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Third-party motor insurance premiums fixed for new financial year

By Deepak Yohannan
April 3, 2013

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A motor insurance policy consists broadly of two parts — third-party cover, which is regulated; and an ‘own damage’ cover, the premium for which is left to market dynamics.

Low-key outcome as Singh meets Xi on BRICS sidelines

By C. Uday Bhaskar
April 1, 2013

(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

India’s IP growing pains

By Stephen Ezell
March 25, 2013

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As it celebrates its 65th year as an independent country, India seems poised for an economic take-off. Already, this south Asian country is the world’s largest democracy, has about the same number of middle-class citizens as the United States, and has the planet’s tenth largest economy.

The stock market’s delayed response to Budget 2013

March 11, 2013

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Finance Minister P. Chidambaram tried to humour the market in his budget by cutting the Securities Transaction Tax (STT) which had been one of its sore points. But the market was not amused. The Sensex continued to slide, indifferent to the budget which was presented with a lot of expectations.

India Markets Weekahead: Beware the Ides of March

By Ambareesh Baliga
March 10, 2013

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Markets ended budget week below support levels of 5800/5840 and just when the six-month rally seemed over for good, it made a spirited V-shaped recovery to close at 5946 on Friday, with gains of 3.95 percent. The Street is divided with some expecting this to be the beginning of a new rally with the market scaling highs that it missed in February; others see it as a strong pullback which will fizzle out soon.

Budget 2013: Political strategy, not economic blueprint

By R Raghuttama Rao
March 6, 2013

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With the dust settling after Budget 2013, the picture is getting a bit clearer. Opinions on the budget have ranged from praise to outright criticism. The true position lies somewhere in between — depending on one’s political inclination, views on the finance minister and one’s financial interests.

Budget 2013: A rather ambitious budget

March 5, 2013

(Rajan Ghotgalkar is Managing Director of Principal Pnb Asset Management Company. The views expressed in this column are his own and do not represent those of either Principal Pnb or Reuters)

Risk factors in Budget 2013

March 4, 2013

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Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has apparently done the impossible. He has brought down the fiscal deficit in the current year from the budgeted 5.3 percent to 5.2 percent in spite of the fall in revenues. What’s more, the deficit was further slashed to 4.8 percent in the 2013/14 budget. Is that realistic?

Budget 2013 not a death knell for reforms

By Hartmut Issel
March 4, 2013

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In announcing the new budget, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram tried to square the circle. On the one hand, with the prospect of elections next year or possibly sooner, handing out costly goodies was always going to be a temptation. On the other hand, like its Western counterparts, the Indian government was faced with the fact that it must rein in public spending, which could anger some voters, not to mention dampen economic growth.

Budget 2013: A run-of-the-mill affair

By Andrew Freris
March 4, 2013

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After the sustained hype of a game changer budget, Budget 2013 was a totally run-of-the-mill affair with no announcements of any kind of deregulatory or growth propelling initiatives.