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CSO proposes to replace GDP base year

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) proposes to replace the gross domestic product (GDP) series of 2011-12 base year with a new set of National Accounts using 2017-18 as the base-year. According to the chief statistician, this will be done as soon as the new consumer expenditure survey and the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) results become ..

Why the Economic Slowdown is taking place?

The release of the first-quarter data for the financial year 2020 came as a rude surprise to economists and policy planners in the country. Due to a fall in private consumption growth and investment rate, GDP growth has fallen to barely 5% while Nominal GDP growth has reduced to 8%. This fall in GDP has ..

Debate over India’s GDP Numbers

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) introduced a new series of National Account Statistics in 2015. The important changes made in the new series included the change in base year from 2004-05 to 2011-12, employed a new methodology to estimate India’s gross domestic product (GDP) and used new data sets to arrive at the GDP. Why ..

United States designates China as currency manipulator

The United States has designated China a “currency manipulator”, following the devaluation of the Yuan. The move could escalate the tense trade relations between the two nations. The US action came after China allowed its yuan to weaken past the key seven-per-dollar level for the first time in more than a decade. This decision will ..

US Federal Reserve’s Rate Cut: Impact on India

The United States Federal Reserve has announced a quarter-percentage-point cut in interest rates. This was the first-rate cut in 11 years- the first since the global financial crisis broke in 2008. The rate cut marked a departure from the hawkish rate-hike trajectory of US Federal Reserve moving in the direction of bolstering the debt-laden American economy. ..

Ramesh Chand head of working group to revise current series of Wholesale Price Index

The Union Government has constituted an 18-member working group for the revision of the current series of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) under Chairmanship of Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member of NITI Aayog. The revision of the base year would help in presenting a more realistic picture of the price situation and its impact on people. The ..

Challenges Before Monetary Policy Committee

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is the body of the RBI headed by its Governor. The body is responsible for taking the important monetary policy decisions for determining the repo rate. The Monetary policy committee is a statutory body established under the provisions of RBI act 1934. The functions of the committee are: The main ..

CPI Inflation eases to two-year low

The annual Consumer Price Index has cooled-off to two-year low of 3.63%, its lowest level in last 2 years. This has been brought about by the sharp fall in food prices. The figure for October was 4.2%. This is the first macro data to be released by the government after demonetisation was implemented more than ..