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68% start-ups, MSMEs didn't benefit from Centre's COVID-19 schemes, claims survey -Joe C Mathew Funding remains major problem for startups and MSMEs, survey reveals; around 28 per cent listed raising funds or loans as top challenges in 2021, while another 25 per cent were worried about finding growth A clutch of MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) and startup schemes of the Centre, which were meant to help them tide over Covid-19 crisis may not have helped, an online poll by community social media platform...

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Hunger, nutrition are worse than before lockdown. PDS must be universalised -Dipa Sinha and Rajendran Narayanan

-The Indian Express All indications show that an economic revival will take some time — support is required during this period to at least prevent starvation. The effects of the lockdown and the resultant economic crisis continue to disproportionately impact the poor and informal sector workers. Since the lockdown, the Government of India (GoI) has announced relief packages under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) and Atmanirbhar Bharat. However, numerous studies...

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Has personal loans seen a rebound ahead of the festive season? The answer is in the negative

Just before Dhanteras and Diwali this year, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the November edition of its monthly bulletin. The latest RBI Monthly Bulletin says that the GDP has contracted by -8.6 percent in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020-21 (i.e. July-September, 2020) as compared to the gross domestic product (GDP) during the corresponding period last year. It may be noted that India’s GDP shrunk by -23.9...

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A day after RCEP, Jaishankar slams trade pacts, globalisation -Suhasini Haidar

-The Hindu ‘The effect of past trade agreements has been to deindustrialise some sectors’ India has allowed other countries “unfair” trade and manufacturing advantages “in the name of openness”, asserted External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, in a speech criticising the effects of globalisation on Monday. Speaking just a day after the 15-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed, Mr. Jaishankar was particularly scathing of trade agreements, which he said had forced...

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Unfair to Change Stand After Leaving Govt: NITI Aayog's Rajiv Kumar Criticises Arvind Subramanian Kumar was referring to an article written by the former CEA on the pitfalls of the government's Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative as it pertained to tariffs and exports. New Delhi: NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar on Wednesday criticised former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian for a recent article that pointed out flaws in the Narendra Modi government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Subramanian, in an opinion piece co-authored with Pennsylvania State University’s assistant professor of...

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