer collaboration in the cultural and educational fields between India and the UK.
by India Inc Staff
29th Oct, 2015
In keeping with the Narendra Modi government’s promise to ease tax regulations and reduce the scope for litigation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has set up a 10-member committee headed by Justice (retd) R.V. Eeswar of the Delhi High Court to simplify the country’s labyrinthine Income Tax Act.
by India Inc Staff
28th Oct, 2015
India’s rank on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index improved an impressive 12 places to 130th as a result of the reform measured taken over the last year by the Narendra Modi government.
by India Inc Staff
28th Oct, 2015
India is expected to adopt new accounting standards to tax income from technologies that are developed in this country but registered in tax havens across the world.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Oct, 2015
Here is concrete evidence that the Indian economy is entering a phase of higher growth rates.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Oct, 2015
India has emerged as the third largest start-up market worldwide after the US and UK.
by India Inc Staff
15th Oct, 2015
India will be the most attractive destination for investments, at least for the next three years.
by India Inc Staff
14th Oct, 2015
There may be some good news for the Indian government’s renewable energy ambitions as a latest climate change tracker report indicates the country may be on the road to exceed its own emissions target.
by India Inc Staff
9th Oct, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact signed between the US, Japan, Canada, Australia and eight other countries could have a far reaching and, possibly, adverse impact on India’s economic potential and strategic goals, experts in India and the US said.
by Arnab Mitra
8th Oct, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India this week marks a turning point in the Indo-German relationship, which has lagged behind its potential for years.
by India Inc Staff
7th Oct, 2015
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan sprang a pleasant surprise by cutting the repo rate, which banks benchmark their lending and deposit rates against, by 50 basis points (bps; 100 bps = 1 percentage point) to 6.75 per cent from 7.25 per cent.
by India Inc Staff
29th Sep, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second visit to the US, is by all accounts, as successful as his first one a year ago.
by India Inc Staff
28th Sep, 2015
This could be the big opportunity Indian pharmaceutical companies have been waiting for. The US has approached the Indian government for the supply of generic anti-cancer drugs to that country as the price quoted by Big Pharma for similar patented drugs is “prohibitively high”.
by India Inc Staff
24th Sep, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's"tete-a-tete" with Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny in Dublin marks a historic move for India's ties with Ireland.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Sep, 2015
The US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, designed to bolster trade between the world's two largest democracies, has been launched in Washington DC just days before the Indian Prime Minister arrives in the country.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Sep, 2015
It is India’s worst kept secret. And now, the Delhi High Court will have to take a call on what has emerged as a major regulatory and policy-related grey area in India’s $400-billion retail sector.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Sep, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the US later this week for his second visit to that country since taking over as India’s chief executive officer.
by Arnab Mitra
21st Sep, 2015
India took another giant step towards universal financial inclusion when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued 10 licenses for small finance banks (SFBs), which are mandated to provide credit to micro and small businesses, farmers and to the unorganised sector.
by India Inc Staff
18th Sep, 2015
The Narendra Modi government has taken an important step to boost the roads and highways sector, which is critical for its plans of hastening the economic revival underway in some sectors and taking growth into a higher trajectory.
by India Inc Staff
16th Sep, 2015
Demands that Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan cut interest rates by up to 1 percentage point grew louder as both the inflation rate wholesale and retail inflation rates fell to new lows.
by Arnab Mitra
15th Sep, 2015
The Narendra Modi government sent out a strong signal that it would push ahead with economic reforms using executive actions even as it recommended that the President prorogue Parliament in signal that it was not in a position to pass the GST Bill in the face of stiff opposition from the Congress.
by India Inc Staff
10th Sep, 2015
In his first meeting with leading Indian industrialists since coming to power last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted them to take risks to revive the stagnant investment cycle to revival of economic growth..
by India Inc Staff
9th Sep, 2015
The Narendra Modi government is pushing ahead determinedly to improve the international competitiveness of the Indian financial services sector.
by India Inc Staff
8th Sep, 2015
The Narendra Modi government plans to further liberalise foreign direct investment (FDI) policy to facilitate faster clearances of proposals and encourage foreign universities such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Oxford, Cambridge and others to set up campuses in India.
by India Inc Staff
7th Sep, 2015
Finally, there’s some good news for foreign portfolio investors in India. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a circular asking tax inspectors not to proceed with demands for minimum alternate tax (MAT) from foreign investors.
by India Inc Staff
4th Sep, 2015
Britain has emerged as the G20's single-largest investor into India, making it the largest foreign investor into India after Singapore and Mauritius.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Sep, 2015
All the central trade unions in India, barring the BJP-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), are on a nationwide strike today to protest against what they define as “anti-labour, anti-people” policies of the Narendra Modi government.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Sep, 2015
India’s GDP growth rate in the first quarter (April-June) of the current financial year slowed to 7 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent in the previous quarter on the back on poor output growth in the eight core sectors, low farm output and a sluggish investment rate.
by India Inc Staff
1st Sep, 2015
It is common for investment advisers to tell risk-averse clients: “Invest in an open-ended debt fund.
by Arnab Mitra
31st Aug, 2015
The rupee, which has depreciated heavily over the last month in the wake of headwinds buffeting the Chinese economy and the resultant turmoil in international stock and currency markets, is expected to appreciate slightly to Rs 64 per dollar by March 2016, say analysts.
by Arnab Mitra
28th Aug, 2015
India is ready to step up as the Chinese economy slows down, according to India’s finance minister.
by India Inc Staff
27th Aug, 2015
The turmoil and bloodbath in stock and money markets across the globe have their genesis in the crisis that is rapidly engulfing the Chinese economy.
by Arnab Mitra
27th Aug, 2015
Indian companies explored the potential of Scotland as a business partner as part of a broader plan to get the region to Make in India.
by India Inc Staff
26th Aug, 2015
The fact that the developed world must bear the burden of tackling global warming seems set to be the broad framework of India’s climate change strategy.
by India Inc Staff
25th Aug, 2015
In the midst of what has been branded “Black Monday” as a result of turmoil in the Asian markets, corporate India’s optimism in the Indian economy also seems to be taking a hit.
by India Inc Staff
24th Aug, 2015
In a move that will bring relief to foreign investors and burnish India’s image as an investment-friendly destination, the government is likely to accept the Justice AP Shah panel’s recommendation that .
by Arnab Mitra
24th Aug, 2015
The government has forcefully rejected the perception that the tax authorities were resorting to coercive measures and queering the pitch for investors in India.
by India Inc Staff
21st Aug, 2015
The Indian infrastructure sector remains muted despite valiant efforts by the Indian government to revive it.
by Arnab Mitra
20th Aug, 2015
Financial inclusion, a pet theme of the Narendra Modi government, received a huge leg up with the announcement of payment bank licenses to 11 corporate groups.
by India Inc Staff
20th Aug, 2015
Where is the rupee headed? Data from the equity derivatives market suggests that it may be headed downwards, after falling below the psychological Rs65/dollar level last week but the broader macro-economic numbers indicate that it may stay at current levels or even appreciate slightly.
by Arnab Mitra
17th Aug, 2015
The field is wide open for Iran and India to open a new chapter of economic cooperation against the backdrop of a worldwide nuclear agreement.
by India Inc Staff
14th Aug, 2015
Most Indians don’t know the difference between “prorogue” and “sine die” but there’s a crucial variation that could make it possible to roll out the much awaited Goods & Services Tax (GST) by the appointed date of April 1, 2016.
by India Inc Staff
14th Aug, 2015
Here’s more evidence that the economic rebound in India is beginning to gather pace and deepen. The index of industrial production (IIP), which tracks industrial output, clocked a growth rate of 3.8 per cent in June, its fastest pace in four months, while retail inflation fell to a multi-year low of 3.78 per cent in July.
by India Inc Staff
13th Aug, 2015
The Indian economy continued to signal a nascent recovery as indirect tax collections, a proxy for economic activity across sectors, rose for the fourth straight month in July.
by India Inc Staff
12th Aug, 2015
China’s sudden decision to devalue its currency by 1.9 per cent is likely to adversely impact the Indian economy.
by India Inc Staff
12th Aug, 2015
The Reserve Bank of India’s Strategic Debt Restructuring (SDR) programme could offer a way out for the Indian banking system, which is grappling with bad or troubled loans worth more than Rs 3 lakh crore ($50 billion).
by India Inc Staff
10th Aug, 2015
The Indian government’s flagship Make In India programme seems to be taking shape with the electronics industry in the lead.
by India Inc Staff
7th Aug, 2015
Amid talk of a slowdown in the economic liberalisation process, the Narendra Modi government has finalised a far-reaching reforms proposal to change the procedure of setting key policy rates and ensure continuity in the process of rate-setting.
by India Inc Staff
7th Aug, 2015
The Narendra Modi government is hoping to accelerate and the greenshoots of growth visible in the Indian economy by stepping up public expenditure, especially on infrastructure, on the back of a robust 14 per cent rise in indirect taxes in the first quarter (April-June) of the current financial year.
by India Inc Staff
6th Aug, 2015
It was planned as a $20-billion mission to empower Indians and deliver government services, healthcare, education, subsidies and most importantly, inclusive development, to India’s 1.2 billion citizens.
by Arnab Mitra
4th Aug, 2015
India’s financial markets will increasingly be affected by global events and changes to worldwide regulation, especially those introduced after the 2008 financial crash.
by India Inc Staff
31st Jul, 2015
Marking a break with the series of gung-ho reports about India’s economic prospects, global ratings agency Moody’s has red flagged the inability of the NDA government to push through vital reforms and said this could “derail medium- to long-term growth prospects”.
by India Inc Staff
31st Jul, 2015
'Bengal in London: Come to Bengal, Ride the Growth' is the theme behind a 62-member delegation led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee to London to present the state as a destination for UK investments.
by India Inc Staff
28th Jul, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched the ambitious Skill India Mission to impart vocational training to 400 working age Indians by 2022.
by India Inc Staff
27th Jul, 2015
In a proposal that may spark off a fresh round of friction between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the central government, the revised draft of the Indian Financial Code (IFC) strips the RBI governor of his veto power over interest rates.
by India Inc Staff
24th Jul, 2015
Even as the Congress and other Opposition parties continue to disrupt parliamentary proceedings over demands for the resignations of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shirvraj Chouhan..
by India Inc Staff
23rd Jul, 2015
The Narendra Modi government is planning to introduce several pro-labour reforms that, industry is hoping, will soften up trade unions and make them more amenable to other reforms that will make it easier to hire and fire workers and ease the pain of doing business in India.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Jul, 2015
In figures that will come as a boost for the Indian government’s Digital India plans, the internet user base in the country is set for a considerable explosion within two years.
by India Inc Staff
20th Jul, 2015
In a move that will significantly improve the ease of doing business in India, especially for foreign investors..
by India Inc Staff
17th Jul, 2015
The search for a consensus on the land acquisition bill between the Narendra Modi government and large swathes of the opposition landscape doesn’t seem any closer to resolution.
by Arnab Mitra
17th Jul, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Skill India Mission, another ambitious flagship initiative of his government, to impart job-oriented skills to more than 400 million Indians by 2022.
by India Inc Staff
16th Jul, 2015
India stands to benefit enormously from Iran’s historic deal with six major global powers to curb its nuclear ambitions in return for an easing of crippling economic sanctions imposed on it.
by Arnab Mitra
14th Jul, 2015
The first socio-economic survey of India’s villages has thrown up some depressing facts and figures.
by Arnab Mitra
13th Jul, 2015
A high level Indian industry delegation has called on the UK government to ensure a pragmatic and flexible visa regime to foster greater business engagement between India and the UK.
by India Inc Staff
9th Jul, 2015
The Narendra Modi government, which had set itself a goal of improving India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index to 50 or better in two years, confident of breaking into the top 100 when the rankings are announced this year.
by India Inc Staff
8th Jul, 2015
The Indian economy is likely to show tepid growth rates in the first and second quarters (April-June and July-September) of 2015-16 but there are indications that growth impulses will pick up from the third quarter (October-December).
by India Inc Staff
7th Jul, 2015
Indian urban centres at present produce around 62 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) as per the estimates of Central Pollution Control Board.
by Dr Suneel Pandey
3rd Jul, 2015
The Mahindra Group is one of India’s most diversified conglomerates with interests across a broad range of sectors – automotive, information technology, defence and aerospace and finance to name a few.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Jul, 2015
India's road to a common tax regime seems to be running into fresh hurdles.
by Arnab Mitra
2nd Jul, 2015
The trend of the Indian economy throwing up contradictory data continued to confound economists and analysts.
by Arnab Mitra
1st Jul, 2015
The Greek crisis is unlikely to have any long-term or direct impact on India.
by Arnab Mitra
29th Jun, 2015
Soon after assuming power in New Delhi about 13 months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly articulated his vision of forging closer ties with India’s Asian neighbours, particularly ASEAN and other East Asian nations, on a priority basis.
by Arnab Mitra
29th Jun, 2015
Indian ambassador to Sweden Banashri Bose Harrison launched her India Unlimited programme back in 2013 with the vision to build on synergies that exist between the two countries.
by India Inc Staff
25th Jun, 2015
The Indian government has taken a firm stand on enhancing bilateral trade with Russia with a broader free trade zone agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
by India Inc Staff
19th Jun, 2015
The Narendra Modi government is expected to announce its flagship Housing for All Scheme, which envisages building 110 million housing units across the country, mostly in the low cost or affordable segments, by 2022 at an estimated investment of $2 trillion.
by Arnab Mitra
18th Jun, 2015
Investors, currency traders and policy planners are waiting nervously for the outcome of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting even as they keep a wary eye on Greece.
by Arnab Mitra
17th Jun, 2015
At the time of writing this piece, the BSE Sensex is trading at 26,485, almost 12 per cent from its lifetime high of 30,024 on March 4 this year.
by Arnab Mitra
16th Jun, 2015
The Narendra Modi government is walking the talk on its resolve to pump prime the economy using public investment as its preferred tool, even as the till-now truant monsoon showed signs of a belated resurgence with 11 per cent excess rains over the past three days.
by India Inc Staff
15th Jun, 2015
Buoyant tax revenues and impressive auto sales point to a possible recovery, even as fears of a deficient monsoon adversely impacting these green shoots of growth refuse to die down.
by India Inc Staff
12th Jun, 2015
India can double its economy over the next decade from a $2 trillion economy to $4 trillion, according to the country's minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha.
by India Inc Staff
12th Jun, 2015
The highlight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just concluded visit to Bangladesh is the conclusion of the Land Boundary Agreement..
by Arnab Mitra
8th Jun, 2015
The Narendra Modi government has drawn up contingency plans to tackle the possible negative effects of a failed monsoon this year even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed the dire scenarios painted by analysts and investors as exaggerated.
by India Inc Staff
5th Jun, 2015
A global programme designed to combat climate change has found support in India and will come up for discussions at the G7 summit in Germany next week.
by India Inc Staff
4th Jun, 2015
The situation is not really as gloomy as the anguished cries of stock market mavens and the screaming headlines about crashing stocks, falling rupee or dipping corporate profits would seem to indicate.
by Arnab Mitra
4th Jun, 2015
Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan cut a key policy rate but his less than rosy forecast about the future failed to boost the markets.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Jun, 2015
One of India’s premier business associations has predicted a leap in the country’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rating.
by India Inc Staff
1st Jun, 2015
The government has zeroed in on the roads and highways sector to kickstart the massive public investment that will restart the investment cycle and generate millions of jobs.
by India Inc Staff
29th May, 2015
It’s a mission for a cleaner, healthier India that is, at once, a disguised economic stimulus package, employment generator and harbinger of cultural change that also promises to promote women’s safety and education.
by India Inc Staff
28th May, 2015
India’s Act East policy has set its sights on resolving as many as 15 bilateral tax disputes with Japan.
by India Inc Staff
27th May, 2015
Till last month, entrepreneurs had to fill up eight different forms to register a company. The process was complex, time consuming and expensive.
by Arnab Mitra
25th May, 2015
As the minister in charge of power, coal and new and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal is the man responsible to meet India’s enormous energy challenge.
by India Inc Staff
25th May, 2015
Another big bang reform is on the cards.
by India Inc Staff
22nd May, 2015
“The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways headed by Nitin Gadkari is considering a novel financing model to raise up to Rs 1 lakh crore ($16 billion) to rejuvenate India’s highway construction sector..
by India Inc Staff
20th May, 2015
Away from the arc lights, but under bright sunlight, a few families in Delhi have kicked off a quiet, nascent revolution that could, over the next 4-5 years, completely change the way Indians produce and consume power.
by Arnab Mitra
19th May, 2015
Indian information technology firms are set to tap into the huge revenue potential on offer in China with Infosys leading the way with a brand new campus in the region.
by India Inc Staff
18th May, 2015
A year has gone by. Another one beckons. The big question on everyone’s lips is: What can we expect in the second year of the Narendra Modi government? To answer that question, let us see what it has achieved in its first year.
by Arnab Mitra
18th May, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to the “complex” nature of the relationship shared with China leaves no doubt about the less than smooth neighbourly ties over the years.
by India Inc Staff
15th May, 2015
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were alarmed. The Narendra Modi government had given in to the opposition demand and decided to refer the crucial land bill and the Goods & Service Tax (GST) Bill to parliamentary panels for review.
by India Inc Staff
15th May, 2015
The thrust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing visit to China will be economic diplomacy.
by India Inc Staff
14th May, 2015
India’s tough talking commerce minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, is expected to pick up the threads of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) once again.
by India Inc Staff
12th May, 2015
The Narendra Modi government moved swiftly to soothe the frayed nerves of foreign portfolio investors rattled by retrospective demands for minimum alternate tax (MAT).
by India Inc Staff
12th May, 2015
David Cameron secured a second term as British Prime Minister, a move that can only mean “achche din” or good days for India-UK ties.
by India Inc Staff
8th May, 2015
It is official; the “new bright spot” in Asia is India as neighbouring China struggles with a slowdown in growth rates, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
by India Inc Staff
7th May, 2015
The Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, has passed the Goods & Services Tax Bill.
by India Inc Staff
7th May, 2015
The world sees the two as the biggest economic success stories of the 21st century as well as bitter rivals when it comes to maintaining the growth momentum.
by India Inc Staff
5th May, 2015
The Narendra Modi government will complete a year in office in three weeks and there is a sharp difference in perception between Indian and foreign investors.
by India Inc Staff
5th May, 2015
The Narendra Modi led government had pledged to tackle India’s abysmal world ranking when it comes to the ease of setting up a business in the country.
by India Inc Staff
1st May, 2015
The bellwether BSE Sensex, often seen as a proxy for the Indian economy, has fallen from 29,000 levels in mid-April to below 27,000 by the end of the month.
by India Inc Staff
30th Apr, 2015
Two big-ticket infrastructure projects cleared by the government on Wednesday can potentially take India into a higher growth orbit in a very short time.
by India Inc Staff
30th Apr, 2015
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stepped in to reassure foreign equity investors who have poured in about $300 billion into Indian markets that the government would work proactively to resolve the vexed issue of retrospective application of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on them.
by India Inc Staff
28th Apr, 2015
The rhetoric is vintage 1970s. The tone is distinctly socialist and anti-business. The content is catchy, politically opportunistic, but unfortunately, it is resonating across large parts of India.
by India Inc Staff
27th Apr, 2015
There is a dark cloud hovering over the Indian investment firmament. The source of this gloom is a familiar one: the overzealous tax inspector.
by India Inc Staff
24th Apr, 2015
Indian foreign policy has traditionally focused on the big powers – the US and Russia (and its predecessor state, USSR) – troublesome neighbours such as China and Pakistan and, since Narasimha Rao’s reign, on the East.
by India Inc Staff
21st Apr, 2015
The Indian Prime Minister arrived in Canada with a resounding message of the country’s skilled workforce powering the global growth story.
by India Inc Staff
16th Apr, 2015
India and the European Union struck a new digital partnership to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the region.
by India Inc Staff
15th Apr, 2015
Lending rates in India have started falling at last. Home loan rates, a major determinant of sales in the realty sector, are now down to single digits after a gap of four years.
by India Inc Staff
15th Apr, 2015
There’s a debate raging across government circles in India and across social media. The issue: Net neutrality.
by Arnab Mitra
14th Apr, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved on from France to Germany, taking his Make In India mantra with him.
by India Inc Staff
13th Apr, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative is about leveraging India’s skills in the information technology sector to integrate government departments and deliver government services.
by Arnab Mitra
13th Apr, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France – part of his ongoing efforts to recalibrate India’s ties with the so called “middle powers”, that lie between countries such as China and Pakistan, that India’s foreign policy establishment considers a problem, and the two big powers, the US and Russia – may lead to a small breakthrough on defence ties and in the field of nuclear cooperation.
by India Inc Staff
10th Apr, 2015
The Narendra Modi government’s management of the Indian economy received its first major internationally-recognised endorsement when Moody’s Investor Service, one of the Big Three global ratings agencies, to raise the country’s outlook from ‘stable” to”positive”, indicating that an upgrade of India’s sovereign rating could be around the corner.
by India Inc Staff
9th Apr, 2015
India will take the lead on strong investment flows into emerging Asian economies in next few years, the International Council of Securities Association (ICSA) has forecast.
by India Inc Staff
8th Apr, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his Make in India mantra to France, Germany and Canada this week.
by India Inc Staff
7th Apr, 2015
Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan left key policy rates unchanged, but appeared to strongly tick off commercial banks for not passing on the two rate cuts of 0.25 percentage points each in January and February to customers, even as he indicated that further rate cuts could be expected in the coming months.
by India Inc Staff
7th Apr, 2015
The battle lines are now clearly drawn on the land bill.
by Arnab Mitra
6th Apr, 2015
Three unrelated developments –on the macro-economic, corporate and investor sentiment fronts – point to the fact that Indian economic recovery is finally gaining some stickiness and stability.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Apr, 2015
As the reforms process gradually settles in, India continues to struggle on the global business index measuring a country's resilience based on economic, risk quality and supply chain factors.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Apr, 2015
The Narendra Modi government, which has made economic revival and high growth its topmost priority, has set an ambitious target of doubling India’s exports from $466 billion a year in 2014-15 to $900 billion by 2019-20.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Apr, 2015
India and Canada are expected to sign several economic and strategic cooperation agreements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to that country later this month, including one on nuclear cooperation under which Canada would supply uranium to power India’s civilian nuclear reactors to produce eco-friendly power.
by India Inc Staff
1st Apr, 2015
The Narendra Modi government moved to make good its promise to revive stalled projects by approving a new policy on gas pooling, whereby expensive imported gas would be pooled with cheaper gas produced in India to get 14,000 MW of stranded power projects back on track.
by India Inc Staff
26th Mar, 2015
Liberal democratic values and the freedom of speech and expression received a massive boost when the Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down as “unconstitutional” the draconian Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which made posting “annoying” and “grossly offensive” posts on social media a criminal offence carrying a jail sentence of up to three years.
by India Inc Staff
25th Mar, 2015
Three out four! That’s a pretty good scorecard at the mid-point of the Budget session of Parliament.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Mar, 2015
Ratan Tata is one of India’s best known industrialists who, during his tenure as Chairman of the Tata Group conglomerate, has been the architect of some its most high-profile acquisitions.
by by India Inc Staff
19th Mar, 2015
The US Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates, possibly as early as June this year. Fed chairperson Janet Yellen indicated after a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee that she would no longer be “patient” about raising short term rates for first time in a decade.
by India Inc Staff
19th Mar, 2015
What a transformation a quarter century of economic reforms has wrought! Yesterday’s basket case is now cited as a role model for the world.
by Manoj Ladwa
18th Mar, 2015
Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley wrapped up his first official visit to the UK recently on a high note.
by by India Inc Staff
17th Mar, 2015
The big bang is missing, but investors will still get a substantial bang for their buck.
by India Inc. Staff
16th Mar, 2015
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2015 into law, paving the way for foreign insurers and other foreign investors to buy up to 49 stakes in Indian insurance companies.
by India Inc. Staff
13th Mar, 2015
The Narendra Modi government’s efforts to push ahead with India’s stalled reforms process received a big boost with the principal opposition party, the Indian National Congress, reportedly agreeing to the early passage of the insurance, coal mines and the mines and mineral developments bills in the Rajya Sabha where the NDA government is woefully short of numbers.
by India Inc. Staff
12th Mar, 2015
The Narendra Modi government will rank states according to the ease of doing business. Several departments of the central government are working with their counterparts in the state capitals finalizing the parameters for this elaborate exercise.
by India Inc Staff
9th Mar, 2015
A new bank announced by Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley as part of a series of proposals to realise the government’s Make in India vision in this year’s Budget is being seen as a game-changer for small industries in the country.
by India Inc Staff
5th Mar, 2015
The Reserve Bank of India sprang a pleasant surprise early on Wednesday morning, cutting the repo rate, against which commercial banks benchmark their lending and deposit rates, by 025 basis points (100 basis points = 1 percentage point).
by India Inc Staff
4th Mar, 2015
In the biggest monetary policy reform measure in living memory, the Government of India and the Reserve Bank of India have signed a formal agreement to adopt a monetary policy framework to make inflation control the primary task of the RBI.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Mar, 2015
The number of UK-manufactured cars that are exported to India has increased nine-fold in five years, with 2,836 British-built cars sold in India in 2014.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Mar, 2015
There has been an all-round sense of cheer in the aftermath of Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley’s budget statement for 2015-16 in Parliament. The global Indian business community also celebrated the strides made in the sphere of ease of doing business.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Mar, 2015
Big boom favoured over big bang, as the budget was widely seen as pro-investment and pro-business. India's image as a country where ease of doing business is no longer a concern got a boost with simplified procedures to attract foreign investments, single window regulatory clearance and speedy dispute resolution.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Mar, 2015
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shunned the populism and vote bank politics that characterised many previous budgets to deliver one that is sharply focused on growth and on reviving the stalled investment cycle.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Mar, 2015
Pro-investment and pro-growth was what India was hoping for and that is exactly what is got in one of the most anticipated Budget statements of recent times.
by India Inc Staff
28th Feb, 2015
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley moved quickly to contradict HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh’s assertion that nothing had changed on the ground by saying the government was being criticized for “moving too fast”.
by India Inc Staff
20th Feb, 2015
This should come as good news to companies in the UK, China, Germany, US and India. Seventeen public sector, private sector and foreign banks have given the government a commitment to fund 72,000 MW of solar power project worth Rs 500,000 crore (over $80 billion at current exchange rates).
by India Inc Staff
19th Feb, 2015
In a break with tradition, the first post-budget interviews with Finance Minister Arun jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be hosted by YouTube.
by India Inc Staff
18th Feb, 2015
The government is determined to push ahead with its legislative agenda and may consider calling a joint session of Parliament if the Opposition led by the Congress stall its efforts to pass key bills, including the ones on insurance, land acquisition and coal mines.
by India Inc Staff
17th Feb, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, which envisages turning India into a global manufacturing hub, is facing an unexpected roadblock. The Indian taxman continues to create hurdles in the path of both inward and outward investments to and from India.
by India Inc Staff
16th Feb, 2015
India and China are moving fast to increase and deepen their economic engagement.
by India Inc Staff
12th Feb, 2015
The Narendra Modi led government had announced a brand new NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) to replace the Planning Commission as a more fit-for-purpose body that better reflects India’s growth aspirations.
by India Inc Staff
9th Feb, 2015
This will come as further reassurance to global and domestic investors that the Narendra Modi government is walking the talk on making it easier to do business in India.
by India Inc Staff
5th Feb, 2015
Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan disappointed consumers and industry alike by keeping the repo rate – a key policy rate that banks use as a benchmark for setting lending and deposit rates – unchanged at 7.75 per cent, thus, deferring any hopes of reducing the cost of money in India.
by India Inc Staff
4th Feb, 2015
Leading corporates such as Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Aditya Birla Group, Bharti Airtel and Future Group have all got behind a plan for expansion of banking services all over India.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Feb, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative received a fillip on Monday when leading multinationals such as Panasonic, GE, Bosch and Tejas Networks, among others announced investments of about Rs 6,500 crore ($65 billion) in the electronic, medical, automotive and telecom manufacturing clusters in India.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Feb, 2015
Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has struck a note of equitable give and take during her visit to Beijing.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Feb, 2015
The Indian government is finally taking some firm action to improve the country’s image among foreign investors who may have been put off due to uncertain tax norms.
by India Inc Staff
30th Jan, 2015
India’s largest disinvestment exercise, the sale of a 5 per cent government stake in the public sector Coal India Ltd (CIL), kicked off on Friday, in a sale that is expected to net the government about Rs 23,000 crore ($3.8 billion).
by India Inc Staff
30th Jan, 2015
A day after US President Barrack Obama left India, the Narendra Modi government moved to soothe the frayed nerves of investors and began acting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to usher in a non-adversarial tax regime.
by India Inc Staff
29th Jan, 2015
The chief of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is heading to India to hold talks with Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley and Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan.
by India Inc Staff
28th Jan, 2015
Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, the last British commander-in-chief of the Indian (and Pakistani) -armies, was the military master of a vast swathe of real estate – from the Gulf of Aden and the east coast of Africa in the west to the Malacca Straits in the east (and everything in between).
by India Inc Staff
28th Jan, 2015
The operationalisation of the civil nuclear deal, which is seen as the cornerstone of India-US relations, the renewal of the 10-year defence cooperation agreement, pacts to manufacture defence equipment in India.
by India Inc Staff
27th Jan, 2015
US President Barrack Obama announced $4-billion government-backed investment and lending programme to help India achieve its ambition of generating 100,000 MW of solar power by 2022, increase bilateral trade by five times to $500 billion and to encourage small and medium industries in India scale up.
by India Inc Staff
27th Jan, 2015
It was hyped as a visit of many firsts as Barack Obama became the first US President to be invited as Chief Guest of India’s prestigious Republic Day parade and the visit did not disappoint.
by India Inc Staff
26th Jan, 2015
The announcement of a stimulus package by the European Central Bank (ECB) couldn’t have come at a better time for the Indian economy.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Jan, 2015
India has achieved universal banking coverage, ie, every Indian now has a bank account, thanks to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, which has opened 115 million new bank accounts over the past five months.
by India Inc Staff
21st Jan, 2015
In an indication of what to expect in the coming Budget for 2015-16, finance minister Arun Jaitley said he is in favour of rationalizing subsidies and increasing public spending to improve the health of government finances and help revive the economy.
by India Inc Staff
20th Jan, 2015
India's digital chief speaks to India Inc. about the ambitious IT vision of the country at the Digital India Roundtable presented by India Inc. and FICCI and co-hosted by Chase India on 16th January 2015, Washington DC.
by India Inc Staff
19th Jan, 2015
For the moment, everyone with even a tangential interest in the Indian economy is feeling gung-ho about the rate cut by Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan last week.
by India Inc Staff
19th Jan, 2015
India has emerged as Japan’s most attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), according to a new survey.
by India Inc Staff
16th Jan, 2015
Resere Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan sprang a pleasant surprise on Thursday, cutting the repo rate, which banks use as a base rate for setting their lending and deposit rates, by 25 basis points, thus, setting the stage for consumers to benefit from lower mortgage costs and companies to gain from lower cost of capital.
by India Inc Staff
16th Jan, 2015
In a first official indication of the government’s thinking, Indian telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said his ministry is in favour of maintaining Net neutrality as the internet is an instrument for the masses.
by India Inc Staff
14th Jan, 2015
“Today Ma Ganga is calling us, her children, to make the river clean once again,” the then candidate now Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he filed his nominations for the now historic 2014 Lok Sabha elections at Varanasi.
by India Inc. Staff
13th Jan, 2015
Contradictory signals from industrial and inflation data has increased the speculation over when the Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central bank, will cut interest rates to spur economic growth.
by India Inc. Staff
13th Jan, 2015
The 65-year-old creaking infrastructure of the Planning Commission of India was in urgent need of a facelift in the form of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog.
by India Inc. Staff
12th Jan, 2015
by India Inc. Staff
12th Jan, 2015
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or the ‘Clean India Mission’ is India’s biggest cleanliness campaign that aims to accomplish the vision of “Clean India” by 2 October 2019 coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
by India Inc. Staff
7th Jan, 2015
India’s solar journey has so far been a textbook example of what the country can achieve when policy and development agenda trumps politics.
by India Inc. Staff
6th Jan, 2015
The Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call to global companies to “Make in India” during his maiden speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi on 15 August 2014.
by India Inc. Staff
6th Jan, 2015
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or the ‘Clean India Mission’ is India’s biggest cleanliness campaign that aims to accomplish the vision of “Clean India” by 2 October 2019 coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
by India Inc. Staff
8th Jan, 2015
In a move to reiterate its determination to push ahead with economic reforms even in the face of stiff opposition, the Indian Cabinet this week cleared Ordinances to allow for the auction of coal mines and increase the limit of foreign equity in Indian insurance companies from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.
by India Inc Staff
29th Dec, 2014
The Narendra Modi government is pulling out all stops to ensure the success of US President Barack Obama’s visit next month and indicate to US and other global investors that it is serious about encouraging investments.
by India Inc Staff
26th Dec, 2014
Paras Shahdadpuri is the founder-owner of Dubai’s Nikai Group, a diversified business born in 1995. As chair of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) in the region, he is charged with promoting investments between the Gulf countries and India.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Dec, 2014
The Narendra Modi government is pulling out all stops to reset India’s economic and strategic relations with the US back to the heady days when the George Bush administration signed the landmark nuclear to end this country’s nuclear apartheid.
by India Inc Staff
23rd Dec, 2014
The Winter Session of Indian Parliament is about to end and the Opposition has succeeded in its mission to blunt the government’s reforms initiatives.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Dec, 2014
Investor perception may have been on the high in 2014 but the ease of doing business in India remains rather low, according to ‘Forbes’.
by India Inc Staff
19th Dec, 2014
The new Companies Act (Amendment) Bill 2014, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, has removed some “oppressive provisions” in order to improve the ease of doing business in India.
by India Inc Staff
19th Dec, 2014
The Goods & Services Tax (GST), which will turn India into a genuine common market, came a step closer to reality when the Union Cabinet cleared the Bill, including an amendment to the Constitution to ensure adequate compensation to the states in the initial years when their revenues may take a hit.
by India Inc Staff
18th Dec, 2014
The pressure mounted further on Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan to cut interest rates to kick start a sputtering growth engine as wholesale price inflation, which tracks prices of goods retailers buy from their suppliers, fell to 0 per cent in November.
by India Inc Staff
17th Dec, 2014
India is rapidly becoming one of the biggest trading partners with Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries.
by India Inc Staff
16th Dec, 2014
The Narendra Modi government seems determined to walk the talk on reforms. The ambitious Goods and Service Tax (GST) legislation, which seeks to replace a slew of often complex state-level levies with one unified pan-Indian tax, can, according to experts, add as much as two percentage points to GDP growth rates.
by India Inc Staff
15th Dec, 2014
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor has stressed on Make for India being kept at an equal footing as the Make in India campaign launched by the government.
by India Inc Staff
12th Dec, 2014
The Narendra Modi government set the stage for two major reforms initiative, with the Union Cabinet giving its approval to the draft Insurance Bill that raises the cap on foreign direct investment in Indian insurance companies from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.
by India Inc Staff
11th Dec, 2014
Here’s more proof that the Indian economy is getting back on track. International ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has said India is the only bright spot in the entire Asia-Pacific region, where all other economies – which include China, Korea, Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries – are showing a loss of momentum at the end of 2014.
by India Inc Staff
10th Dec, 2014
There is a raging debate in India, especially in influential circles of the former establishment about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan policy.
by India Inc Staff
8th Dec, 2014
The Narendra Modi government kicked off its ambitious disinvestment programme on Friday with the sale of a 5 per cent stake in the state-owned but listed Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).
by India Inc Staff
8th Dec, 2014
Ravi Shankar Prasad is charged with making the new Indian government’s vision of a truly Digital India a reality as the minister for communications and information technology.
by India Inc Staff
5th Dec, 2014
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan disappointed Indian industry, investors and home and car buyers by keeping key policy rates unchanged at the relatively high 8 per cent but held out hope that he could cuts rates to boost growth early next year.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Dec, 2014
A fortuitous mix of global circumstances and domestic measures came together to cheer up the Indian economy on Monday.
by India Inc Staff
2nd Dec, 2014
Will he? Won’t he? That’s the billion dollar question on the lips of every industrialist, investor and economist with an interest in the Indian economy.
by India Inc Staff
1st Dec, 2014
India's economic recovery remains patchy. Gross domestic product, or the sum of all goods and services produced in the country, grew at 5.3 per cent in the July-September quarter, compared to 5.7 per cent in the previous quarter and 5.2 per cent in the previous comparable period.
by India Inc Staff
29th Nov, 2014
In an indication of the rapport that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struck with US President Barrack Obama, the US Trade Representative Michael Froman said it was the personal intervention of the two leaders that enabled the two countries to resolve the dispute over food subsidies at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
by India Inc Staff
25th Nov, 2014
The Winter Session of the Indian Parliament begins today and it promises to be a watershed session for economic reforms.
by India Inc Staff
24th Nov, 2014
The Narendra Modi government has been hyperactive in the six months it has been in power in New Delhi – announcing a slew of new initiatives that can, potentially, transform the country.
by India Inc Staff
24th Nov, 2014
Indian market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Wednesday came out with new norms to tighten laws relating to insider trading in a bid to make stock market transactions more transparent and reduce the scope for manipulation.
by India Inc Staff
20th Nov, 2014
The Indian government is rushing ahead with plans to sell Rs 40,000 crore ($6.6 billion) of shares in public sector behemoths Coal India Ltd (CIL) and ONGC to meet its disinvestment target before the end of the year.
by India Inc Staff
19th Nov, 2014
The concept of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) proving profitable in reverse for India has been gathering momentum over the last few months.
by India Inc Staff
18th Nov, 2014
In the clearest indication that the Indian government wanted the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut interest rates to spur growth, Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley pointed to falling inflation on the back of lower food and fuel prices and said: “If RBI, which is a highly professional organization, in its wisdom decides to bring down the cost of capital, it will give a good fillip to the Indian economy.”
by India Inc Staff
18th Nov, 2014
The government will address on a war footing the problems – relating to rigid labour laws, creaky and inadequate infrastructure and high interest rates – faced by manufacturing companies in order to help the sector grow, Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.
by India Inc Staff
13th Nov, 2014
The much anticipated Goods and Services Tax, which will replace a welter of state-level levies and create a common market across India came a step closer to reality, with the empowered committee of state finance ministers on Tuesday agreeing on a key component called “place of supply rules”.
by India Inc Staff
12th Nov, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expanded his council of ministers, inducting 21 new ministers, including four Cabinet ministers, three ministers of state with independent charge and 14 ministers of state who will work under Cabinet ministers.
by India Inc Staff
10th Nov, 2014
India is on track to receive investments worth $250 billion in the power sector over the next five years, power minister Piyush Goyal said at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit in New Delhi.
by India Inc Staff
7th Nov, 2014
Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday promised more reforms in land acquisition norms, mineral allocation policy, labour laws and said the government is open to selling loss making public sector companies to take the country’s economy into a higher growth trajectory.
by India Inc Staff
6th Nov, 2014
In a major social sector reform with strong economic linkages, the Narendra Modi government will soon announce a scheme to provide affordable healthcare and free medicines to all citizens across India.
by India Inc Staff
5th Nov, 2014
Will Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan cut rates in his next policy announcement on December 2? Ministers, bureaucrats, bankers and economists are almost unanimous that he will.
by India Inc Staff
4th Nov, 2014
In yet another reform measure to attract foreign investments, the Narendra Modi government has eased norms for foreign investment in the construction sector by allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in smaller projects and by making it easier for them to cash out and repatriate profits.
by India Inc Staff
30th Oct, 2014
India's minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman has dismissed the US Trade Representative's (USTR) controversial decision to initiate a review of India's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as a “pedagogic exercise”.
by India Inc Staff
29th Oct, 2014
The Indian government on Wednesday submitted a list of 627 names of alleged holders of black money (an Indian term for unaccounted money on which tax has been evaded) in Swiss banks to the Supreme Court.
by India Inc Staff
29th Oct, 2014
Over the last week, the Narendra Modi government has announced or initiated a slew of major reform measures that can change the way business is conducted in India and also the way investors, both Indian and foreign, perceive the country.
by India Inc Staff
27th Oct, 2014
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently launched a review of Indian Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime with an aim to examine whether India should be placed on the “2014 Notorious Markets List” for violating international IPR rights.
by India Inc Staff
24th Oct, 2014
India has formally signed a free trade agreement (FTA) for services and investments with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
by India Inc Staff
22nd Oct, 2014
The man behind the successful 'Incredible India' campaign is confident Prime Minister Narendra's Modi's 'Make in India' initiative will make an even bigger impact.
by India Inc Staff
17th Oct, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced his first “big bang” policy measure to simplify India’s cumbersome, archaic and obstructionist labour laws, reducing paperwork, doing away with any scope for arbitrariness in the country’s notorious factory inspection system, while at the same time making them more employee-friendly.
by India Inc Staff
17th Oct, 2014
The new Indian government has thrown its weight behind a major ‘Make in India’ campaign to upgrade the country into an attractive manufacturing hub.
by India Inc Staff
16th Oct, 2014
The Indian government’s ambitious plans to connect 250,000 of India’s 600,000 villages with high speed Internet bandwidth have received a massive boost from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
by India Inc Staff
14th Oct, 2014
India’s economic recovery remains patchy and uneven, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan said in New York on Monday. Almost on cue, macro-economic data released during the day corroborated his diagnosis.
by India Inc Staff
14th Oct, 2014
The Narendra Modi government’s plan to build 100 smart cities across India can’t be faulted in principle. But the government has yet to come out with specifics, so any comments about the proposal have to be, per force, general in nature.
by India Inc Staff
13th Oct, 2014
The Bombay High Court has ruled that Vodafone India is not liable to pay Rs 3,200 crore ($533 million) in taxes on shares it had issued to its parent in 2009-10.
by India Inc Staff
13th Oct, 2014
Narendra Modi’s first official visit to the US as Indian Prime Minister had a lot riding on it in terms of setting the tone for the future.
by India Inc Staff
1st Oct, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will try to revive the coalition of pro-Indian lobbies that helped convince the George W Bush administration to sign the nuclear deal with India in 2008.
by India Inc Staff
29th Sep, 2014
Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.
by India Inc Staff
29th Sep, 2014
There was good news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he landed in New York. Rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Friday upgraded India’s outlook to stable from negative, marking the first international endorsement of the four-month-old National Democratic Alliance government’s moves to put the sputtering Indian economy back on track.
by India Inc Staff
27th Sep, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched his much anticipated "Make in India" initiative in New Delhi which could turn India into a global manufacturing hub.
by India Inc Staff
26th Sep, 2014
In a decision that could raise fresh questions in the minds of foreign and domestic investors about government policies and the sanctity of contracts in India, the Supreme Court cancelled 214 of the 218 coal block allocations it had declared illegal on August 25.
by India Inc Staff
25th Sep, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit is likely to lead to a breakthrough in the impasse over the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which seeks to make international trade easier by cutting red tape and simplifying procedures.
by India Inc Staff
22nd Sep, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch a new “Make in India” programme, his first big-ticket initiative since coming to power in May, to encourage foreign investors to set up shop in India and turn the country into a manufacturing hub a la China.
by India Inc Staff
19th Sep, 2014
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting of the ministry of food processing and the ministry of health to sort out problems being faced by foreign food producers.
by India Inc Staff
17th Sep, 2014
This is going to be music to the ears of both foreign and domestic investors who complain that Indian labour laws are too restrictive and are, in fact, one of the chief contributors to India’s low ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index.
by India Inc Staff
15th Sep, 2014
India’s pharmaceutical regulator, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), issued new guidelines for state inspectors on how to prepare for and handle inspections of drug manufacturing facilities.
by India Inc Staff
12th Sep, 2014
Narendra Modi’s first visit to Washington as Indian Prime Minister later this month will set the tone for the future of what has often been described as a “natural partnership”.
by India Inc Staff
10th Sep, 2014
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Mumbai this week for an official visit set to create history with a nuclear pact to sell uranium for India’s energy needs.
by India Inc Staff
4th Sep, 2014
India's ranking on a definitive global competitiveness index took a major beating as it fell 11 points to 71, compared to 60 last year.
by India Inc Staff
3rd Sep, 2014
Two divergent trends are visible in the Indian economy. Factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), dropped sharply to 3.4 per cent in June from 5 per cent in May.
by India Inc Staff
17th Aug, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the constitution of the expenditure management commission (EMC), which was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech on July 10.
by India Inc Staff
14th Aug, 2014
There’s good news trickling in on the Indian economy. Inflation is showing signs of easing, industry seems to be shaking off its lethargy and business confidence is improving.
by India Inc Staff
4th Aug, 2014
India’s decision to block a worldwide trading bloc deal has sent shockwaves as some fear it could mark the end of the road for any hope of a long-lasting global trade pact.
by India Inc Staff
1st Aug, 2014

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