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Barack Obama visit: India to push for relaxed visa regulations, totalisation pact
Posted on 13th January 2015
India will press the US for not extending the provisions of the country’s Border Security Act – which almost doubled the H1B and L1 visa fees – beyond 2015, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Barack Obama later this month.

A senior official told The Indian Express that the visa concerns and long-pending totalisation agreement are the two major issues India wants to resolve during the visit of the US President in Delhi to attend the Republic Day ceremony on January 26.

SBI beats private peers in home loan disbursement
Posted on 13th January 2015
State Bank of India (SBI), country's largest bank, is expected to end the third quarter (October-December) with a total home loan outstanding of Rs 1,52,905 crore.

The bank is sanctioning about 800 home loans with average sanctions of Rs 150 crore daily, making it the largest player in the retail banking space, once dominated by private players.

Modi move to allow dual use in SEZs to help Adani SEZ
Posted on 13th January 2015
The Narendra Modi government’s move to allow dual use of social and commercial infrastructure in non-processing areas of special economic zones (SEZs) will give a boost to the land monetisation plans of Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd (ADSEZ), which already has an operational SEZ at Mundra and a large area. This area is yet to be leased.

In a gazette notification on January 2 to amend the SEZ Rules, 2006, the commerce ministry has allowed dual use both by the SEZ and the domestic tariff area entities of “social or commercial infrastructure and other facilities”, within non-processing areas.

Private oil companies suggest gas price at $5.7-7.4 per unit
Posted on 13th January 2015
The premium promised by the government for natural gas produced in geologically challenging conditions must be linked to the prevalent market prices of a basket of alternative liquid fuels, with a discount factor that would reduce progressively, allowing the price to come close to arm’s length price over a period of three to five years, major private sector explorers have argued.

Air India kicks off fare war
Posted on 13th January 2015
Air India kicked off a virulent fare war across the domestic network on Monday, cutting economy class fares up to half compared to Saturday’s rates, undercutting both low-cost and full-service carriers.

The move comes a few days after Vistara launched services in India, between three cities to begin with.

Markets may open higher; Cipla, NTPC, UltraTech Cement in focus
Posted on 13th January 2015
Benchmark indices are likely to open higher tracking the gains in select Asian peers. Some volatility may be expected later in the session as consumer inflation for the month December rose to 5% from 4.38% in the previous month, primarily due to a rise in food prices.

Traders would read the increase of 3.8% in industrial production for the month of November with some caution as it is over a negative base.

Hyundai's new SUV to be bigger than Ford EcoSport
Posted on 13th January 2015
Korean automaker Hyundai's new sports utility vehicle will be bigger than Ford Ecosport, which is the bestseller in the sub-four meter segment.

Slated for launch in the second half of this calendar year, the all-new SUV from Hyundai will be pitted against the Ford SUV but will be "roomier, more powerfull and have the characteristics of a true SUV," said a top Hyundai India official.

Govt rethinks CIL, ONGC stake sale as share prices tumble
Posted on 13th January 2015
The depressed share prices of public sector behemoths Coal India and ONGC is forcing the Finance Ministry reconsider its decision to dilute its stake in the two companies, top government officials have told Business Standard.

If the share prices of the two companies remain at current levels, the 10% stake sale in Coal India and 5% stake sale in ONGC will likely be called off.

Supreme Court directs government to ensure NRIs can e-vote within eight weeks
Posted on 12th January 2015
In a significant move, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the central government to allow e-voting by NRIs. Supreme Court gave the government four weeks time to inform about further steps taken to implement EC's suggestion.

The Centre told Supreme Court that it has accepted Election Commission's suggestion to extend voting rights to NRI's through postal ballots.

BSE to invest Rs 150 cr to set up international exchange in Gujarat
Posted on 12th January 2015
As per the agreement, "BSE will establish an international exchange in GIFT SEZ-IFC, a multi-services Special Economic Zone (SEZ) being developed as India's first International Financial Services Centre by Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Ltd."

BSE, along with its associates and members, will invest upto Rs 150 crore to set up this international exchange.

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