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  • Centre asks states to give shelter and food to migrant workers to stop them from taking to the streets
  • RBI cuts repo rate by 75 bps, the steepest in 10 years
  • Centre writes to states regarding laxity in monitoring people who had arrived from abroad between January and March
  • Kerala reports a spurt in new cases
  • With 124 fresh cases on Friday, the number of reported cases in India stand at 854
  • Five of a family, including a 9-month-old-baby test positive for Covid-19 in Nadia district in West Bengal on Friday
  • The Pakistani army is reportedly forcibly moving all Covid-19 patients to PoK and Gilgit
  • Untimely azaans in J&K mosques spark panic gathering
  • Stocks rise - Sensex up by 1400 points and Nifty goes above the 8600 mark
  • Rahul Gandhi says the economic package is "the first step in the right direction"
  • The government announces wide-ranging measures to help the poor overcome the economic hardship caused by Covid-19
  • G20 leaders to hold a virtual meeting today to explore ways of fighting Covid-19 in a coordinated manner
  • The Delhi government orders testing of all medical staff after the positive test on a Delhi mohalla clinic doctor
  • As a fallout of a Delhi mohalla clinic doctor testing positive for Covid-19, 900 people in the chain quarantined
  • China offers help to India in the fight against Covid-19 and says India will win the battle at an early date
Government announces Rs 1.72 lakh crore relief package /////// Sonia Gandhi and P Chidambaram laud the government for the lockdown and offer their full support
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Stock Markets Not Impressed By the Economic Package

By Ashwini Agarwal

The jitters of an economy showing signs of severe distress and the fact that foreign investors have not been impressed by the government’s kneejerk response caused a massacre on the stock exchanges on Tuesday and indices tumbled by over 2 percent. The decline was broad-based and few stocks escaped the bear hug. Investors lost Rs 2.16 lakh crore in a day and it was the worst fall in the market since October 2018. The GDP growth figures announced showed that the economy grew only by 5% last quarter but in this period of gloom, people say that even this figure is inflated and the real growth is about 4%. 

Despite the economic package announced by the government to revive the economy, in which a few sops were provided to foreign investors, they have taken out nearly Rs 5500 crore from the Indian market since August 23. This means that such investors are not fully convinced that the economy can be revived through such stop-gap measures. They are also not enthused by low earnings being reported by Indian companies and global factors such as the trade war between the US and China.

Local investor sentiment is clouded as several economic indicators point to a slide that is not going to reverse any time soon. Companies are reporting depressing profit figures. Auto sales have dipped precariously with companies shedding workers and dealerships closing down. GST collections in July slipped below Rs 1 lakh crore. The government has not announced any major investments despite receiving Rs 1.76 lakh crore from the RBI. Demand has not picked up and the market sentiment is downbeat.

In such a scenario the government will have to immediately make major investments in infrastructure projects and undertake structural reforms. The package announced in stages can at best be the starting point. It reversed certain adverse policies announced in the budget to give relief to a cross-section of investors. But it did not address the structural ills affecting the economy. Hence, if any gains accrue due to the package, they will only be short-term. But the Indian economy is crying for long term structural correction. If this government, with a huge majority backed by popular mandate, does not do it, who will?