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SEBI to clamp down on illicit schemes; not wary of litigations: U K Sinha
Posted on 30th August 2014
Sending a strong signal to those dressing up their illicit money-pooling schemes as 'credit cooperative societies' or other permissible activities, market regulator Sebi has said it is very serious in bringing them to book and is not wary of 'intensive litigations'.

Determined to clamp down on ponzi and other such schemes with enhanced powers, Sebi Chairman U K Sinha said that the regulator has come across entities which try to evade its jurisdiction by claiming to be running legal businesses such as credit cooperatives, chit funds and even NBFCs.

Air India website blocked by a few sites in India, abroad
Posted on 30th August 2014
NEW DELHI: Air India's website, which went down two days ago after the airline offered a special fare of Rs 100, was apparently blocked by a few sites in India and abroad for a considerable time.

An unprecedented 80,000 hits a minute were recorded from some sites which blocked bookings by genuine passengers, the national carrier's Information Technology (IT) team found during internal investigations.

ITC develops shelf-ready packaging solution for FMCG industry
Posted on 30th August 2014
KOLKATA: ITC Ltd has developed a shelf-ready packaging solution for consumer goods where the pack itself turns into a retail shelf, reducing the retailer's investment on shelves, optimising space and attracting consumer's attention faster, but likely increasing costs for marketers.

The tobacco-to-hospitality-to-consumer goods conglomerate, which also owns South Asia's largest packaging unit, believes its new packaging solution can transform FMCG packaging the way Swedish packaging major Tetra Pak did for beverages and dairy industries.

Reliance Industries plans to invest Rs 78000 crore in energy projects in Jamnagar
Posted on 30th August 2014
Reliance Industries is set to invest $13 billion (Rs 78,000 crore) in energy projects, after it had recently revealed its plans to invest Rs 1.8 lakh crore across business by 2016. This includes a 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude refinery at its Jamnagar complex, Reuters reported today. This refinery will be used to refine cheap and heavy crude that is now more and mroe available in Asia.

Reliance Industries, controlled by Mukesh Ambani, operates the world's biggest refining complex in Gujarat. The two plants in Gujarat can process about 1.4 million bpd of oil. Reuters reporetd that the company had sought the approval of the environment ministry to invest Rs 77300 crore to build a new refinery and some polymer units.

DHL to Invest INR 800 crore to Test E-Commerce Business Model in India
Posted on 28th August 2014
Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) plans to invest around INR 800 crore in Indian e-commerce business including express (small parcel transportation), aviation, e-commerce and warehousing, in the next two years, reports Live Mint.

India will leapfrog from mom and pop shops to straight away to e-commerce. India had moved from almost no phone to most modern mobile phone. We will see the same for consumers buying online. India is better prepared compared to China, DHL CEO, Frank Appel said in an interview.

Global trash burning more polluting than expected; China, India top list
Posted on 28th August 2014
Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned.

The study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology attempts the first comprehensive assessment of global trash-burning data, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mercury and tiny particulate matter that can dim the sun's rays or clog human lungs.

Maruti Suzuki plans to double car models to 25; aims to sell 3 million cars per year
Posted on 28th August 2014
Car marker leader Maruti Suzuki India is looking at nearly doubling the number of models to 25, including entry into SUV and LCV segments, as it aims a target to sell 3 million cars annually.

The company will launch within a few months an SUV to compete with Renault's Duster, which will be followed by a compact SUV in 2016 to take on segment leader Ford EcoSport, as part of a strategy to be present in newer segments of the passenger vehicle market.

Sebi tweaks Settlement Guarantee Fund norms
Posted on 28th August 2014
In a revamp of risk management in the stock market, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has mandated creation of a ‘core’ amount within the existing Settlement Guarantee Fund (SGF) and stress testing to detect risks.

An SGF, set up through levies on brokers, is used in the event of a default to meet settlement obligations.

Ratan Tata invests in Snapdeal
Posted on 28th August 2014
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, has made a personal investment in e-commerce company Snapdeal. This announcement, which is expected to intensify the competition in the online retail space, comes just a day after Snapdeal and Tata Value Homes entered into a strategic alliance.

The value of the investment made by Ratan Tata has not been disclosed.

Business Standard poll: India Inc's big vote of confidence for Modi
Posted on 28th August 2014
It’s a big thumbs-up from India Inc for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who completes 100 days in office a week from now. Leaders at Indian companies say the new government’s biggest achievement has been a perceptive improvement in business sentiment, which had hit rock bottom during the previous regime.

Among other positives were the government’s success in controlling spiralling prices and bringing back foreign investors’ confidence in the stock market, a poll conducted by Business Standard among 20 top Indian CEOs revealed.

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