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Gold options trading on MCX launched

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched gold options trading on the leading commodity bourse MCX. MCX is the leading commodity bourse in the country with a market share of over 90 per cent. Options are derivatives which give a buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specific price on or before a certain date.This is the first product for options trading that the regulator Sebi has allowed after 14 years of commencement of commodity exchanges in the country.The gold options contract launched today allows trading in 1kg gold.

IIP rises to 9-month high of 4.3% in August 2017

The data released by Central Statistical Organization shows that India's Industrial production is showing a nine-month high of four point three percent in August 2017. This has been due to robust performance of the mining and power sectors. Factory output had grown 4 percent in August 2016.

During August 2017, Manufacturing sector output grew 3.1 percent, mining sector output surged 9.4 percent, and electricity generation increased 8.3 percent.

Production of capital good rose 5.4 per cent in August. Consumer durables output increased 1.6 percent, and consumer non-durables output rose 6.9 percent during the month.

India to send 3 lakh youth to Japan for on-job training

According to reports, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has stated that India will send three lakh youth to Japan for on-job training for 3-5 years as part of the government's skill development programme.

Japan will bear the financial cost of the skill training of Indian technical interns. This is as per the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan on the 'Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)'.

The minister stated that the agreement is expected to be signed during his three-day visit to Tokyo starting October 16.

State governments in India adopting GST at fast pace

According to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, state governments in India, are adopting Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a fast pace. At an event jointly organised by CII and US India Business Council (USIBC) in New York, Jaitley said the global integration of Indian economy is happening at a time when other economies are becoming more protectionist. 

Finance Minister stated that India is now a better place to do business because of the series of steps taken by the government in the last three years. Finance minister also informed that India is now capable of taking big decisions and implementing them at a large-scale. He said as many as 250 highways projects are under construction. India is now having surplus power and capacity of Indian ports have been expanded, he said. 

Anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of steel wire rods from China

The Centre has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain steel wire rods from China for five years. This has been done to safeguard the interest of domestic players from cheap in-bound shipments.The duty was imposed after the Commerce Ministry's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) recommended duty on such imports. Earlier the DGAD had concluded that wire rod of alloy or non-alloy steel has been exported to India at below the normal value due to which domestic industry has suffered material injury.

In a notification, Department of Revenue said that the anti-dumping duty imposed shall be effective for a period of five years from the date of its imposition and shall be payable in Indian currency. These steel products are used in many sectors such as automotive components, railway, engineering and construction.

India has already slapped anti-dumping duty on certain cold-rolled flat steel products from four nations, including China and South Korea. Anti-dumping measures are taken to ensure fair trade and provide a level-playing field to the domestic industry.

India's coffee output pegged at record 3.5 lakh tons in 2017-18

According to crop forcast released by Coffee Board, Coffee output in India, is pegged to be a record 3.50 lakh tonnes in the 2017-18 marketing year started this month on higher acreage.  The Coffee Board said the crop's forecast for 2017-18 is placed at 3.50 lakh tonnes, comprising 1.03 lakh tonnes of Arabica and 2.47 lakh tonnes of Robusta varieties. Higher output is mainly attributed to the additional bearing area of about 13,500 hectare in traditional growing areas of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Sensex falls over 300 points

Amidst recent surgical strike at the Myanmar Border, Sensex has fallen over 300 points while the Nifty 50 trades below 9,800. Sun Pharma lost 2% post AGM, Divis Labs fell 7% in USFDA observations for unit 2. Dr. Reddy Labs was under pressure. Being the seventh session of loss in a row, this fall is the longest losing run in 2017. Due to which the rupee sunk to a more than six month low on a foreign fund outflows.

RBI issues bright yellow rupees 200 note

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that it would issue Rs 200 notes on Friday. This new Rs. 200 note is the second new denomination to be issued since the demonitisation exercise. The base color of the Rs. 200 note will be bright yellow. It will bear the signature of Urijit Patel, the RBI governor on the front. The note will have the 'Swachh Bharat' logo with slogan along with a motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse side. The new note is smaller than the existing 100 note with dimensions of 66mmx146mm. As per the experts, the new 200 note will improve the efficiency of the present currency system in India. In a statement, the RBI said, “There is a logical need to introduce the missing denomination of Rs. 200, which will make the present currency system more efficient.” The new Rs 200 notes is called the 'missing middle' by the chief economic advisor of SBI group Soumya Kanti Ghosh.

Taxation system has become transparent since GST implementation

According to Government, the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, GST, will be beneficial for the country as well as the states. The government sources stated that the taxation system in the country has become more transparent after GST came into existence.

Wholesale inflation falls to 0.9% in June

According to reports, Wholesale inflation for June 2017 fell to 0.9 per cent as prices of food articles, including vegetables, declined. The inflation has dropped to the lowest level in the last two quarters. Inflation in food articles was negative (-) 3.47 percent in June and inflation in vegetables stood at -47.32 percent in June 2017.

India foodgrain output at record 273.38 Metric Tonnes in 2016-17

According to reports, Foodgrain production in the country has been estimated at a record level of over 273 million tonnes during 2016-17. This information was provided by Minister of State for Agriculture SS Ahluwalia. The production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses touched new record levels in the last fiscal.  

Growth of India's industrial output is at 1.7% in May

According to reports, India's industrial output has grown at a slower rate of 1.7 per cent in May 2017 year on year basis. Industrial output had grown 8 per cent in May last year. According to the data released by the Central Statistics organization, mining sector output contracted 0.9 per cent in May, while manufacturing sector output grew 1.2 per cent. Output in the capital goods segment,declined to 3.9 per cent in May. But electricity generation grew by 8.7 per cent in May.

Aircraft, aircraft engines import exempt from GST

According to reports, government is exempting the import of aircraft, aircraft engines and its parts via leasing route from the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).The notification from the Finance Ministry states that airlines will not have to pay GST at the time of import. However, lease rentals will be subject to GST. 

World Bank states that India is emerging as front runner in fight against climate change

According to reports, World Bank has stated that India is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against climate change. According to World Bank publication, India with a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative solutions and energy efficiency initiatives to supply its people with 24x7 electricity by 2030, is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against climate change. The Indian government ambitious targets of 160 gigawatts of wind and solar by 2022 has been sighted as positive initiatives.

CGST won't apply on items not registered under trademark law

According to a statement from the Finance Ministry, the 5 per cent Central GST will not apply to products that are not registered under the Trade Marks Act. It further stated that the CGST rate on supply of certain goods such as paneer, natural honey, wheat, rice and other cereals, flour, and pulses is zero. However, supply of such goods, when put up in unit container and bearing a registered brand name would attract 2.5 per cent CGST. The clarification comes amid doubts being raised with regard to the meaning of registered brand name for the purpose of GST.

Prices for Petrol and Diesel to be Changed Daily from 1 May

As per reports, keeping with the international rates, the prices for petrol and diesel are going to change on daily basis from 1 May. The pilot project is going to be launched by the major oil companies such as Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) in five cities. The five cities include Vizag in Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Udaipur in Rajasthan, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Chandigarh.

SoftBank Pushes for a Merger Between Flipkart and Snapdeal

As per reports, Japanese giant SoftBank has called for a merger between Flipkart and Snapdeal. SoftBank is likely to acquire around 15% shares in the merged entity of Snapdeal and Flipkart. SoftBank currently owns 30% shares in Snapdeal being the largest investor. Flipkart which is based out of Bangalore is estimated to be valued at $10-11 billion.

Flipkart would be getting a strong anchor investor in form of SoftBank’s arrival giving it the required footing to battle Amazon.

Kumar Mangalam Birla to Handle Vodafone-Idea Merged Entity as its Chairman

As per reports, Kumar Mangalam Birla is going to be the chairman of Vodafone-Idea merged entity. Over a period of time, both the companies will have equal stakes, said sources.

As both the companies are strong brands, Vodafone and Idea will be operating separately.

GSM Association Report Says India will be the Leader in Smartphone Adoption

GSM Association has conducted a global survey across 56 countries on mobile usage trend. In the GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey 2016, the Association has categorically mentioned that in terms of smartphone adoption, India will lead the race with the net addition of 350 million connections during the period 2016-2020. The report also says that the smartphone adoption rate will be highest in countries such as India, China, and Indonesia. 

Uber India President Amit Jain Clears Air on Drivers' Earnings

Uber India President Amit Jain, in a blog post, has said that 80 per cent of their drivers throughout India earn anything from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,500 (after paying service fee) by working for 6 hours a day. He also said that Uber is providing communication support (through video messages, texts, phone, and in-person support at their greenlight centres) for resolving their concerns. At a time when some drivers are accusing Uber regarding their earnings and incentives, Jain pointed out that only a “small number of individuals” are preventing majority drivers wanting to work for Uber.




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