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Sebi proposes framework for corporates borrowings from bond market

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Mumbai :To deepen the corporate bonds market, the Securities and Exchange Board of India on Friday came out with a proposal that will require large corporates to raise 25 per cent borrowings through this route from next financial year.
The framework is proposed to be implemented from April 1 next year and the large corporates identified as on March 31, 2019 will have to garner at least 25 per cent of their borrowings made in 2019-20 through bond market, Sebi said in a consultation paper.
This is part of an effort to reduce reliance on banks for financing corporates and simultaneously developing a liquid and vibrant corporate bond market.
Given the current stage of development of bond market in the country, Sebi said that any mandatory requirement would need to be ‘light-touch’ in nature and would also need to provide enough leeway to the identified corporates to meet the mandatory requirement from the bond market.
The suggestion comes after a proposal was made in Budget for 2018-19 that Sebi will consider mandating, beginning with large corporates, meeting about one-fourth of the companies’ financing needs from the bond market.
Defining large corporates, Sebi said such firms need to have an outstanding long term borrowing of at least Rs 1 billion; a credit rating of “AA and above” and target to finance themselves with long-term borrowings (above 1 year).
Subsequent to implementation of budget announcement and after making an assessment of the capacity of the bond market to absorb even lower rated issues, Sebi may decide on reducing the threshold of rating framework from “AA” to “A”.
Issuing the draft paper, Sebi said that a “comply or explain” approach would be applicable for the initial two years of implementation. It means, in case of non-fulfilment of the requirement of market borrowing, reasons for the same will have to be disclosed as part of the “continuous disclosure requirements”.
“From third year of implementation, 2021-22 the requirement of bond borrowings shall be tested for a contiguous block of two years 2021-22 and 2022-23 will be treated as one block and the requirement of 25 per cent borrowing through bond market shall need to be complied for the sum of incremental borrowings made across the period of the block,” the regulator noted.
Further, at the end of block, if there is any deficiency in the requisite bond borrowing, a monetary penalty in the range of 0.2 per cent to 0.3 per cent of the shortfall will be levied, it added.
The Sebi has sought comments from public till August 13 on the proposal and a final framework would be put in place after taking views of the stakeholders.
According to Sebi, the regulatory intent would be to operationalise the budget announcement in a manner which provides for a ‘light touch’ framework and at the same time provides an appropriate timeframe to the market for smooth transition to the new guidelines.
Sebi noted that a series of steps have been taken, over time, by the government in consultation with regulators, to develop and deepen the bond market.
At the same time, however, concerns have been raised about the ability of banks to finance increasing borrowing needs of the corporates, especially as the investment cycle has shown an upward tick.


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WPI inflation at 8-month low of 3.80 pc in Dec on softening fuel, food prices

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New Delhi: Inflation based on wholesale prices fell to a 8-month low of 3.80 per cent in December, 2018, on softening prices of fuel and some food items.

The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation stood at 4.64 per cent in November, 2018, and 3.58 per cent in December 2017. According to the government data released on Monday, deflation in food articles stood at 0.07 per cent in December, against 3.31 per cent in November.

Vegetables, too, saw deflation at 17.55 per cent in December, compared to 26.98 per cent in the previous month. Inflation in the ‘fuel and power’ basket in December slumped to 8.38 per cent, nearly half of 16.28 per cent in November.

 

This was on account of lowering of prices of petrol and diesel through December. Individually, in petrol and diesel inflation was 1.57 per cent and 8.61 per cent, respectively, and for liquified petroleum gas (LPG) it was 6.87 per cent during December.

Among food articles, potato prices became cheaper substantially with inflation at 48.68 per cent in December, as against 86.45 per cent in November.

Inflation in pulses stood at 2.11 per cent, while in ‘egg, meat and fish’ it was 4.55 per cent. Onion witnessed deflation of 63.83 per cent in December, compared to 47.60 per cent in November.

The 3.80 per cent inflation is the lowest in 8 months, and a lower inflation than this was last seen in April at 3.62 per cent. Data for retail or consumer price index-based inflation would be released later in the day.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mainly takes into account retail inflation data while formulating monetary policy. In its fifth monetary policy review for the fiscal, last month, the Reserve Bank kept interest rates unchanged, but held out a promise to cut them if the upside risks to inflation do not materialise.

The central bank lowered retail inflation projection to 2.7-3.2 per cent for the second half of the current fiscal, citing normal monsoon and moderate food prices.

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Air tickets, identity cards to become redundant; flyers can use facial recognition to enter airport

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New Delhi: The hassle to show air tickets and identity cards at Airport will be over as air travellers can soon enter airport with facial recognition biometric facility.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) that operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), has successfully conducted the trial of facial recognition technology. During the first phase of the trial, employees of GHIAL were included. The second phase of the trial is expected to be launched by the end of this month, in which GHIAL will include common air fliers. And if the second phase of the trial is successful, GHIAL will implement facial recognition technology in Hyderabad airport from March onwards.

Three phases of facial recognition technology

 

First phase: GHIAL has installed facial recognition cameras in the Hyderabad. In the first phase, the imaging of passengers will be done through these cameras which will recognise the faces of the flyers.

Second phase: There would be a centralised registration system for passengers. Each passenger’s face will be attached with his/her photo identity like passport, Aadhaar, voting id, driving licence etc. The details of passengers along with his facial mapping will be scanned and stored by GHIAL through the centralised registration system at the Airport.

Third phase: The ID proof of the passengers along with their facial mapping will be stored at the e-boarding gate of the Airport.The data centres at Airlines will also have similar information. Whenever such passengers book tickets, the data system will alert the Hyderabad Airport authorities.

The moment you book a flight ticket originating from Hyderabad airport, your details will be shared by the data centre and the information will be given to all the concerned authorities.

When you reach the Hyderabad terminal gate, face recognition technology will identify you and all your details will be shared on the screen. The security personnel at the gate will access all your information via the system.

Similarly, your details can be accessed by the security personnel at the check-in counter, security check-in. Once the formalities are done, passengers will get an online boarding pass on their mobile phone.

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Maruti all-new WagonR 2019 available for booking at Rs 11,000

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New Delhi: Country’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India on Monday said that its all-new WagonR is available for booking starting.

Customers can book the 3rd generation WagonR at authorized dealer network across the country by paying Rs 11,000. They can also book the car online.

The New WagonR is powered by the advanced K-series engine offering high fuel efficiency and an unmatched driving experience, Maruti said. The car now comes with a new 1.2 L engine option that delivers powerful and impressive performance coupled with great fuel economy. Customers will also have the choice of 1.0 L engine for the all-new WagonR.

 

Maruti Suzuki’s acclaimed two pedal technology will also be offered in the new WagonR. The Auto Gear Shift (AGS) offers. Maruti said that for the first it is going to offer the most innovative SmartPlay Studio infotainment experience in the Big New WagonR.

The car will be available in Pearl Poolside Blue, Pearl Nutmeg Brown, Magma Grey, Pearl Autumn Orange, Silky Silver and Superior White Range of variants. The Petrol: 1.0 L engine will be available in Lxi, Vxi / Vxi AGS variants while the Petrol: 1.2 L will be available in Vxi, Vxi AGS, Zxi / Zxi AGS variants.

“The new WagonR gets bigger with enhanced comfort. The car’s sturdy and masculine look with true tall boy design makes for a strong road presence. The Big New WagonR not only embodies strong looks but is also stronger inside out,” Maruti said in a release.

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