Business/Economy
Govt in talks with foreign lenders to boost small businesses - Financial Express
India’s government is in talks with foreign lenders to provide as much as $14.5 billion in credit to millions of its small firms, two officials said, in a sign, the country’s banking system may not be robust enough to do the job on its own.
Will Reliance Jio relent on pricing pressure after 6th consecutive ARPU fall? - Navadha Pandey, Mint
Reliance Jio, India’s youngest and only profitable telecom operator, on Friday overtook rival Bharti Airtel to become the country’s second largest operator in terms of mobile phone subscribers.
Budget 2019 needs to give the economy a much needed stimulus - Raghuvir Srinivasan, Hindu
Faltering GDP growth, a consumption slowdown, a truant monsoon that has already hit kharif sowing, global trade tensions and a freeze in the credit market that has set alarm bells ringing across the financial system. This is the backdrop to the maiden Budget of the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.
Why Budgets no longer matter to the stock market - Business Line
Even as all eyes are on the Finance Minister, as Nirmala Sitharaman prepares to present her maiden Budget, the stock market is quite indifferent to annual exercise. In fact, the Budget has not been a material event for stocks, for the past 10 years or so.
How to make exports boom - Arvind Panagariya, Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made exports a high priority. Indeed, India would do well if it gave them the highest priority and pursued their success in mission mode. No nation has sustained growth rates of 9-10% for two or more decades without succeeding in global markets. China’s share in global merchandise exports rose from 2% in 1991 to 12.4% in 2012. 
Why 5G is the next headache for some of India's richest men - PR Sanjai, Economic Times
After racking up $59 billion of net debt to survive a brutal war in the world’s second-biggest phone-services market, some of India’s billionaires are bracing for more as their next battle looms: 5G. India seeks to raise $84 billion this year from a sale of airwaves -- most of it for the latest technology tipped to revolutionize connectivity -- posing a conundrum for the carriers controlled by tycoons including Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s wealthiest man.
Is it possible that GDP was over-estimated and no one knew about it, including economists in govt? - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
Former Chief Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, Arvind Subramanian (hereafter AS) contends in a working paper at the prestigious Harvard University that India’s GDP growth between 2012 and 2016 (period II) likely averaged somewhere between 3.5 and 5.5 per cent yielding an average AS growth of 4.5 per cent.
India's economy is in crisis after reduced GDP estimate - Mihir Sharma, Economic Times
India’s government has long claimed that the country is one of the fastest-growing large economies in the world. That boast was a crucial part of the ruling party’s message in India’s recent election campaign — that, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the economy was in safe hands. Competence and sincerity as an economic manager is central to the image Modi has sought to project.
A $190 billion clean-up needed as PM Narendra Modi looks for growth booster - Upmanyu Trivedi, Mint
Reforms meant to clean up $190 billion of stressed bank loans will be crucial to reviving economic growth during Narendra Modi’s second term as prime minister.
Does the economy need a Jaitley or a Chidambaram? - MC Govardhana Rangan, Economic Times
A recurrent allegation against the Modi 1.0 government is that it did not deliver on economic reforms. The noise on need to ‘reform’ is only getting louder as he gets ready to run the world’s fastest-expanding major economy for the next five years – with a bigger mandate.
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