Apart from inflation related data-points, investors will look forward to the minutes of the RBI's latest monetary policy review meeting (Photo: Mint)
Apart from inflation related data-points, investors will look forward to the minutes of the RBI's latest monetary policy review meeting (Photo: Mint)

Market outlook: Inflation data, stagflation concerns to steer equity indices

  • Concerns over stagflation, macro-economic wholesale inflation data, global liquidity flows will determine the key equity market moves during the upcoming week, experts said
  • The Indian rupee is expected to range from 70.50-71.20, next week from its previous close of 71.8150

During the July-September quarter, Tata Motors' standalone net sales witnessed a drop of 44% from a year earlier. (Photo: Bloomberg)
During the July-September quarter, Tata Motors' standalone net sales witnessed a drop of 44% from a year earlier. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Tata Motors not to reduce workforce amid slowdown

  • The company is now in the midst of new product launches over the next few months and there is also the transition to BS-VI norms
  • The automobile major currently employs about 83,000 persons

Prices of cauliflower, spinach and other green vegetables were ruling above  ₹50 a kg in Greater Noida
Prices of cauliflower, spinach and other green vegetables were ruling above 50 a kg in Greater Noida

Vegetables stay hot, selling at 50% higher rates against last winter

  • Rains in Oct in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and elsewhere have affected onion, tomato and other vegetables, as well as oilseeds and pulses crops
  • Prices of onions rose from 15.87 a kg in March to 81.90 a kg on December 3, 2019, the data showed

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In the broader market, the BSE 30-share Sensex advanced 564.56 points or 1.39% last week. (Photo: PTI)
An Army jawan stands guard in a locality during relaxation of curfew, in Dibrugarh. In Dibrugarh west, Naharkatia, Tenughat areas, it has been relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm (Photo: PTI)
An Army jawan stands guard in a locality during relaxation of curfew, in Dibrugarh. In Dibrugarh west, Naharkatia, Tenughat areas, it has been relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm (Photo: PTI)

Citizenship bill protest: Curfew relaxed in Guwahati, parts of Dibrugarh

  • Curfew has been relaxed from 9 am to 6 pm in Guwahati
  • Special trains have been arranged by the Assam tourism department in association with the railways to ferry passengers stranded in various parts of the state

A  file photo of NSE CEO Vikram Limaye
A file photo of NSE CEO Vikram Limaye

More free-float stocks needed to reduce volatility, NSE CEO

  • Lower free-float often results in higher volatility and distorted price discovery which does not bodes well for minority shareholders, NSE CEO Vikram Limaye said
  • In market parlance, free-float stock levels indicate the overall public ownership of a listed company

An estimated 2.25 million people in India live with cancer as of March 2018 (Photo: iStockphoto)
An estimated 2.25 million people in India live with cancer as of March 2018 (Photo: iStockphoto)

Can Ayushman Bharat help tackle cancer burden in India?

  • As on 15 December, 2019 a total of 470,133 cancer cases have been treated under AB-PMJAY
  • The govt is exploring options to provide quality diagnostic services from certified laboratories for screening of diseases to beneficiaries of the scheme under a PPP model

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RBI is examining the need for greater scrutiny of the FDI coming through the automatic route. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
RBI is examining the need for greater scrutiny of the FDI coming through the automatic route. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Government examining foreign fund flows in infra at strategic locations

  • Keeping in view the strategic importance, the sources said, the government decided against closure of BSNL
  • Many departments and agencies, including the RBI, have been involved in the exercise

Provisions for NPAs made by the bank in FY19 stood at  ₹48151.15 crore but it needed to provide  ₹50,242.15 crore. (Photo: Reuters)
Provisions for NPAs made by the bank in FY19 stood at 48151.15 crore but it needed to provide 50,242.15 crore. (Photo: Reuters)

PNB under-reported bad loans by 2,617 crore in FY19, shows RBI report

  • The divergence in provisioning for bad loans in FY19 was to the tune of 2,091 crore
  • PNB reported gross NPAs of 78,472.70 crore, while as per RBI's assessment the figure was 81,089.70 crore

Protesters opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act throw stones at police at Santragachi in Howrah district of West Bengal (Photo: AP)
Protesters opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act throw stones at police at Santragachi in Howrah district of West Bengal (Photo: AP)

Citizenship Act: Arson intensifies in Bengal, no internet in Assam until Monday

  • The curfew in Guwahati was relaxed from 9 am to 4 pm by the administration on Saturday
  • While internet blockage was extended by 48 hours in Assam, Delhi saw a massive protest against the amended law for the second day

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A customer may call on the helpline number '1033' for any assistance related to FASTags (Photo: PTI)
A customer may call on the helpline number '1033' for any assistance related to FASTags (Photo: PTI)

Up to 25% of FASTag lanes to be converted to hybrid lanes at NH toll plazas

  • Govt earlier had announced rollout of mandatory FASTag under electronic toll collection from 1 Dec, which was later extended to 15 Dec
  • Govt clarified that it is a temporary measure to be adopted for 30 days only to facilitate smooth flow of traffic so that no inconvenience is caused to the citizens

An activist writes on a street during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, in Guwahati (Photo: ANI)
An activist writes on a street during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, in Guwahati (Photo: ANI)

Modi risks losing focus on Indian economy as protests build over citizenship law

  • Unemployment is at a more than four-decade high, a drag on consumer confidence and spending in an economy where consumption makes up about 60% of GDP
  • 'The more you have disruptions to normal life, the more the impact on economy and production,' said a JNU professor

Considering an increase in cattle feed and other input costs, the member unions of Amul have increased the milk procurement price in the range of  ₹100 to  ₹110 per kg fat (Photo: Mint)
Considering an increase in cattle feed and other input costs, the member unions of Amul have increased the milk procurement price in the range of 100 to 110 per kg fat (Photo: Mint)

After Mother Dairy, Amul too hikes milk rates with effect from Sunday

  • The Mother Dairy has also announced an increase in prices of its milk in the Delhi-NCR area by up to 3 per litre, with effect from 15 Dec
  • According to an official statement, in Ahmedabad, the price of Amul Gold will be 28 per 500 ml, and Amul Taaza will be 22 per 500 ml

'I am looking at the economy. I'm intervening where I need to intervene. I shall continue to address problems of industry,' said Nirmala Sitharaman at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
'I am looking at the economy. I'm intervening where I need to intervene. I shall continue to address problems of industry,' said Nirmala Sitharaman at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Fresh steps to revive the economy on 1 February

  • Finance minister Sitharaman will present the Union budget on a Saturday
  • The finance minister said that budget consultations with the industry will start on Monday

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An activist writes on a street during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, in Guwahati (Photo: ANI)
An activist writes on a street during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, in Guwahati (Photo: ANI)

Citizenship Amendment Act 2019: All you need to know

  • The Act does not apply to tribal areas of Tripura, Mizoram, Assam and Meghalaya because of being included in the 6th Schedule of the Constitution.
  • Also areas that fall under the Inner Limit notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, will also be outside the Act's purview

All healthcare services by a clinical establishment or authorized medical practitioner by way of diagnosis or treatment or care for illness, injury, deformity, abnormality or pregnancy are currently exempt from GST. (Photo: Mint)
All healthcare services by a clinical establishment or authorized medical practitioner by way of diagnosis or treatment or care for illness, injury, deformity, abnormality or pregnancy are currently exempt from GST. (Photo: Mint)

More healthcare services may come under GST net

  • Govt is likely to recommend bringing premium healthcare services under the GST net with rates of either 12 or 18%
  • These could include high value implants, medicines given to patients who are taking premium services, premium rooms from a healthcare service provider (hospitals, nursing homes)

Experts also voiced concerns over the regulatory aspects of the move. (Photo: Mint)
The government has permitted 100% FDI for manufacture of mobile handsets and their sub-assemblies/parts. (Photo: Bloomberg)
The government has permitted 100% FDI for manufacture of mobile handsets and their sub-assemblies/parts. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Mobile handset import duty may be kept at 20% in budget

  • The import of mobile phones (push button types) decreased to $400 million in 2018-19 from $935 million in 2019-18
  • Smartphone imports have also fallen from $2,602 million in 2017-18 to $1,216 million in 2018-19

The commercial office market has outperformed the residential sector in the country, and attracted high institutional investor interest.
Most of the GST compensation cess on cigarettes is specific in nature. Photo: Bloomberg
The agreement will include a dispute-resolution mechanism that will serve as the enforcement arm. Photo: Reuters (REUTERS)
The agreement will include a dispute-resolution mechanism that will serve as the enforcement arm. Photo: Reuters (REUTERS)

US, China reach 'phase one' deal to halt trade war. What's in agreement?

  • As part of the deal, the US will halve its 15% tariff on about $120 billion in Chinese goods
  • Lighthizer and his counterpart Vice Premier Liu He will likely do the signing in Washington

AirAsia India started operations in June 2014, and currently flies to 21 destinations in India. (Photo: Reuters)
The company was awarded the Okhla project by Delhi Jal Board, the governing body for water management
The company was awarded the Okhla project by Delhi Jal Board, the governing body for water management

Suez to invest 1,700 crore on 2 water management projects in India

  • A waste water treatment plant is being set up in Okhla at a cost of £145 million and will be operational within three years, said Ana Giros Calpe of Suez
  • Besides this, a £72 million water distribution project in Mangalore will kick off within a month, Calpe added

Restaurant industry employees protesting outside Monkey Bar with placards and wreaths on 25 November. (Photo: Sharana Basappa/Mint)
Restaurant industry employees protesting outside Monkey Bar with placards and wreaths on 25 November. (Photo: Sharana Basappa/Mint)

Bengaluru’s silent night

  • With a ban on live and recorded music, Bengaluru pub owners predict a dire future
  • Complex and often contradictory rules governing ‘public places of entertainment’, along with lax building and zoning norms, may silence the city’s once-famous nightlife

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Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Sebi refuses any relief to lenders of Karvy

  • Sebi observed that all the pledged shares came from client accounts and the lenders did not exercise proper ‘due-diligence’
  • The market regulator also found the lenders lapsing as they merely relied on Karvy’s assertions that the pledged shares belonged to the broking firm

EaseMyTrip.com is operated by Easy Trip Planners Private Ltd. (Photo: Reuters)
EaseMyTrip.com is operated by Easy Trip Planners Private Ltd. (Photo: Reuters)

EaseMyTrip files 510-crore IPO papers with Sebi

  • Through the IPO, company's founders will each sell shares to the tune of 255 crore through offer-for-sale mechanism
  • The object of the public issue is to achieve the benefits of listing the equity shares on stock exchanges

Zomato plans to build more properties under Zomato Live. (Photo: Mint)
Zomato plans to build more properties under Zomato Live. (Photo: Mint)

Zomato plans to scale offline events in India

  • In 2020, the company will sign up colleges for hosting a version of Zomaland in college campuses and schools
  • The company has a strong pipeline of more such small events lined up for the year 2020

First identified in 1999 in Malaysia, Nipah virus is transmitted to humans from bats and pigs. (Photo: AP)
After you have purchased the FASTag, you need to activate it and then recharge it for using it at toll plazas. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Netflix is running a trial of new long-term subscription plans in India for three months, 6 months and a year. (Photo Imaging: Kishore Rawat)
Netflix is running a trial of new long-term subscription plans in India for three months, 6 months and a year. (Photo Imaging: Kishore Rawat)

Netflix may launch new cheaper subscription plans in India. Here's a sneak-peek

  • Netflix currently offers four monthly subscription plans in India starting from 299 and going up to 799
  • Netflix is now hoping to attract more users with new long-term yearly subscription plans in India

For individual users, the porting request shall not be rejected till the validity of UPC, said Trai
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Damayanti Pittie is the president of the Philatelic Congress of India. (Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Damayanti Pittie is the president of the Philatelic Congress of India. (Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Meet the 88-year-old queen of Indian philately

  • The president of the Philatelic Congress of India, Damayanti Pittie has a formidable collection of ink and hand-stamps that define Indian postal history
  • Pittie is preparing to host the biggest philately event in recent Indian history: the Indian National Philatelic Exhibition (Inpex), which will be held next week in Mumbai

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The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is all geared up to make electronic toll collections. (HT)
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'This has been a hard-fought election in a very cold time of the year because we needed a functioning Conservative majority,' said Priti Patel who polled 32,876 votes at her Witham constituency in Essex and held on to a majority of 24,082 for the Tory party (Photo: Reuters)
'This has been a hard-fought election in a very cold time of the year because we needed a functioning Conservative majority,' said Priti Patel who polled 32,876 votes at her Witham constituency in Essex and held on to a majority of 24,082 for the Tory party (Photo: Reuters)

15 Indian-origin candidates register strong result in UK general election

  • Indian-origin candidates across both the ruling Conservative and Opposition Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each
  • The other Tories to return to the Commons with comfortable wins include Priti Patel, the former UK home secretary who is likely to remain in Johnson’s top team in new Cabinet as well

8 bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha and 14 were passed, while the Rajya Sabha passed 15 bills. (PTI)
8 bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha and 14 were passed, while the Rajya Sabha passed 15 bills. (PTI)

Productive winter session ends on controversial note

  • Lok Sabha registers productivity of 116%, Rajya Sabha at 99%; 15 bills cleared by both
  • Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla’s concluding remarks was cut short by protesting members

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Petrol price on December 9 touched  ₹75 a litre mark. Photo: Mint
SBI has loan options for under-construction properties and government employees. (Mint)
RBI central board also reviewed the current economic situation and domestic and global challenges (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
RBI central board also reviewed the current economic situation and domestic and global challenges (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

RBI central board discusses policy structure for cooperative banks, NBFCs

  • The board's discussions focussed on issues related to urban cooperative banks, extension of enforcement policy and framework to cooperative banks, said RBI
  • RBI central board also reviewed the current economic situation and domestic and global challenges

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, with MoS Finance Anurag Thakur, in New Delhi on Friday (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, with MoS Finance Anurag Thakur, in New Delhi on Friday (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Union Budget likely on 1 Feb, Economic Survey on 31 Jan: Report

  • 'Tradition will continue,' Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said on Friday when asked about whether govt would continue with tradition of presenting budget on first day of February
  • This will be the first time after 2015-16 when the budget will be presented on Saturday

Apart from the interest rate on a car loan, also take a look at the applicable processing fee and other charges. (Photo: iStock)
Small finance banks offer higher interest rates on FDs to general customers as well as senior citizens. (Photo: Reuters)
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WhatsApp is continuing to add new features for the Dark Theme before the release (WABetaInfo)
Reliance Jio also introduced a new 'All-in-One' plans to provide customers 300% more benefits, according to the company's statement. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The 14 mainboard IPOs this year have risen by an average of more than 50% since listing, data compiled by Bloomberg show. (iStock)
The 14 mainboard IPOs this year have risen by an average of more than 50% since listing, data compiled by Bloomberg show. (iStock)

After 50% returns, 2020 may be even better for Indian IPOs

  • The S&P BSE IPO Index, a gauge of shares in their first two years of trading, has climbed 36% in 2019
  • The outperformance of recent debutantes is notable given the sluggish performance of smaller Indian shares in general

Bharat Bond ETF is an investment product that invests in a portfolio of AAA-rated bonds issued by government entities
Bharat Bond ETF is an investment product that invests in a portfolio of AAA-rated bonds issued by government entities

Low risk a draw for investors in Bharat Bond ETF

  • Bharat Bond is a target maturity ETF unlike other ETFs and mutual fund (MF) schemes that are open-ended products
  • The three-year ETF will only invest in bonds with similar tenures and likewise the 10-year ETF