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The core inflation puzzle & the ominous signs it masks

Headline inflation plays more on the consumer's mind, but the real risks remain hidden in another realm.

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Nov 19, 2019, 07.14 PM IST

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ET Explains: The core inflation conundrum and the ominous signs that it masks

Headline inflation plays more on the consumer's mind, but the real risks remain hidden in another realm.

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  • Lawyers say that several companies — including GAIL, Power Grid Corporation, Delhi Metro, RailTel, among others — that are non-telcos but hold telecom licences to provide a range of offering such as internet services, national and international long-distance services and VSAT services, could fall under the DoT’s wider licence fee ambit

    Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, the two large telecom operators, last week had reported a combined loss of Rs 74,000 crore for the second quarter ended September 2019, mainly on account of statutory dues arising from the recent Supreme Court order on adjusted gross revenue (AGR).

    Tuesday’s recovery was on the back of negative advance-decline ratio.

    India’s $200-billion-plus bad debt mess is starting to attract serious global capital

    It’s best to leave the determination of Infosys governance issue to the investigation that’s already underway. However, one point is clear. It is in the interest of all stakeholders that a company appropriately verifies any whistle-blower complaint, prior to making a disclosure. A premature disclosure goes against the principles of good corporate governance.

    Bandhan's acquisition of Gruh Finance helped pare down promoter holding to 62% and diversify into loan assets.

    From revival measures to RCEP, from tax changes to trading rules for eCommerce, Sitharaman & Goyal are two ministers in the Modi cabinet whose decisions have made headlines and impacted bottom lines. In less than a fortnight, business leaders will get the opportunity to listen to these two policymakers, who directly influence the country's policy changes.

    The latest inflation numbers suggest that retail headline inflation, read the overall rise in consumer prices, has gone up beyond the 4% target set up Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The MPC is mandated to policy-induce a narrow 4-6% range for the retail inflation rate. The CPI has risen at the fastest rate since June last year.

    A senior TRAI official, who did not wish to be named, said the regulator is hopeful of firming up its views by November-end but did not divulge further details. The official was speaking on the sidelines of ASEAN-TRAI program on capacity building and sharing of best practices in policy regulation and development.

    Shah continues to be BJP’s chief electoral strategist despite his heavy ministerial remit. And, refreshingly for audiences who often hear circumlocutory politicians, he is famous for plain speaking. Therefore, his keynote speech at a time the economy and the govt’s policy response are on everyone’s mind, cannot be anything other than highly anticipated.

    Going ahead, 11800 could act as a decisive level for the markets, says Kothari.

    In a recent interview to ET, Justice Bobde also said he was in favour of creating a national judicial service. GoI has been pushing this idea with the intent to create an all-India cadre of judicial officers from where bulk of future judges could be selected. The proposal has been gone into in considerable detail, including on ways to carry out an all-India test and selection.

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