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Friday, August 7, 2009

Govt applies for $3.2 billion loan for capitalising PSU banks

The government has sought a $3.2 billion loan from the World Bank to infuse capital into public sector banks, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.

Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena today responded in the affirmative, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha to a query on whether loans from the multilateral lending agency contain a proposed $3.2-billion for recapitalising state-run banks.

"To enable the PSBs to meet credit requirements of the economy while maintaining a healthy and comfortable level of regulatory capital to risk-weighted assets ratio, a proposal has been sent to the World Bank," he said.

However, on whether the government proposes to borrow funds from the World Bank to prop up the banking system, he said, "The assessment of the Indian financial system during 2007-08 done by the Reserve Bank of India shows that the banking sector in India continues to be healthy, sound and resilient."

Meena further said that India is taking loans from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and credit (soft loan) from the International Development Association (IDA).

"The cumulative commitment of the World Bank (IBRD and IDA) loans to India till June 2009 is $73.93 billion (IBRD $37.68 billion and IDA $36.25 billion)," he said.

Foreign Direct investors can invest upto $10 bn for building roads

India is likely to attract foreign direct investment of about USD 10 billion for the roads sector in the next two years.

The Transport Minister Kamal Nath said all imediments would be removed to get the foreign investment in the roads and highways sector.

Govt set to raise $3.2 billion by selling stake in steel companies

In yet another news of selling stake in sick cos the indian government is all set to sell stake in steel companies which might help in raising money, in future we can see more disinvestment news from the government of india, The details are as follows :

The government may raise 150 billion rupees ($3.2 billion) by selling up to 20 percent stake in state-run firms, Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Friday.

The minister said the government was in the process of choosing companies for divestment.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Inflation at -1.58 percent but prices still rise

As per latest official data, annual inflation based on Wholesale Price Index stood at - 1.58% for the week ended July 25, 2009, while it was at 12.53% a year ago. The latest inflation number shows a steeper fall in annual inflation recorded at the end of the previous week at -1.54%.

Government data showed on Thursday that price level for all commodities stayed below zero for the eighth straight week, but prices of

food items continued to surge, signaling political trouble for the Centre and three states preparing for local elections in a few months. Maharashtra is facing assembly polls in October-November, while Haryana that is supposed to go to the polls next year is likely to advance it to this year-end. Jharkhand, now under the President’s rule, is also likely to go to polls later this year.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Finance Minister speaks about Fiscal Consolidation

It's official that government will not induce money into unproductive sectors in a bid to consolidate the fiscal deficit which will touch 6.8% of Gross Domestic Product(GDP) for this financial year finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said today.

India's fiscal deficit is projected to swell to a record 6.8 percent of gross domestic product in the fiscal year 2009/10 (April-March) that has to be funded by a record high borrowing of 4.51 trillion rupees ($95 billion). that's a whopping amount of borrowing.

A report from finance ministery said that - "Government will continue to take necessary measures to moderate inflation, prune unproductive expenditure and closely monitor FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) targets," so lets see whether these statements turn to reality or it's just an answer to opposition questions in parliament.