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Pranabh Mukherjee will continue as Finance minister

Rashtrapati Bhawan announced the portfolios on Saturday and it is now confirmed that Pranabh Mukherjee would continue as Minister of Finance under the Manmohan Singh government.

Mukherjee was the Finance minister under the previous UPA government and presented the interim budget for the outgoing government. He was also the Finance Minister between 1982 and 1984.

His first priority after assuming office would be to present the Union budget.


Manmohan Singh sworn in as Prime minister

Mr Manmohan Singh has sworn in as India's Prime Minister for a second time. This follows UPAs clear victory in the General Elections.

Prime minister is expected to expand his cabinet on Tuesday May 22, 2009. Manmohan Singh has promised a "responsive" and "efficient" government at the centre.


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Finance minister confident of 8 percent growth

Finance Minister P Chidamabram is confident that the country can achieve 8 percent growth this year. He saw no reason why it cannot be achieved since the global recession did not have a direct impact on India.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a renovated spinning mill in Tamilnadu.


Cash Reserve Ratio rate cut to 7.5 per cent

Reserve Bank of India has today announced additional one per cent cut in Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of Banks. This is in addition to the 0.5 percent cut announced earlier. This brings the CRR to 7.5 percent.

CRR is the amount of cash that banks have to keep with the central bank.


Fuel prices hiked in India by 10%

The rising price of fuel in the international market has forced India to hike Petrol and Diesel prices by 10%. Petrol will be costly by Rs 5 per liter and Diesel by Rs 3 per liter.

The increase in petroleum prices are going to have an impact on the already high inflation rate. With rising fuel prices, the food prices are also expected to go up.

I should have been a tough decision for the government to make at a time when election is just a year away.


Renault and Bajaj ties up to produce another cheapest car

Renault-Nissan has announced their tie up with Indian vehicle maker Bajaj for producing world's cheapest car.
The car will be priced at Rs 1 lakh following another Indian carmaker Tata's nano priced at Rs 1 lakh ($2500).

The plant will be located in Maharashtra and is expected to begin production by 2011.


Indian steel maker Essar Steel buys American steel maker Esmark

Esmark has accepted Essar Steel's offer of $17 per share.


RBI Annual report focuses on price stability

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has shown its resolve in fighting the rising price.

In its Annual Policy Statement for the year 2008-09 the central bank has hiked the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of banks by 25 basis points (bps). This brings the CRR to 8.25 per cent. At the same time it kept the repo rate, reverse repo rate and Bank Rate untouched at 7.75 per cent, 6 per cent and 6 percent respectively.

Highlights of the policy statement that has given high priority for price stability -

  • Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) increased to 8.25 percent


Rice prices reach record high

Concerns of further export bans by rice producing countries has raised the price of rice to a record new high. Rice prices has crossed $24 per 100 pounds in international markets.

Global rice price witnessed a three fold increase since the beginning of this year.

The rising price has greatly affected the poor people in developing countries like Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh, that imports rice in huge quantity. Even in the rich US, wholesale supermarkets like Costco and Sams club has restricted the amount of rice a customer can buy.

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