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Demonetisation was Executed Poorly, Introduction of 2000 Notes was a bad idea: Uday Kotak
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Demonetisation was Executed Poorly, Introduction of 2000 Notes was a bad idea: Uday Kotak

Mumbai:  Speaking at former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian's book launch, the MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank said that the outcome of the controversial demonetisation would have been "significantly better" if "simple things" like cancelling the introduction of higher denomination Rs 2,000 notes. The executive vice chairman and managing director of the fourth largest private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank has also said small businesses are in a difficult situation at present and has welcomed the government focus to revive the sector. On demonetisation, he said the outcomes would have been different if it was planned well. "I think we would have had significantly better outcomes, if we had just thought about simple things. If you are taking out Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, why ...
India to Emerge Fastest Growing Economy in 2018:IMF Report
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India to Emerge Fastest Growing Economy in 2018:IMF Report

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that India will be the fastest-growing major economy in 2018, with a growth rate of 7.4 percent that rises to 7.8 percent in 2019 with medium-term prospects remaining positive. The Report on Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook said that the country is recovering from demonetisation and introduction of GST Tax, and "the recovery is expected to be underpinned by a rebound from transitory shocks as well as robust private consumption." Meanwhile, in the broader perspective, IMF has estimated that Asian economies will remain strong within growth outlook but will be vulnerable to a sudden tightening in global financial conditions and a shift towards protectionist policies. In its regional economic outlook update, IMF has project...
World Bank predicts 7.3% growth for India in 2018
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World Bank predicts 7.3% growth for India in 2018

The World Bank has predicted a growth rate of 7.3 percent for India for the current year and 7.5 percent for 2019 and 2020 and has observed that Indian economy has recovered from the effects of demonetization and Goods and Service Tax (GST). In its South Asia Economic Focus Meet held twice a year, World Bank said, Growth is expected to step up from 6.7 in 2017 to 7.3 percent in 2018 and will subsequently get stabilize supported by a sustained recovery in private investment and private consumption. In its report, it was also stated that India should now strive to advance investments and exports so that it can benefit from its recovery in global growth. Within the Indian section of the report, the bank also approved that disruptions from demonetization and implementation of GST creat...
India Can Grow At 8 Percent For Next 20 Years: UN Expert
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India Can Grow At 8 Percent For Next 20 Years: UN Expert

India can achieve an 8 per cent growth rate for the next two decades if it unleashes the next set of reforms that could help it in realising its full potential, according to a senior UN official. The UN, in its latest report, projected Indias growth rate to be 7.2 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent in 2019. Describing India's economic condition as largely positive and "favourable to growth", Sebastian Vergara, an Economic Affairs Officer at the UN, said the country needs to unleash the next set of reforms to achieve its potential. "It needs to think as to how to maintain and consolidate its growth for a very long period of time. India in our assessment has the potential to grow at eight per cent, not for a few years, but 20 years," Vergara told PTI. "For that, India needs to com...
Economic Growth Likely To Pick Up In Q2, Say Experts
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Economic Growth Likely To Pick Up In Q2, Say Experts

Indias economic growth is likely to show a significant improvement for the September quarter of the current fiscal over the previous three months, when the GDP slipped to a 3-year low of 5.7 per cent, say experts. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is scheduled to come out on Thursday with the estimates of the second quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The data will also capture the impact of the Goods and Service Tax (GST), which was implemented from July 1. Based on a survey of economists, industry body Ficci expects that the economic growth would rebound to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter, a significant improvement over the April-June numbers. "The slowdown in the economy due to demonetisation and the adjustment impact of GST implementation seems to be bottoming out and ...
Indian Government Makes Changes in GST, Relief to SMEs and Exporters
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Indian Government Makes Changes in GST, Relief to SMEs and Exporters

Three months after the rollout of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council today made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items. Businesses with annual turnover of up to Rs 1.5 crore, which constitute 90 per cent of the taxpayer base but pay only 5-6 per cent of total tax, have been allowed to file quarterly income returns and pay tax instead of the current provision of monthly filings. Also, the turnover threshold for businesses to avail of the composition scheme that allows them to pay 1-5 per cent tax without going through tedious formalities, was raised to Rs 1 crore from current Rs 75 lakh. "GST Council has considered the implementation experience of t...
Fintech Among Top 5 Sectors For Funding In 2016: Deloitte
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Fintech Among Top 5 Sectors For Funding In 2016: Deloitte

Indian FinTech is one of top five markets by value of capital funding and investments in the sector with nearly USD 270 million of funding in 2016, according to a recent report. The report also noted that in medium-term fintech players will consolidate th (more…)
Indian Finance Ministry Receives Over 38,000 Mails on Black Money Email id
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Indian Finance Ministry Receives Over 38,000 Mails on Black Money Email id

The email address launched by the Finance Ministry for getting tips about black money received over 38,000 emails, but only 16 per cent of them were forwarded for further inquiry, CBDT said in a reply to an RTI query earlier this month. Jitendra Ghadge, a city-based Right To Information activist, had asked for information about response to the email address 'blackmoneyinfo@incometax.gov.in', launched last December. The Central Board of Direct Taxes said in its reply dated April 7 that 38,068 emails were received, and 6,050 or about 16 per cent of them were forwarded to the respective Director Generals Of Income Tax (Investigation) for further inquiry. The remaining 32,018 emails were closed without any action, it said. To Ghadge's query about number of "false" emails received, ...
Indian Services Sector Returns to Growth After 3 Month Contraction
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Indian Services Sector Returns to Growth After 3 Month Contraction

The services sector returned to the growth zone in February after three months of demonetisation- driven contraction but recovery was 'mild' and business confidence remained subdued, a monthly survey showed today. Besides, higher input costs forced companies to hike prices and the rising inflationary pressure may result in the Reserve Bank keeping away from any interest rate easing in the immediate future. The Nikkei India Services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which tracks services sector output on a monthly basis, stood at 50.3 in February, up from 48.7 registered in January. After slipping to a near three-year low last November, which was the first monthly drop in output since June 2015, the headline index edged has now edged back above the 50.0 mark, which separates expansion...
Prime Minister Unveiled 2 Lucky Draw Schemes To Promote Cashless India Vision
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Prime Minister Unveiled 2 Lucky Draw Schemes To Promote Cashless India Vision

With an eye on cashless economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled two schemes "Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapaar Yojana" for customers and traders alike to promote mobile banking and e-payments. Making his last monthly address this year in his Mann ki Baat programme, he said there is "an atmosphere of curiosity" in the country as to what is cashless, how cashless business can take place and how one can make purchases without using cash. "To encourage this trend, strengthen mobile banking and inculcate the habit of making e-payments, the government is launching from today encouragement schemes for consumers as well as traders. To encourage customers, the scheme is Lucky Grahak Yojana and to encourage traders, the scheme is Digi Dhan Vyapaar Yojana," he said. Modi...
Indian Street Food Vendors Need to be Trained in Cashless Sales
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Indian Street Food Vendors Need to be Trained in Cashless Sales

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy today said street food vendors across the country needed to be trained to undertake cashless transactions, as he interacted with them at the end of a national street food festival here. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship awarded certificates to the vendors trained under 'Skill India Mission'. He presented a scientifically-designed food cart to Radha Devi, who has a tea stall in Sarojini Nagar area. "The minister talked to the vendors on the need and benefits of serving hygienic and safe food," a senior official said. "Keeping in mind demonetisation, he stressed the fact that all street food vendors need to be trained for digital options for payments and they should be efficient in accepting cashles...