All Important Business and Economy current affairs in 2018

In this article, we have updated all-important Business and Economy current affairs in 2018  between January 2018 to December 2018 on monthly basis.  The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.


December 2018

  • 42% of world coal plants are unprofitable
  • Export of gold idols permitted
  • India to retain top position in remittances
  • India to add 10GW of renewable power
  • ECBC-R launched
  • Board agrees to RBI governance framework
  • Deal for supercomputer network
  • Anti-dumping duty for 5 years.
  • IEA report on Global coal demand
  • First-ever start-up ranking
  • Govt announces tax relief to startups
  • Bloomberg Billionaire Index
  • Recommendations of GST Council
  • Govt’s shrinking footprint in India’s healthcare
  • CRZ notification cleared

November 2018

  • Government vs RBI
  • The first investment of NIIF’s Strategic Fund
  • India jumps in Ease-of-doing-business
  • RBI allows banks to provide PCE
  • Sebi issues norms for transfer of securities
  • 6 airports get nod for privatisation
  • Report on Industrial Park Rating System
  • SEZ Policy Report Submitted
  • Outcome of RBI board meeting
  • India remittances getting slippery
  • ECF panel report
  • India’s first VoLTE international roaming
  • India’s employability rises to 47%
  • Bankrupt firms to get a new rescue option

October 2018

  • Country’s first hybrid indices
  • GST constitutionally valid: SC
  • Udyam Abhilasha launched
  • Forbes India rich list 2018
  • Growth and job creation report
  • First-of-its Kind Internship Programme
  • First airline to offer wifi
  • 4th Industrial Revelation for India
  • India International Silk Fair -2018
  • SGB Scheme opens
  • India becomes second largest solar market
  • Only Indian firm in Forbes
  • India in GCI 2018
  • RBI allows banks to lend more to some NBFCs
  • RBI against independent regulator
  • FPSB India to end global affiliation
  • Only Indian firm to get foreign labour certification
  • Government wants easier norms for banks
  • Copper contracts get Sebi’s nod
  • Global ETF in FY20
  • First PPP in IWAI

September 2018

  • Draft rules of drugs by e-pharmacy
  • Solar installations in India down
  • Internal Ombudsman Scheme 2018
  • India inked 67 APAs in FY18
  • Reliance Infra wins arbitration against NHAI
  • Cabinet Committee clears new procurement policy
  • Union cabinet approves 100% electrification of railways by 2021-22
  • Centre bans 328 fixed-dose combination drugs over safety grounds
  • Cabinet decision: Sops for more ethanol output from sugarcane
  • Trai decides to reduce the scope of regulation for WhatsApp, Skype
  • Government moves to stabilise the rupee
  • States may miss FY19 fiscal targets
  • The merger of Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank and Bank of Baroda
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) report on Future of jobs
  • The trade war between the United States & China
  • Cabinet clears ₹3,466 crore dam improvement project
  • Taiwan’s attempts to protect its solar business under WTO’s safeguard agreement
  • Asia’s biggest office REIT listing by size
  • UNCTAD favours data localisation
  • A new measure to ease the liquidity shortage
  • High-Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • HLAG Constituted for Trade

August 2018

  • SEEP Index released
  • IWAI launches FOCAL
  • RBI’s monetary policy review
  • Govt loses gas migration arbitration
  • SIP Index 2018
  • GST Council meet
  • World’s first thermal battery plant
  • No GST refunds for foreigners
  • A new framework for stressed assets in the power sector
  • Niryat Mitra app launched
  • RUCO launched
  • “Pitch to MOVE” launched
  • New concession model for greenfield airports
  • Cosmos Bank fraud
  • Guideline on commodity index derivatives
  • UPI 2.0 launched
  • NCLAT stays liquidation process
  • Fortune’s ‘Change The World’ list
  • Introduction to investment allowance
  • Restrictions on the import of biofuels
  • Pulses under welfare schemes
  • 5G panel report
  • 2GUD platform
  • India’s First ISTS connected Wind Power Project
  • BRAP 2017
  • Single form for foreign investors
  • Alibaba Cloud India signs a pact

July 2018

  • Bank auditors’ targets with new oversight framework
  • Bolivia offers its Lithium reserves
  • Latest data from SNB
  • Govt has accepted a 5-point strategy
  • ‘Used cooking oil’ come into effect
  • SC upholds RBI crypto ban
  • Banks finalise an inter-creditor agreement
  • The first meeting of e-Commerce Task Force
  • Annual business ranking of States
  • The GlI Index 2018
  • India replaces France in the biggest economy
  • The committee under the CA 13
  • LIC board approves IDBI Bank stake purchase
  • Isro lets industry make 27 satellites
  • SIT revises cap on cash
  • First made-in-India note
  • GST rate on Services
  • DBS report on Indian Economy
  • Banks, financial institutions agree to ICA
  • Mou to Promote Investment
  • Govt allows making B-molasses
  • Not to renew pact with FPSB India

June 2018

  • A modest target for electric vehicle sales
  • ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ introduced
  • Online Analytical Tool under FCRA
  • MOU Sign to Set up a Resource Efficiency Cell
  • ‘Sandbox’ unveils to boost fintech innovation
  • MoU for the Development of Ayush Enterprises
  • First, long-term LNG cargo arrives
  • Outcome-based audits
  • World Investment Report 2018
  • Fresh drive against shell companies
  • India’s first lithium-ion cell manufacturing plant

May 2018

  • 4 RRBs identified for IPOs
  • Govt to procure power without PPAs
  • Fastest growing nation for passenger traffic: ACI
  • Doubling of Investment Limit for PMVVY
  • 7th GST Council Meet
  • Monsanto moves apex court on BT cotton
  • NCLT suggests IBBI review code
  • HPCL launches home-delivery of diesel
  • SoI sign for AI ecosystem in India
  • Country’s first crude oil options contract
  • Creation of DGTR in Department of Commerce
  • Signing of MoU between ALIMCO & APCPL
  • First crude oil cargo from ADNOC
  • Merger of Airtel and Telenor approved
  • The new direct tax code
  • NCLT approves Tata Steel bid
  • Final norms on net stable funding ratio
  • Venture Capital Symposium 2018
  • Foreign entities allowed in commodity derivatives
  • India sixth wealthiest nation
  • Billions revenue from e-visa scheme
  • Green nod for petrochemical
  • First shipment of oil from UAE reaches
  • IEEFA Report
  • World Competitiveness Ranking 2018
  • NSE, MCX in merger talks
  • Angel investors get income tax exemption
  • RBI appoints its first CFO

April 2018

  • India replaces Vietnam in phone producer
  • Only Karnataka to launch intra-state
  • Crisil Inclusix
  • Sebi bans First Financial Services
  • Global norms for highway
  • Arbitrage rate index
  • India position in crude steel production
  • FPI investment limit hiked
  • India’s forex reserves rise
  • 19 states implemented startup policies
  • MOU With World EXPO 2020 Dubai
  • NHAI’s first International Project
  • Cyient signs joint venture with BlueBird Aero
  • 30 cents diamond futures contracts
  • Bt cotton judgement sows seeds of discord
  • Govt extends FAME scheme
  • First from RBI’s dirty dozen to exit bankruptcy
  • Brand Trust Report 2018
  • First Ever International SME Convention-2018
  • Global Findex Database released
  • India claims top spot for 2018 growth
  • Basmati growers body opposes GI tag to MP
  • SJVN signs MoU
  • MCX inks pacts for outreach programme
  • First Meeting of National Policy on E-Commerce
  • TCS creates history
  • Task force to frame e-commerce policy
  • First International SME Convention concludes
  • Fitch retains India rating at ‘BBB’
  • Korn Ferry Gender Pay Index
  • India retains its top spot for tourism

March 2018

  • First PS bank with Google Tez
  • Hurun report
  • India tops Apac list for salary hike
  • Setting up of NFRA approved
  • Separate limit in IRF
  • MSCI EM index
  • MNC banks on PSL
  • IEA 2018 forecast
  • India leg of GBI submarine cable acquired
  • Indian startups raise funds via bitcoins
  • 26th GST council meeting
  • IBBI, RBI sign MoU
  • World’s first brass futures contract
  • India Development Update released
  • CCI approves Brenntag-Raj Petro deal
  • E-way bill rollout from April 1
  • New buyback rules
  • IBEF Report
  • FSSAI to align licensing norms with GST
  • NBS and City Compost Scheme Continue
  • LTCG tax to come into effect
  • Step up CBM gas production

February 2018

  • Highlights of Budget 2018-19
  • 3 insurance companies merged
  • Agreement for Solar Parks
  • SDF introduce in budget 2018
  • India’s First MSE Sentiment Index
  • Pipeline to the NorthEast States
  • New criteria for classifying MSMEs
  • CBDT signs 7 APAs in January
  • CCI slaps fine on Google
  • In a first, India’s stake in Abu Dhabi oil fields
  • Most ethical companies
  • Govt drops the idea of an India EV policy
  • Global Top Employer
  • India on globalisation index
  • Creation of NUHF
  • Coal India monopoly ends
  • India’s first Gems, Jewellery park
  • Green signal NUHF
  • Most Innovative Companies in India
  • India falls on corruption index
  • Ombudsman scheme for NBFCs

January 2018

  • Council for trade development meeting
  • Electoral bonds notified
  • Cruise tourists exempted from biometric enrolment
  • Global digital map
  • First ever Indian company
  • Gujarat tops new logistics index
  • 49% FDI in Air India cleared
  • 100% FDI in single-brand gets nod
  • Housing scheme guidelines amended
  • India in manufacturing index
  • India’s first agro options contract
  • Govt simplifies Make in India rules
  • 25th GST Council meet
  • First Indian bank to cross trillions market cap
  • FSAP related report 2017
  • Divestment goal for first time deal
  • India to overtake China in 2018
  • NIIF’s first investment
  • India improves talent competitiveness
  • ONGC gets govt nod to sell stake in IOC
  • Public advisory against cash transactions
  • India ranks ninth in market performance
  • Global Fraud & Risk Report 2018
  • In a first since 2015
  • India ranked second in cheaper to live
  • Economic Survey 2017-18
  • GeM 3.0 launched
  • India 6th wealthiest country
  • Rented houses in urban India declined

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