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Home Buyers Want Ministry to Tweak RERA Norms to Expedite Projects

Fight for RERA' members meet Rao Inderjit Singh, highlight their concerns over some builder-centric rules in the new law
Afraid that the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) might not help revive their stuck housing projects, home buyers are lobbying with the government to shine some light on the issue. `Fight for RERA', a pan-India grouping of home buyers, met Minister of State for Housing Rao Inderjit Singh to talk about buildercentric rules under the legislation which they claim will not help home buyers who are stuck in delayed projects. They, however, did not get a firm commitment from the minister. Fight for RERA members from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and the NCR also met Joint Secretary-Housing Rajiv Ranjan Mishra. The group has highlighted that draft rules under RERA do not specify which plan builders of ongoing projects need to submit when they register with the regulator ­ the original, sanctioned plan or the latest version, which may have been revised several …

NITI Aayog proposes easier arbitration norms for infra firms

NITI Aayog has prepared a Cabinet note that proposes if arbitration awards favour infrastructure companies, the government should pay up. If the award is unanimous, no appeal should be made, it adds. It has also suggested infrastructure ministries ease arbitration norms and release stalled payments. “This will de- bottleneck project development and will avert loss of time and blockage of capital,” said Kameswara Rao, partner (grid), PwC. Rao said it was not uncommon for infrastructure projects to face local implementation challenges and executing agencies should be empowered to accept reasonable variations. “Agencies must not fear subsequent challenges to their decisions,” he added. Bank executives said the proposal in the Cabinet note would help improve the financial health of companies. Companies facing payment delays could start repaying interest and principal on outstanding loans, they added. Niti Aayog’s proposal comes at a time when ? 1.65 lakh crore of banks’ ? 3.65 lakh crore exposur…

RBI permits banks to hire ex- officials for internal audit

With banks facing shortage of experienced staff for internal audits, the Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) on Thursday allowed them to hire their retired officials for up to three years for assistance in conducting “Risk Based Supervision ( RBS)”. RBI has also prescribed certain conditions for such hirings in the notification. Each bank, it said, should formulate, with the approval of their Board of Directors, a policy to engage the services of its retired personnel for a maximum tenure not exceeding three years in the areas where it does not have enough expertise. “The policy should inter alia include the terms of engagement, review of performance, termination of services...,” it said. Further, banks need to ensure that the retired personnel so engaged work under the close supervision of the management of the bank and the final sign- off of the audit reports would be the responsibility of the serving bank officials. Business Standard New Delhi,26th August 2016

Tax officers asked to suggest changes in direct tax laws

In a bid to keep the nation’s tax laws in conformity with changing times, the Income Tax ( I- T) Department has created a permanent mechanism for seeking inputs from its officers for changes required in the direct tax regulations. To begin with, the I- T department has asked officials to provide suggestions for legislative changes in the direct tax laws. For receiving suggestions, it has created an exclusive email ID and instructed officials of the department to provide inputs through the year without waiting for beginning of the annual Budget exercise. Business Standard New Delhi,26th August 2016

Large Corporate Loans To Cost More From FY18

The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday said corporate loans beyond the limit set by it would cost more from financial year 2017- 18, as banks have to maintain additional provisions and high capital for such exposures. In keeping with the corporate bond reforms, RBI also prescribed restrictions on banks taking incremental exposure on a single party, mostly corporate groups, beyond normal limits. The norms aim to curb concentration risks and enhance credit supply for large borrowers through markets. The banking system ordinarily keeps future incremental exposures to specified borrowers within the Normally Permitted Lending Limit (NPLL), RBI said. Exposures beyond NPLL will be deemed to carry higher risk. These will attract additional provisioning and higher risk weights, RBI said. Banks will have to keep an additional three per cent over and above the applicable provision on incremental exposures for excess NPLL. This will be distributed in proportion to each bank’sfunded exposure to specifi… News... News...
1. RBI permits banks to appoint retired officials for internal audit.
2. Under the IT Act 1961, all income arising (directly or indirectly) through the transfer of a capital asset situated in India, is deemed to accrue or arise in India and therefore, taxable in India.
3. Cost of amenities paid under unregistered agreement forms part of cost of acquisition of flat.
4. Under GST Valuation Rules to be applied even in case of supplies to Employee as he is deemed to be related to Employer u/s 2(82).
5. India to get taxation rights on investment routed via Cyprus Cabinet approves revision of DTAA with Cyprus.