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INDIAN RUPEE “SOUL TO A NATION”

We can start exploring this world’s history, present & future by several understanding & discovering symbols. On this eve of Independence, where the whole country is celebrating the Sixty four year of Independence, let’s take a look of how the country’s pride “The Indian Rupee” was designed & came into existence. The Indian rupee (sign: `, code: INR) is the official currency of India. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India.

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The Walkthrough

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On March 5, 2009 the Indian government announced a contest to create a symbol for the rupee. During the Union Budget 2010 Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that proposed symbol would reflect and capture the Indian ethos and culture. Five symbols had been short listed, and the Cabinet selected the definitive symbol created by D Udaya Kumar on 15 July 2010. Kumar’s entry was chosen from 3,000 designs competing for the currency symbol.

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What does it depict?

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The symbol is a taken from the Devanagari ‘j’. It is a perfect blend of Indian and Roman letters — capital ‘R’ and Devanagri ‘Ra’. The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) make an allusion to the tricolor Indian flag.

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Equality sign symbolizes the relativity of economy and balanced economy.

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Marked Existence

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With approval of new Indian rupee symbol, India has finally joined the privileged club of currencies, which currently has the US dollar, British pound sterling, Euro and Japanese yen. This makes India rupee the 5th currency in the world to have a clear distinguishing identity. The symbol will also be included in the Indian standard – Indian script Code for Information Interchange (ISCII).

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Adaptability

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Shiro Rekha (Uniqueness), Indian flag (Tri color), Harmonious with other currency symbols, Global and local appeal, Simplicity (High recall value), Familiar and easy to read, Easy to write & design, Easy to recollect and adapt , Blends with numerals, Balanced and Stable form, Unique & Dynamic design, Easy to implement.

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Meaning to a symbol is like Soul to a body. Psychologically, a symbol is an element of communication intended to represent repressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses & by which ideas are transmitted between people sharing a common culture. The symbol of Indian Rupee depicts one heart, one mind, one spirit, in tune with all elements. This symbol truly symbolizes our country, our tradition, our nation’s economy and its currency.

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Five designs that were short-listed by the jury and sent to the Cabinet for its approval. JAI HIND

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Where are we heading to? Part 1

Growth in Indian Industry

The Indian economy’s business sentiment has improved indicating a path of recovery.

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Let’s see, why do we say this?

A surprise improvement was witnessed in the IIP numbers for June 2009 at 7.8%.

The WPI based inflation has softened to below zero level.

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However, the prices of items of mass consumption (food articles) show no signs of softening and have risen substantially due to supply side constraints.

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The performance of inward investments has been fairly well.

The Foreign Direct Investment flows surged 13% at $4.3 bn for April-May 2009-10.

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Painting a picture of a resilient economy, Finance Minister believes the economy will grow by more than 6% despite a fear of drought and the decline in the sowing of the kharif crop, such as rice.

The strength of the economy in the slowdown is the large services sector, which has, historically, been less affected by cyclical downturns than manufacturing, a strong farm sector, robust savings rate, ambitious infrastructure development programme and upbeat foreign investors.

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The 224-million-tonnes cement industry is yet again set to strike a growth of 10 per cent in June.

The production numbers from the top cement makers are anything to go by, the continuous robust growth will be maintained.

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The Rs 82,000 crore Indian FMCG industry primarily seeking the implementation of the GST (Goods & Services Tax) by April 1, 2010 in the upcoming Union Budget, expects fiscal measures will spur growth of the FMCG sector in rural as well as urban India.

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Further, in a sign of confidence in the Indian markets, Foreign Institutional Investors pumped in over $6 billion, or about Rs. 29,940 crore this year, with over $1 billion coming in July alone.

An analysis of FIIs activity shows that overseas investors are the net purchasers of Indian stocks worth $6.18 billion (Rs 29,940.30 crore) from January to July this year.

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Also, with the India-Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations)  that inked the long awaited Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for duty-free import and export of 4,000 products over a period of eight years at the Asean economic ministers meeting held in Thailand, the India-Asean trade is likely to surpass $50 billion by 2010.

The Indian economy’s business sentiment has improved indicating a path of recovery. Let’s see, why do we say this?

A surprise improvement was witnessed in the IIP numbers for June 2009 at 7.8%. The WPI based inflation has softened to

below zero level. However, the prices of items of mass consumption (food articles) show no signs of softening and have

risen substantially due to supply side constraints. The performance of inward investments has been fairly well. The

Foreign Direct Investment flows surged 13% at $4.3 bn for April-May 2009-10.

Painting a picture of a resilient economy, Finance Minister believes the economy will grow by more than 6% despite a fear

of drought and the decline in the sowing of the kharif crop, such as rice. The strength of the economy in the slowdown is

the large services sector, which has, historically, been less affected by cyclical downturns than manufacturing, a strong

farm sector, robust savings rate, ambitious infrastructure development programme and upbeat foreign investors.

The 224-million-tonnes cement industry is yet again set to strike a growth of 10 per cent in June. The production

numbers from the top cement makers are anything to go by, the continuous robust growth will be maintained.

The Rs 82,000 crore Indian FMCG industry primarily seeking the implementation of the GST (Goods & Services Tax) by

April 1, 2010 in the upcoming Union Budget, expects fiscal measures will spur growth of the FMCG sector in rural as well

as urban India

Further, in a sign of confidence in the Indian markets, Foreign Institutional Investors pumped in over $6 billion, or about

Rs.29,940 crore this year, with over $1 billion coming in July alone. An analysis of FIIs activity shows that overseas

investors are the net purchasers of Indian stocks worth $6.18 billion (Rs 29,940.30 crore) from January to July this year.

Also, with the India-Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that inked the longawaited

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for duty-free import and export of 4,000 products over a period of eight years at the

Asean economic ministers meeting held in Thailand, the India-Asean trade is likely to surpass $50 billion by 2010.

India Inc calls for investment-oriented budget !

India Inc calls for investment-oriented budget

India Inc calls for investment-oriented budget

In the forth coming Union Budget, which is scheduled on July 6, 2009, India Inc has asked for an investment-oriented Budget, besides demanding a cut in the direct tax rates for boosting the economy.

Representatives of industry chambers CII, FICCI, Assocham and several other industrialists also wanted printing of more currency notes to finance the fiscal deficit, instead of going for market borrowing which squeezes money available for private investment.

In the pre budget consultations with the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the industry leaders also sought fringe benefit tax removal and also demanded the raising of fund through disinvestment.

“We talked about reducing corporate tax rates a bit… we also talked about bringing down personal income tax rates, if possible. We suggested that income tax exemption limit be raised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh or Rs 3 lakhs,” FICCI President Harshpati Singhania said.

On the other hand, CII President Venu Srinivasan asked the government to print more currency notes to finance the fiscal deficit.

He also said current borrowings, pegged at Rs 3.6 lakh crore should be monetised, so that private investment is not crowded out, and interest rates do not keep increasing. What we need is significant investment in infrastructure. Money should be raised through disinvestment.

On FDI, Mittal said that it has been the corner stone of reforms and the government should invite more FDI in the country by making investor friendly environment.

He said infrastructure should be given a fillip in every form. Specific to the telecom sector, there should be rationalisation of duty structure, he added.

L&T CMD A M Naik said investment allowance should be reintroduced and income from foreign investment should be exempted from tax.

The industry bodies further said the Budget should also focus on education and skill development apart from moderating corporate tax and raising depreciation rates for plant and machinery from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.