A salesman shows gold bangles to a customer at a jewellery showroom in Kolkata, India. Reuters
Ace sprinter Hima Das bagged her third international gold in two weeks after she bagged the top spot in women's 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet here in Czech Republic.
India’s foreign exchange reserves increased by $1.368 billion during the week ended May 10, official data showed. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves rose to $420 billion from $418.687 billion reported for the week ended May 3.
Gold demand was robust in India and Singapore this week as a correction in prices ahead of a key gold-buying festival boosted purchases even as major centres like China and Japan were closed for most of the week due to holidays.
Gold prices have hit a record high amid a rush for safe haven assets owing to the fears of a recession. Goehring & Rozencwajg, a research firm which focuses on investments in natural resources, says the great gold bull market has begun.
European shares rose on Friday after upbeat industrial output data from Italy and France raised hopes of an economic recovery, even as a spike in coronavirus cases around the world kept gains in check.
As governments rushed out funding to prevent an economic collapse amid the coronavirus pandemic, global public debt swelled to the highest in history, but the IMF warned on Friday that cutting back too soon could undermine the recovery.
Construction Cost Index (CCI), remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the first quarter of 2019 with the index at 98.0 per cent in both corresponding quarters, according to official figures.