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Expect India to be 3rd-biggest car market by 2020: Suzuki

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Geneva, Mar 12 : Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) expects India to grow into the third-biggest car market in the world by 2020 and is “determined” to play a big part in that growth.

The company, whose arm Maruti Suzuki India commands nearly 50 per cent of the passenger vehicle market in the country, has already started operations at its new plant in Gujarat as part of the plan to raise its total production to 2 million units by 2020.

“India is expected to grow into the third-biggest car market in the world by 2020 and we are determined to play a big part in that growth,” said Kinji Saito, Executive General Manager and Managing Officer (Global Automotive Operations), Suzuki Motor Corporation, at the Geneva Motor Show here.

He said that in India, Suzuki has been the market leader for decades, with nearly 50 per cent share.

The company plans to introduce more new products in India even as it gears up to meet additional demand by increasing its production capacity.

“In fact, we started operations at a new plant last month on the way to increasing our total capacity in India to two million units,” Saito added.

The Gujarat plant is envisaged to have an installed capacity of 7.5 lakh units annually. MSI’s two units at Gurugram, earlier known as Gurgaon, and Manesar have a total production capacity of 1.5 million units annually.

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is accelerating product introductions with an eye to strengthen its hold in the Indian market. As part of its 2020 target, the company had earlier said it would bring in 15 models by then.

In the next fiscal, MSI plans to introduce four new products. It has has been bringing about two new products each year in the past couple of years.

The company will launch the all-new third generation Swift, which was unveiled here, in India in the spring of 2018. It is also gearing up for the upgraded version of its premium crossover S-Cross later this year.

In April to February this fiscal, MSI has sold around 13 lakh units.

Globally, SMC sold 2.9 million units 2016, Saito said.

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Tata, GE comes together to manufacture jet engine components

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Mumbai, Dec 14: Industrial conglomerates GE and the Tata Group have joined hands to manufacture “CFM International LEAP” engine components in India, for the global supply chain, a company statement said here on Thursday.

As per the statement, the two firms also evinced their intention to jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the Indian market, news agency IANS reported.

“We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defence manufacturing capabilities,” stated N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons.

“Tata group’s partnership with GE will help drive synergies in defence manufacturing and focus on innovation to support our armed forces,” he further added.

The strategic partnership indicates GE Aviation and Tata Sons’ subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), in a bid to join forces for “manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components” IANS reported.

Adding to this, a new Centre of Excellence (COE) will be built to develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing in India and establish related capabilities.

“Tata Group is a leader in the Indian defence and aerospace sector, and we look forward to working together to meet the growing demand for LEAP engines. Our collaboration in building innovative technologies will support the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Indian government,” said John L. Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE.

The “LEAP” is one of the world’s leading jet engines known for its technological superiority, efficient fuel consumption and performance for powering single-aisle commercial jets.

Traditionally, GE military engines have had a intense history in India. At present, the company provides jet engines and marine gas turbines for many Indian military applications including the Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas Mk 1, Indian Navy P-8I aircraft and the P-17 Shivalik class frigates.

While on the other hand, TASL is focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and security.

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Remove ‘bail-in’ clause in FRDA Bill: Assocham

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New Delhi, Dec 14 : Assocham on Thursday urged the government to remove a clause in the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDA) Bill that seeks to treat bank depositors as other creditors and shareholders for “bail-in”.

Assocham Secretary General D.S. Rawat said that in the Indian context, the concept of bail-in — especially by depositors — should be completely done away with and their money in the banks has to be protected at all costs.

“Otherwise, the trust in the banking system runs the risk of being eroded and the savings by the households would find way into unproductive avenues like real estate, gold, jewellery and even in unorganized and informal financial markets run by unscrupulous people,” said Rawat.

According to Assocham, panic has arisen among bank depositors largely due to “bail-in” clause in the Bill which was being tried for the first time in the Indian financial markets.

The industry body also sought the government’s assurance to protect depositors’ interest in case of a bank going down under. This should be clarified in the Bill, it said.

Rawat said middle class families, and especially pensioners and aged people, have no social security and thus bank deposits were the only financial security for their life-time savings.

“In any case, the rising cost of health, which is mostly available in the private sector, is hurting this class. Any move to copy the Western model of ‘bail-in’ must be avoided,” he added.

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Petroleum products could be taxed above GST: Bihar Deputy CM

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Even if petroleum products are brought under Goods and Service Tax regime, central and state governments will be free to levy taxes over and above the GST slabs, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said on Thursday.

“… I want to clarify one thing — in whichever country the petroleum products are part of the GST, they are in the highest tax slab, and the states and Centre are free to levy taxes over and above the GST rates. It is the case everywhere in the world,” said Modi, who is the Bihar Finance Minister and a member of the GST Council.

“People feel if petroleum products come under the GST, the highest tax will be 28 per cent. But since 40 per cent of the state and central revenues come from petroleum products, they will have the liberty to levy taxes over and above the GST rate,” Modi said at FICCI Annual General Meeting here.

He said the GST Council was discussing the issue of bringing electricity, real estate, and petroleum under the GST ambit in coming days.

The Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said that whenever the GST Council decided, petroleum products would become a part of the GST without any need for a constitutional amendment.

He said that revenue from petroleum products would not get reduced under the GST but “it would be around the same amount of taxation”.

“Yet, if they come under the GST, it will benefit the industry and the people,” Modi said.

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