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  • US Consumer Prices Rise 0.1 Per Cent in September

    US Consumer Prices Rise 0.1 Per Cent in September

    US consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.

  • Government Eyes Steps to Improve Business Climate

    Government Eyes Steps to Improve Business Climate

    The government is considering a series of steps, including drastically reducing the time for registration of business to one day, single registration of all labour laws and a cut in number of taxes to improve ease of doing business in India.

  • After DLF Ban, Will Other Tough Penalties Follow for Businesses?

    After DLF Ban, Will Other Tough Penalties Follow for Businesses?

    An unprecedented ban on DLF, India's largest property developer, from tapping capital markets has fuelled expectations of tougher penalties ahead.

  • One Week, Many Reforms: PM Modi Burnishes Economic Credentials

    One Week, Many Reforms: PM Modi Burnishes Economic Credentials

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unleashed a slew of reforms in the past week, scrapping fuel subsidies, simplifying labour rules and pledging to open coal mining to private players in a bid to kickstart the economy.

  • Falling Global Crude Prices Bolster India's Economic Outlook

    Falling Global Crude Prices Bolster India's Economic Outlook

    Cheaper oil allowed PM Modi to end government price caps on diesel without it hurting consumers. In fact, the decision on Saturday led to an immediate 5.7 per cent fall in pump prices for the fuel that drives rural tractors and urban SUVs.

  • President Promulgates Ordinance for E-Auction of Coal Blocks for Private Firms

    President Promulgates Ordinance for E-Auction of Coal Blocks for Private Firms

    The e-auction of coal blocks for private companies on Tuesday received the nod from President Pranab Mukherjee who promulgated an Ordinance cleared by the Union Cabinet in the backdrop of a Supreme Court order quashing 214 coal blocks to companies since 1993.

  • Fuel Subsidy to Reduce to Rs 75,000 Crore This Year: Oil Minister

    Fuel Subsidy to Reduce to Rs 75,000 Crore This Year: Oil Minister

    Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in an interview to NDTV that the move to deregulate diesel prices is a "well thought decision" and the markets are appreciating it. He also said that as the world is seeing some stability in oil prices, it is the best time to make the most of this opportunity.

  • Government Decision to Deregulate Diesel is 'Credit Positive': Moody's

    Government Decision to Deregulate Diesel is 'Credit Positive': Moody's

    Still, Moody's also noted the fiscal savings for the government's diesel measures "are likely to be limited" given total subsidies account for less than 1 per cent of the country's 2013/14 gross domestic product.

  • Modi Government to Allow Commercial Mining of Coal in Reform Push

    Modi Government to Allow Commercial Mining of Coal in Reform Push

    The Narendra Modi government has set in place building blocks for reforms in the coal sector with the cabinet recommending an Ordinance or executive order with a provision to allow commercial mining for domestic companies, though it has set no timeline for this. The move comes days after the government kicked off reforms in the energy sector by decontrolling diesel prices and hiking gas prices.

  • Private Fuel Retailers to Dip Toe, Not Dive Back, Into India

    Private Fuel Retailers to Dip Toe, Not Dive Back, Into India

    The scrapping of diesel price controls by the government opens the door for private sector refiners to return to a domestic retail market from which they have been excluded for years because they could not compete with state firms.

  • PM Modi Steps Up Economic Reforms, Eyes Privatisation

    PM Modi Steps Up Economic Reforms, Eyes Privatisation

    The government promised on Monday to open up the coal industry to private players and moved closer to selling a stake in a state-run oil company, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked up the pace on economic reform days after relaxing fuel price controls.

  • Closer to Finding Solution on Goods and Services Tax: Commerce Minister

    Closer to Finding Solution on Goods and Services Tax: Commerce Minister

    The Centre is closer to finding a solution to approve a legislative scheme that will enable the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.

  • Government Pushes Ahead With Coal Reforms

    Government Pushes Ahead With Coal Reforms

    The government moved on Monday to open up its coal industry to commercial mining, signalling the most serious shift in 42 years toward allowing private players full participation in the sector.

  • Proposed Ordinance Sets Roadmap for Coal Reforms, Mines to be E-Auctioned

    Proposed Ordinance Sets Roadmap for Coal Reforms, Mines to be E-Auctioned

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday signalled that the government may allow commercial use of mines in the future, but did not indicate when. The government is also using an executive order or Ordinance to acquire the land of nearly 214 coal blocks that were cancelled in September by the Supreme Court.

  • Cabinet Clears Ordinance to Facilitate Re-Allocation of Coal Blocks

    Cabinet Clears Ordinance to Facilitate Re-Allocation of Coal Blocks

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal are briefing the media after Monday's Cabinet meeting.

  • RBI Releases Minutes of Meeting For Greater Transparency

    RBI Releases Minutes of Meeting For Greater Transparency

    Officials who attended the meeting included the central bank governor, deputy governors, executive director, officials from the finance ministry and other stock and insurance sector regulators, among others.

  • Government May Reimpose Curbs on Gold Imports

    Government May Reimpose Curbs on Gold Imports

    The government is mulling over reimposing some restrictions on gold imports after Diwali as higher inward shipments of the metal in the last few months have pushed up the trade deficit, a government official said.

  • Freeing Diesel Will Allow RBI to Cut Rates: India Ratings

    Freeing Diesel Will Allow RBI to Cut Rates: India Ratings

    The government's decision to free diesel prices will give more space to the Reserve Bank (RBI) to slash interest rates earlier than expected, and also help in improving the overall finances of the country, according to a report by India Ratings.

  • Modi Government May Decide on Coal Reforms: Your 10-Point Cheat-Sheet

    Modi Government May Decide on Coal Reforms: Your 10-Point Cheat-Sheet

    The Narendra Modi government may discuss much-needed reforms in the coal sector in a Cabinet meeting today, sources told NDTV. A decision on reforms in the coal sector may come after the government announced linking diesel prices to market rates and hiked prices of domestic gas over the weekend. The government needs to address the deficit in coal supply urgently to reduce import dependence and provide uninterrupted power to fuel a growing economy.

  • Arun Jaitley to Hold Budget Collection Meet Later this Month: Report

    Arun Jaitley to Hold Budget Collection Meet Later this Month: Report

    The government has fixed direct tax collection target of over Rs 7,36,221 crore for 2014-15, which is 15 per cent higher than the last fiscal's revised estimates.

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