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FM says no plan to print currency to tide over Covid crisis

The impact of the second wave of Covid on the economy is expected to be muted given the localised containment measures and rapid upscaling of the vaccination drive, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has told Parliament. She has denied any plan to print currency to tide over the Covid crisis,...

Jul 26 · >

RBI says near-term economic prospects bright

A gradual decline in India’s second wave of COVID-19 infections and an aggressive vaccination push have brightened the near-term prospects for the economy, the Reserve Bank of India said in its July bulletin, released on Thursday. The RBI said there had been a rise in mobility indicators and attendance...

Jul 15 · >

Centre releases Rs 75,000 crore to states as GST compensation

The government on Thursday said it has released Rs 75,000 crore to the states and Union Territories to compensate them for the shortfall in GST revenue. The GST Council in its meeting on May 28 had decided that the central government would borrow Rs 1.59 lakh crore and release...

Jul 15 · >

RBI bars Mastercard from acquiring new customers

The Reserve Bank on Wednesday barred Mastercard Asia Pacific from onboarding new credit, debit and prepaid card customers with effect from July 22 as it failed to comply with data storage norms. The supervisory action will not impact existing customers of Mastercard, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said....

Jul 14 · >

Punjab Govt waives Rs 590 cr loans to labourers, farmers

The Punjab government on Wednesday announced waiver of Rs 590 crore worth of loans under the farm debt waiver scheme for labourers and the landless farming community. The cheques would be issued at a state-level function on August 20, said an official spokesperson after a meeting held on Tuesday....

Jul 14 · >

Ministry says economy showing signs of revival from second wave

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry on Friday said the economy has started showing signs of revival from the impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on the back of targeted fiscal relief, monetary policy and a rapid vaccination drive. The broad-based economic relief package, extended to mitigate...

Jul 9 · >

SC rejects plea for moratorium on bank NPAs

‘fit case’. The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the plea seeking the moratorium on the declaration of accounts as NPA till June 23, it announced. The court said that it is a matter of policy and that it does not see it as a ‘fit case’ for intervention. In...

Jul 9 · >

Special drive to expand PM crop cover to more farmers

In a major farmer outreach, the government on Thursday launched a special drive to enrol more cultivators under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). A week-long drive, starting July 1, will cover all notified areas under the kharif 2021 season with special focus on 75 aspirational districts where...

Jul 8 · >

Food ration eligibility criteria to be changed soon

The Department of Food and Public Distribution is all set to make changes in the eligibility standards for people who take ration from government ration shops across the country. The department which works under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has held several rounds of meetings...

Jul 7 · >

National cyber security strategy soon

The government will release a new cybersecurity strategy this year, National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt Gen (Retd) Rajesh Pant said at an event organised by Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI). He said the strategy would holistically cover the entire ecosystem of cyber space in India. The government is...

Jul 3 · >