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Gap in April inflation data due to lockdown sees focus shift to RBI, forecast models

The statistics office didn't publish a complete set of data for consumer and wholesale prices, saying it wasn’t able to conduct all the necessary fieldwork.

TOI, HT on surge in cases, Hindu positive on rate of infection, Covid-19 ‘spectre’ on economy

A round-up of the most important reports in major newspapers around the country – from TOI and HT, Express and The Hindu to The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror and The Tribune, as well as top financial dailies.
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.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

Why MPC meeting postponement looks like Modi is undermining RBI yet again

RBI is on its third governor in four years and investors are left wondering whether India has become something of a halfway house

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.