CEO Reading List: December 14, 2019

| Updated on December 14, 2019

The past week started with a whimper and ended with a bang with an event-packed weekend. If you missed out on it all, here’s a curated reading list of BL’s top economy and policy stories for the week.

Economy boosters

The FM and CEA on Friday made a presentation on measures so far taken to boost consumption, investment and capital flows in the economy. 

Also read: Govt focusing on increasing consumption to boost economic growth: CEA


The Centre also sweetened up the partial credit guarantee scheme to help banks bail out NBFCs.

Also read: Centre plays Santa for troubled NBFCs, HFCs


What does the Boris Johnson win mean for Brexit?

Read more: Boris Johnson swept the election; but Brexit may prove a tougher task

Cautioning tone 

Rating agencies have begun to caution about downgrades after the recent slowdown in GDP growth numbers. S&P was the latest to warn of a downgrade, sending government bond yields to 6.76%. 

Also read: S&P flags growth risk that may lead to India debt downgrade

Tangled web

Does the Citizenship Amendment Bill create more problems than it is solving? An analysis of it.

Read more: Citizenship Bill is deeply disconcerting

Big Brother

The Personal Data Protection Bill, referred to the House panel, gives the government too much discretionary power to dig into your data, argues this oped.

Read more: Big Brother through the backdoor?

Welcome tweaks

New amendments to the IBC prevent acquirers of stressed assets from paying for the sins of defaulting promoters before them.

Also read: How the Union Cabinet’s move to strengthen IBC is a game changer

Cost cutting

The government wants to trim logistics costs to raise India’s competitiveness. How? With Rs 100 lakh crore investment and a new National Logistics Policy.

Read more: India aims to bring down logistics cost to below 10% of GDP, says Union Minister Som Prakash

Power struggle

In recent months, analysts have interpreted India’s slumping electricity consumption as yet another sign of the slowdown. But is the correlation real? And is there causation? Not really, says this analysis.

Also read: Power output and GDP growth may not be interlinked

Titan troubles

Did cultural blind spots trip up Titan’s Namma Tamilnadu campaign? Yes, it did.

Read more: Watch out! How ‘cultural blindness’ tripped up Titan


Compiled by Aarati Krishnan

Published on December 14, 2019

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