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Banks can open administration office in large cities sans RBI permission

RBI allowed banks to open to open offices exclusively performing administrative and controlling functions in Tier-I centres without obtaining permission from the central bank

Mumbai: Banks need not seek permission of the Reserve Bank of India to open administrative offices in large cities (Tier-I), reports PTI.

 

"With a view to further increasing operational flexibility of banks, it has been decided to permit domestic scheduled commercial banks (other than RRBs) to open offices exclusively performing administrative and controlling functions in Tier-I centres without the need to obtain prior permission," it said in notification today.

 

Currently, banks (excluding RRBs) are permitted to open branches in Tier-II to Tier-VI centres (with population less than 100,000) and in rural, semi-urban and urban centres in north-eastern states and Sikkim without seeking its permission.

 

In its second quarter Monetary Policy 2012-13 in mid-October, RBI had proposed to permit banks to open offices in Tier-I centres as well.

 

RBI, however, said the permission granted would be subject to regulatory and supervisory comfort and it would have the option to withhold permissions granted on a case-to-case basis.

 

Though, the apex bank made it clear that opening of branches including Central Processing Centres (CPCs)/ Service Branches by banks in tier I centres (with population of 100,000 and above) will continue to require its prior permission.

 

In a separate notification, RBI asked the banks to strictly adhere to the policy and guidelines for hiring of premises on lease or rental basis in metropolitan, urban, semi-urban and rural areas.

 

"It has been observed in certain cases that banks have not complied with the ... instructions while acquiring premises for their branches causing avoidable inconvenience to customers and possible reputation risk to the banks," it said.

 

Banks are required to formulate guidelines for acquiring premises on lease or rental basis including delegation of power at various levels.

 

As well they are required to ensure that the location of the branch complies with the local norms, laws of Municipal Corporation, Nagar Palika, town area authority, village panchayat or any other competent authority.

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UBS trader who lost $2.3 billion jailed for seven years

In a bid to boost his bonuses and chances of promotion, Ghanaian-born trader Kweku Adoboli exceeded his trading limits, failed to hedge trades and faked records to cover his tracks during 2008 and 2011

London: UBS trader Kweku Adoboli, who gambled away $2.3 billion of the Swiss bank's money, was jailed for seven years in London for Britain's biggest-ever fraud, reports PTI.

 

The Ghanaian-born banker, 32, had been found guilty of two counts of fraud by a jury at Southwark Crown Court earlier today but cleared of four charges of false accounting.

 

"There is a strong streak of the gambler in you," judge Brian Keith told Adoboli as he sentenced him. "You were arrogant to think the bank's rules for traders did not apply to you.

 

"The tragedy for you is that you had everything going for you.

 

"Your fall from grace as a result of these convictions is spectacular."

 

The judge said Adoboli would serve half his sentence before being released on licence.

 

Adoboli wiped away tears as he was sentenced. He had admitted the losses but denied any wrongdoing.

 

During the two-month trial he claimed senior managers were fully aware of his activities and encouraged him to take risks to make profits for UBS.

 

But prosecutors said that in a bid to boost his bonuses and chances of promotion, Adoboli exceeded his trading limits, failed to hedge trades and faked records to cover his tracks between 2008 and 2011.

 

The tactics initially paid off -- prosecutors said he earned $90 million for UBS and its clients by May 2011 and the bank rewarded him with huge bonus increases, rising from $23,887 in 2008 to $3,98,125 in 2010.

 

But as the financial crisis took hold, Adoboli's deals went bad. The court heard had that at one point he was at risk of causing the bank losses of $12 billion.

 

"The amount of money involved was staggering, impacting hugely on the bank but also on their employees, shareholders and investors," said Andrew Penhale, deputy head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service.

 

"This was not a victimless crime."

 

A UBS spokesman said: "We are glad that the criminal proceedings have reached a conclusion and thank the police and the UK authorities for their professional handling of this case. We have no further comment."

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Subbrao urges Government to spend more on productive purposes

If the government borrows and consumes that money, the pressure of spending is on us and the pain of repayment of that loan is on our children's generation says the RBI governor

Mumbai: Highlighting the need for government spending on productive purposes, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao has said future generations should not pay the price for the high borrowing of today, reports PTI.

 

"Government borrowing is not necessarily bad, but if the government borrows and consumes, that is bad," Subbarao said, addressing the AD Shroff memorial lecture.

 

The government should rather focus on investing in productive sectors like infrastructure and ports, he said.

 

"If the government borrows and consumes that money, the pressure of spending is on us (and) the pain of repayment of that loan is on our children's generation."

 

On the issue of reserve currencies, he hinted at the US dollar continuing to hold the dominant position, stating the euro has "failed" to live up to the expectations.

 

Subbarao called upon emerging market economies like India to build greater currency chests for stability.

 

Speaking on global imbalances, he said the imbalances today do not arise from China as was the case in the days leading up to the 2008 crisis, but from oil exporting nations like Russia.

 

The RBI chief reiterated the need to change the structure of the IMF, which he said, reflects the economic realities of the 1960s.

 

He said there was a request by India to start a dollar swap facility with the US, but Washington had reservations as our capital account is not fully convertible.

 

India made the request during the visit of US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke here last month, Subbarao said, adding America is yet to convey a final decision on the matter.

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COMMENTS

M G WARRIER

4 years ago

These simple things-that borrowed money should be used only for productive uses or for reducing debt, windfall gains should not be plundered but saved for emergencies or meeting unplanned but unavoidable large expenses, there should be overall austeity if inflation has to be tamed and so on-need to be whispered in the ears of government and the rich who think that they are sitting on the pile of cash which they have 'earnt' and can spend in the manner they deem fit and borrow for 'investment'-by people whom government will listen. Though in a defiant mood the listener will refuse to listen and threaten to 'walk alone' such whispers will work.

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