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Rising inflation unlikely to worry RBI too much

With indicators from car sales to liquidity suggesting that economic activity may be cooling, economists expect at least one more rate reduction soon.
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.
A Bharat Petroleum Corp. oil refinery in the Mahul area of Mumbai | Bloomberg

Oil prices are climbing again and that’s bad news for inflation outlook

Crude prices are at 5-month high and pose a risk to benign inflation expectations that allowed RBI to cut rates.
Gita Gopinath

IMF’s Gita Gopinath says there’s no free lunch in modern monetary theory

Gita Gopinath is latest big-name economist to weigh in on MMT theory, which is seeking to shift debate on limits to how much countries can spend.

NDA govt took measures, including keeping prices under check, to help the middle class: PM Modi

The prime minister said that it was his government after Atal Bihari Vajpayee's that had brought prices under control unlike the erstwhile Congress government.

Focus shifts to April rate cut as inflation quickens

Retail inflation rose to a four-month high of 2.57% in February, but stayed benign leading to calls for the RBI for lower interest rates.

What India’s top women economists predict for 2019

Slower growth & benign inflation will boost chances of back-to-back interest rate cuts by RBI in April.
A pedestrian walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai

This is what is spooking India’s bond market

What's troubling the market - beyond the known $100 billion deficit for next fiscal - is the additional, below-the-radar govt funding it's being asked to provide.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai | Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images

Easing core inflation could push RBI to cut rates again

Core inflation has remained sticky at around 6% and is a key reason economists cautioned against more rate cuts after last week’s surprise easing.
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

RBI’s rate cut comes as pre-election stimulus for Modi govt

Govt officials were quick to praise the cut but economists are concerned that the monetary & fiscal stimulus would be inflationary.

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.


Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.