Thursday, 27 January, 2022
TopicFestive season

Topic: Festive season

There’s a festive cheer in Indian economy, let’s hope today’s energy & optimism is sustained

Is finance minister’s optimism about sustained rapid growth warranted? Govt programmes should be expected to generate some momentum, but macro-economic numbers aren’t encouraging.

It’s not such a happy Dussehra or Diwali this year as tomato, onion, potato prices surge 100%

Traders say the spurt in prices is the result of several factors, including surging fuel prices, crop damage in heavy rains, as well as festive demand.

Indians are opting for ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes for festive season shopping

Rising vaccination rates & declining Covid cases are fueling optimism that people are more willing to spend this year. Consumers are now turning to installment plans from retailers.

60% Indians ready to spend this festive season, up from 30% at Covid 2nd wave peak: Survey

Survey by LocalCircles says the rise indicates the 'economic uncertainty that was prevailing in May at the peak of second Covid-19 wave has greatly reduced'.

71% Indians consciously did not buy Chinese products this festive season, survey finds

According to a survey by LocalCircles, only 29 per cent respondents bought Chinese products this year, which is a 19% decline compared to the purchases made last year.

No crowds, no pandal-hopping, no adda — Kolkata gets ready for unusual Durga Puja

The Calcutta High Court Monday directed the state government to declare all pandals 'no-entry zones', calling for the erection of barricades around them.

Traders pin hope on festive season sales, focus on cars, home appliances, low-value gold

Production and inventory levels are up. However, traders expect this season to see change in purchase patterns amid the pandemic and missing Chinese goods.

Festive season warning — 4 states saw massive Covid surge after Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam

SBI research report says Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Kerala reported 50-60% of all their Covid cases after these festivals in August.

With Pujo looming, Kolkata’s housing complexes are Covid time bombs

Covid management is near collapse in most residential societies. With Mamata Banerjee govt washing its hands off, things can only get worse in the festive season.

On Camera

YourTurn

Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in Lahore | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan is losing the plot. Someone’s chair is about to be pulled again

There is ‘tamasha’ going on in Pakistan. And Imran Khan is having a visible meltdown, while Nawaz Sharif is bemoaning a dead leopard.
Representational image | Photo: Pixabay

India’s economic indicators flash early warning signs for rebound

While the needle on a dial measuring the so-called ‘Animal Spirits’ remained stable, top producers signaled weakness as 2021 wound down.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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