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Samples of pulses are displayed in a wholesaler at Khari Baoli spice market in New Delhi | Photo: Ruhani Kaur | Bloomberg

Retail inflation dips to 6.58% in February from 7.59% in January

Inflation came down mainly due to easing in food inflation which came down to 10.81% in February from 13.63% in January.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Congress is trying to corner BJP on economy, one press conference at a time

Congress is holding daily press meets to target Modi govt over economic downturn. Rahul Gandhi is likely to go on a tour to address issues related to public.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is set to present the Union Budget 2020-21 on 1 February | Photo: ANI

It’ll be a tight-rope walk, but here’s what Sitharaman can do to boost investor confidence

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman faces difficult choice in Budget 2020 — to provide stable policy regime or make policy changes to arrest the slowdown.

Subramanian Swamy’s bizarre economic solution & Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘inflation horse’

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Inflation knocking on the door, ‘criticise’ Rahul to get leave and ‘batsman’ Satya Nadella

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Satish Acharya

Hating ‘Windows’, inflation high up in sky & Sitharaman’s absence from budget meet

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Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

It’s not inflation but economic stagnation that poses a bigger worry for India

Risk of economic stagnation combined with high inflation has risen, though former remains the dominant force. RBI shouldn’t get nervous and worsen it.
Retail inflation

Inflation jumps to 5-year high of 7.35%, could hold RBI back from cutting rates again

Rising vegetable & pulses prices are blamed for the runaway inflation. This is expected to force RBI to hold key rates next month.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Inflation set to breach 6% limit today as rising oil price is the new threat

Oil rose above $70 a barrel last week amid US-Iran tensions, and while they’ve since eased, prices remain elevated compared to last year.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

5.5% inflation is transitory, it shouldn’t prevent a fiscal boost in Budget 2020

The rise in consumer price inflation (CPI) in the weeks before the presentation of the Union Budget has raised concerns that it could influence announcements at a time when the Indian economy desperately needs a fiscal boost. This rise in inflation is caused by an increase in food prices, but is expected to be transitory. Such inflationary pressures should not prevent the government from giving a fiscal boost to generate demand. For long-term debt sustainability, the government should initiate debt market reforms.  RBI panel has to look at inflationary pressures The recent rise in food inflation has resulted in an increase in headline inflation. In December, CPI rose by 5.5 per cent over the last year, driven mainly by vegetable prices, which grew at 36 per cent in November, the last data available. Whenever vegetable prices have grown sharply in the past, there is a supply response, and they come down in a...

On Camera

Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai

Your coronavirus nightmares are good for you. They’ll help prepare for scary times

If your dreams are dark, it’s just the mind’s way of coping. Dreaming about the precise problem you’re trying to solve may be especially helpful.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.