Bitcoin exchange First Meta's CEO found dead in Singapore

Autumn Radtke, CEO of First Meta, a virtual currency exchange has been found dead in her home in Singapore on 26th February


Autumn Radtke, the chief executive of First Meta, a virtual currency exchange has been found dead in her home in Singapore.


A police spokesman said there was no suspicion of “foul play” in the death of 28-year-old Radtke. The spokesman says Radtke, an American, was found dead in her home on 26th February.


First Meta, said it was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss. First Meta allowed users of virtual currencies such as bitcoin to trade and cash out the currencies.


The future of bitcoin has been under scrutiny since the collapse of the Mt Gox exchange in Tokyo last month.


Radtke had worked at other tech companies including Apple.


Kejriwal apologises for violent behaviour of AAP activists

While Kejriwal apologised for the violent behaviour of AAP activists, separately the Election Commission sent notice to the party


Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised for his party workers’ behaviour in Delhi and Lucknow while protesting his detention.


“It was going to happen...some of them retaliated after they were attacked. I apologise for their behaviour and I once again urge them to remain non-violent”, he told reporters in Gujarat in response to a query on the arrest of over a dozen AAP workers in Delhi.


The Election Commission has also written to the AAP today after receiving complaint from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


"We have received a notice asking to explain the protest outside the BJP office, however, there is no deadline to respond to the letter," said Deepak Bajpai, media coordinator of the party.


Bajpai said that the party will respond to the EC in appropriate time.


AAP workers had Wednesday clashed with activists of BJP outside the party headquarters in Delhi and Lucknow after Kejriwal’s car was damaged in Gujarat in retaliation to protests against his brief detention in the state.


Yesterday, Kejriwal, who began his four—day tour of Gujarat, was detained for alleged violation of the model code of conduct by travelling in a long carcade. Shortly later, he was allowed to go.


According to police sources, an FIR has been lodged at Parliament Street Police Station last night against the AAP protesters including leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi.


Charges of rioting, obstructing a public servant from performing his duty and damaging public property have been slapped against them.


AAP workers had stormed the BJP head office on Ashoka Road in central Delhi protesting against Kejriwal’s ‘detention’ in Radhanpur in North Gujarat where he had gone to “assess” the development claims made by CM Narendra Modi.


In Lucknow, workers of AAP, armed with brooms, had clashed with lathi—wielding activists of BJP and fought pitched street battles outside the BJP office on Vidhan Sabha Marg in protest against their chief’s detention.



shadi katyal

3 years ago

One wonders what will AAP do on election day at the booths. After all Kejeriwal calls himself an anarchist and his Law Minister along with him did show how much respect if any they have for Laws.
Indian political parties are run by MAFIA and Goondas and thus one sees all kinds of such lawlessness all over India.
The nation's Law and Order situation has detected over the years. WHY???

Will the current account deficit stability last?

Net capital inflows should be sufficient to finance the current account deficit so long as the medium-term growth outlook improves, says Nomura. However, other analysts feel the low current account deficit will not last.


As long as domestic demand remains weak, gold import curbs continue and a reasonable export recovery persists – of all which should hold in the coming months – the current account deficit should remain in check, forecasts Nomura in a research note.


Nomura expects the current account deficit to be 1.9% of GDP in FY14, before rising to 2.5%-3.0% of GDP in FY15 as gold curbs are removed and domestic growth starts to recover. Net capital inflows should be sufficient to finance the current account deficit so long as the medium-term growth outlook improves, which will crucially depend on the election outcome in May 2014, says Nomura.


The current account deficit (CAD) narrowed further to 0.8% of GDP (US$4.1bn) in Q4 2013 from 1.2% (US$5.2bn) in Q3 2013 and relative to 4.2% in H1 2013. The improvement in CAD in H2 2013 was largely owing to curbs on gold imports, stronger exports and weak domestic demand. Also, the net capital account swung into a surplus of US$23.8bn in Q4 from a deficit of US$5.4bn in Q3 on one-off accretion under the forex swap window.


Overall, the balance of payments (BoP) recorded a surplus of US$19.1bn in Q4, a sharp swing from the deficit in Q3, says the research note. The following table gives BoP data at a glance:



However, according to Anand Rathi (another brokerage house), the somewhat favourable position on the current account deficit is too good to last. In 3QFY14, gold-import restrictions helped India register the lowest current-account deficit in 19 quarters (0.9% of GDP). NRI-deposit mobilisation under the swap scheme boosted the capital account and overall BoP surplus to US$23.8 billion and US$19.8 billion, respectively. But that the capital-account surplus, however, may slip as NRI deposit flows are likely to ebb. Over the longer term, it expects India to maintain a yearly CAD of around US$60 billion.



The Anand Rathi research note has a final warning in its forecast on the rupee and the current account deficit: “We, however, feel that the structural weakness of India’s external account–large CAD financed by uncertain capital inflows–continues. Despite the strength of rupee in the recent past, we expect the currency to depreciate by around 6% to Rs65 to the US dollar in the next 12 months.”


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