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India cabinet clears pension, insurance reform for parliament

Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:46 AM ET

NEW DELHI, Oct 4 (Reuters) - India's cabinet approved bills for foreign investment in insurance and pensions on Thursday in the latest move by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to restore confidence in the flagging economy, but the reforms will face a tough fight in parliament.

Under the bills cleared by the cabinet, the cap on foreign money in insurance companies would rise to 49 percent, Sports Minister Ajay Maken told reporters after the cabinet meeting at Singh's residence. He did not give details of the pension bill.

(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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Keywords: INDIA ECONOMY/