September 17, 2012 / 3:28 AM / 5 years ago

TAKE A LOOK-India holds rates, focus stays on inflation

India's central bank kept interest rates unchanged on Monday but cut the
cash reserve ratio for banks, saying the primary focus of monetary policy
remains fighting inflation, days after the government unveiled a spree of
reforms to boost growth and improve its fiscal position.
    The Reserve Bank of India left the policy repo rate at 8
percent, in line with expectations in a Reuters poll on Friday before the
government unexpectedly announced measures to allow foreign direct investment in
industries including supermarkets and airlines. 
    It cut the cash reserve ratio, the share of deposits banks must
keep with the central bank, by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent in a move it said
will inject about 170 billion rupees ($3.12 billion) of liquidity into the
banking system. 
    On Thursday, the government announced a sharp increase in the price of
heavily subsidised diesel.  
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 (Compiled by Ranjit Gangadharan)

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