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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday, said that the decision of Reserve Bank of India to cut short-term lending rates by 50 basis points will support growth, while showing that inflationary pressures were now moderating.

The finance minister also welcomed the decision to allow the corporate sector to issue rupee-denominated bonds in overseas markets, often called ‘Masala Bonds’, and said it will give access to additional credit for India Inc.

“Today’s rate cut will boost investment and growth,” Jaitley said, soon after the 4th bi-monthly monetary policy update by Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, adding that the government would like to see commercial banks reciprocating with own interest rate cuts.

“We are looking forward now to the transmission of these cuts, which will help boost economy and confidence,” the finance minister added.

The central bank cut by 50 basis points its repurchase rate, or the interest charged on short-term borrowings, to 6.75 percent, which automatically cut the indexed reverse repo rate or the interest payable by the central bank on short-term deposit, to 5.75 percent.

Speaking about the rupee-denominated bonds, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said there was not only an appetite for such commercial paper in the global markets, but it would also shy the corporate sector from currency fluctuations.

“This is also the first time that the foreign portfolio investors can invest in state-governments backed securities, which was a demand raised by state governments for a long time,” Das said, adding that could translate into an inflow of Rs 51,000 crore.

(With inputs from IANS)

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India to Withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ Status

The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard, Jaitley added.

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Jaitley said that the CCS observed a two-minute silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families. Wikimedia

Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the government has decided to withdraw the “Most Favoured Nation” status given to Pakistan, in the wake of the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir a day ago when a CRPF convoy in Pulwama was rammed into by an explosive-packed SUV that has left 45 troopers dead.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the suicide attack on Thursday that proved to be the most devatating since militancy erupted in 1989.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Jaitley said: “The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”

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“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.” Pixabay

The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard, he added.

“The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible steps, and I am referring to all diplomatic steps, which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible evidence are available of having the direct hand in this gruesome terrorist attack,” Jaitley said.

The MEA in due course will keep you informed with regard to steps taken, he added.

Jaitley said that the MEA would also engage with the international community to make sure that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism which has been pending for over three decades with the UN, particularly because of the definition of the word terrorism, must be adopted at the earliest.

 

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“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”, says Jaitley. Pixabay

Besides Modi and Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the meeting.

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Jaitley said that the CCS observed a two-minute silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families. At least 38 others continue in hospitals with injuries in the attack that has left the security establishment stunned.

He said the CRPF of course will make detailed arrangement with regard to transporting the bodies of the deceased to their families. (IANS)