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Modi launches gold schemes, coin with Ashoka Chakra, Gandhi image

Millions of people in India, who have been traditionally buying gold, will have more than one option to invest in the precious yellow metal this Diwali. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched three gold schemes — gold monetisation scheme (GMS), sovereign gold bonds and the gold coin bearing the national emblem Ashoka Chakra on one side and Mahatma Gandhi’s image on the other — to channelise the country’s idle gold into productive use by bringing it into the formal banking system. Describing the schemes as “sone pe suhaga” (icing on the cake), Modi said gold has often been a source of women’s empowerment in the Indian society, and these schemes will underscore that sense of empowerment. “Women usually don’t own anything. House, car is usually named after their husband or son, but gold is their strength.” He added that gold coins would be a “matter of pride for the nation,” and people would no longer have to depend on foreign-minted gold bullion or coins. Underlining that India, …

Gold deposits to get 2.25-2.5% returns

PM launches gold monetisation and sovereign gold bond scheme; sale of coin also begins On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the government’s much- awaited schemes for monetisation of citizens’ gold holdings. The function was in Delhi, at the PM’s residence. Depositors will get a 2.25 per cent interest rate for mediumterm deposits and 2.5 per cent for long- term ones. Principal and interest under the scheme will be denominated in gold. The tenure for short- term deposits will be one to three years, medium- term will be five to seven years and longterm tenure will be 12- 15 years. The short- term rate will be decided by each bank. State Bank of Indias are 0.5 per cent for one year, 0.55 per cent for two years and 0.6 per cent for three years. A source in the State Bank of India ( SBI) said theyd decided the rates on their costing and the lending rates for gold to jewellers. Banks are not giving any targets for mobilising gold under the scheme. A customer has to go to a…

IPO documents may have to state dividend policy

The Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) might compel disclosure of a companys dividend policy in an initial public offering ( IPO) prospectus. “Companies could be asked to state their dividend policy upfront in the draft prospectus. This would provide clarity on the company’s philosophy, in terms of repaying shareholders,” said a source. Another source adds that the entire InterGlobe Aviation episode has not escaped regulator attention and Sebi’s move appears to be a result of this. The airline operator paid a heavy dividend to its promoters just ahead of its IPO, rendering its net worth negative. The move had drawn criticism from analysts. Currently, the regulator is engaged in discussion with market participants on proposed dividend disclosure norms and the format. Before forming any regulation, Sebi will issue a discussion paper. Surces add that Sebi could ask companies to declare a minimum dividend payment as a percentage of its earnings. “A shareholder has the right to know t…

Updates of the day...

Updates Of the Day
1.SEBI under Regulation 44(3) has prescribed that listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange, within forty eight hours of conclusion of its General Meeting, details regarding the voting results in the format specified by the Board w.e.f 01.12. 2015.
2.Ministry of Finance issued notification G.S.R. 645(E) that now summons can be served via email or fax under Securities Contract Regulations
3.Additions on account of unexplained investment on mere DVO report not sustainable:[ITAT Ahmadabad : ACIT vs. Shri Kanakkumar J. Jariwala]
4.No TDS liability on assessee for mere reimbursement of expenses : [ITAT Delhi : Luxmi Rice Mills vs. ITO]
5.Exemplary cost to be imposed on commissioner, if precedent not followed while filing appeal: [Bombay High Court: CIT-8 vs. Proctor and Gamble Home Products Ltd]
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