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India, China contribute 45% of global growth: IMF

India, China contribute 45% of global growth: IMF IMF has projected India’s GDP to recover to 7.4% in FY2018-19 from an estimated 6.7% in FY2017-18, a tad higher than 6.6% estimated by CSO China and India—Asia’s first and third largest economies, respectively—should aim for “growth-friendly” fiscal consolidation to promote sustainable, inclusive growth while enhancing resilience as the two countries together contribute 45% to global growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. “Asia continues to be both the fastest-growing region in the world and the main engine of the world’s economy, contributing more than 60% of global growth (three-quarters of which comes from China and India),” IMF said in its Asia Pacific Regional Economic Outlook. Finance minister Arun Jaitley paused fiscal consolidation in 2017-18 as the economy recovered from disruptions related to demonetization and the roll out of the new national goods and service tax (GST). The government has committed to …

India merges anti-dumping, import safeguard bodies

India merges anti-dumping, import safeguard bodies The commerce ministry said the government has amended the rules on allocation of business, shifting work pertaining to safeguard measures to the ministry India has finally merged the two separate bodies handling anti-dumping and import safeguards to form the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), in line with US International Trade Commission (USITC), for providing comprehensive and swift trade defence mechanism under one umbrella. Mint on 14 April 2016 had first reported about the proposal made by the commerce ministry. However, the finance ministry, which had administrative control over the Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS), rejected the commerce ministry’s proposal, Mint reported on 7 September 2016. The commerce ministry, however, went ahead and renamed the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) under its control as DGTR. In a press statement on Wednesday, the commerce ministry said the government ha…

Govt considering 100% FDI in insurance intermediaries to attract more funds

Govt considering 100% FDI in insurance intermediaries to attract more funds The FDI policy, at present, allows 49 per cent foreign investment in the insurance sector The government is considering allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance intermediaries with a view to give a boost to the sector and attracting more funds, sources said.Intermediary services include insurance broking, third party administrators, surveyors and loss assessors.The FDI policy, at present, allows 49 per cent foreign investment in the insurance sector, which includes insurance intermediaries. Sources said that there is a need to de-link the FDI cap in insurance intermediaries from insurance companies.Representations have been made to the government that these intermediary services should be treated at par with other financial services intermediaries, where 100 per cent foreign investment is permitted.Further, industry experts stated that the insurance sector is being impacted due to weak d…

Half of EPFO board likely to be replaced

Half of EPFO board likely to be replaced At least half of the long term representatives on the central board of trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will make way for new members when the board is reconstituted by the end of this month, marking a shift from the past model that had no cap on tenure. This follows a decision last year that no board member will hold the post for more than two terms. Earlier, members could be re-appointed any number of times. The CBT, the apex decision-making body of the EPFO, is reconstituted every five years. The induction of new members is expected to help the organisation push through the modernisation agenda. The CBT, the apex decision-making body of the EPFO, is reconstituted every five years. The induction of new members is expected to help the organisation push through the modernisation agenda. The CBT comprises 10 members of trade unions or employees’ representatives, 10 members of employers’ representatives, and 20 members fr…

Government likely to withdraw tax notice on free banking services

Government likely to withdraw tax notice on free banking services Every bank offers a different slab of minimum balance to customers, based on which 'free services' are provided The tax department will likely withdraw a show-cause notice issued to several banks asking them to pay the service tax on ‘free services’ provided to customers, following the finance ministry’s intervention .The department of financial services (DFS) has presented the views of the banks that have opposed the tax to the revenue department. “We have spoken to the revenue department and requested them not to pursue the case. The matter will be settled and the case might not be pursued further,” said a senior finance ministry official. Some of the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) offices had issued the notice to some private banks, including ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank, and a few public sector banks, including State Bank of India (SBI), asking them to pay penalty and …

Economy under recovery after dual shock of demonetisation and GST: Research

Economy under recovery after dual shock of demonetisation and GST: Research On the monetary side, areas of concern are rising bond yields which indicate potential slippages on the fiscal front The Indian economy is gradually coming out of the twin shock of demonetisation and GST which temporarily derailed growth, India Ratings said.The ratings agency, however, cautioned on the possible widening of the current account deficit (CAD) due to rising oil prices which was creating pressure on the currency. "Our research has shown that major macro parameters like manufacturing, capital goods production, non-food credit and consumption are showing signs of recovery," India Ratings chief economist Devendra Pant told PTI.On the monetary side, areas of concern are rising bond yields which indicate potential slippages on the fiscal front, he said."Things are improving now. If things behave as they are now and the policy remains conducive, growth in current fiscal is expected to be 7.4 …