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  • Supreme Court approves two-child norm for government jobs in Rajasthan
  • DMK issues rocket ad with Chinese flag, PM Modi slams party
  • BJP alleges that Congress workers raised slogans like 'Pakistan jindabad' outside Karnataka assembly after the results for the RS polls were declared. CM Siddaramaiah promises stern action if claim found true
  • Calcutta HC says any agency can arrest absconding Sandeshkhali TMC strongman Sk Shahjahan
  • Himachal Pradesh Speaker suspends 15 BJP MLAs for unruly behaviour
  • Joint teams of Navy, NCB and Gujarat ATS seized a boat with 3200kgs of narcotics in high seas off Gujarat coast. Five crew members were also arrested
  • Centre tells Supreme Court that economic disaster will follow if states are allowed to tax mineral land
  • NCLT asks Byju's to keep rights issue funds in a different account
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Enterprises was conferred the honorary Knighthood by Britain's King Charles III for services rendered in furthering business relations between the UK & India
  • RIL to merge Viacom18 with Disney's Star in $8.5bn deal, Nita Ambani to lead the board of merged entity
  • Vodafone Idea shares fall nearly 15% over fears of huge fund raising
  • Stock markets crash on Wednesday: Sensex loses 790 points to 72304 and Nifty 247 points to 21951
  • BCCI gets tough, removes Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan from central contracts for missing Ranji Trophy. In a first, it starts fast bowling contracts to reward emerging players like Akash Deep and four others
  • Tennis: Sumit Nagal loses in first round of Dubai Duty Free tournament
  • WPL: UP Warriorz beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets
Bengal police arrests TMC leader Sk Shahjahan, the prime accused in the Sandeshkhali disturbances
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Economy In Doldrums, Stocks Bleed

By Ashwini Agarwal

The stocks are continuing to bleed, eroding investor wealth and confidence. Today, the Sensex went down by 470.14 points to 36,093.47, down 4219 points from its all-time high. The Nifty50 fell 11.5 percent from the record high touched in June, 2019 closing 135.90 points lower at 10,704.80. This is the lowest level since February 19, 2019. The market was in a consolidation phase for the last few weeks but the bears once again embraced it in a tight hug in the last couple of days.

Even as the government announces 'schemes' to revive the economy, the markets continue to show no-confidence in the measures. Foreign funds are liquidating their investments in Indian stocks at a rate that is alarming. The time for knee-jerk response is over, investors seem to be saying. But is anyone in the government listening? Probably not. For, although finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that she is working on it, one feels that the government is not attacking the root of the problem.

The government seems to have decided that this economic depression is cyclic. But most analysts feel that it is also structural in nature. Hence, structural reforms are required but there is nary a whisper from the North Block about any such measures. The GST regime needs to be simplified and the tax base broadened by plugging loopholes. It is also required that no sector is left exempted from GST, if not immediately then within a given time frame. Then, the government must take an immediate decision to sell Air India and BSNL to stop public money from being wasted. Divestment in PSUs must also be prioritized. Land and labour reforms, hanging fire since the first term of the NDA, cannot be postponed now if the dream of being a $ 5 trillion economy by 2024 is to be realized. Norms for public-private partnership in infrastructure projects must be announced forthwith and such projects must be fast-tracked. The government must boost domestic investment to spur consumption, without which the economy is not going to come out of this deep tunnel of despair and gloom.