NEW DELHI, September 13 – BUSINESS STANDARD – The on-going India and European Union Free trade Agreement is still sailing through difficult phase as the disputed issues are consistently acting as barriers to the finalization of the FTA. European are demanding almost 100% exemption in the case of car export whereas Indian are describing as the impossible demand to be fulfilled. There is no question or doubt regarding the usefulness of this FTA for both the countries but still things are not getting sorted out on an easy front. – FINANCIAL EXPRESS - After breaking into the top 50 Brand Finance Global 500 rankings in January 2011 at 50th spot with a brand value of $15.08 billion, Tata climbed up to 41st position in a revised list of Top 50 Most Valuable Global Brands in September with a new brand value of $15.75 billion. – FINANCIAL EXPRESS – According to the latest report released on 12 September by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the slowdown in the Indian economy is expected to persist. Not only India but most of the regions in the world are going to have the same fate with the only exception – Japan. These estimations are based on the Composite Index of Leading Indicators (CLIs). It is a number that is used by many economic participants to judge what is going to happen in the near future. - FINANCIAL EXPRESS – The Finance Ministry has taken a step forward and relaxed the norms for FII (Foreign Institutional Investment) investments in infrastructure bonds. FIIs can now invest in these bonds with a minimum maturity of at least five years at the time of issue and a residual maturity of one year - FINANCIAL EXPRESS - At a conference on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in national highways, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the award, construction and operation of such projects should be based on a fair and transparent approach barring any instance of corruption to happen. He also said that the government is aiming to invest about $1 trillion in infrastructure during the 12th Five-Year Plan in order to achieve 9% economic growth.