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1,235 new FPIs register with SEBI in Apr–Dec FY’18

1,235 new FPIs register with SEBI in Apr–Dec FY’18  As many as 1,235 fresh foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were registered with SEBI in April–December of the current fiscal, mainly due to their continued interest in the Indian capital markets, latest data from the regulator showed.In comparison, close to 3,500 new FPIs registered with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in the entire 2016-17 fiscal. ‘Euphoric sentiment" The number of FPIs with the markets regulator climbed to 9,042 at the end of December from 7,807 at March-end, resulting in an addition of 1,235, according to SEBI data. “The reason for increasing FPI registrations is continued interest in the Indian equity, bonds and real estate,” said Arvind Chari, head, fixed income and alternatives, Quantum Advisors. Further, market experts are of the view that several measures taken by SEBI added to India’s attractiveness. In addition, SEBI’s Board, last month, decided to relax entry norms for FPIs willing to invest …

Core sector growth slows to 4 Percent in Dec

Core sector growth slows to 4 Percent  in Dec Output growth recorded in December is the lowest since July 2017, when these core sectors had witnessed a 2.9% expansion Growth of the eight core sectors slowed to a five-month low of 4 per cent in December 2017 due to negative performance of segments like coal and crude oil, official data showed today. The output growth recorded in December is the lowest since July 2017, when these core sectors had witnessed 2.9 per cent expansion.These eight industries -- coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity -- had witnessed a growth of 5.6 per cent in December 2016. The output of coal and crude oil sectors contracted 0.1 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively during the month under review.Growth in steel and electricity generation slowed to 2.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively in December last year as against 15.9 per cent and 6.4 per cent in the same month of 2016. Refinery products, natural gas, …

CSO revises FY16 GDP growth to 8.2%, FY17 unchanged at 7.1%

CSO revises FY16 GDP growth to 8.2%, FY17 unchanged at 7.1% Under the third revision, the CSO has estimated GDP growth in 2014-15 at 7.4 per cent from earlier estimates of 7.5 per cent. The Central Statistics Office on Wednesday revised the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate for 2015-16 to 8.2 per cent from the earlier estimates of 8 per cent and kept the 2016-17 growth unchanged at 7.1 per cent. The real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for the years 2016-17 and 2015-16 stands at Rs 121.96 lakh crore and Rs 113.86 lakh crore respectively, showing growth of 7.1 per cent during 2016-17 and 8.2 per cent during 2015-16, the CSO said in a statement. In terms of real GVA (gross value added), it said the GVA at constant (2011-12) basic prices grew 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, as against a growth of 8.1 per cent in 2015-16. According to advance GDP estimates of CSO, the GVA growth on 2011-12 price was estimated at 6.6 per cent for 2016-17. The CSO today released the first revised estim…

SEBI agrees to transfer Rs 16.7 billion of surplus funds to government

SEBI agrees to transfer Rs 16.7 billion of surplus funds to government Extra funds with regulatory bodies have been a contentious issue for year. Capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), has agreed to transfer Rs 16.7 billion of its surplus funds to the government. The Centre has been eyeing these resources, which would enable it to reduce the fiscal deficit. The move, however, was seen as contentious as it potentially amounted to an infringement on the independence of the regulatory body. “Sebi has agreed to the long-pending government demand to transfer surplus funds with it into a public account,” said a source. The surplus funds with Sebi — and over a dozen other regulators such as the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) — were pointed out in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). According to a 2017 report of the CAG, these regulator…

GST e-way bill to go live on budget day, industry fears disruption

GST e-way bill to go live on budget day, industry fears disruption GSTN expects that around 700,000-800,000 GST e-way bills will be issued every day across the country, CII wants their validity to be increased to 5 days from one day now The e-way bill, key to preventing tax evasion under the goods and services tax (GST), will be rolled out nationwide from Thursday, the day finance minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget 2018, amid persistent concerns in some quarters that its enforcement could trigger fresh economic disruption. The GST e-way bill, an electronic documentation tracking the movement of goods, is mandatory for all inter-state movement of goods from 1 February. It is designed to prevent underreporting and evasion of taxes.The e-way bill is a key part of the GST architecture. It was put on hold until after GST, which was implemented from 1 July, stabilized. Over 2.84 million GST e-way bills have been generated in the trial phase so far. “We rolled out the e-way bill…