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RBI is struggling to get banks to cut interest rates

A mismatch between deposits & credit growth & competition from govt for small-savings limit ability of banks to transmit monetary policy easing.

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 bronze bull statue stands at the entrance to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai

Indian economy makes a weak start in 2019

A pullback in exports and business activity indicate weaker investors’ confidence in the Indian market.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) headquarters

Even New Zealand is inspired by India’s interest rate surprise

New Zealand, a pioneer of the inflation target, is sounding more dovish and pushed out its forecast for a hike to 2021.
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India’s ‘animal spirits’ subside as falling demand hits the economy

The indicator, compiled by Bloomberg, reflects a pullback in new orders & business activity, as well as easing inflationary pressures.
RBI Headquarters in Mumbai

Why RBI must cut interest rates in its next monetary policy panel meet

With no upswing in output growth and low consumer price inflation, the stage is set for cutting interest rates.

Indian markets upbeat after dip in inflation, appointment of new RBI chief

Shaktikanta Das' views that inflation is benign has given economists hopes that the RBI may lower interest rates.
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RBI holds interest rates amid slowing inflation

RBI decision to hold rates is likely to appease Modi govt, which wants banks to continue lending to boost growth before Lok Sabha polls.
Urjit Patel

Watch out for what RBI governor Urjit Patel says about autonomy today, not rates

Interest rates likely to stay unchanged. But investors are watching how Urjit Patel will respond to state's push for more say over RBI's role.
Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley’s North Block office being renovated, sanitised ahead of his return August-end

The finance minister returns as India’s world-beating growth faces downside risks from high crude oil prices and rising interest rates.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.