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Saturday, July 4, 2009

India can export wheat but in limit - Govt

It may be called as a good news for both govt wheat exporters as well as private firms or may be not, because there will be no subsidy from government this time around, so the wheat exporters might be dissapointed by this as they can't lower the selling price of wheat when compared to US wheat. Indian wheat would cost more than $240 a tonne in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, or $20-$30 more than Black Sea and U.S. wheat.

The government has allowed the export of 900,000 tonnes of wheat by state-run firms and 650,000 tonnes of wheat products by private trade as monsoon rains revived after a dry spell.export of wheat products was viable but the government had to give details of how it would monitor exports.

Analysts said the move had been anticipated by the market as a panel of federal ministers decided early this year to allow exports of two million tonnes of wheat and wheat products.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Forex reserves rises by $932 million

Indian Foreign reserves rose $932 mn during the week ended June 26, partly on account of cross currency revaluation and also some mop up of inflows by the central bank. While the government has vacated their ways and means advances (WMA) with the central bank. So foreign institutional investor's are showing confidence in indian economy amidst economic crises.

According to the latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India in its weekly statistical supplement (WSS), total foreign exchange reserves including gold and special drawing rights (SDR - currency with the International Monetary Fund) rose $932 mn to touch $264.58 bn during the week ended June 26.

Almost the entire growth in reserves was on account of the rise in foreign currency assets, which went up $924 mn, while the reserves with the IMF rose $8 mn.

Railway Budget - 50 world class stations to be brought up

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that about 50 stations are to be developed into world class stations with international level facilities.

Banerjee said that these stations would be developed through innovative financing and in Public Private Partnership mode.

Some of these stations are: CST Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Howrah, Sealdah, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Amritsar, Kanpur, Guwahati, Jaipur, Chennai Central, Tiruvananthapuram Central, Secunderabad, Tirupati, Bangalore City, Baiyapanahali (Bangalore), Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Habibganj, Gaya Jn., Agra Cantt., Mathura Jn., Chandigarh, Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri, Majerhat, Mangalore, Porbandar, Anand Vihar, Brijwasan, Ajmer and Puri. Banerjee also announced the construction of Multi-Functional Complexes (MFCs) in station premises for providing rail users facilities like shopping, food stalls and restaurants.

The MFCs will also have book stalls, PCO/STD/ISD/Fax booths, medicine, budget hotels and underground parking.

She said that during this year, 50 such railway stations would be developed in places of pilgrimage, industry and tourist interest.

"The responsibility for development of Multi-functional Complexes would be entrusted to IRCON and Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA)," she added.

The 49 identified stations to be developed as MFCs are: Alipurduar, Allahabad, Anandpur Sahib, Banspani, Bikaner, Bilaspur, Cuttack, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Digha, Durg, Ernakulum, Gandhidham, Ganga Sagar, Ghatsila, Gwalior, Hajur Sahib, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jammu Tawi, Jasidih, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Kanyakumari, Kathgodam, Katra, Khajuraho, Madurai, Manmad, Mysore, Nanded, Nasik, Palakkad, Parasnath, Raebareily, Raipur, Rajgir, Rameshwaram, Ranchi, Shirdi, Silchar, Tarapith, Tiruchirapalli, Udaipur, Ujjain, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam.

so we can expect some good railway stations in five years or more from now because generally such development work takes minimum five years.

Railway Budget - List of new trains to be started

Following is list of new trains and their routes with frequency as announced by railway minister Mamta Banerjee -

1. Vishakhapatnam – Secunderabad – Mumbai Superfast (Bi-weekly).

2. Sriganga Nagar – Delhi – Nanded Superfast (Weekly)

3. New Jalpaiguri – Sealdah Superfast (Tri-weekly)

4. Bangalore – Hubli – Solapur Superfast (Tri-weekly)

5. Howrah – Bangalore Superfast (weekly)

6. Pune – Daund-Solapur Superfast (Daily)

7. Ranchi-Howrah (3 days via Ghatshila-Kharagpur and 3 days via Asansol) Intercity (6 days a week)

8. Kamakhya-Puri Express (Weekly)

9. Jabalpur-Ambikapur Express (Tri-weekly)

10. Gandhidham-Howrah Superfast (Weekly)

11. Delhi-Sadulpur Express (Tri-weekly)

12. Ajmer-Bhopal Express (by intergration of 9655/56 Ajmer-Ratlam and 9303/04 Ratlam- Bhopal express trains) (Daily)

13. Bilaspur-Tirunelveli Jn. (Thiruvananthapuram) Superfast (Weekly)

14. Mumbai-Karwar Superfast (Tri-weekly)

15. Durg-Jaipur Express (Weekly)

16. Dibrugarh Town-Chandigarh Express (Weekly)

17. Delhi-Farakka Express (Bi-weekly)

18. Hazrat Nizmmudin-Bangalore Rajdhani Express (Tri-weekly) via Kacheguda

19. New Jalpaiguri-Delhi Express (Bi-weekly) via Barauni

20. Mumbai-Varanasi Superfast (Daily)

21. Mysore-Yesvantpur Express (Daily)

22. Koraput-Rourkela Express (Daily) via Rayagada

23. Agra-Ajmer Intercity Superfast (Daily)

24. Mumbai-Jodhpur-Bikaner Superfast (Bi-weekly)

25. Agra-Lucknow Junction Intercity (Daily)

26. Hapa-Tirunelveli Jn. Superfast (Bi-weekly) via Thiruananthapuram

27. Gwalior-Bhopal Intercity Express (5 days a week) via Guna

28. Kanyakumari-Rameshwaram Express (Tri-weekly) via Madurai

29. Howrah-Haridwar Superfast (5 days a week)

30. Varanasi-Jammu Tawi Superfast (Daily)

31. Gorakhpur-Mumbai Superfast (Daily)

32. New Delh-Guwahati Rajdhani Express (Weekly) via Muzaffarpur

33. Veraval-Mumbai Link

Service (Daily)

34. Ranchi-Patna Jan Shatabadi Express (Daily)

35. Jhansi-Chhindwara Express (Bi-weekly) via Bina-Bhopal

36. Mumbai-Jodhpur Express (Weekly)

37. Jamalpur-Gaya Passenger (Daily)

38. Jhajha-Patna MEMU (Daily)

39. Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi Express (6 days a week)

40. Bhopal-Lucknow-Pratapgarh Superfast (Weekly)

41. Lucknow-Rae Bareli-Bangalore Superfast (Weekly)

42. Shimoga-Bangalore Intercity Express (Daily)

43. Mdurai-Chennai Express (Bi-weekly)

44. Guwahati-New Cooch Behar Express Intercity (Daily)

45. Balurghat-New Jalpaiguri Express (Daily) via Kishanganj

46. Alipurduar-New Delhi Jalpaiguri Express Intercity (Daily) via Siliguri

47. Dharmanagar-Agartala Fast Passenger (Daily)

48. Rewari-Phulera Passenger (Daily) via Ringus

49. Shoranur-Nilambur Road Passenger (Daily)

50. Coimbator-Shoranur Passenger (Daily)

51. Mathura-Kasganj Passenger (Daily)

52. Farakka-Katwa-Azimganj-Nawadwip Dham Express (Daily)

53. Bangalore-Kochuveli Superfast (Weekly)

54. Kolkata-Rampurhat Express (Daily)

55. New Jalpaiguri-Digha Express (Weekly)

56. Purulia-Howrah Express (Bi-weekly)

57. Kolkata-Bikaner Express (Weekly) via Nagore

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Inflation at -1.3% for week june 13 - june 20

India's wholesale price index fell 1.3 percent in the 12 months to June 20, compared with the previous week's annual decline of 1.14 percent, government data showed on Thursday.

The fall was marginally smaller than a median forecast of a 1.35 percent fall, according to a Reuters poll.

The annual inflation rate was 11.91 percent during the corresponding week of 2008.

The wholesale price index is more closely watched than the consumer price index, which is published monthly, because it covers a higher number of products and is released weekly.

Budget session 2009-10 starts

Budget session for fiscal year 2009-2010 started today and Mamta Banerjee (trinamool congress) will present the railway budget after 9 years, and looks like she is all set to present a people friendly budget,

The buzz is that one can expect passenger amenities to figure high on her rail budget platter with mention of affordable, economic 'janta' food being available at key stations across the Indian Railways system.

Ms Banerjee is likely to favour more public private partnerships (PPPs) to boost growth in railway infrastructure. Pending projects will receive special attention. The rail coach factory at Rae Bareli will receive the minister’s attention. More significantly, the ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridor Project will be taken up on a serious note.

There is also a lot of expectation in Kolkata that the city's iconic Howrah station may get a fresh boost as part of Railways' bid to convert it into a world class station. New Delhi and Patna stations too are also on the initial list of 22 stations that will be converted into world class stations by the Railways, a move that was initiated by Lalu Prasad. There is speculation that Sealdah too will be included this year.

Next week finance minister pranab mukherjee would present Union finance budget for fiscal year 2009-10

Govt of India approves India-Korea trade pact

The government today approved signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with South Korea paving the way for an eventual duty free trade of goods and services between the two countries.

The approval was granted by the Union Cabinet at its meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said,"India's exclusion and sensitive lists includes agriculture, textile and auto components."

She said while South Korea's offer to break duty barriers include items of India's export interest, New Delhi has taken enough care to protect its sensitive industries and the farm sector.

The CEPA comprises six agreements relating to opening up of trade in goods, services and customs, and trade facilitation.

Signing trade pacts with South Korea and Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) are part of the 100-day agenda of the UPA government in its second term.

The CEPA negotiations had started in March 2006 and was concluded in September 2008.

courtesy economictimes

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Indian economy account deficit becomes thinner at 1.3 percent

Here is good news for all the indian,s - India's current account deficit this fiscal is likely to narrow down to 1.3 per cent of GDP as the trade gap shrinks and FDI inflows pick up on the back of positive election mandate.

In 2008-09, the current account deficit was 2.6 per cent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) at $29.8 billion, against $17 billion a year ago.

Goldman Sachs said the deficit is lower than their expectation of 3.5 per cent, mainly due to rapid fall in imports in the January-March quarter of 2008-09.

The firm also said that domestic demand and its expectations of the output gap closing rapidly, are likely to support a strengthening rupee.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

India's external debt at $ 230 billion

India's external debt rose 2.4 per cent or $5.3 billion to $229.9 billion for the fiscal ended March 31, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday.

India, which has an external debt equivalent to 22 per cent of its gross domestic product, was already the fifth most indebted country in the world in 2007, the central bank said in a statement.
The current account - which includes components like external trade deficit and remittances from overseas - had a deficit of $29.82 billion for last fiscal, compared to a deficit of $17.03 billion in the previous period.

The capital account - which comprises items like foreign investment, external loans and foreign assistance - had a surplus of $9.15 billion for 2008-09 compared to a surplus of $107.94 billion in the year-ago period.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Goods & Service tax can fill govt pockets by $15 billion

India could gain $15 billion a year by implementing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) as it would boost exports, raise employment and spur growth, the head of a government panel said on Monday.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to lay a roadmap for the launch of the ambitious tax reform in his budget speech next Monday. It is expected to be implemented across the country from April, 2010.

The new tax system, which will replace all major central and state taxes, is expected to lower tax rates by broadening the tax base and minimise exemptions, Vijay Kelkar, Chairman, of the 13th Finance Commission said.

Kelkar said implementation of GST had raised Canada's GDP by 1.4 per cent and would help India redistribute the tax burden equitably between manufacturing and services.

"In India we can expect a similar kind of positive impact. This means gains of about $15 billion annually," he was quoted as saying in speech, a copy of which was made available by the finance ministry.

The panel, which has been set up to determine the devolution of federal taxes to states for five years, is expected to submit its report soon.

Referring to opposition to GST by some state governments, Kelkar said the panel could provide a compensation package to states and help speed up the implementation of a "flawless" GST.