Economy & Trade

India Eases Foreign Fund Investment Rules to Woo Cash

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Oct. 7 – In order to encourage foreign inflows into India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India's capital market regulator lifted curbs on indirect investment notes by foreign funds to spur inflows into a battered stock market. SEBI initiated the change to stem record sales by offshore funds that have triggered a 42 percent slide in the benchmark index this year, Bloomberg reported.

A requirement forcing investors to register in India before buying shares and limits on offshore derivatives that were imposed in October will be lifted with immediate effect, C.B. Bhave, chairman of the Securities & Exchange Board of India, told reporters after a board meeting in Mumbai.

Not That Easy Doing Business in India

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Oct. 6 – Sure billions of dollars in FDI are poring into India, the economy is strong and the political structure is relatively stable, but the decision by Tata Motors to pullout from Singur in India's North-Eastern West Bengal state in the wake of violent protests may affect the broader investment climate in the country, deterring foreign investors and denting economic growth, analysts say.

JP Morgan to Invest US$800 million-one billion private equity in India

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Oct. 6 – At a time when banks around the world are closing, filing for bankrupcy or being acquired at all time low prices, financial services firm JP Morgan's CEO Kalpana Morparia, said JP morgan will invest $800 million-one billion as private equity investment in India over the next two years across various sectors.

In India, the firm was looking at growth opportunities, both organically and inorganically, she told the Economic Times.

"India continues to evoke interest in the global market with no decrease in global investor interest in India," Morparia added.

Rice to visit India

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Oct. 1 – With the nuclear deal poised for an approval by the US Congress, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit India next month to sign the 123 bilateral agreement that will seal the landmark deal.
"We are discussing the possibility of the visit of the Secretary of State to India. We have been trying it for sometime and looking for possibility of dates," Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told the Hindustan Times.

"Rice will come to India early next month. If the Congress approves the 123 pact, it will be signed during Rice's visit," an official, privy to nuclear negotiations, confirmed with the IANS.

India is Still the Second Most Preferred Destination for FDI

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Sept. 25 – India has and will retain its position as the second most-preferred global destination for foreign investment until 2010, lagging only behind China, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) announced in the World Investment Report 2008, released in New York.

India Will Not Be Affected By the U.S. Downturn

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Sept. 24 – In a bid to avoid letting India's soaring economy slip due to the U.S. downturn, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for strengthening "surveillance" of multilateral institutions within India.

"We need to strengthen multilateral surveillance for free market economies to function properly. For that multilateral institutions need to be strengthened," the prime minister told the Hindustan Times on board his special aircraft enroute to the United Nations General Assmebly meeting in New York.

Pakistan – India Renew Trade Ties

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Sept. 23 – India is reworking and strenghtening its ties with its northern neighbors – Nepal and Pakistan.

While India and Nepal recently held landmark meetings to discuss the 1950 Indo-Nepal treaty of Peace and Friendship, a decades-old pact governing bilateral relations, India and Pakistan also recently, reignited talks between the two nations.

Pushing ahead with their peace process, India and Pakistan on Monday finalised modalities to open up the Line of Control (LoC) for cross-Kashmir trade on Monday.

New Issue of India Briefing Out Now

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Sept. 23 – The Autumn issue of the India Briefing magazine is now out. Subscribers can download the entire magazine for free from our website by clicking on this image.

The magazine covers India's changing and growing global stance as a manufacturing hub.Titled "Establishing Manufacturing Operations In India", the magazine features legal, tax, financial and operational guidelines, regulations and approval proceedures to simplify setting up a manufacturing unit for a foreign investor in India. The main article not only covers application proceedures and license approval processes but also tax compliances, labor laws and outlines setting up a manufacturing base in India's special economic zones.

In order to bring a practical focus to the article, we have spiced it up with two market entry case studies, specifically targetting the auto components and electronic products industries, two high growth sectors in India's booming economy.

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