India Investment Journal January 2017

///India Investment Journal January 2017

Top 5 Things to watch out for in 2017

2018-12-05T13:07:46+00:00January 17th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Top 5 Things to Watch in 2017, Year|

If last year was one marked by turbulence, this year is one that has begun with hope. Hope for the long-delayed and much needed Goods and Service Tax to become a reality – despite some last moment political opposition; hope for the bold demonetisation initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start paying dividends, later this year, in terms of higher growth and lower levels of corruption; hope for lower interest rates that will restart the investment cycle and a [...]

Vibrant Gujarat Summit to pitch for investments across India

2019-01-02T08:23:50+00:00January 10th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Year|

The event, launched by Modi in 2003 to showcase his state, has emerged as India’s largest investment promotion meet. Many Indian intellectuals who see things only through the prism of their own ideology call Gujarat the laboratory of a divisive communal agenda, where ideas, policies and processes were honed and perfected and then rolled out across India. This is the view they hold and this is what they disseminate to the world at large. There is another more widely accepted [...]

End of a watershed year

2019-01-02T12:26:52+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Other Highlights, Year|

What looked like an optimistic start to the year with leasing activity picking up in the commercial segment was not to be, writes India Inc. property expert. If 2015 was a roller coaster, 2016 was definitely a steep downhill for the real estate sector. With the passing of the Real Estate Regulation Bill, residential buyers hammered away at residential developers with judges passing landmark judgments against developers for delayed delivery. If this did not have the developers scurrying for cover, [...]

Crude prices and US rate are the X factors

2018-12-06T13:08:22+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Top 5 Things to Watch in 2017, Year|

RBI Governor Urjit Patel may be able to cut rates but only later this year. We take a look at what this would mean for the Indian economy. When will Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel cut interest rates? Speak to analyst, economist or businessman; that will be among his top two or three concerns. The background The central bank dashed hopes for a rate cut in December when the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which sets rates, [...]

Can demonetisation deliver votes?

2019-01-02T12:30:40+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, Final Word, India Investment Journal January 2017, Year|

Good economics has given rich political returns over the last decade. Will the trend hold in 2017? In India, conventional wisdom had it, for decades, that good economics makes for bad politics. Some politicians still think caste, religion and populism are more important factors than economic growth. It is probably this line of thinking that has prompted politicians of all hues – from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to Uttar Pradesh chief ministerial aspirant [...]

Goods and Services Tax: Impact on Indian economy

2018-12-05T13:37:36+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Top 5 Things to Watch in 2017, Year|

A tax expert analyses what GST would mean for the Indian economy. The India structure, like in any other country, has developed in response to many influences – social, political and economic. These ranged from divided powers between the Centre and states to levy different taxes, distinction between goods and services, tax cascading and arbitrage on rates. Foreign investment decisions and the expected rate of return from projects often suffered due to these distortions. The proposed Goods and Services tax [...]

A natural tech partnership for the New Year

2018-12-06T14:01:26+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, Flagship schemes, India Investment Journal January 2017, Year|

A new report tracks the opportunities for future technology collaborations between India and the UK to strengthen links in the areas of Smart Cities, Digital Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing. Today 30 per cent of India’s population resides in urban centres, with these centres contributing around 65 per cent of India’s GDP. It is projected that urban India will contribute about 75 per cent of the national GDP in the next 15-20 years, while the number of people residing in urban [...]

UK must rethink abolition of tax relief for overseas work

2019-01-02T08:36:00+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Other Highlights, Year|

Changes to how overseas work, including in India, will be taxed is among wider UK government plans to alter how termination pay outs, such as redundancy payments, will be dealt with by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It would be a mistake for the UK Government to go ahead and abolish, in April 2018, Foreign Service Relief (FSR) on termination payments made to UK taxpayers. FSR is a longstanding relief which wholly or partly exempts non-contractual termination of employment [...]

Will GST keep its date with April 1 this year?

2018-12-05T13:39:10+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Top 5 Things to Watch in 2017, Year|

Does the government have sufficient time to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is, arguably, the biggest tax reform ever attempted in India? “I am trying my best,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said when asked about the April 2017 deadline for GST. But experts and analysts feel it will be difficult for the government to meet this rollout schedule as the GST Council, the apex dispute resolution body for the tax, has not yet resolved several [...]

Making sustainable living commonplace

2019-01-02T08:18:27+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, Flagship schemes, India Investment Journal January 2017, Year|

One of the world’s leading consumer goods giants, Hindustan Unilever Limited, lays out its CSR vision for ‘India Investment Journal’. At Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), our purpose is to “make sustainable living commonplace” and our vision is to grow our business, while reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. This vision has been codified in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), launched in 2010, which is our blueprint for sustainable growth. In India, we have three focus [...]