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Companies must have policy to protect data against insider trading: KPMG Report

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New Delhi, March 9: As the investors’ confidence is on a rise in India, the companies must have a policy to manage unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI) to prevent insider trading, says a report.

“Companies must have a policy to manage UPSI and the risks emanating from its leakage. These policies should provide guidance in the form of procedures (to implement the policy) and should be audited on a periodic basis,” said Suveer Khanna, Partner-Forensic Services at KPMG in India.

Industry chamber ASSOCHAM and KPMG in India on Friday launched a paper titled “The ‘Insider’ threat — Safeguarding UPSI”.

“Due to the dynamic business scenario, the information flow of confidential data has become very fluid and in such an environment, data is frequently in transit. Companies should look at implementing good practices such as investing in the right technology to avoid data leakage,” said Sudesh Anand Shetty, Partner-Forensic Services, KPMG in India.

The report also suggested a few things that would help the companies keep its reputation intact by guarding against insider trading. It recommended investments in right technology, right processes and in people.

The equities market regulator — Securities and Exchange Board of India — has framed regulations such as SEBI Prohibition of Insider Trading Regulations (PIT), 2015, to combat the menace of trading in securities with the unfair advantage of having access to UPSI which when published could impact the price of securities in the market, it said.

The paper said Red flags identified, if any, from audits should be documented and steps must be taken to mitigate the risks.

A company has multiple applications installed with various data sources generating large and varied datasets. UPSI typically would consist of information which is confidential or is not public knowledge, which when disclosed to the public is likely to materially impact the performance of the company’s stocks, it said.

This report comes only a couple of days after the SEBI had directed Tata Motors to conduct an inquiry into the leakage of unpublished price sensitive information relating to financials prior to their official announcement in the stock exchanges.

The SEBI order comes after it probed the leakage of Tata Motors financial numbers for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 on Whatsapp groups ahead of its filing with the stock exchanges.

The report said ‘insider trading’ is an undesirable practice that breaches the fundamental principle of ‘information symmetry’ and tends to distort the market by creating unfair advantage in favour of those who profit on the basis of UPSI.

The report said securing UPSI and ensuring that the data does not fall in wrong hands is critical for a company to ensure continued investor confidence, preserving its own reputation and goodwill in the market.

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2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 launched in India at Rs 15.99 Lakh

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New Delhi, June 18: Ducati India has just launched the 2018 Multistrada 1260 in the country at Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Multistrada 1260 S has been priced at Rs 18.06 lakh (ex-showroom). Ducati India announced the launch through its social media on Tuesday.

The 1260 is the company’s flagship adventure-tourer and comes with a number of changes over the model it replaces. These updates include additional power, a revised chassis and new equipment.

The Multistrada gets a new 1,262cc, liquid-cooled, L-Twin motor. It produces 158hp at 9,500rpm, a 6hp increment over the 2017 Multistrada. Torque, too, has gone up by 1.5Nm, bringing the total up to 129.5Nm, which is delivered at 7,500rpm. The new engine features what Ducati calls Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT), which, combined with Desmo valve actuation, results in good low-end torque. This tech also helps make the engine Euro-IV emission norms compliant.

The DVT on the Ducati Multistrada 1260 combines variable timing with desmo valve actuation which delivers an ideal combination of horsepower, low-rpm torque as well as meets Euro-4 emission norms. The Multistrada 1260 DVT engine is now capable of 160 PS at 9,500 rpm and 129.4 Nm at 7,500 rpm. However, it now gets a very flat torque curve, delivering 85 percent of peak torque from as low as 3,500 rpm, something ADV riders will greatly appreciate.

Internationally, the Multistrada 1260 is available in four variants, the 1260, 1260 S, the S D|air and the Pikes Peak – the last two will only come to India later, if at all.

To make the most of the new engine, the chassis has been retuned as well. The steering rake has been increased from 24 to 25 degrees, adding 5 mm of trail, and the swingarm is 48 mm longer.

This takes the wheelbase to 1,585 mm from 1,530 mm on the earlier model. The longer wheelbase should be able to facilitate more comfortable riding and better stability. The Multistrada 1260 has 48 mm inverted forks up front and a rear shock by Sachs, both fully adjustable.

The 1260 S also receives a new high-definition colour TFT display, navigation, semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), as well as barrage of rider assist options including a vehicle hold control, as well as four riding modes – sport, touring, urban, and enduro.

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Weak global cues subdue equity indices; Sensex down over 200 points

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Mumbai, June 19: Weak global markets suppressed the key Indian equity indices on Tuesday afternoon with the benchmark 30-scrip Sensex of the BSE losing over 200 points so far.

Benchmark global markets were weighed down by signs of a resurgent trade war after US President Donald Trump on Monday reportedly threatened to impose tariffs on additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

According market analysts, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in auto, metal and consumer durable stocks.

At 1.16 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded at 10,719.10 points, down 80.75 points or 0.75 per cent from the previous close of 10,799.85 points.

Similarly, the BSE Sensex, which had opened at 35,552.47 points, traded at 35,312.50 points (1.17 p.m.) — down 235.76 points or 0.66 per cent — from its previous session’s close of 35,548.26 points.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,552.47 points and a low of 35,290.96. The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,859 declines and 598 advances so far.

The top gainers on the Sensex were ONGC, HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints and ITC whereas Vedanta, Tata Motors (DVR) and Bajaj Auto, Adani Ports and State Bank of India were the major losers.

On the NSE, Gail, Bajaj Finance and HDFC Bank were the highest gainers while Vedanta, Hindalco Industries and Indian Oil Corp lost the most.

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Chanda Kochhar goes on leave, ICICI names Sandeep Bakhshi as COO

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New Delhi, June 19:ICICI Bank appointed Sandeep Bakhshi, who heads the bank’s life insurance arm, as chief operating officer.

The board of directors of ICICI Bank allowed its CEO Chanda Kochhar to go on leave until a probe into her role in an alleged conflict of interest in sanctioning loans to the Videocon Group was completed.

Bakhshi, who was the deputy MD of ICICI Bank before he was made the group’s insurance head, would run the bank during the absence of Kochhar.

All executive directors on the board of ICICI Bank and the executive management will report to him, the bank said.

Monday’s statement said Kocchar will remain in her role as MD and CEO of ICICI Bank and Bakhshi will report to her.

Earlier in the day, shares of ICICI Bank rose as much as 4 per cent, amid reports of reshuffle of top management. The stock gained 3.61 per cent to settle at Rs 292.50 on BSE. In intra-day trade, it surged 4.10 per cent to Rs 293.90.

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