Economy: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

USA- France trade dispute

The tariff dispute between USA and France has started affecting bilateral trade. Recently, USA threatened to impose a 100% tariff on French imports such as wine, cheese and handbags. The threat comes in light of the recently announced French digital tax or the GAFA tax. The GAFA tax levies a 3% taxation on tech giants ..

India appeals against WTO panel’s ruling on export promotion schemes

On 18 Nov, India appealed against a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel’s ruling that had recommended withdrawal of its key export subsidy schemes, including the one for special economic zones in the next 90-180 days. Recently, WTO had ruled that exports subsidy programmes Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS), Export Oriented Units Scheme ..

Workshop on National Pension System (NPS) for Corporates

On 18 Nov, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) conducted a workshop on National Pension System (NPS) for Corporates in Mumbai. The workshop was organized in association of Maharashtra FICCI. The workshop revealed that overall number of NPS and APY subscribers in the country has crossed 3.12 crores with Asset under Management (AUM) of ..

NITI Aayog releases Report on Health System for India

On 18 Nov, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar released the report on ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks—Potential Pathways to Reforms’. The report was released in the presence of Bill Gates. The report charts a clear roadmap for the complete transformation of India’s health system. The report focuses on breaking silos ..

ArcelorMittal’s takeover of Essar cleared by apex court

On 15 Nov, the three judge bench of the Supreme Court has accepted world’s largest steelmaker, Arcelor Mittal’s offer to pay an aggregate Rs 42,000 crore as an upfront amount to the secured financial creditors of bankrupt Essar Steel.  This creates a path  for Arcelor Mittal to take over Essar and enter the world’s second ..