Friday, 19 July 2019

India 2013

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  • Indian women plant rice plants in their field in Malaka, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

    India: Sowing the seeds of recovery

    Source: Reuters/Jitendra Prakash Indian women plant rice plants in their field in Malaka, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

  • A Hindu devotee lights an earthen lamp on the steps of Sindhiya Ghat during the Karthik Purnima and Dev Diwali festival in Varanasi.

    Light in the gloom

    India’s growth is stalling, the rupee is sliding and elections are looming, but there is still room for optimism.

  • Students make a formation of a tree during a programme to create awareness to save trees and forests.

    Branching out

    India’s business leaders are fighting for new banking licences even as more foreign institutions are withdrawing. Does the country’s banking sector have any real appeal?

  • A motorcyclist from the Kashmir Police rides through a ring of fire during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

    Steps to salvation

    IFR presents 10 recommendations to help India put its economy and its investment appeal back on track.

  • An employee works on his laptop at the Start-up Village in Kinfra High Tech Park in the southern Indian city of Kochi.

    Innovations of necessity

    Growing volumes and boundless innovation promise a bright future for the rupee bond market, but convincing institutional investors to take on credit risk will be crucial if it is to reach its full potential.

  • A man holds tweezers while repairing a watch at his workshop in Srinagar.

    Resetting the cycle

    After the boom times that catapulted Indian banks to the top of the global project-finance table, a series of bust concessions has rocked the country’s related market. Restoring confidence among infrastructure financiers has never been more important.

  • Women hold umbrellas to protect themselves from a heavy rain shower as they stand at a bus stop in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

    Pause for thought

    Tax changes and low rates lured more Indian issuers to the offshore bond markets earlier this year, before a global risk reversal put a stop to it. Investors are now waiting for stability before markets reopen fully.

  • Indian students hold special shields to view the annual solar eclipse over the southern Indian city of Chennai.

    Safety first

    The safety net provision in recent Indian IPOs points to a determined bid to draw retail investors back to the market. However, even the controversial buyback scheme has failed to prevent a slowdown in new listings.

  • Commuters wait as a train approaches a railway station in Mumbai.

    On standby for more

    Amid declining overseas loan volumes, standby letters of credit have provided some welcome relief for Indian bankers in the past 12 months.

  • A labourer stands outside a Tata Steel stockyard in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.

    Domestic landmark

    After its ambitious acquisition of European rival Corus more than five years ago, Tata Steel’s latest debt market outing has underlined the availability of local financing for even the biggest Indian projects.

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