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Dark clouds gather in the sky over the city in Mumbai on 29 May 2020 | PTI

Modi govt considers new category of investment fund focused on stressed assets

The fund will reportedly be allowed to buy stressed assets directly from the banks and non-banking financial companies.
File photo of people lining up outside an HDFC Bank ATM| Bloomberg

HDFC Bank sees signs of economy reviving in rural and semi-urban areas

Loan outreach programmes in rural areas have given the sense that consumption in rural & semi-urban areas is turning more positive, HDFC Bank says.
LIC headquarters in Mumbai

LIC has lost more than Rs 20,000 crore in just 5 PSU stocks Modi govt made it buy in 2 yrs

India’s largest life insurer LIC has assets of over Rs 31 lakh crore. But value of its investments in firms like New India Assurance, HAL & IDBI Bank has halved.
Demonstrators hold signs during the U.S. Youth Climate Strike in New York, U.S. | Photographer: Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg

Adapting to climate change now will come at a heavy cost

Humans must pay to end the burning of fossil fuels, but they must also pay to change how they live, invest & build in a climate-changed world.
Modi's new cabinet at the swearing-in ceremony | ANI

Modi & his top ministers are risk-averse, invest their money in gold, FDs and land

An analysis of ministers’ declarations shows most of them don’t invest in equities and mutual funds, except Amit Shah and Piyush Goyal.
Pedestrians and traffic move past buildings in Mumbai

Higher taxes are killing India’s nascent hedge funds

Hedge funds are worth saving because they can speak truth to power and put their money where the mouth is.
Nirmala Sitharaman

India can find a cool $1 trillion to fund infrastructure if it follows Australian model

Sitharaman’s best option to find funds is to recycle public assets, something Australian states have successfully achieved with power grids and other assets.
Bengaluru scam story

A Rs 2,000-crore scam in Bengaluru has thrown up cracks among Muslim Congress leaders

Congress MLAs Roshan Baig and Zameer Ahmed Khan, who are known rivals, have denied any connection with the alleged Bengaluru con, which affected over 35,000 people.
People in a mall

Slackening consumer demand is reining in animal spirits of economy

Uncertainty over outcome of elections has cast a shadow on investments & consumer demand has been hit by relatively tight financial conditions.
Indian stocks

NBFCs are running out of options and selling bonds to the public

NBFCs are selling public bonds with the purpose of building a retail base. But individual investors may not be aware of the high risks.

On Camera

Modi govt must consider auctioning loss-making Coal India mines too: Naveen Jindal

India must become ‘Atma Nirbhar’ in coal production. If govt auctions CIL’s loss-making mines, pvt sector can ensure the national exchequer adequately gains.
V. Anantha Nageswaran, member of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council | Image: krea.edu.in | ThePrint Team

High production costs, compliance burden won’t let India emulate China, says PM’s advisor

PM’s Economic Advisory Council member V. Anantha Nageswaran says whittling away unwanted rules and regulations will be a step towards fixing the problem.

Defence

A Heron 1 UAV in flight

India planning to order Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

There is a need for Heron UAVs to add to the existing fleet of drones to meet the Air Force requirements, govt sources said without specifying any number.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.