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Sebi allows Reits, InvITs to issue debt

Sebi allows Reits, InvITs to issue debt The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Monday allowed infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) and real estate investment trusts (Reits) to raise capital by issuing debt securities.The Sebi board, at its meeting on Monday, also made several other relaxations to the InvIT and Reit framework to provide a boost to stalled infrastructure projects.

InvITs and Reits are investment vehicles that allow investors to take exposure to income-generating infrastructure and real estate. The earlier rules allowed launch of equityoriented Reits and InvITs, which offered only an indicative yield but not a fixed yield. Issue of debt-oriented Reits and Sebi has reiterated its InvITs would offer fixed returns intent to adopt a consultative to investors, which could provide approach in refining regulations a fillip to these instruments, to make these trusts successful bankers said. platforms,” said

Further, Sebi has extended Bhairav Dalal, partner, real…

GST on petrol, diesel requires wider discussion: Nitish Kumar

GST on petrol, diesel requires wider discussion: Nitish Kumar "Prices of petrol and diesel would continue to go up and down and their rate varies every day," Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of the weekly 'Lok Samvad' (interaction with the public) programme.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the issue of implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on petrol and diesel requires a wider discussion in the GST Council. “Prices of petrol and diesel would continue to go up and down and their rate varies every day,” Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of the weekly ‘Lok Samvad’ (interaction with the public) programme. Kumar, however, said taxes on petrol and diesel are a major source of development programmes everywhere in the country.

“The issue of implementing the GST on petrol and diesel requires a wider discussion in the GST Council,” he said. Talking to reporters separately, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who held the first meeting of th…

Commodities repositories to be launched next week

Commodities repositories to be launched next week Finance and trading in negotiable warehouse receipts soon

Trading in negotiable warehouse receipts, a decade-old idea, will be a reality next week, when two repository recordkeeping agencies start operations.

The Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA) has licensed these two repositories. These will keep records of goods stored and moved from regulated warehouses, including warehouse receipt transfers, the same way share transfer records are kept by depositories.

One of the two has been established by the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), an agriculture-centric one. The other, CDSL, has been promoted by the BSE. They’re going online when launched next week in Delhi. “We have been working on repository and issue of electronic negotiable warehouse receipts (eNWR) with the respective regulators since long. The move will allow faster financing against such receipts and stocks can be tracked online,” said Sam…

Bank unions ask Jaitley to withdraw FRDI Bill

Bank unions ask Jaitley to withdraw FRDI Bill Bank unions have requested Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to withdraw the FRDI Bill as it proposes to empower authorities with sweeping powers to wind up public sector banks and insurance companies.

Already, there are many rules and legislation in place under the existing Acts that deal with winding up of financial institutions, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) said in its representation to the finance minister.

The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017, was tabled in the Lok Sabha last month. It was referred to the 30-member committee comprising members of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

“The objective of this Bill is obviously to heavily empower the new authority with sweeping powers to dismantle and erase public sector financial institutions like banks and insurance companies and hence, it is apparently draconian.

“We demand the withdrawal of this Bill,” it said. UFBU is an umbrella organisation of all banks …

Exporters may seek exemption on tax payment

Exporters may seek exemption on tax payment Exporters plan to seek outright exemption on payment of goods and services tax, citing a crunch in working capital due to the uncertainty in the time taken to get refunds for unutilised input tax credit.

Exporters, heads of export promotion councils and senior officials from the commerce ministry plan to submit a petition seeking the exemption when they meet the revenue secretary on Tuesday. “There is an apprehension that exports will decline, going ahead,” said an an official aware of the meeting.

Exporters are likely to raise the issues of working capital and refunds which will be ploughed back into their business and the loss of interest.

“Merchant exporters and those in the small and medium enterprises are up in arms,” the official said. Micro, small and medium enterprises now have to pay GST when buying from merchant exporters. The government has a two refund mechanisms for exporters.

They can furnish a bond instead of paying integrated GST…

Transitioning tax credits under GST

Transitioning tax credits under GST Clarity is required for assessees to take necessary steps — in terms of readying supporting documentation where credits can be transitioned, and also negotiating with counterparties on who will bear sunk costs where credits can’t be transitioned

With the goods and services tax (GST) looming, one of the biggest challenges that businesses are grappling with is the transition of existing tax credits. Such credits, once transitioned, can be used to pay GST on outward supplies. Credits that cannot be transitioned become a sunk cost for businesses, given that outward supplies will attract GST at the prescribed rates, but at the same time, a corresponding credit will not be available for offset.

The GST law contemplates two broad scenarios in which credits can be carried forward. The first is a currently registered assessee under the central/state laws, who can transition 100 per cent of the credit shown in his returns. The second is a currently unregistered…

FDI likely to rise further after GST: Moody’s

FDI likely to rise further after GST: Moody’s India is likely see increased foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows on the back of reforms such as introduction of the goods and services tax and the bankruptcy code, international ratings agency Moody’s said in a report on Monday.

“Combined with reforms such as the introduction of a goods and services tax, which lowers the cost and complexity of doing business, and a simplified and clarified bankruptcy code, FDI is likely to rise further,” the agency said in its report on how structural reforms by Asia Pacific sovereigns could become more effective from stronger global demand.

In India, Moody’s said, the government has raised ceilings for authorised FDI in a number of sectors. “FDI has already increased substantially, albeit from a low base,” the report said.

FDI in India grew by 18% during 2016 to touch Rs 46 billion, data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion showed.

The Narendra Modi government has liberalised FDI…