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India's CAD likely at 1.7% this fiscal: Report

India's CAD likely at 1.7% this fiscal: Report India's current account deficit is expected to be around 1.7 per cent of GDP in this financial year, largely owing to higher oil prices, says a report. With the December quarter current account deficit worsening to 2 per cent of GDP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) raised its current account deficit (CAD) forecast for this financial year and for the next fiscal.The global financial services major has raised its CAD forecast by 10 bps to 1.7 per cent of GDP in 2017-18 and by 20 bps to 1.9 per cent of GDP in 2018-19. According to data released by the Reserve Bank on Friday, the CAD rose to 2 per cent of the GDP at USD 13.5 billion in the December quarter, up from USD 8 billion or 1.4 per cent in the year-ago period, on the back of higher trade deficit.On a cumulative basis, CAD more than doubled to 1.9 per cent of GDP in the April-December 2017 period. The Business Standard, New Delhi, 20th March 2018

Manufacturing sales improve in Q3, profit subdued: RBI

Manufacturing sales improve in Q3, profit subdued: RBI  The country's manufacturing sector witnessed an improvement in sales growth in the third quarter this fiscal on annual basis, though net profit has remained subdued due to lack of support from other income, says a RBI data on performance of private corporate sector.  The RBI data released today said the information technology (IT) sector recorded a modest improvement in sales growth, although lower than a year ago. The services (non-IT) sector showed signs of revival as reflected by positive sales growth, it added. This data is based on abridged financial results of 2,705 listed non-government non-financial (NGNF) companies for third quarter of 2017-18.  As per the data, sales of manufacturing companies increased by 14 per cent in the October-December quarter of 2017-18 compared to similar period of the previous fiscal. The net profit of the manufacturing companies declined by 2.4 per cent in the third quarter, RBI said, adding …

SEBI exempts govt from open offers for 6 PSBs post capital infusion

SEBI exempts govt from open offers for 6 PSBs post capital infusion Sebi has given exemption from open offer requirements with respect to six lenders—PNB, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Vijaya Bank, Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Monday exempted the central government from making an open offer for the shareholders of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Canara Bank and four other state-owned lenders following capital infusion. The exemption has been given with regard to Syndicate Bank, Vijaya Bank, Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India also. Following capital infusion in these listed public sector banks, the government’s respective stakes would rise in them.Under Sebi norms, an entity whose shareholding in a listed company goes beyond a particular threshold, then it has to make an open offer. Sebi has given exemption from open offer requirements with respect to the six lenders through six separate but similarly-worded order…

CBEC to verify GST transitional credit claims of 50,000 taxpayers

CBEC to verify GST transitional credit claims of 50,000 taxpayers  In order to check "frivolous and fraudulent" tax credit claims by businesses, the CBEC has decided to verify demands of top 50,000 tax payers claiming maximum GST transitional credit, starting with those where the quantum exceeds Rs 25 lakh.  The verification of "unreasonable" transitional credit claims would be conducted in four phases, a source said, adding that credit verification will remain one of the focus areas in 2018-19. As part of transition to GST last July, taxpayers were allowed to file Form TRAN-1 and avail tax credit on the basis of closing balance of the credit declared in the last return under the pre-Goods and Services Tax regime.  In order to check "frivolous and fraudulent" transitional credit claims, the CBEC has shared with field offices the list of 50,000 taxpayers whose claims would be further scrutinised. It is suspected that some of these businesses might have obtain…