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  • Pre-budget analysis: GJEPC lobbies with government to stall entry of lab-grown diamonds

    The diamond trade is aghast at media reports aimed at thwarting the easy availability of lab grown diamonds.  The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has been lobbying for a minimum customs duty of 10% on all import of lab-grown diamonds. The suggestion is preposterous for several...

    Monday, 7 July 2014 - 2:05pm
  • Analysis: Will the Iraq conflict mean higher oil bills for India?

    Media reports have been dwelling on the possibility of fuel costs going up because of the Iraq conflict with rebels.  That, they say, could mean higher prices of almost everything, thus stoking inflation further. But talk to those in the oil industry, and they shake their heads perplexedly. That’s...

    Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 9:40pm