Thursday, November 22, 2012

FIPB clears IKEA's bid to invest in single-brand retail

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has received the nod from FIPB( Foreign Investments Promotion Board,the government's single-window body to clear foreign investment proposals), to set up stores in India. It will become largest FDI deals in single-brand retail so far, which will bring in investment of over Rs 10,500 crore in India. 

Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram announced this.

IKEA Group proposes to invest this amount through a 100 percent subsidiary. IKEA group  are manufactures and sellers of home and office furnishing products.

IKEA's intends to set up 25 stores in India for which they already have permission from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Commerce and Industry Ministry. The proposal will now have to be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) as the FIPB can clear investment applications worth up to Rs 1,200 crore only.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Changes in Kisan Credit Cards(KCCs)

By March 2014 all Kisan Credit Cards(KCCs) should be converted to ATM cards by public sector banks(PSBs), Finance Minister P Chidambaram asked PSBs. This will mean a total of 11.39 KCCs will get converted. The total money lend by these cards is RS.5,21,617crore. The scheme was introduced in 1998-99.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Order of Australia conferred on Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar conferred with the Order of Australia which recognises Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service. The order is divided into general and military divisions. Awards in the Order of Australia are sometimes made to people who are not citizens of Australia, to honour extraordinary achievements.

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