• Industry body PHDCCI expects India’s GDP to contract by 7.9% in the current financial year and grow by 7.7% in 2021-22, assessing that the worst is over and the economy is on the verge of a slow recovery.
  • State-owned Coal India Ltd’s fuel allocation under the exclusive e-auction scheme for the non-power sector rose almost six-folds to 13.44 million tonnes (MT) in April-September this fiscal. Coal India Ltd (CIL) had allocated 2.31 MT of dry fuel to the sector under the scheme in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to the latest government data.
  • Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said that Indian economy might end up with a lower contraction in current fiscal than projected by various organisations while suggesting that the next stimulus should focus on infrastructure.
  • Coal demand is expected to pick up on a year-on-year basis as the end-user industries ramp-up capacity utilizations during the festive season, said India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra).
  • Rating agency ICRA has said that the contraction in India’s real GDP will narrow to 11-12.5% in the second quarter of FY21 from the sharp 23.9% recorded in the first quarter as economic recovery “broadened and strengthened” in September. The parameters which recorded an improvement in September include an increase in GST e-way bills and higher consumption of electricity, petrol and diesel.
  • A 60 kilometre-long stretch of Greenfield highway will be constructed in Rajasthan under the Bharatmala Pariyojana to ensure high speed traffic movement between Delhi and Mumbai. The highway will be developed as an underground passageway passing through the Mukundra Hill Tiger Reserve.