Year to the ground
- Trouble mounts for Sreesanth as Mumbai cops gather more evidence
- SIT to seek Supreme Court guidance on Maya Kodnani death penalty issue
- Tamil Nadu police bans Yasin Malik-linked pro-Eelam public meeting
- Kings XI Punjab end IPL 2013 campaign with a win
- Narendra Modi: India losing sheen as agricultural nation
In the three months from January to March, the monthly indices of industrial production at 0.9, 4.3 and -2.8 per cent had translated into a GDP growth rate of 5.3 per cent. The period from April to June has thrown up even worse figures, of -0.9, 2.5 and -1.8 per cent. The GDP growth rate for this quarter will then come out to be even lower, at close to 4.5 per cent.
From here, only a 7 per cent plus growth rate of GDP in the next three quarters can pull the Indian economy to the RBI target of 6.5 per cent for this fiscal. There is just no way it will happen. Capital goods production has been contracting for the past 10 months with just one blip in between: it means no segment of the manufacturing sector has any plans for pushing production higher to re-energise growth. In short, since September last year, just about no company has made any plans to buy machinery or any other equipment. Consumers are responding by progressively cutting down their consumption of non-durables. The numbers are worse now than they were a month ago and pretty bad compared to a tepid April. This is a dangerous condition for a growing economy to have swung into. Earlier, a robust set of numbers from India's services sector made up for the weakness in other sectors. But former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's ill-conceived tax adventure, especially against IT, has taken care of that. Then there is weakness in the importing countries, especially Europe, that even a 25 per cent rupee depreciation cannot reverse.
- Quake-hit and shaken, Bhaderwah spends nights in the open
- UP blast accused dies on way to jail, govt wanted to drop case against him
- Former civil aviation secy changes mind, seeks airport security exemption as EC
- BCCI suspects Gujarat players in other teams were also approached
- Police on money trail, Sreesanth in fresh trouble
- Chhattisgarh 'encounter' leaves 8 villagers dead, no Maoist link yet