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SEBI directs FHL, Fortis to recover Rs 403 cr from Malvinder, Shivinder with due interest

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Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has directed Fortis Healthcare (FHL) and Fortis Hospitals (FHsL) to recover Rs 403 crore along with due interest from Malvinder Mohan Singh, Shivinder Mohan Singh and other entities within three months.

The development comes after FHL and FHsL approached the regualtor on its earlier “ad-interim ex-parte” order in the matter of Fortis Healthcare passed on October 17, 2018.

In its interim order posted on the SEBI website on Friday, the regulator said: “FHL and AFHsL shall take all necessary steps to recover the above mentioned amount of Rs 403 crore (approx.) along with due interest from Noticee nos 3 to 11, within three months from the date of the ‘Interim Order’.”

“The Noticee nos. 3 to 11 shall, jointly and severally, repay the above mentioned amount of Rs 403 crore (approx.) along with due interest to FHsL, within three months from the date of the ‘Interim Order’.”

In addition, Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh have been directed not to associate themselves with the affairs of FHL and FHsL in any manner whatsoever, till further directions.

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Sensex, Nifty end flat; healthcare stocks fall 2%

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Mumbai, jan 18: Mixed global cues, weakness in the Indian currency and heavy selling in the healthcare and finance stocks dragged the key equity indices on Friday, with Sensex and Nifty ending flat with a positive bias.

BSE Healthcare index tanked 2 per cent, while telecom scrips also witnessed heavy selling pressure, losing over 3 per cent.

The BSE Sensex closed higher 12.53 points, or 0.03 per cent, after touching a high of 36,469.98 and a low of 36,218.33 points.

The benchmark index opened higher on Friday, at 36,417.58 points from its previous close of 36,374.08.

The broader Nifty50 also ended in the green, up by a meagre 4.80 points, or 0.04 per cent.

Stocks-wise, Sun Pharma ended up as the top loser on Sensex. The scrip price declined to Rs 390.50 apiece, losing Rs 36.65, or 8.58 per cent, from its previous close of Rs 427.15.

The pharmaceutical major had tanked over 12 per cent at one point after reports of a complaint by a whistleblower against the company.

Other major losers on Sensex were Bharti Airtel, which slipped over 6 per cent, followed by Larsen and Tubro, Axis Bank and Yes Bank, all of which closed lower in the range of 1 to 2 per cent.

In contrast, the top gainer among the 30 scrips on Sensex were Reliance Industries, which jumped over 4 per cent following its healthy quarterly results on Thursday.

In was followed by Kotak Mahindra, HCL Tech, ONGC and Asian Paints, all of which gained up to 1.50 per cent.

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Doing business in India now easier, cheaper, faster: PM Modi

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Gandhinagar, Jan 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his government had made doing business in India easier, cheaper, faster and smarter with his term accounting for almost 45 per cent of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that the country received in the last 18 years.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 here, he said India was now one of the most open countries for FDI with over 90 per cent approvals put on the automatic route.

“In the last four years, we have received FDI worth $263 billion. This is 45 per cent of the FDI received in last 18 years,” Modi told the gathering.

He said India was among the top 10 FDI destinations.

Modi, who is on a three-day visit to his home state to throw open his pet biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, said the India of today was a land of “immense opportunities” being the only place that offered democracy, demography and demand.

“Fifty cities in India are ready to build metro rail systems. We have to build 50 million houses. The requirement of road, rail and waterways is enormous. We want world class technologies to achieve our goal in a faster and cleaner way. India is thus, a land of immense opportunities.” he said.

The Prime Minister said the challenge for India, as in most emerging economies, was to grow horizontally as well as vertically to ensure that the benefits of development spread to regions and communities that have lagged behind while also meeting enhanced expectations in terms of quality of life, quality of services and quality of infrastructure.

“We are well aware that our achievements, here in India, will directly impact one sixth of humanity.”

Modi said his government had removed the barriers which were preventing India from achieving its full potential and now it was ready for business like never before.

The government has made doing business easier. cheaper, faster and smarter, he said.

“In the last four years, we have jumped 65 places in the global ranking of World Bank’s Doing Business Report. From 142 in 2014 to 77 now, but we are still not satisfied. I have asked my team to work harder so that India is in the top 50 next year.

“We have also made doing business cheaper. The historic implementation of Goods and Services Tax and other measures of simplification and consolidation of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient.

“We have also made doing business faster through digital processes, online transactions and single point inter-faces,” he said.

He said his government had made doing business smarter by insisting on IT based transactions and digital payments including direct transfer of government benefits.

Modi added that he understood that being a young nation, India needs to create job opportunities and better infrastructure, which are both linked with investments.

“Therefore, in recent years, there has been unprecedented focus on manufacturing and infrastructure,” he said.

Listing the achievements of his government, he said for the first time, India had become a net exporter of electricity, had installed transmission lines at an unprecedented pace and had doubled the speed of road construction with rural road connectivity now at 90 per cent.

“At 7.3 per cent, the average GDP growth, over the entire term of our government, has been the highest of any Indian government since 1991. At the same time,the rate of inflation at 4.6 per cent is the lowest for any Indian government since 1991, when India began its process of liberalisation,” he said.

Modi had conceptualised the summit as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2003 to position the state as an ideal investment destination after the 2002 riots.

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New Delhi, Jan 17 While concerns of liquidity, coupled with declining inflation, may have prompted the industry to expect a rate cut in RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting from February 7, fears of fiscal slippage may turn out to be a spoiler, a report said.

“There is a high likelihood of a change in RBI stance from ‘calibrated tightening’ to ‘neutral’ with a possible rate cut in the next MPC meeting. Fiscal slippage, however, continues to be a risk for rate cut,” JM Financial said in its report on Thursday.

Though the government maintains confidence in meeting the 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit target for this fiscal, the deficit in the first eight months till November stands at Rs 7.17 lakh crore, or 114.8 per cent of the Rs 6.24 lakh crore full year’s target.

Ahead of the RBI’s monetary policy review, India Inc on Thursday urged the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut its interest rate and the cash reserve ratio (CRR) to infuse liquidity in the economy and boost growth.

In a meeting with RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, who will preside over his first MPC meeting on February 7, leading industry chambers also suggested various measures to ease the ongoing liquidity crunch and reduce the high cost of credit.

JM Financial has predicted that CPI inflation over the next three months to inch up from the current levels, but will remain in the range of RBI’s forecast, which is 2.7 per cent to 3.2 per cent.

The double digit food inflation during 2008-14 was tamed to mid-single digits over the last four years owing to easing agri-imports in a declining global agri-commodity price environment and steady yield improvements, it said.

The report, however, mentioned that in the last three months, food inflation has turned negative and that its study indicates a build-up of excess supply in several food categories (pulses, fruits and vegetables, sugar, milk etc.) exerting price pressure.

“Liquidity challenges have also adversely impacted economic activity, as per our channel checks,” it added.

The report also takes note of liquidity challenges in the rural economy saying the low food inflation does have calming impact on the overall inflation, but a sustained low inflation regime can also lead to adverse impact on rural income and can be a cause of social unrest, it warns.

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