Indian Economy's Performance – Life after Demonetization..

Indian Economy seems to have braved the impact of demonetisation reasonably well, as per the figures released by MOSPI today. GDP records a growth of 7% for quarter ended Dec’16, lower than 7.3% in Q2 but still far better than the decline projected. However, this may still be too early to take things for granted … Continue reading Indian Economy's Performance – Life after Demonetization..
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Wind Power – Gain With The Wind…!

The completion of auction for wind power at record tariff of less than Rs 3.5 per unit marks a new beginning for wind power, close on the heels of gains in Solar Power. While this is certainly an important milestone, there would still be challenges ahead and it may be too early to celebrate. A … Continue reading Wind Power – Gain With The Wind…!
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Startups – The Churn Continues..

The startup ecosystem continues to face grave challenges resulting in huge layoffs and closing down. The latest in the list is layoffs at Snapdeal and closing down of stayzilla, a provider of homestay option for travellers. A brief look at the whole business.. Start-Ups seemed to have caught the fancy of hedge funds and venture … Continue reading Startups – The Churn Continues..
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Resolving NPAs – Understanding Asset Rehabilitation Agency..

NPAs of the banking sector, especially the public sector continue to remain high, estimated at about 12% for PSBs. While various measures have been taken to resolve the issue, none seems to have worked so far. This has led to the proposal of creating a public sector asset rehabilitation agency (PARA) by the Economic Survey, … Continue reading Resolving NPAs – Understanding Asset Rehabilitation Agency..
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Analysing India's External Debt…

Even though rising level of forex reserves continues to get the limelight, a data not looked at adequately is the rising level of external debt. Over last ten years, India’s external debt has increased by as much as three & half times, much faster than the increase in forex reserves. A look at India’s external … Continue reading Analysing India's External Debt…
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India's Space Odyssey…

The successful launch of as many as 104 satellites in one go, the maximum so far in the world, is another big feather in the ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) cap. It has been a long, successful journey for ISRO over last four decades which has gathered pace lately. A look at India’s journey so far.. … Continue reading India's Space Odyssey…
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Vodafone-Idea Merger Proposal – The Rationale..

The confirmation by Vodafone Plc recently that it is in talks with Idea Cellular for potential merger of Vodafone India is another big churn in the Indian Telecom sector. While R-Jio’s entry was expected to disrupt the market, that the second largest player would call it quits is unanticipated and quite shocking. A look at … Continue reading Vodafone-Idea Merger Proposal – The Rationale..
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Economic Survey Highlights..

The Economic Survey, presented just a day before the Budget, loses the attention it deserves in the din of Budget. However, the Report, nothing less than a holy book for the economist, carries wealth of information, to be covered in a series of articles, the first being this.. Despite all the criticism India faces, especially … Continue reading Economic Survey Highlights..
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Understanding GAAR (General Anti-Avoidance Rules)..

Consider a situation where a foreign entity provides loan to an Indian company and receives interest which is not fixed but linked to profits. Or consider a treaty between India and country X whereby sale of shares in an Indian company held by an investor from country X shall be taxed only if the shares … Continue reading Understanding GAAR (General Anti-Avoidance Rules)..
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Understanding Greece Debt Crisis…

Greece debt crisis seems to have divided Euro area and IMF with fresh warning coming from IMF of potential debt default by Greece. The crisis which began in 2009, causing erosion of as much as 25% of GDP, unemployment rate at nearly the same percent, refuses to provide any comfort to the nation as also … Continue reading Understanding Greece Debt Crisis…
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