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Atal Pension Yojana to be raised upto to Rs 10,000 per month

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The government is considering a proposal to raise the pension limit under Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to up to Rs 10,000 every month from the existing slab of up to Rs 5,000, a top official said on Tuesday.

There is a need to increase the value of pension under Atal Pension Yojana, Madnesh Kumar Mishra, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services (DFS), said at a conference organised by PFRDA.

“We have seen the proposal (sent by PFRDA) of increasing the pension value to (up to) Rs 10,000 per month and it is under our active examination,” Mishra said on the sidelines of the event.

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Chairman Hemant G Contractor said the proposal has been sent to the finance ministry with an aim to increase the subscriber base of APY.

“Currently, we have five slabs of pension from Rs 1,000-5000 per month. There have been a lot of feedback from the market asking for higher pension amounts because many people feel that Rs 5,000 at the age of 60 years, 20-30 years from now, will not be sufficient.

“We have placed this proposal with the government that it should be increased to up to Rs 10,000,” Contractor said.

PFRDA has sent two more proposals to the ministry – auto-enrolment for APY and raising the maximum age bar to enter the scheme to up to 50 years.

Currently, the age of entering APY is from 18-40 years but an increase in the same by another 10 years- from 18-50 years – will help in expanding the subscriber base, he added. The subscriber base of APY is 1.02 crore.

PFRDA added about 50 lakh new subscribers under the scheme in 2017-18 and hopes to add another 60-70 lakh in the ongoing financial year, Contractor said.

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Sensex rises over 250 pts, Nifty reclaims 11,400 mark

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Mumbai | The benchmark Sensex staged a strong comeback in early trade today gaining over 250 points on widespread buying by participants in metal, realty and banking stocks after the US and China agreed to resume trade talks last night.

Taking positive cues from global equities, the 30-share index was trading higher by 262.91 points, or 0.69 percent, at 37,926.47. The index had lost 188.44 points in the previous session. The NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,400 mark, by rising 62.15 points, or 0.55 percent, to 11,447.20.

All sectoral indices, led by metal, FMCG, realty, auto, banking, PSU, healthcare, infrastructure, power, capital goods, oil and gas and IT, recovered up to 1.38 percent.

Major gainers were Vedanta, Tata Steel, ITC, Yes Bank, Adani Ports, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, SDBI, ICICI Bank, RIL and Asian Paints, rising up to 2.13 percent

While, Wipro, Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Auto and HDFC were trading in the negative zone, falling up to 0.70 percent.

Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 133.78 crore while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 825.08 crore yesterday, provisional data showed.

Investor sentiment turned positive after the US and China agreed to resume trade talks last night, traders said.

Amid a stalemate in the trade war with the US, China will send a top official to Washington this month to resume the high-level dialogue to resolve the deadlock over President Donald Trump’s demand to drastically reduce the USD 375 billion trade deficit.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.44 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.46 percent, while Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.39 percent.

US stocks rallied to close higher yesterday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.58 percent higher yesterday.

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Rupee plummets to historic low of 70.09 on Turkish lira collapse

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Mumbai  |  Reversing all its early gains, the rupee today collapsed to a lifetime low of 70.09 against the US dollar, falling 16 paise amid fears that Turkish economic crisis could lead to a global financial meltdown.

The ongoing currency turmoil in Turkey has dampened investors’ sentiments globally. Investors are turning to the dollar as a safe haven with Turkeys currency lira crisis continuing since the last week.

Yesterday, the rupee had plunged by Rs 1.08, or 1.57 per cent, to a record low of 69.93 against the US currency.

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Rupee recovers from life low, up 23 paise

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Mumbai | The rupee recovered from all-time low of 69.91 and strengthened by 23 paise to 69.68 against the US dollar in opening trade at the interbank foreign exchange market today on some macroeconomic boost.

Yesterday, the rupee had plunged by Rs 1.08, or 1.57 percent, to a record low of 69.91 against the US currency amid fears that Turkish currency turmoil could turn out into global financial crisis.

In a ray of hope for domestic economy, latest data showed that retail inflation fell to 9-month low of 4.17 percent in July on declining vegetable prices which may prompt the Reserve Bank to pause interest rate hike in its next monetary policy review.

In the last two reviews, the RBI had raised the key repo rate by 0.25 percent each on inflationary concerns. The next bi-monthly policy is to be unveiled on October 5. Stock markets opening with gains also boosted the domestic currency, dealers said. However, the dollar’s strength against some currencies overseas capped the gains of the domestic unit.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex recovered 184.93 points, or 0.49 percent, to 37,829.83 points in early trade today.

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