Bhubaneswar-based ARSS Infrastructure Projects Ltd has received an order from RITES Ltd, Nagpur worth Rs114.49 crore.
The company is engaged in the business of construction activities in India. It undertakes construction of railway infrastructure, roads, highways, bridges and irrigation projects.
On Wednesday, ARSS Infrastructure's shares ended 5.02% up at Rs1,120 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.25% up at 16,657 points.
Aurionpro Solutions Ltd, through its wholly owned subsidiary E2E Infotech Ltd, has entered a global partner agreement with CameronTec.
Headquartered in Mumbai, Aurionpro Solutions is a leading banking products and services company and CameronTec is the financial industry's leading provider of financial information exchange (FIX) infrastructure and connectivity solutions. The terms of the agreement also give E2E Infotech Ltd specific CameronFIX reseller rights for the Middle East and India. This new alliance will bolster coverage in key emerging markets and complement core professional services for CameronFIX, the engine universally regarded as the reference standard for reliable, mature FIX applications. E2E Infotech Ltd is currently participating with large CameronFIX installations in Europe and Asia Pacific.
On Wednesday, Aurionpro Solutions' shares ended 1.65% down at Rs259 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.25% up at 16,657 points.
The insurance regulator says that commissions will facilitate the smooth distribution of insurance
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) chairman, J Hari Narayan, has come out in support of insurance agents and the commission given to them as he feels that it would bring about smooth functioning for the distribution of insurance.
"With the kind of sustained activity, which an insurance agent has to undertake, the number of times he has to meet a prospect before a sale can be concluded and the kind of post-sales service that he has to provide for the insurance holder, a commission-based model is necessary. The remuneration (to agents) is not excessive; there cannot be a lower cost method for distribution," said Mr Narayan at the launch of the Insurance Institute of India in Mumbai on Tuesday. The Institute will act as an educational service provider for all insurers across the country.
"I am happy to say that if you have a look at the total commissions paid to the agents in the insurance industry in proportion to the total premium, it's a little over 7%," Mr Narayan said.
There has been a view that Unit-linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) should be sold on a fee-based model and not a commission-based model. The argument says that ULIPs overcharge consumers through the commission-based model. According to IRDA rules, agents are allowed a commission of nearly 40% of the premium of a particular ULIP in the first year.
Insurers have also claimed that ULIPs-80% of which are sold in rural and semi-urban parts of India-are mainly marketed on the basis of the relationship that an agent has with the prospective buyer.
Unlike mutual funds and pension funds, which are no-load products, ULIPs continue to charge high commissions. In August last year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had removed entry loads on mutual funds.
Mr Narayan's stance on the issue appears to have the support of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, as well. At the same event, Mr Mukherjee commended the role of intermediaries, especially agents in the insurance sector, who contribute in ensuring that insurance products reach everyone in the country.
"With a force of around 30 lakh agents, it is a matter of pride that the insurance industry is perhaps the only financial services arm that reaches out to almost all the villages in this country. This is also borne out by the fact that 25% of the life policies i.e. approximately 1.5 crore policies every year are sold in rural areas," Mr Mukherjee said.
However, he also said that the industry has a long way to go and further needs to increase the penetration of insurance. He said, "With rising incomes in the country, the need for insurance is bound to rise and provides opportunity for the insurance industry to tap this growing need and provide insurance cover, both life and non-life, to the large masses of this country. I am sure the industry will rise to the occasion."
The entire spat between SEBI and IRDA in regard to regulation and commission fees broke out in early April when the market watchdog banned 14 life insurance companies from issuing ULIPs that heavily invested in stocks and bonds. On the next day, IRDA asked life insurers to go about their daily business. The two regulators are yet to see eye-to-eye on regulating ULIPs.
As the stalemate continued, the finance ministry directed both the regulators to jointly seek a legally-binding order from an appropriate court over the jurisdiction of ULIPs. The market watchdog has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for transferring various petitions against ULIPs. The issue of jurisdiction is obliquely referred to in these petitions.
The Insurance Institute of India, formerly known as the Federation of Insurance Institutes (JC Setalvad Memorial), was established in 1955 for the purpose of promoting insurance education and training in the country.
Mr Narayan said that the entity established in 1955 had given more than a crore insurance advisors to the country, which has been fundamental for the growth of the industry.
"The institute has provided the management cadre for most of the insurance industry," Mr Narayan added.