Business/Economy
Challenges of non-performing assets - C Krishnan, Pioneer
The unacceptably high level of non-performing assets in the banks in India, especially the public sector banks, is a matter of great concern, since it has far-reaching implications. Group-wise, the nationalised banks apparently account for about 54 per cent of the gross NPAs, and it is estimated that NPAs and restructured assets (stressed assets) if put together, account for about 10 per cent of the total bank loans which stood at Rs 57,55,900 crore (figures as at December 2013, according to the Reserve Bank of India).
Cheaper raw materials to boost India Inc nos - M Allirajan, Times of India
India Inc can breathe easy. With prices of key raw materials such as palm oil, crude oil, coal and rubber coming down sharply in the global market over the past few months, the bottom lines of companies are all set to improve. Most raw material prices have cooled off in the second quarter of the current fiscal, which would result in an improvement in gross profit margins, market observers said. Palm oil prices have fallen by over 13% in July-September in dollar terms, translating into higher profit margins for FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) companies and potentially lower prices for consumers. 
Trai seeks mega spectrum sale - Pankaj Doval,, Times of India
Telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday sought a mega sale of mobile spectrum, including that used for the high-speed 3G and 4G services, and recommended freeing up airwaves held by the defence and ailing PSU BSNL to boost supply of the lucrative commodity. Trai also suggested a near 10% rise in spectrum reserve prices for the 1,800 MHz band over last auctions held in February this year for licences expiring in 2015-16.
India to push China to deliver on investment promise - Amiti Sen, Business Line
India is getting its act together to persuade China to start delivering on its promise of investing $20 billion into the country made during Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s visit last month. The Commerce Ministry has called a meeting of various ministries and departments, including IT, industry, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, power, new and renewable energy, and roads and railways to draw plans on how investments can be facilitated into these sectors from China.
India’s large firms look abroad to raise revenues - Madhura Karnik & Ashwin Ramarathinam, Mint
Tata group remains India’s most global corporate group, even as the Mahindra Group has seen the sharpest increase in revenue from global operations over the past five years, according to a Mint analysis of India’s eight largest conglomerates. The Adani group is the only one to have seen a major fall in revenue from global operations over the five years.
Govt plans to catch chit funds under Rs 100 cr that escape Sebi net - Amitav Ranjan, Indian Express
Aiming to tighten the noose on chit funds that have duped millions, the Centre proposes to crack down on all money collection schemes that would otherwise escape the market watchdog Sebi.
From defence to fish, Oslo and Delhi sign thirteen agreements - Amit Baruah, Hindu
As many as 13 agreements were signed between Indian and Norwegian entities on the second and concluding day of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to this Scandinavian nation. The agreements, which range from a statement of intent between the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and setting up a state-of-the-art fish farming unit outside Delhi, also had IIT-Kanpur, Hyderabad University and several other educational institutions reaching accord with their Norwegian counterparts.
For DLF, Sebi order is like a 9-richter quake - Ranjit Shinde, Ravi Teja Sharma & Jwalit Vyas, Economic Times
In the roughand-tumble world of real estate, where big money, political clout and sharp practices often come together, rarely does a property brand enjoy the limelight for more than a decade.
First chapter of labour reforms to turn inspector raj into history - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times
The NDA government is set to unveil its first big-bang labour reform by partially dismantling the factory inspector raj, perceived by industry to be arbitrary and corrupt. Under the proposed reforms, labour inspectors will lose their power to decide which unit to visit and the number of forms related to compliance with labour laws that employers have to file will drop from 16 to 1.
Softer inflation to push growth engine - Mail Today
The inflation genie has been bottled. The country’s stubbornly high inflation has finally decelerating to a five-year low in September. While the previous United Progressive Alliance government struggled with a high inflationary regime, lower food and fuel prices have propitiously come after the NDA government came to power.
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