Structural reforms to make India a $5 trillion economy, says finance minister in 2019-20 budget


Announcing the union budget 2019-20, India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India needs to make structural reforms to create a $5 trillion economy in the next few years. Presenting the first Budget of the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, she said the Indian economy that stood at $1.85 trillion five years back […]

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India’s budget could be agri focused on slow monsoon and looming state elections


By Biman Mukherjee Delayed monsoon rains that have worsened fears of rural distress in India and upcoming elections in key states might tempt the government to offer many welfare programs for farmers in the upcoming national budget on Friday. But their cause will be better served by strengthening a creaking agriculture supply chain, say experts. […]

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Demand from Asia set to power global gas industry growth over the next five years – IEA


Global demand for natural gas is set to keep growing over the next five years, driven by strong consumption in fast-growing Asian economies and supported by the continued development of the international gas trade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Demand for natural gas grew 4.6% in 2018, its fastest annual pace since 2010, according […]

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Gold demand up 7% in Q1, boosted by central banks’ buying and India: WGC


Global demand for gold grew to 1,053.3 tonnes in Q1, up 7 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest report by the World Gold Council (WGC). A big reason for the stronger demand is central banks, which continued to buy gold for diversification and liquidity purposes. Another is improvement in the India market. Central banks around the […]

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Oil prices to be lower in 2019 on slower-than-expected global growth, rising non-OPEC supply – World Bank


Crude oil prices are expected to average $66 a barrel in 2019 and $65 a barrel in 2020, a downward revision from the October forecast due to the weaker-than-expected global growth outlook and greater-than-anticipated U.S. production, the World Bank said. Metal prices are expected to continue a recovery in 2019 that follows a sharp drop […]

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India’s wheat production estimated at 25.16 million tonnes


The government of India has estimated the country’s wheat production at 25.16 million tonnes in the 2018-19 Rabi crop sowing season. The estimate came in a meeting of the Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA). The FCA, which was tasked with overseeing strategic measures to ensure food security in the country, reviewed harvests of Rabi crops […]

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