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Properties worth Rs 14,000 crore under scanner of income tax department

Properties worth Rs 14,000 crore under scanner of income tax department More than Rs 14,000 crore worth of properties have come under the scanner of the income tax department that launched a major offensive against tax evaders post demonetisation. On Thursday, the department released a detailed statement on this exercise.

“The exercise has also unearthed a large number of persons and clusters having suspect transactions. These include about 14,000 properties of more than Rs 1 crore each where persons have not even filed income-tax returns. The investiga ..

In the statement detailing the impact of demonetisation of oldRs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on black money, it said ‘Operation Clean Money’ was launched on January 31 to analyse data of people who deposited large sums of cash post the note-ban with no previous matching returns of income. As a result, an amount of Rs 15,496 crore was admitted as undisclosed income and surveys resulted in the seizure of Rs 13,920 crore, it said.

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FM warns defaulters: Clear dues or give control to others

FM warns defaulters: Clear dues or give control to others Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday issued a stern warning to big loan defaulters responsible for a steep rise in the bad loans or non-performing assets of the public sector banks. He warned them either to clear their dues or allow others to take control of their companies. However the finance minister admitted that there is no short term solutions to the problem of bad loans. Jaitley said: “You can’t have a surgical solution to it.” Rising NPAs or non performing assets of public sector banks have seen sharp rise in recent years. The RBI has already recommended banks to initiate insolvency proceedings against 12 large defaulters. As per an official reply given in the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon session, the total advances to corporate sector in 2017 were around 18 lakh crore rupees and nearly 15% (14.83%) or 3.44 lakh crore rupees were declared as non perorming assets (NPAs). As per the official reply in the Rajya Sabha, as on March…

Indian govt finalising cyber security standards for mobile phones

Indian govt finalising cyber security standards for mobile phones The Indian government is finalising cyber security standards for mobile phones, minister for law and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today. “Let me tell all mobile manufacturing units that your product must be security-compliant, there shall be no compromise on that,” Prasad said while addressing an ASSOCHAM conference on Cyber and Network Security.

The minister said that the IT and Electronics department already issued notice to most of the mobile companies manufacturing smart phones they were asked to furnish details related to cyber security. “I am very keen that cyber security initiative of India must become a lesson for the world.”

Prasad informed said that cyber enabled security testing is going to become a big initiative in India. “We need low-cost cyber technology and low-cost well qualified cyber auditors.”

According to him, in last three years 93 mobile manufacturing factories h…

Sebi firm on tweaking investment advisory norms

Sebi firm on tweaking investment advisory norms The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) may go ahead with tweaking its investment advisory guidelines for mutual fund (MF) distributors, even as it faces opposition from the latter.

In June, the markets regulator had proposed changes to the Sebi (Investment Advisers) Regulations, 2013, to prevent conflict of interest between “advising” and “selling” of investment products by the same entity or person. As part of its proposals, an entity offering investment advisory services shall not be permitted to offer distribution/execution services. Banks, nonbanking financial companies and corporate bodies have to form separate subsidiaries to offer advisory services.

Sebi had proposed to scrap the practice of using “independent financial advisors” by distributors. Instead, they would be called “mutual fund distributors” or MFDs, and will not be allowed to offer any investment advice or financial planning services. MFDs registering as inves…

GST de stocking, costlier inputs hit growth: Anant

GST de stocking, costlier inputs hit growth: Anant Twin factors —destocking before the goods and services tax (GST) implementation andarise in wholesale inflation of inputs —pulled down economic growth during the first quarter of FY18, said Chief StatisticianTCAAnant on Thursday.

The first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth touched the lowest in 13 quarters at 5.7 per cent, data showed.Anant, however, did not think that demonetisation should be linked to the slowdown in growth.

Referring to agriculture growth coming down, the chief statistician said while crop production rose, animal husbandry weighed on growth.

Deaccumulation of stocks by companies and traders in anticipation of the GST, which was implemented from July 1, explained the poor growth in the manufacturing sector, at 1.2 per cent compared toarobust 10.1 per cent in the corresponding quarter of last year, he said. “The major reason for growth coming in at 5.7 per cent is manufacturing, where the performance of the co…