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US ditches Indian currency money from monitoring list of trading

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Washington: India has been removed from currency monitoring list of major trading by the US Treasury Department of Donald Trump administration because country has made improvements and developments.

India was placed for the first time by the US in its currency monitoring list of countries according to report in October 2018, the Treasury had said that India has made improvements and its name have been removed from the currency manipulation list in the next report.

Along with India other nation such as Switzerland has been removed by the US from its currency monitoring list which among others include China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

 

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In latest semi-annual report on Macro Economic and Foreign Exchange policies of major trading partners of the US sent to the Congress the Treasury department said, “India has been removed from the monitoring list in this report, having met only one out of three criteria-a significant bilateral surplus with the US-for two consecutive reports.”

Further adding to this he said, “Neither Switzerland nor India met the criteria for having engaged in persistent, one-sided intervention in either the October 2018 report or this report. Both Switzerland and India have been removed from the monitoring list,” along it’s report running into over 40 pages.

 

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With new names on the list who added are Italy and Ireland from European Union (EU) and three Southeast Asian countries-Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The Department’s Currency which published report on May 28 says even 2 out of 3 measures for currency manipulation were tightened US again decided not to label China or any other country as a currency manipulator.

 

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In report Philip Wee, forex strategist at DBS Group Research said, “Washington’s restraint in not labeling China a currency manipulator was a relief.

Unfortunately, this would not be enough to offset the China-US trade tensions weighing on currencies.”

Meanwhile, Indian currency on Tuesday opened at 69.75 against the dollar, weaker than 69.6850 on close.

 

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FM Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India, BPCL to be sold by March 2020

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the central government is looking to wrap up the sale of state-run companies Air India and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) by March next year.

Sitharaman said that the sale has been strategically decided upon after being aborted a year ago due to lukewarm responses. Many investors have shown interest to purchase the two loss-making companies and it could help meet the government’s disinvestment target of Rs 1 lakh crore in the current fiscal year, she said in an interview.

“We are moving on both with the expectation that we can complete them this year. The ground realities will play out,” Sitharaman stated while speaking to The Times of India.

Earlier this month, Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani, in an open letter to Air India employees, had said that the divestment may enable the airline’s sustainability.

For Air India, there is a “lot of interest” among investors, Ms Sitharaman said.

Recently, the cabinet approved changes in the process of disinvestment where the prospective bidders will be heard in roadshows before the expressions of interest (EoIs) are floated so that concerns of the prospective buyers are addressed.

Last year, the government had floated the Expression of Interest (EoI) for Air India to offload a 76 per cent stake and management control in the airline but it did not get a single bidder. The government currently owns 100 per cent equity of Air India.

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