Business/Economy
Opec holds the key to Indian economy’s fortunes in 2019 - Arjun Srinivas, Mint
Even as foreign institutional investors pull out money from the country, the rupee is witnessing a smart recovery over the past few trading sessions. The reason behind this paradox is simple: falling crude oil prices, which is hovering near the $50 per barrel mark for the first time in 16 months.
Small businesses, big contribution - Hima Bindu Kota, Pioneer
Small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs are some of the most important influencers of economic growth because, in any economy, they represent more than 90 per cent of all employers and create 60 to 80 per cent of all new jobs, annually.
Lens on Dragon’s projects export sans funds - Rajesh Kumar, Pioneer
Chinese investment in India is as low as US $5 billion, but Chinese companies are executing projects of Indian entities pegged at a whopping $63 billion. A parliamentary panel has pointed to this “projects export” by China without “bringing any actual investment” and pushed for an immediate stress on investments by Chinese companies in India.
What crude oil at $50 a barrel means for India and the world economy - Financial Express
Just a couple of months ago, major oil trading houses were predicting the return of $100 crude. Now, with oil prices at half that level, here’s a look at what the slump means for the world economy.
Government wants panels within RBI for oversight: Report - Siddhartha Singh, Hindustan Times
India’s government has proposed changing rules that will enable closer supervision of its central bank, people with knowledge of the matter said, a move that may undermine investor confidence in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.
Arun Jaitley’s big message to defaulters: ‘IBC instilling fear’ - Financial Express
Potential loan defaulters have started paying up as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has instilled the fear of losing their businesses if they cross the red line, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday. “Banks won’t chase you (loan defaulters) any more; you will have to chase banks,” Jaitley said at the three-year-old IDFC Bank’s anniversary in the capital.
EPFO may be turned into a fund manager - Yogima Sharma, Economic Times
The government is considering converting the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) into a fund manager for investments of all social security corpus under the mega recast being planned to deliver universal social security for 50 crore workers in the country.
Let the rupee depreciate - Arvind Panagariya, Times of India
An episode from the 1950s illustrates that a failure to use the exchange rate as an instrument of macroeconomic adjustment can be costly. With the exchange rate fixed at 4.76 rupees per dollar during the 1950s, the rupee was overvalued relative to foreign currencies.
It's resolution, not waiver - Arun Jaitley, Economic Times
After a few ill-informed, confusing and convoluted articles in the media, there have been many tweets and social media posts of late equating the write-offs of banks as loan waivers. This was further complicated by irresponsible statements by some politicians who projected the accounting exercise of write-offs as loan waivers and doling out of favours to corporates by the government.
Moving from food to nutritional security - Ashok Gulati, Financial Express
October 16 is celebrated as ‘World Food Day’ to mark the creation of United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. It envisions zero world hunger by 2030.
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