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“COVID 19 lockdown increased our hardships” - Voices from the women-led households of Mumbai
India

“COVID 19 lockdown increased our hardships” - Voices from the women-led households of Mumbai

Women informal workers, who are the only earning members of the family, are demanding immediate attention to their issues of unemployment and financial instability.

More than 60 percent people believe China responded better to the Coronavirus pandemic than the US did
World

More than 60 percent people believe China responded better to the Coronavirus pandemic than the US did

Only a third of the people surveyed, around the world, thought that the US had responded effectively to the pandemic.

Moody's downgrades India's rating to Baa3; outlook remains ‘negative’; says move not driven by impact of COVID-19 outbreak
Business

Moody's downgrades India's rating to Baa3; outlook remains ‘negative’; says move not driven by impact of COVID-19 outbreak

The global rating agency Moody's Investors Service on Monday downgraded India's rating to BAA3 from Baa2, and its short-term local-currency rating to P-3 from P-2

EPFO releases Rs 868 crore pension along with Rs 105 crore arrear for commutation
Business

EPFO releases Rs 868 crore pension along with Rs 105 crore arrear for commutation

Retirement fund body EPFO on Monday said it has released Rs 868 crore pension along with Rs 105 crore arrears on account of restoration of commuted value of (higher) pension

Govt launches Rs 5,000-cr special credit facility for street vendors; here's all you need to know about Rs 10,000 loan scheme
Business

Govt launches Rs 5,000-cr special credit facility for street vendors; here's all you need to know about Rs 10,000 loan scheme

In order to revive businesses of street vendors that have taken a serious hit due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Centre has launched a special micro-credit facility amounting to a total of Rs 5,000 crore that will provide them Rs 10,000 as initial working capital

Cheaper gas to cut urea subsidy bill; to boost profitability of urea makers: CRISIL Ratings
Business

Cheaper gas to cut urea subsidy bill; to boost profitability of urea makers: CRISIL Ratings

Profitability of urea makers is likely to surge due to reimbursement of additional fixed cost, as cheaper gas will reduce urea subsidy bill by Rs 12,000 crore, according to a report

Govt rejects Flipkart's proposal for entering food retail sector, company says will re-apply
Business

Govt rejects Flipkart's proposal for entering food retail sector, company says will re-apply

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has rejected Walmart-backed Flipkart’s proposal seeking approval for entry to the food retail sector citing a regulatory issue, an official said on Monday

Coronavirus Lockdown: Hotel stocks rally up to 19% as govt lifts curbs on operations from 8 June
Business

Coronavirus Lockdown: Hotel stocks rally up to 19% as govt lifts curbs on operations from 8 June

Hotel stocks on Monday zoomed up to 19 percent after the government said the opening of hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls will start from 8 June

Fiscal deficit widens to 4.6% of GDP in 2019-20, higher than revised estimates of 3.8%
Business

Fiscal deficit widens to 4.6% of GDP in 2019-20, higher than revised estimates of 3.8%

The country's fiscal deficit widened to 4.6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product in 2019-20 mainly on account of poor revenue realisation, according to official data

GDP growth likely be at 3.6% in Jan-Mar quarter, says Care Ratings; govt to release data today evening
Business

GDP growth likely be at 3.6% in Jan-Mar quarter, says Care Ratings; govt to release data today evening

The country's GDP growth is likely to be at 3.6 percent in January-March 2020 as economic activity came to a complete halt due to the countrywide lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak, says a report

Govt measures to deal with coronavirus impact 'very positive', says former RBI governor Bimal Jalan
Business

Govt measures to deal with coronavirus impact 'very positive', says former RBI governor Bimal Jalan

Former Reserve Bank Governor Bimal Jalan on Thursday described the initiatives taken by the government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 as "very positive" and hoped that these would help in containing the decline in growth

Forced lending to cripple banks; NPAs to soar by up to 600 bps in 2 years: Fitch Ratings
Business

Forced lending to cripple banks; NPAs to soar by up to 600 bps in 2 years: Fitch Ratings

With incremental bank lending making up the bulk of the government's nearly Rs 21 lakh crore stimulus package, lenders face significant asset quality challenges which can increase their dud loan ratios by up to 6 percentage points over the next two years, warns a report

Coronavirus Outbreak: Nirmala Sitharaman chairs FSDC panel meeting, takes stock of economy
Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: Nirmala Sitharaman chairs FSDC panel meeting, takes stock of economy

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday reviewed the state of the economy at the meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), in view of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Air India employee unions seek Rs 50,000 cr financial package from govt for flag carrier
Business

Air India employee unions seek Rs 50,000 cr financial package from govt for flag carrier

A joint forum of Air India employees and staff unions has sought a Rs 50,000 crore financial succour from the government for the national carrier, stating that the airline is a necessity for the country

Chidambaram attacks govt for discontinuing RBI Bonds scheme, says it is another 'cruel blow' to citizens
Business

Chidambaram attacks govt for discontinuing RBI Bonds scheme, says it is another 'cruel blow' to citizens

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday hit out at the government for discontinuing the RBI Bonds scheme, saying it is another "cruel blow" to the citizens

Govt amends norms; companies' contribution to PM CARES Fund to qualify as CSR expenditure
Business

Govt amends norms; companies' contribution to PM CARES Fund to qualify as CSR expenditure

The government has amended the norms whereby contributions by corporates to the PM CARES Fund will qualify as CSR spending under the companies law

Coronavirus Lockdown: Trader's body writes to PM, suggests measures to tide over financial stress
Business

Coronavirus Lockdown: Trader's body writes to PM, suggests measures to tide over financial stress

A national body of traders has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting a host of measures to help the community tide over the crisis triggered by the coronavirus lockdown, including putting a cap on the value of e-commerce sales and giving access to Udyog Aadhaar cards

Rs 90, 000 cr package to provide only temporary relief to discoms but not long-term stability: India Ratings
Business

Rs 90, 000 cr package to provide only temporary relief to discoms but not long-term stability: India Ratings

The Rs 90,000 crore package would provide only a temporary relief to power distribution companies but not long-term stability, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said on Tuesday

Trade unions stage protests against suspension, tweaking of labour laws by some states during lockdown
Business

Trade unions stage protests against suspension, tweaking of labour laws by some states during lockdown

Ten central trade unions on Friday held protests across the country to oppose suspension and tweaking of labour laws by states