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Shoppers walk through the New Market area in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a re-election bid in national elections | Photo by Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

India needs foreign capital to fund record borrowing, IDFC says

Overseas funds have long sought greater access to Indian debt but they hold just 3.4% of the almost Rs 60 trillion of outstanding sovereign bonds.
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India’s first overseas debt bond sale is failing

India’s first planned foray into the overseas bond market may be stillborn due to its historical aversion to borrowing in foreign currencies.
Nirmala Sitharaman during the post-Budget press conference | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Sitharaman says govt will soon hold talks with foreign investors over sovereign bonds sale

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said nothing more has been done on the proposed issuance of sovereign bonds since the announcement during the Budget.
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How govt of India and RBI can manage the risk of foreign currency borrowing

The risk of foreign currency borrowing can be minimised if govt and RBI stick to FRBM Act and inflation-targeting frameworks. A Public Debt Management Agency also needs to be set up.

Swadeshi Jagran Manch to oppose Modi govt’s plan to sell foreign sovereign bonds

Ashwani Mahajan of Swadeshi Jagran Manch says foreign debt is a dangerous idea as it will open India up to inflation risk & will raise this with Modi.

On Camera

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Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
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Economy showing signs of recovery but pandemic may affect business climate: Finance Ministry

Improved kharif sowing, pick-up in electricity and petrol consumption, and higher freight movement indicate green shoots in the economy, ministry report stated.

Defence

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PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
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It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.