GST Council set rates, Bad loans under Bankruptcy Code, Hyundai Fined by CCI- Weekly Digest #44

Hello, readers. I hope you are doing fine. I would like to apologise for the absence for over five weeks. It was due to medical necessities. I hope this will not repeat anytime soon.

Monday- 12th June 2017

  • GST council lowers rate on 66 household and other essential items such as Cashew nuts, insulins, cutlery, printer and others and raised the threshold for the scheme as it inches closer towards July 1 deadline.
  • As per the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, RBI is drawing up a list of debtors with bad loans that need to be resolved under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
  • Anticipated acquisition of  Snapdeal by Flipkart will have to deal with RBI on Foreign Exchange to protect the interests of the shareholders. Issuance of shares by Flipkart Singapore to Indian shareholders of Snapdeal would need a specific permission from RBI.
  • Catholic Syrian Bank has proposed a 51% stake sale to Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd at ₹160 per share. The proposed deal will value the company at ₹1,300 crores.

 

Tuesday-13th June 2017

  • RBI issued a statement that under new Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, 12 accounts totalling about 25% of the current gross NPAs of the banking system would qualify for immediate reference under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Court.
  • CBEC has stated that import of 4G equipment by Indian telecom firms doesn’t fall within the purview of the global Information Technology Agreement and hence won’t be exempted from the customs duty.
  • The Broadband India Forum has written a letter to IT and telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan that India could attract serious legal challenges and retaliatory action from key Asean countries if it decides to slap customs duty on imported handsets. However, Indian Cellular Association’s president, Pankaj Mohindroo said that government is elected not for Asean but to serve the people, and industry, in India.
  • Ola raises an amount of $50 million from New York-based investment firm Tekne Capital Management. This pushes the value of the company to $3.65 billion.

 

Wednesday- 14th June 2017

  • Tata Sons is considering a forensic audit of last year’s purchase of Welspun Renewables Energy for ₹9,249 crore by Tata Power Ltd because of concerns over corporate governance, allegedly inflated valuations and the unusual swiftness in execution.
  • The union cabinet approved the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. This will complete the country’s bankruptcy framework after it’s passed by parliament.
  • Competition Commission of India has imposed a penalty of ₹87 crores on Hyundai as it imposed arrangements upon its dealers that resulted in resale price maintenance -a deal not to sell a product below a specified price -in the sale of passenger cars manufactured by it. This is in contravention to the Competition Act.
  • Anil Ambani has voluntarily given up all his salary and commission until March 2018 from debt-laden and loss-making telecom arm, Reliance Communications.

 

Thursday- 4th May 2017

  • RIL and BP to invest an amount of ₹40,000 crores in the Krishna-Godavari Basin to produce 30-35 million cubic metres a day of gas.
  • India is close to imposing a 10% basic customs duty on smartphones. The decision is expected to be announced shortly before the rollout of the GST.
  • A Warburg Pincus affiliate to invest $360 million for a 43% stake in Tata Technologies Limited. 30% stake will be acquired from Tata Motors and 13% stake from Tata Capital.
  • A consortium of 24 lenders, led by the SBI to sell a majority stake in Adhunik Power & Natural Resources to Edelweiss Group. The lenders will receive cash upfront on sale of distressed assets.

 

Friday-5th May 2017

  • The government has made it mandatory to furnish aadhaar along with PAN to enable bank opening and any financial transaction over ₹50,000.
  • Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have claimed that Jio’s claims for losses due to debt are false and loss has been incurred due to high government fees as well as the newcomer’s free offers.
  • Optical network equipment manufacturer Tejas Networks’ IPO to raise an amount of ₹776 crores ended as the issue was subscribed 1.9 times. The offer was priced at ₹250-257 per share.
  • Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion. However, Whole Foods’ founder John Mackey will continue to run the business.

 

Source: The Economic Times
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