Amiti Sen

  • India to fight flimsy curbs on exports to US, Europe

    India to fight flimsy curbs on exports to US, Europe

    India to take head-on the US and EU which restrict imports from developing countries by putting in place 'arbitrary or unjustifiable' quality standards ostensibly to protect plants, animals and humans against diseases.

    S Korea drags India to WTO on steel curbs

    S Korea drags India to WTO on steel curbs

    South Korea, a major steel exporter, has asked India to explain to WTO—the multilateral body that sets rules of trade between countries—why it has imposed import curbs on steel items.

    EC blocks service tax sops for SEZ units

    EC blocks service tax sops for SEZ units

    Developers of special economic zones (SEZ) and units operating in them will have to wait until a new government is formed to get a keenly-awaited exemption on service tax payments for services availed inside the zones.

    Special import duty likely on radial tyres too

    Special import duty likely on radial tyres too

    The government plans to impose a special import duty on passenger car radial tyres to protect the domestic industry, which is affected by a surge in imports of the item, especially from China and South Korea.

    SEZs may get more time to start projects

    SEZs may get more time to start projects

    The board of approval (BoA) for special economic zones (SEZs) has entrusted its chairman, commerce secretary GK Pillai, to give more time to cash-strapped developers of SEZ projects beyond the three-year deadline to start work so that their projects do not lapse.

    Basmati MEP likely to dip after polls

    Basmati MEP likely to dip after polls

    The minimum export price (MEP) of Basmati rice is likely to be reduced again after elections as export of the premium rice variety from India has dropped significantly since January this year.

    DLF SEZs won’t be cancelled till realtor refunds duty sops

    DLF SEZs won’t be cancelled till realtor refunds duty sops

    DLF will not be allowed to get its four special economic zones (SEZs) denotified or cancelled till the government carries out inspection of the zones to ensure that all duty exemptions enjoyed by the developer during implementation of the project are refunded.

    At 33%, SEZ units beat export slump

    At 33%, SEZ units beat export slump

    Exports from special economic zones rose 33% during the year to end-March 2009, far outpacing the country’s overall exports growth of just 4%.

    Shrimp exports to US may jump on duty removal

    Shrimp exports to US may jump on duty removal

    Shrimp exports to the US are expected to bounce back five years after they started declining, as the WTO has forced Washington to withdraw a punitive duty it imposed on such exports in 2004.

  • Amiti Sen

    We’ve got Visa power!

    India and Pakistan have once again proved to all skeptics that when they talk business, they mean business! The signing of the new bilateral visa agreement replacing the restrictive 37 year old pact is yet...

    Amiti Sen

    Chinese Checkers

    It may not be easy for Indians to love the Chinese. But it is impossible to hate them. Yes, they do flood us with cheap products ranging from diyas and crackers to chemicals, metals, electronics...

    Amiti Sen

    Economics scores over mindless patriotism

    If Pakistan needed to show proof of its sincerity in wanting closer economic ties with  India, it has indeed done so. It finally walked the talk this week with its Federal Cabinet agreeing to put...

    Amiti Sen

    Economics scores over mindless patriotism

    If Pakistan needed to show proof of its sincerity in wanting closer economic ties with  India, it has indeed done so. It finally walked the talk this week with its Federal Cabinet agreeing to put...

    Amiti Sen

    India-EU FTA–not a lost cause

    The Indian media is full of stories on how the India-EU free trade agreement will not be signed during the India-EU summit in New Delhi on Friday.  I wonder what made people think that the...

    Amiti Sen

    India-Pakistan’s MFN roller-coaster

    When the Pakistani Cabinet decided on November 2 to allow grant of most favoured nation or MFN status to India that would result in removal of import restrictions, the media, as expected, went to town...

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