RBI Current Affairs

Mauritius remains top source of FDI into India in 2017-18: RBI

According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, Mauritius was top source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India in 2017-18 followed by Singapore. The total FDI in FY 18 stood at $37.36 billion in financial year which was marginal rise over $36.31 billion recorded in the previous fiscal 2016-17.

Key Facts

FDI from Mauritius was $13.41 billion in 2017-18 as against $13.38 billion in previous year. FDI inflows from Singapore rose to $9.27 billion from $6.52 billion. FDI from Netherlands has declined marginally to $2.67 billion as against $3.23 billion.

FDI into manufacturing sector had witnessed substantial decline to $7.06 billion, as against $11.97 billion a year earlier. FDI into communication services had rose to $8.8 billion in 2017-18 from $5.8 billion. The inflows into retail and wholesale trade increased to $4.47 billion as against $2.77 billion.

FDI in financial services too saw rise to $4.07 billion from $3.73 billion in the previous year. These sectors accounted for more than 50% of total FDI of $37.36 billion in 2017-18 reflects global interest in new areas, including online marketplaces and financial technologies.

Month: Categories: Business & Economy Current Affairs 2018

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Central Board of RBI: Centre appoints Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Satish Marathe as non-official directors

Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved appointment of Chartered Accountant Swaminathan Gurumurthy and businessman Satish Kashinath Marathe as another non-official director on Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). They have been appointed for period of four years.

Swaminathan Gurumurthy is Chartered Accountant by profession and is considered as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) idealogue and is associated with its affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch. He is also the editor of Tamil magazine Thuglak. He had referred demonetisation decision as equivalent of Financial Pokhran.

Central Board of RBI

RBI’s business is overseen by Central Board of Directors. It is categorised into official and non0official directors. It delegates the functions to its committees and sub-committees. Central Board of Directors holds minimum 6 meetings every year. Out of which, at least 1 meeting every quarter is held. But typically committee of central board meets every week (Wednesday).

Composition of RBI’s Central Board of Directors

It comprises RBI Governor, Deputy Governors (maximum 4), four non-official Directors which are nominated by Central Government (each Non-official director represents the local Boards located in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai representing 4 regions of India). 10 Non-official Directors nominated by RBI itself (These are persons having expertise in various segments of Indian Economy). Besides, there is one representative (usually Financial Services Secretary) of Central Government nominated under Section 8 (1) (d) of the RBI Act.

Month: Categories: Banking Current Affairs 2018

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