IMF cuts India’s growth HIGHLIGHTS: India’s growth projection revised to 6.1 per cent in 2019

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Updated:Oct 15, 2019 7:14:52 pm

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday cut India's GDP growth projection for the year 2019 to 6.1 per cent, which is 1.2 per cent down from its April projections.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday cut India’s GDP growth projection for the year 2019 to 6.1 per cent, which is 1.2 per cent down from its April projections. The global institution in April said India will grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019. However, three months later it projected a slower growth rate for India in 2019, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent. As against India’s real growth rate of 6.8 per cent in 2018, the IMF in its latest World Economic Outlook projected India’s growth rate at 6.1 per cent in 2019 and noted that the Indian economy is expected to pick up the next year at 7.0 per cent in 2020.

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    19:14 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    19:04 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IMF on cyclical weakness

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    19:00 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IMF on slowdown

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    18:58 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IMF on hiring reforms

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    18:52 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    18:49 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Growth will be supported by the lagged effects of monetary policy easing

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    18:46 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IMF revises growth projections

    On Sunday, the World Bank in its latest edition of the South Asia Economic Focus said India's growth rate is projected to fall to 6 per cent in 2019 from 6.9 per cent of 2018.

    18:41 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IMF cuts India's growth projections

    The IMF on Tuesday slashed India's GDP growth projection for the year 2019 to 6.1 per cent, which is 1.2 per cent down from its April projections.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April said India will grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019. However, three months later it projected a slower growth rate for India in 2019, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent.

    18:28 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    18:20 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    17:45 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    16:51 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    15:43 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    BSE live: Sensex ends 291 points higher, Nifty above 11,400; Maruti Suzuki, VEDL top gainers

    The headline indices Sensex and Nifty extended ended higher on Tuesday, led by a rally in financial heavyweights. The Sensex closed 292 points higher at 38,5096, while the Nifty ended above the 11,400-mark. VEDL, ONGC, Maruti Suzuki were among the biggest Sensex gainers, surging up to 4%. After its blockbuster listing yesterday, railway PSU IRTC shares retained gains on Tuesday. IRCTC shares closed at 1.64% down at 716.65. A look at LIVE Sensex heatmap.

    15:32 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IOC to raise Rs 3000 crores via rupee denominated bond issue

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    15:19 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Economic slowdown cyclic in nature; right time to invest in India: Piyush Goyal

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    14:55 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    14:44 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    14:18 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    SBI Recruitment 2019: Multiple posts on offer with salary upto Rs 15 lakh | Check details

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    14:07 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    ISRO Recruitment 2019: Indian Space agency invites application for multiple posts | Check details at

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    13:58 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    PMC Bank crisis: Ex-Jet Airways employee with Rs 90 lakh savings in troubled bank dies of heart attack

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    13:44 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Small business listings: Will SME exchanges continue to outshine main board this Diwali

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    12:59 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Missed IRCTC's blockbuster IPO? Wait before you jump in to buy this railway PSU stock

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    12:01 (IST)15 Oct 2019
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    11:51 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Ayushman Bharat: Over 50 lakh citizens benefited from free treatment in one year, says PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday highlighted the progress made by the government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat programme under which 50 lakh beneficiaries have been treated free of cost. He described it as an “important milestone” towards a healthy India. “It would make every Indian proud that in a year, over 50 lakh citizens have benefited from free of cost treatment thanks to Ayushman Bharat,” he tweeted.

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    11:29 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    HUL remains skeptical about rural demand even after Q2; says, trusts govt to improve agrarian wages

    FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited remained sceptical about the revival of rural demand in the near future despite posting a double-digit profit rise on-year. “The near-term outlook for demand especially in rural India remains challenging,” HUL said announcing its Q2 results. However, the company has put hopes in the government to improve rural incomes as the same is likely to spur demand for FMCG companies. Despite the slowdown in Indian consumer goods industry and acknowledging the “short-term challenges”, the British-Dutch company is bullish about the potential of the FMCG segment and said that it is “well-positioned” to leverage the same.

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    11:12 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Post Office Plan: Double money guaranteed! Turn Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh in 113 months – Here’s how

    The humble post office near you is probably the only place that can guarantee to double your money. While investments in stocks and mutual funds can also double the money, probably in less time, risks associated with them keep small and vulnerable investors away. This is not the case with small savings schemes offered by the Post Office. The investment in the Small Savings Scheme enjoys sovereign guarantee, i.e. the money deposited in small savings schemes will be returned to the investor by the Government in case of default. So, even if the post office shuts down, the investor would not suffer any loss.

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    11:09 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    BPCL disinvestment to be cleared in 2 weeks; Cabinet puts stake sale in 5 PSUs on fast track

    The Union Cabinet will approve the strategic disinvestment of five PSUs, including Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), as well as a proposal to bring down direct government holding in PSUs to below 51%, in the next two weeks. This would serve as a booster for efforts to garner the bulk of the budgeted `1.05-lakh-crore disinvestment receipts from privatisation and exchange traded funds (ETFs). While strategic disinvestment and ETFs would contribute the most to achieve the disinvestment target this year, mobilisations from initial public offers (IPOs), buybacks, offer for sales and asset monetisation would be minimal this year, official sources said.

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    10:47 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    IRCTC shares extend gains after blockbuster listing

    After its blockbuster listing yesterday, railway PSU IRTC shares exteded gains on Tuesday morning. IRCTC stock price was quoting at Rs 748.90 on BSE, 138% higher than the issue price of Rs 320. Yesterday, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) listed at Rs 644 on the BSE, more than doubling investor wealth since its IPO. After the stellar listing, analysts say that investors should not join into the euphoria now.  "I do not believe that Investors need to rush in to buy. The ideal strategy will be to wait out for some time, watch incoming results and then invest," investment advisor Sandip Sabharwal told Financial Express Online.

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    10:25 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Jet Airways resolution gets new lifeline: Synergy gets more time to finalise plan

    The committee of creditors of Jet Airways on Monday decided to give the Synergy Group, the only entity interested in buying the beleaguered airline, time till November 15 to finalise a resolution plan. The Colombian group is understood to have held discussions with the Bird Group for investment into the ailing airline, sources told FE. Bird provides aviation management and other services in India and abroad. With the additional time given to Synergy, the resolution will likely be pushed to December, sources close to the proceedings said.

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    10:07 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    On fast track: IRCTC shares make stellar debut with 128% listing gains

    Shares of state-owned mini ratna Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) made a stellar debut on Monday with listing gains of 128%. The stock ended the day at `728, which is more than double its issue price of `320. At closing, the newly-listed company’s market capitalisation stood at `11,658 crore, which makes it more valuable than other leading listed financial companies. This is the best listing in two calendar years, even as five other companies have clocked listing gains over 100%, including Avenue Supermarts, which had jumped 114% on the listing day. IRCTC is a monopoly and provides catering services to Indian Railways, sells tickets online and packaged drinking water.

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    09:54 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Outreach by banks: Loans of Rs 82,000 cr disbursed in just 9 days, says FM Sitharaman

    Loans to the tune of `81,781 crore were disbursed by the public-sector banks (PSBs) in just nine days through October 9 when the first phase of the outreach programme was organised in various districts, with advances to new customers having made up for as much as `34,342 crore, the finance ministry said on Monday, calling the programme a major success in improving the flow of credit to support economic growth. After a meeting with chiefs of PSBs and top government officials, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the drive saw disbursement to all critical segments of the economy ahead of the Durga Puja festival.

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    09:53 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Negative outlook: Moody’s downgrades Indiabulls Housing Finance

    Rating agency Moody’s Investors Service on Monday downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) and the foreign-currency senior secured rating of Indiabulls Housing Finance to B2 from Ba2, citing the company’s ongoing challenges in terms of accessing funds. Moody’s also downgraded Indiabulls’ foreign and local currency senior secured medium-term note (MTN) programme ratings to (P)B2 from (P)Ba2. The outlook on all ratings, where applicable, remains negative, the rating firm said in a statement. This means that Moody’s does not expect the ratings to be upgraded.

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    09:45 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Gold prices steady ahead of crucial Brexit talks

    Gold prices held steady below the $1,500 per ounce level on Tuesday as markets braced for talks between Britain and the European Union that will determine how smooth Britain’s departure will be from the trading bloc.  Spot gold were flat at $1,492.83 per ounce, as of 0105 GMT. U.S. gold futures were a shade lower at $1,496.90.

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    09:44 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    In lenders’ interest: VTB Capital secures right to monetise 10.71% stake in Zee Entertainment

    VTB Capital, representing a clutch of lenders to the Essel Group, on Monday said that it had secured the right to potentially monetise the 10.71% stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Last week, VTB Capital had disclosed that the said stake in Zee was pledged with it against a loan facility entered in September 2017. On Monday, VTB Capital said that it had enforced certain security rights granted to lenders in order to protect their interests in accordance with the terms of the financing arrangement.

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    09:43 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Oil prices extend losses as weak China data compounds US-China trade deal doubts

    Oil prices dropped again on Tuesday after falling heavily in the previous session, as weak Chinese economic data for September added to lingering concerns about the feasibility of the U.S.-China trade deal announced by President Trump late last week. Brent crude futures fell 30 cents, or 0.5%, to $59.067 barrel by 0142 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures was at $53.38 a barrel, down 21 cents or 0.4%.

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    09:42 (IST)15 Oct 2019
    Paytm close to score $2 billion funds from SoftBank, Ant; valuation to soar to $16 billion

    Paytm is close to scoring $2 billion of new financing from investors including Jack Ma’s Ant Financial and SoftBank Group Corp., a person familiar with the matter said, describing a mega-deal that will raise the temperature in India’s increasingly heated financial payments arena. Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management is also in discussions to join a funding round that values the country’s top online financial services firm at $16 billion, the person said, asking not to be identified talking about a private deal. The funding will be split evenly between equity and debt and is aimed at helping Paytm fend off an influx of rivals, the person said. Talks are in their final stages but the terms could still change, the person added.

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