India to harvest record wheat production of 106.21 million tonnes in 2019-20: Ministry of agriculture


India is set to harvest a record wheat production of 106.21 million tonne in the 2019-20 crop year on the back of good rains, according to latest government data. Wheat production has been rising year-on-year and the previous record of 103.60 million tonne was achieved during the 2018-19 crop year (July-June). Wheat is the main rabi (winter) crop, harvesting […]

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Petroleum products consumption in India slips by 0.6% in January 2020

Domestic consumption of petroleum products in January 2020 slipped by 0.6 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to 18.4 million tonnes, mostly on the back of lower sales of diesel, bitumen and fuel oil. According to provisional data by the government’s petroleum planning and analysis cell (PPAC), diesel usage dipped 1.9 per cent to 6.9 million tonnes. In […]

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India to stop import of thermal coal from Financial Year 2023-24: Pralhad Joshi

India will stop importing thermal coal from Financial Year 2023-24, said Union Minister of Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi while chairing “Chintan Shivir” – a two day brainstorming session. The session was organized to find a way forward for the coal sector – at Kevadia in Gujarat on 17th and 18th February 2020. “The Shivir […]

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SEBI board allows non-bank custodians to manage gold products

India’s regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) board has decided to allow non-banking custodians to manage gold-exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other gold-related products. Banking custodians can continue to provide these services, it stated after a meeting. The board decided to bring amendments to the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, in this […]

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Over $2 billion invested in Indian solar projects at risk over Coronavirus outbreak: CRISIL

Indian solar projects worth US$2.24 billion risk incurring time and cost overruns, including penalties for missing commercial operation timelines, if the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact Chinese solar panel exports, said CRISIL Ratings, an S&P Global company. India sources around 80 per cent of the solar modules it uses from China, as per CRISIL’s analysis. […]

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India’s jewellery industry urges govt to cut import duty on gold, polished diamonds


The gems and jewellery industry  urged the government to reduce the import duty on precious metals, cut and polished diamonds and gemstones and amend taxation laws to give domestic traders a level playing field in the global market. Speaking at the 13th edition of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) Chairman […]

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