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P Vaidyanathan Iyer


Big booster dose but interest waiver could have given small borrower a firmer cushion
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Tuesday slashed the policy rate, flushed the financial system with liquidity using multiple instruments, and used conventional as well as unconventional tools to support the economy.

Rs 1.7 lakh crore Covid-19 package: Many who have been hit still left out, relief too little
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

The central government’s package, as it is, comes a week after Kerala first announced a Rs 20,000-crore support for its people. Many states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Telangana and Rajasthan followed suit.

Unorganised workers have been hit hard, need direct payments, India Inc tells PM Modi
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Over the last few weeks, many daily wage labourers and part of the unorganised or informal sector could not find work because of the lockdown.

Economy infected: Task force has a prescription, concerns mount over delay
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Over the last one month, the government pulled out all stops to contain the spread of the Covid-19. During this period, economic ministries including Commerce and Industry, Heavy Industries, Road Transport, Civil Aviation, Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Affairs met and heard stakeholders.

Explained: Why capping withdrawals from Yes Bank is a terrible idea
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

Capping withdrawals for Yes Bank depositors is foolish for two specific reasons, particularly when the economy is floundering with growth rates of around 5%.

Prachi Mishra: ‘Growth is important for jobs… If we reach 8-9%, automatically there’ll be employment creation’:
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

Speaking about RBI's stance on inflation, Dr Prachi Mishra said, "Core inflation is about 30-40 per cent of the basket, which is low compared to other countries. But that’s a standard macroeconomic indicator of what stage of the cycle you are at".

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das: Focus on growth intact, will not let NBFCs collapse
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Asserting that the central bank has the space for independence and autonomy, RBI Governor Shaktikant Das said all decisions taken in the last year “are our own objective, independent decisions”.

Shaktikanta Das: ‘If opinions differ… better I address govt directly, internally… focus only on outcome’
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das underlined the central bank’s focus on growth and financial stability, its relationship with the government and the challenge in sustaining the first trickle of positive numbers.

Budget was expected to give positive impulses to the economy. It took no bold steps
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

The government has lulled itself into imagining the slowdown is cyclical, and counter-cyclical policies — fiscal and monetary — can reverse the growth path. That be so, but has the government moved with conviction to pursue such policies?

Union Budget 2020-21: Little room to spend, Govt plays safe on fisc, banks on demand
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Union Budget 2020-21, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday, carried a visible imprint of the Prime Minister’s fiscal conservatism, inasmuch as it kept a tight leash on expenditure, tacitly admitting there was little headroom for higher spending.

Holding rates of interest: RBI cites inflation which raises questions
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

The retail inflation of 4.6 per cent in October was largely due to increase in food prices, which is seasonal, and more transient in nature.

Explained: Why GDP slowdown isn’t a surprise and how Govt and RBI saw this coming more than a year ago
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

This sharp powering down has disrupted the plans of Corporate India. Companies across sectors — from those making tractors to toothpaste — had, over the last two decades, been primed to plan for a trend growth rate of 8 per cent.

Key sales numbers show rural demand may dip further
Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Warning signs across FMCG, tractors & 2-wheelers, gold, real rural wages

Express Adda with Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘Difficulty is not in taking a call on reforms, it’s in moving forward’
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was the guest at the recent Express Adda held in Mumbai. She spoke to The Indian Express on India’s decision to not join the RCEP, boosting investment and ushering in reforms

The Shell Game
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

The unravelling of the India leg of the global off-shore investigation that took the world by storm.

A to Z of Ayodhya verdict
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Ayodhya verdict: The 1,045-page order — its context and contents — broken down.

India Inc opposes Sebi directive on separating owner from management
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

On May 9, 2018, Sebi amended the ‘Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirement’ regulations stating that the Chairperson of the board shall be a non-executive director and not related to the MD/ CEO.

15th finance panel may grant special award to J&K
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

“Some special dispensation for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir is likely. This will be in the letter and spirit of the August 5 decision taken by the government,” said a government source who did not wish to be named.

Couple Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo share Nobel for Economics
Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Together with Michael Kremer, Nobel committee recognises their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty; Modi to Rahul to Mamata, India applauds.

65 days after lockdown, officials in Valley caution: Don’t call this ‘normal’
Wed, Oct 09, 2019

“There is a permanence to the change in the status of the state and the people post August 5. Silence, humiliation, resentment, anger and protest in the nature of self-imposed curfews has been the reaction so far. It hasn’t manifested in violence. So far,” said an official.