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Six months of diesel price reforms and result is zero

Thanks to super-slow reforms on energy pricing, India's CAD woes and the rupee will be under continuous pressure till the government opts for big bang change

Economy

GDP estimates: Why it's now looking worse than astrology

The National Stats Commission chief thinks growth was much higher last year. The FM will be hoping he is wrong, because higher growth in 2012-13 may mean less this year

Economy

Why the death of inflation is vastly exaggerated

It is too soon to celebrate the fall of inflation. A verdict on that will have to wait till later this year. Subbarao should thus hasten slowly in rate cuts

Business

Results can wait: SBI chief wants to be with Sonia

The SBI chief apparently has cancelled a scheduled board meeting to be with Sonia Gandhi for the inauguration of 12 bank branches in a day

Economy

One cheer and 5 messages in the March IIP revival

The turnaround in the IIP is good news, but it is too soon to raise a toast.

Investing

Is finmin an Honest Broker when it comes to advising EPFO?

Should the EPFO, not the smartest of retirement fund custodians, be investing where the finance ministry tells it to?

Business

FM bends over backwards to appease rich farmers' lobby

The decision to clarify that farmland will never pay wealth tax shows how far the government will go to woo rich farmers.

Economy

Huff, puff, India will finally be a $2 trillion economy this year

India will finally be a $2 trillion economy this year, but getting back to 8-9 percent growth and becoming a middle income country needs faster reforms

Business

LPG cash subsidy: How oil cos will pay for UPA re-election

The PMO is planning to pay the LPG cash subsidy for only one cylinder upfront: this means the oil companies will bear a part of the UPA's re-election costs

Investing

This may be a time to SIP gold, not sell mindlessly

The recent crash in gold prices is part of the gold bull and bear cycle. It is not a reason to abandon the metal as a false god

Economy

Budget 2013 math is going out of the window already

The subsidy bill is beginning to look very suspicious. The fertiliser minister has already said this year's subsidies are out of alignment with requirements

Economy

Growth budget? The momentum is still southwards

The growth downtrend has not been reversed in Q3. Will Q4 be any better?

Economy

Memo to FM: You can't feed the poor and the corrupt

It is not difficult to remove poverty if you want to. There's enough money wasted in mindless subsidies to feed the poor. But you can't feed the poor and a corrupt system

Economy

Why you should be betting against the rupee now

The rupee has been defying gravity despite weak and worsening fundamentals, including the CAD crisis.

Economy

RBI hint: 7 percent may be the new normal for inflation

Despite the moderation in headline inflation, is the RBI Governor preparing us for a higher level of average inflation?

Economy

5 ways to reduce the Indian appetite for gold

If reducing gold imports is an important short- or medium-term goal, here is the right way to go about it in gold-craxy India

Business

This time it's PF: How long will the courts humour Sahara?

The Sahara Group has got into one more scrape - this time with the PF authorities. It has again moved court.

Business

Don't tax the tax-paying rich even more; find more bakras

Taxing the rich or super rich who are already paying taxes is not the best way to raise more resources. It's better find more rich people who currently don't pay tax

Economy

Why Urjit Patel is unlikely to be Chidu's voice in RBI

The new RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel is unlikely to be telling Subbarao what the finance minister wants him to do.

Economy

Gold: Higher duties will result in more illegal imports

Illegal shipments of gold into the country have started started rising in the last few months after the budget imposed higher import duties on the metal