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Govt hikes gold and silver duties

The Indian government took yet another step to limit the imports of gold and silver, to counter the country’s widening current account deficit. Gold is an asset that may be viewed as being unproductive by some but Indians have traditionally viewed them as a safe investment and a coveted accessory. That has created a headache for India as the imports of precious metals is putting a big burden on the economy.


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India’s Budget pleases janata but investors can’t see the light still

India’s Union Budget 2008-09 has been greeted by three successive days of stock market declines, including the day it was announced. Some of the negative sentiment is more global in nature. But the Budget proposals do not seem to have gladdened investors. It tries to give a boost to demand by giving more cash for people to spend, taking a leaf from George Bush’s largesse, including farmers whose debt has been waived.

Here’s a look at what the Budget has really done.

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