After studying law I vectored towards journalism by accident and it's the only job I've done since. It's a job that has taken me on a private jet to Jaisalmer - where I wrote India's first feature on fractional ownership of business jets - to the badlands of west UP where India's sugar economy is inextricably now tied to politics. I'm a big fan of new business models and crafty entrepreneurs. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of those in Asia at the moment.
TDK Corporation will make Li-ion batteries to power iPhones made in India. The cells will be supplied to Sunwoda Electronics, which is operating in India and imports cells from various markets in the world. The contract with Apple Inc could generate 8,000-10,000 jobs in India. (Business Standard)
More than 50 cough syrup makers fail quality tests
After 70 death in Gambia earlier this year, over 50 companies have failed quality tests on their cough syrups. This comes after an order in May by the Drug Controller General of India that asked state drug controllers to test cough syrup samples in NABL accredited labs. A total of 2,104 tests were conducted out of which 54 companies’ samples failed. (Economic Times)
MPC likely to hold repo rate
The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee is likely to hold the repo rate for the fifth time in a row. The announcement is expected in December 8. India’s consumer price inflation has remained above the RBI tolerance band of 4 percent while growth has also been strong at 7.6 percent. The RBI believes that food prices are the only threat to it not meeting its inflation target of 4 percent. (Business Standard, BusinessLine)
FDI interest form China strong
In 2020, the government had put in press note three that mandated greater scrutiny for FDI proposals from countries that share a land border with India. This has not dented investor interest from China. Proposals worth Rs1 trillion have come in since then out of which 50 percent have been cleared. The list of proposals pending is not long — about 40-50 proposals are pending, according to a personal familiar with the matter. (Financial Express)