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New Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) Following are the top business stories at 2000 hours: DEL60 BIZ-LD GDP Indian economy grows 8.4 pc in July-September, surpasses pre-COVID level New Delhi: India’s GDP growth slowed to 8.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2021-22, mainly due to waning low base effect, but the economy has surpassed the pre-COVID level, official data showed on Tuesday.

DEL58 BIZ-LD FISCAL DEFICIT Centre’s fiscal deficit at Rs 5.47 lakh cr at end-Oct, 36pc of FY22 estimate: CGA New Delhi:The Union government’s fiscal deficit works out to be Rs 5.47 lakh crore or 36.3 per cent of the budget estimates at the end of October 2021 on the back of improvement in revenue collection, according to the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) on Tuesday.

PAR19 RS-FM-LD CRYPTOCURRENCY New Bill on cryptocurrency to be introduced after Cabinet approval: Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the government is working out a new Bill on cryptocurrency which will be placed in the ongoing session of Parliament after approval of the Union Cabinet.

DEL55 BIZ-RSQ-DEBT Govt debt at 62 pc of GDP; capable of repaying liabilities: MoS Finance Chaudhary New Delhi: Central government debt is estimated at about 62 per cent of GDP for this fiscal and it is capable of repaying its liabilities, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary informed Parliament on Tuesday.

DEL57 BIZ-LD RUPEE Rupee falls for 4th day, settles 6 paise lower at 75.13/dollar Mumbai: The rupee continued its losing run for the fourth day on Tuesday, dropping by 6 paise to 75.13 against the US dollar as investor concerns grew over fresh impact of new COVID variant on the economy.

DEL43 BIZ-LD STOCKS Sensex succumbs to fag-end sell-off as Omicron worries haunt global markets; Nifty ends below 17k Mumbai: Equity indices surrendered early gains to close in the red on Tuesday, mirroring the nervousness in world markets about the impact of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on global economic recovery.

DEL36 BIZ-GOLD-PRICE Gold jumps Rs 41; silver cracks Rs 667 New Delhi: Gold in the national capital on Tuesday jumped Rs 41 to Rs 47,217 per 10 gram in line with rally in international precious metal prices, according to HDFC Securities.

DEL65 AVI-INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS-NORMS Stricter norms for int’l passengers to be effective from Tuesday midnight New Delhi: The strict norms for arriving international passengers, especially from ‘at-risk’ countries, will come into effect from Tuesday midnight and authorities are stepping their vigil for effective surveillance amid mounting concerns over the emergence of the COVID variant Omicron.

DCM51 BIZ-LD SHRIRAM GROUP-SUCCESSION Shriram Group announces succession plan; forms board of mgmt Mumbai: Financial service company Shriram Group Tuesday outlined its succession plan and announced creation of a board of management.

DEL52 LSQ-FARMER SUICIDE Number of farmers’ suicide fall to 5,579 in 2020: Tomar New Delhi: The number of farmers who committed suicide dropped to 5,579 in 2020 as compared to 5,957 in the previous year, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on Tuesday, citing the latest NCRB report.

DEL51 BIZ-INFRA-GROWTH Eight core industries output up 7.5 pc in Oct New Delhi: The output of eight core sectors rose by 7.5 per cent in October on healthy performance by coal, natural gas, refinery products and cement segments, official data released on Tuesday showed.

DCM60 BIZ-UNEMPLOYMENT-SURVEY Unemployment rate at 9.3 pc in Jan-Mar 2021: NSO survey New Delhi: Unemployment rate for all ages in urban areas rose to 9.3 per cent in January-March 2021 from 9.1 per cent in the same month of the previous year, showed a periodic labour force survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO).

DCM13 LSQ-EV-FAME About 1.65 lakh EVs supported as on Nov 25 under Phase-2 of FAME India scheme New Delhi: About 1.65 lakh electric vehicles have been supported as on November 25 this year under the second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. PTI SHW SHW