Business/Economy
Factory output falls to the lowest level in over 2 years - Financial Express
India’s industrial production dropped an annual 1.9% in February as manufacturing contracted 3.7%, the sharpest drop in 28 months, while exports tumbled 3.2% in March, recording its second straight month of contraction, official data released on Friday showed. Reflecting an absence of recovery in demand of both investment and consumption varieties, imports, which had been contracting since June and in double digits for the past six months, fell 2.1% in March and to a three-year low of $451 billion in FY14.
Industrial output shrinks 1.9% - Asit Ranjan Mishra, Mint
India’s factory output contracted in February to a nine-month low and merchandise exports shrank for the second consecutive month in March, signalling that the desired pickup in economic growth may take time. Together with the uncertainty about the monsoon, given that the drought-causing El Niño weather phenomenon may occur, it roils the macroeconomic outlook for an incoming government. India is in the midst of its 16th general election to elect the next government, which is due to be in office by 1 June.
This rally is real: Investors want to give a new government a chance - Akash Prakash, Business Standard
The Indian equity markets are on a roll. The Nifty index is up about eight per cent in local currency and 11 per cent in dollar terms. India is the second best-performing market in Asia, after Indonesia, and one of the best emerging markets overall. We have received inflows of about $4 billion from foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in the first quarter of 2014, of which $2.5 billion have come in the last two weeks of the quarter.
For India Inc, wealth lies in the hinterland - Shubham Mukherjee, Surojit Gupta & Namrata Singh, Times of India
If the previous decade saw one of the largest "Bharat" reach-out plans by FMCG companies, this decade will mark a turning point for any entity with a consumer interface — be it automobile makers, telecom firms, healthcare service providers or banking and finance companies. And they are all cashing in on the opportunity being thrown up by the rural market, which is a unique combination of growing incomes and rising aspirations of around 850 million consumers living in 6,50,000 villages of India.
Job creation down 43.15% in Q3 as economy slows - Surabhi, Indian Express
Job creation in eight key sectors of the economy between October to December 2013 was the slowest in six quarters with sectors including automobiles and metals registering a decline in employment. The data, part of the only official quarterly survey on job creation in the country reveals a sharp deceleration in new jobs creation in the third quarter of FY14, with a fall of 43.15 per cent in jobs on a quarter on quarter basis.
Sensex jumps to new high on IMF forecast, foreign inflow - Indian Express
The benchmark Sensex surged by 1.61 per cent to close at a new all-time high following higher growth forecasts by the IMF and heavy buying by foreign investors who anticipate market-friendly policies by the new government post-elections.
Forget the rankings, India must focus on the quality of its higher education - Philip G Altbach, Indian Express
There are very few, if any, Indian higher education institutions today that deserve to be reasonably placed in the international university rankings. The universities simply do not have the required quality of research and publication in their postgraduate departments.
Time to take the GPA leap? - TS Vishwanath, Business Standard
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has adopted the revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), two years after the protocol amending the agreement was originally adopted. The parties to the revised GPA are hoping to witness gains in market access of an estimated $100 billion annually for their businesses. The GPA is a plurilateral agreement, which means that it applies only to those WTO members that have agreed to be bound by it.
Digital media drives political advertising to record high - Viveat Susan Pinto, Business Standard
Political parties have spent around 15 per cent of their Rs 2,000-crore advertising budgets for this year's Lok Sabha elections on the online medium. In comparison, they had spent almost nothing on digital campaigns in the previous general elections in 2009.
'Re, stocks to rally if Modi forms govt' - Economic Times
Japanese brokerage Nomura has said a Narendra Modi-led government will help the rupee jump to 58 against the US dollar and trigger up to a 10 per cent rally in the stock market.
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