Amiti Sen

  • SEZs' tax-free tag may be swept under MAT

    SEZs' tax-free tag may be swept under MAT

    SEZ units, expecting tax-free export profits, may be in for a shock. Govt is considering minimum alternate tax of 12.5% on all such units.World News & Trends

    Export duty on basmati rice on cards

    Export duty on basmati rice on cards

    As prices of essential commodities soar, a proposal to impose export duty on basmati rice is being considered by the government to make exports unattractive

    WTO panel speeds up talks on GIs

    WTO panel speeds up talks on GIs

    The issue of framing multilateral rules on protection of geographic indications at the Trips Council of the WTO is gathering steam.

    Export sops for labour-intensive items

    Export sops for labour-intensive items

    Exports of labour-intensive products such as textiles, handicraft, handloom, carpets, leather and toys are expected to get a leg-up in the annual supplement to the foreign trade policy (FTP) to be announced later this month.

    Aussie-Thai querulous over India’s sugar export sop

    Aussie-Thai querulous over India’s sugar export sop

    In times when the world is debating the extent to which the developed countries should be made to limit their farm subsidies running into billions of dollars, a question on the temporary export subsidies being given by India to its sugar industry raised at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by Australia and Thailand seems like a poor joke.

    Developed nations veto trips talks

    Developed nations veto trips talks

    Developed countries, including Japan, Korea, the US, Australia and New Zealand, are continuing to oppose India’s attempts to start negotiations on amending the Trips Agreement to make stricter provisions for checking bio-piracy and usurping of traditional knowledge.

  • 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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