RBI notifies change in single-brand retail FDI policy


Removal of the investment cap is likely to help global fashion brands, especially from Italy and France, to strengthen their interest in the growing Indian market

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday operationalised the change in foreign direct investment (FDI) policy by removing restrictions on foreign investment limit in single-brand retail.

“...it has now been decided that FDI up to 100% would be permitted in single brand product trading under the government route...” the RBI said in a circular.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had earlier increased the FDI limit in single-brand retail from 51% to 100%.

“Necessary amendments to Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000...are being notified separately,” RBI added.

Removal of the investment cap is likely to help global fashion brands, especially from Italy and France, to strengthen their interest in the growing Indian market.

The government had said the move was aimed at enhancing competitiveness of Indian enterprises through access to global design, technologies and management practices.

Though 51% FDI in single brand was allowed in February 2006, not much investment has come in the sector.

During last three-and-a-half years, FDI worth only Rs196 crore was received in the sector.



Economy likely to grow between 7-7.5% in FY11-12: Chief economic advisor


“What looked like a 9% growth year, now we are projecting somewhere between 7% and 7.5%,” chief economic adviser Kaushik Basu said while addressing an event of Global Development Network

New Delhi: Attributing slowdown to global factors, chief economic adviser Kaushik Basu on Friday said economic growth in the current fiscal could be around 7%-7.5%, down from 8.5% a year ago, reports PTI.

“What looked like a 9% growth year, now we are projecting somewhere between 7% and 7.5%,” Mr Basu said while addressing an event of Global Development Network.

Indian economy registered a growth of 7.3% in the first half of the current fiscal.

The economy grew by 8.5% in 2010-11.

As per the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) projection, the growth rate in the current fiscal would slow down to 7.6% from earlier projection of 8%.

“When we began our Budget exercise in January 2010, we thought we will grow by 9% (2011-12). But oil prices went up from $90 to $110 and not really coming down the way we were expecting,” he said.

“A bit of this to my mind is to do with major change in global scenario...what is happening in the world you get one crisis after another. 2008 and now we are standing on the brink of another one 2012,” he said.

“Europe began to be tottering on the brink of crisis.

Over the last two months our exports have begun doing badly and over the year we are seeing directly it is the international demand which is tanking and beginning to affect us,” he said.

With Germany’s growth figure being downgraded, he said, “We are really worried about Europe. Whether Europe is going to go into negative growth”.

Two quarters of negative growth will be officially described as recession, he added.



Fresh western disturbance expected

Rajan Alexander, who runs a blog called Devconsultancygroup warn of fresh rain and snow and treacherous conditions in the North and Northwest regions

A fresh western disturbance called J2 is expected to affect western the Himalayan region and adjoining plains from 14 January 2012 onwards, bringing back snow, fog and rains over disparate regions of the north and northwest, warns Mr Rajan. He goes on to say, “The passage of the past few western disturbances like that on 10th January and its warmth to the east of the country has already left the northwest literally in a cold wave. The fresh one will plunge temperatures and increase snow chaos even further.  With the troposphere already below freezing level and together humidity at around 80%, the coming western disturbance could prove to be the most treacherous for the season as of now.”
The last western disturbance, plunged temperatures and massive snow disrupted the road transportation network apart from public utility services such as electricity, water supply and telecommunications in states of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. These states have slowly limped back to normalcy, says Mr Rajan in his blog—http://devconsultancygroup.blogspot.com/

As seen from the temperature map of 13th January, the Indian sub-continent is relatively cool, with parts of north and north west India relatively colder. Snow is confined to a narrow band within the country—J&K, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, etc.  Temperatures even here by and large are less than minus 20 deg C.  Minimum temperatures in other parts of north and central India are in single digits though it may feel 1-2 deg C colder due to wind chill effect.

However in the coming days this could change.
Rajesh Kapadia who is tracking J2 in his blog vagaries of the weather commented:
“In India, the nights have become above normal starting from the extreme west

J-2 will precipitate over northern Pakistan, from Saturday. Heavier in the Northern most regions and tapering intensity southwards.”

On Saturday, the north Indian states of Kashmir and HP would get snow/rains, and cloudy in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. Heavier intensity would occur on Sunday in Kashmir and HP Snowfall would be in the range of 40-60 cms in Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Lahul regions of HP. Srinagar can expect snow, too, as the day’s maximum are below freezing since the last five days.

But, J-2 , it seems has a shorter life span, of just about two to three days. I would expect Pakistan to be clear from Monday 16th, and the north Indian regions would go dry from Tuesday. A prevailing ‘high’ is likely to disintegrate the system, allowing just about a day’s precipitation in Uttaranchal.

Strong northerly winds from Monday will bring a fall in temperatures in northern plains of India, including Delhi. Mumbai and Pune are also expected to see a fall in temperature in the coming days according to Mr Rajesh.




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It's good to see a timely Indian weather analysis here, given the stark paucity of useful information elsewhere. Please keep it up. Thanks.

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