Kirtika Suneja

Special Correspondent, ETI cover commerce and industry, and macroeconomy for The Economic Times with a focus on international trade and its impact on India. Identifying interesting trends in the beats I cover, be it for sharp news stories or long format features, especially when they have linkages with other industries, is something that interests me. As a business news journalist, I have covered various other sectors as well including IT, business education, environment and revenue. I started my career with Business Standard and went on to work with The Financial Express and Cogencis. I can be reached at kirtika.suneja@timesgroup.com and tweet from @KirtikaSunejaET.
  • India Inc panel to pick up sectors to floor manufacturing pedal

    India Inc panel to pick up sectors to floor manufacturing pedal

    A panel led by Mahindra & Mahindra managing director Pawan K Goenka and comprising members from leading business groups, has begun identifying industries to propel India’s manufacturing. The committee is expected to draw up strategies to boost industrial growth in at least 12 sectors, including steel, agro-chemicals, food processing, aluminium, electronics and textiles.

    8 approved labs now testing prototype samples of PPE Coveralls: Govt

    8 approved labs now testing prototype samples of PPE Coveralls: Govt

    These are South India Textiles Research Association (SITRA) in Coimbatore, DRDO-INMAS in New Delhi, Heavy Vehicle Factory in Chennai, Small Arms Factory in Kanpur, Ordnance Factory in Kanpur, Ordnance Factory in Muradnagar, Ordnance Factory in Ambernath, and Metal & Steel Factory in Ishapore, West Bengal.

    SEZ units want customs duty waiver for domestic sale as exports plummet

    SEZ units want customs duty waiver for domestic sale as exports plummet

    At present, SEZs are also not able to sell their products in the domestic market, as payment of customs duty as per Section 30 of SEZ Act, 2005, is making their products uncompetitive, the Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZs (EPCES) said in a letter to commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal.

    Common tariff code glitch creates minor roadblock for mask exports

    Common tariff code glitch creates minor roadblock for mask exports

    Smriti Irani-led textiles ministry has initiated talks with commerce ministry on how to address the issue. “The issue is all masks have the same HSN code. N-95 and surgical masks are required for Covid-19. The issue is now being examined,” said an official in the know of the details.

    Export sops likely to continue till March 2021

    Export sops likely to continue till March 2021

    The commerce and industry ministry is considering a plan to extend the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) till March 31, 2021. The proposal was mentioned in a letter to development commissioners of special economic zones from the Department of Commerce. ET has reviewed the letter.

    Lockdown impact: India April manufacturing PMI at all-time low of 27.4

    Lockdown impact: India April manufacturing PMI at all-time low of 27.4

    The Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by IHS Markit, plunged to 27.4 last month from March's 51.8, by far its lowest since the survey began in March 2005 and its first time below the 50-mark separating growth from contraction in nearly three years.

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