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India unveils new measures to spur domestic demand

Government hopes coronavirus-hit economy will see $10bn boost

A health care worker in protective gear swabs a construction worker for a rapid antigen test at a construction site in Ahmedabad.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced new measures to boost domestic demand by about 730 billion rupees ($9.95 billion) as Asia's third largest economy continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, including extra capital spending on infrastructure projects and festival season schemes for government employees.

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