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Jet Airways stock plummets by a record 34% day after operations are suspended

Jet Airways shares fell 8.1 percent to Rs 240.50 Tuesday. They declined 13 percent in 2019 after losing two-thirds of their worth in 2018.
An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Jet Airways lenders hopeful of successful bidding day after airline suspends operations

Banks Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations.

New govt should review RBI’s inflation goals, says PM Modi’s economic adviser

PM Modi’s Economic Advisory Council Rathin Roy says India will need to decide whether the inflation target band of 2% to 6% is too wide.
Mukesh Ambani, billionaire and chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd., pauses during a panel session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

Reliance considering to sell 25% of refinery business to Aramco and Adnoc

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. could fetch at least $10 billion in the refinery business deal, according to sources.
India's working class

India’s jobless rate doubled while it’s growth was world-beating since 2011, says study

After remaining at about 2-3% during the decade to 2011, the jobless rate increased to more than 6% in 2018, a report by the Azim Premji University shows.

‘Challenging and lonely’ path of women CEOs slowly gets busier

The small but growing class of female CEOs, includes GM’s Marry Barra and Best Buy’s Corie Barry, who could create the critical mass needed to pull other women to the top of the corporate ladder.
Sensex

Sensex, Nifty scale new life-time closing highs

Investors are in an intense buying mode for the fourth session in a row on near-normal monsoon forecast and bumper corporate earnings optimism.
A crude oil tanker from Kharg Island oil terminal in the Persian Gulf, Iran | Bloomberg

Iran’s biggest oil clients put imports on hold as they wait to see if US extends waivers

Most Asian buyers are avoiding imports for next month as it’s unclear what will happen to the exemptions that expire in the first week of May.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed on a gate at the central bank's headquarters in Mumbai, India

Monsoon worries are a new headwind for bond rally

Predictions for below-average rain by a private forecast has raised spectre of increasing food costs combining with higher oil prices.

Election promises are giving a big push to financing deals for infrastructure projects

Loans for projects came to Rs 520 billion in March quarter, the highest since 2011, compared with Rs 144 billion in previous quarter.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.