HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014


Ajay Singh-led group to invest $217 mn in SpiceJet

A consortium of investors led by SpiceJet co-founder Ajay Singh is likely to invest $217 million (Rs 1,378 crore) to pick a substantial stake in the embattled airline, sources told HT.

Govt looking to cap economy class fares at Rs. 20,000

The government is considering a proposal to regulate domestic fares so airlines cannot charge passengers more than Rs. 20,000 for a one-way economy class ticket.

Govt fastracks reforms in coal, insurance sectors

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved key reforms in the coal and insurance sectors, auction of coal blocks and a hike in insurance FDI to 49% from the current 26%, which were stuck in Parliament logjam.

‘India will achieve double digit growth in 3-4 years’

In an exclusive interview to HT in his office, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala opens up about his reading habits, on how India’s growth could touch double digits and why people should be confident about investing and not afraid to make mistakes.

Govt to accelerate Rs. 20K-cr investment proposals of US cos

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit next month, India is working overtime to iron out irritants in investment commitments worth nearly Rs. 20,000 crore from US-based companies ranging across automobile, defence, railways and information technology among others.

100% FDI: Pacemakers, stents may get cheaper

The government has made it easier for foreigners to fully own medical device-making plants in India, a move that could eventually make several products such as cardiac pacemakers, stents and surgical instruments cheaper.

Mobile phone cos pitch for tax holiday, duty cut

Mobile handsets costs could come down, if the government decides to accept a few from the slew of recommendations made by the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) — the apex body representing the country’s mobile handset makers.

Industrial zones: Govt to ease land requirement

Unable to extract a good response from the industry, the government is soon going to infuse new life into the National Manufacturing Policy by reducing the minimum land size required for setting up a manufacturing zones.

Sensex retreats from record high on profit-booking

The benchmark BSE Sensex retreated from record high to trade 44 points lower in early trade on Monday on emergence of profit-booking, mainly in healthcare, IT, banking, capital goods and oil and gas sector stocks amid weak Asian cues.

Rupee loses 23 paise against dollar at 63.51 against dollar

Month-end dollar demand from oil companies and persisting selling by foreign funds in stocks dragged the rupee down by 23 paise to 63.51 at close against the US currency on Wednesday.

Sensex sheds close to 300 pts as investors book profit

The benchmark BSE Sensex on Wednesday slumped by nearly 300 points to end the day's trade at 27,208.61 due to heavy profit-booking, chiefly in IT, oil & gas and power shares, ignoring government approving the ordinance route to implement insurance and coal reforms.

PM Modi to lay down action plan for Make in India

In a bid to chalk out the second leg of the signature ‘Make in India’  programme PM Modi will hold a meeting of several stakeholders on December 29 where he would come with a ‘specific action plan’ that would help boost manufacturing.

IndiGo looking to add 80 planes in new order?

IndiGo, the country’s biggest domestic carrier by market share, has conveyed to the aviation ministry that it may order more planes. An IndiGo official, however, denied that the airline was ordering any new planes.

'India to overtake US in smartphones by 2016'

India will overtake the US as the second largest market for smartphones in the world by 2016, as smart mobile devices become affordable, global research firm eMarketer said.

GST bill: One tax, one market, win-win for all

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday tabled the GST Bill in the Lok Sabha. Once enacted, it will be India’s most significant tax reforms initiative. A lowdown:
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