All stories by Subhayan Chakraborty
12 urgent ways to decriminalise business offencesRediff.com10 Feb 2020
Covering 37 different legislations such as the Partnership Act of 1932, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and laws on environmental protection, consumer protection and labour interests, the recommendations have been shared with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
How govt plans to tighten the screws on importsRediff.com3 Feb 2020
A string of measures includes specific provisions in rules governing anti-dumping, safeguards, and basic Customs duties.
Exporters want Budget to address slow tax refundsRediff.com25 Jan 2020
With exporters' claim for over five months still pending, liquidity has been wiped out and the process of finalising new contracts has been held up.
Asean bloc invites India for RCEP dialogue in Bali next monthRediff.com22 Jan 2020
The Asean secretariat hopes the meet may be able to iron out existing wrinkles raised by India. Since there had been no significant progress on the matter over the past two years on most issues, New Delhi is yet to decide on the invite.
Modi's 5-year vision: What's it all aboutRediff.com13 Jan 2020
Spurring the economy, currently in the throes of a slowdown, remains the prime focus for most ministries, but the government is also looking to make women's welfare and environmental protection key to policymaking in this term.
Growth finally back in services sector; PMI stood at 52.7Rediff.com5 Dec 2019
While manufacturing firms cut jobs for the first time in 20 months to sharply reduce costs, services providers continued their hiring spree.
Piyush Goyal's agenda in USRediff.com14 Nov 2019
Among the major ones are fewer restrictions on market access for US medical device manufacturers, as well as access for other key products.
Will Piyush Goyal manage to clinch a trade deal with USRediff.com11 Nov 2019
The high point of the trip will be Goyal's meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on November 13, which is expected to see the USTR push India towards lower import duties in a broad range of areas.
Is GeM a threat to Flipkart and Amazon?Rediff.com8 Nov 2019
Initially, private buyers will be able to make bulk purchases on Government e-marketplace, it will subsequently be broadened to small-ticket buying as well.
India holds out at final RCEP talks, all eyes on ModiRediff.com3 Nov 2019
The agenda prepared by ministers will be discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other RCEP leaders in Nonthaburi, a city north of Bangkok, on November 4, the official deadline to close talks.
RCEP can be particularly beneficial for India, says reportRediff.com31 Oct 2019
The report by the High Level Advisory Group said India stands to benefit even more when the US and China are locked in a global trade war.
Sops to exporters under MEIS may be extended till March 31Rediff.com22 Oct 2019
Introduced in 2015 under the Foreign Trade Policy, the mega MEIS was created out of a merger of five existing reward schemes.
Who is benefitting from India's Free Trade Agreements?Rediff.com30 Sep 2019
Among the current FTAs with significant trade deficits for India, five are with countries from the 10-nation Asean bloc. Exports to the 10 economies stood at $ 37.4 billion in 2018-19, up by 9% year on year. On the other hand, imports were higher at $ 59.31 billion, up by 25% from the previous year's $ 47.13 billion.
Indo-US trade deal caught in ICT webRediff.com26 Sep 2019
ICT products make up a minuscule $ 407 million, out of the $ 35.54 billion of total inbound shipments from the US, as of now.
Nitin Gadkari's mega plan for small bizRediff.com3 Sep 2019
The plan includes step-wise expansion of a crucial credit guarantee net, establishment of an unprecedented number of functional clusters and increased government procurement from MSMEs.
Flipkart 'beaten' by govt e-commerce platformRediff.com5 Aug 2019
Three years and Rs 28,710 crore worth of transactions later, it has more than double the number of sellers than Flipkart.
Exports fall in June, 2nd time in one yearRediff.com16 Jul 2019
According to data released by the commerce and industry ministry, exports stood at $25.01 billion in the month. The fall is only the second time exports contracted in the past year.
UAE urges India to revise air services pactRediff.com25 Jun 2019
Emirates and Etihad Airways have over the past year continued to lobby India to allow them more flight slots, which won't be possible until the 2007 pact is revised.
India hits back at Uncle Sam with tariff hikesRediff.com15 Jun 2019
The commerce department has said that earnings through the new tax will equal the losses faced by Indian industry after the US tariffs on steel and aluminium.
India likely to be among top 20 global FDI sources by 2021Rediff.com14 Jun 2019
While the UN report said that FDI inflows rose 6 per cent in 2018 to $ 42 billion, the government's own data for the entire FY19 period has shown that inbound equity investments declined for the first time in six years in FY19.
Goyal focuses on exports, industry growthRediff.com8 Jun 2019
Work on a dozen decisions to start by next week.
India's 2nd-largest job provider is today gasping for growthRediff.com7 Jun 2019
Particularly hit has been the apparel sector, where the time taken by the industry to adjust to the Goods and Services Tax regime, downward revision of export incentives, and a credit squeeze faced by small and medium scale enterprises, has pushed production downwards.
Piyush Goyal's agenda at Japan G20 meetRediff.com6 Jun 2019
The meet will see Goyal batting for structural reforms at the WTO, where India has repeatedly called for reforms, especially in the dispute resolution mechanism that has effectively been held hostage by the US.
America Inc still finds India a difficult market to crackRediff.com20 May 2019
Though the US has got together a number of vetted and potential Indian business partners, most of these companies say they haven't had much luck in stitching up deals to tap into India as an export market for their goods.
Why reopening LoC trade routes remain a pipedream for Kashmir tradersRediff.com26 Apr 2019
The chances of the posts opening remain slim, with security agencies recently identifying 10 suspects who smuggled in weapons, narcotics and fake currency.
Why exports keep missing ministry targetRediff.com24 Apr 2019
A combination of externalities such as global trade wars and slowing growth, continuing glitches in accessing offsets under the GST regime, which has created a liquidity crunch for smaller exporters, and the growing competitiveness of smaller countries are causing the slowdown.
Backroom efforts on to resolve India-US trade tiffRediff.com24 Mar 2019
Keen to salvage its engagement with Washington DC that has gone southbound ever since the Trump administration came in, India has called for a final set of meetings with US trade officials, soon, reports Subhayan Chakraborty.
Why India is not in favour of the global e-commerce draftRediff.com25 Feb 2019
The government believes that WTO's push for initiating negotiations on substantive obligations related to e-commerce will oblige India to permanently accept the current moratorium on imposing customs duties on products traded electronically.
After revoking MFN status, India mulls suspending trade with PakRediff.com16 Feb 2019
While India does not figure in the top 10 export destinations for Pakistani goods, it serves as a crucial channel for select goods such as leather hides and cheaper variants of fertilisers that are generally procured by importers at short notice.
Services PMI slips second month in a rowRediff.com6 Feb 2019
On the other hand, jobs increased for the 10th straight month in the manufacturing sector, albeit only slightly
The many loopholes of pension scheme for unorganised sector workersRediff.com2 Feb 2019
According to official statistics, half of India's GDP comes from as many as 420 million workers in the unorganised sector including street vendors, rickshaw pullers, construction workers, rag pickers, agricultural workers, among others. This massive workforce remains outside the purview of the formal banking and insurance industries.
Govt arms DIPP with more powerRediff.com31 Jan 2019
In its new avatar as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), it will directly be responsible for 'the welfare of traders and their employees'.
Soon, Chinese smokers will puff on Indian tobaccoRediff.com29 Jan 2019
The revival of the phytosanitary protocol with China is expected to boost tobacco exports to China and prove economically beneficial to Indian farmers.
How govt plans to cut down food wastageRediff.com16 Jan 2019
Centre has already started work on developing a mechanism to ensure states producing any item in excess is able to transport it to other states where there is demand
After China setback, Apple is keen to woo Indian govtRediff.com7 Jan 2019
Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is slated to meet senior executives of Apple on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month.
Manufacturing PMI at 11-month high of 54 in NovRediff.com4 Dec 2018
The expansion in total new orders was supported by greater sales to international markets
At G20 meet, PM will sell India as a hot investment destinationRediff.com29 Nov 2018
The G20 chair has suggested three areas for the talks in Argentina - the future of work, infrastructure for development and a sustainable food future, areas where India has a lot at stake.
Modi bracing for tough RCEP meet in SingaporeRediff.com12 Nov 2018
Modi will have limited choice other than stressing upon a request for more time to decide on tariff rates, especially with elections in 2019.
Ease of Doing Business: How REAL is India's ranking?Rediff.com9 Nov 2018
For the second year in a row, India has been recognised as the fifth-best performing nation in reforming the business environment. However, in the two categories that the government was banking on most - "Paying Taxes" and "Resolving Insolvency" - landmark reforms that were expected to yield better results have had the opposite effect. Under the circumstances should the country celebrate already or are there any reasons for worry, wonders Subhayan Chakraborty.
FDI from China drops to $141 million in 4 yearsRediff.com25 Oct 2018
Overall, cumulative direct investment from China stood at just $2.05 billion till June 2018, according to consolidated DIPP figures