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Suven Life Science’s focussed approach on drug discovery in the central nervous system (CNS) is helping it make more headway than any other research company in the drug industry. Suven has recently secured a product patent for its new molecule SUVN-502 from India, Mexico, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea, Australia and Europe. SUVN-502 has completed phase I studies and is entering into phase II stage of clinical research. This molecule is a clinical candidate for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia and can corner a major market share in the $110-billion CNS therapy arena. Global CNS therapies include anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, anti-epileptic and auto-immune drugs accounting for $22.8 billion ($14.69 billion in 2004), $ 20.3 billion ($20.64 billion in 2004), $16.9 billion ($11.57 billion in 2004) and $15.9 billion ($ 6.7 billion in 2004) market size respectively in 2008.
 
The company spends around 25% of sales on drug discovery which is one of the highest among drug companies. Industy’s average R&D expenditure is around 4% of total sales. The company spent Rs 35 crore on drug research in 2008-09 including Rs 29 crore in recurring expenditure. The company is doing research in six CNS categories targeting conditions such as ADHD, dementia, depression, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and obesity.
- Dhruv Rathi [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 

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From Rajlakshmi to Kanya Suraksha: UTI learns its lessons
UTI Mutual Fund has a new scheme for the girl child - the Kanya Suraksha yojana scheme. But it has learnt from the Rajlakshmi scheme disaster and joined hands with the Bihar government this time

UTI Mutual Funds today marked the 'successful' completion of one year of the launch of its girl child scheme named Mukhya Mantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana. To many investors of Rajlakshmi, the fact that an offshoot of Unit Trust of India has dared to launch another scheme for the girl child would itself be a matter of great agitation. But there is a difference. This scheme for the girl child has been launched with the Bihar government chipping in with the initial investment. And unlike the Rajlakshmi scheme, which was launched in 1992 and discontinued in 2000, the returns are not an unrealistic 16% and more.
 
Under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana, the Government of Bihar contributes Rs2,000 for every girl child falling below the poverty line born on or after November 22, 2007. The benefits of the scheme are limited to two girls per family falling below the poverty line. The amount of Rs2,000 is invested by the Women Development Corporation, Patna, Bihar, on behalf the Government of Bihar in UTI-Children's Career Balanced Plan-Growth Option. On completion of 18 years the amount equal to the maturity value will be paid to the girl child. Mukhya Mantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana was launched by Government of Bihar, a year back, under its various activities for the welfare of the girl child.
 
U K Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, UTI Asset Management Company said, "Within a year the scheme has become the largest scheme of its kind in the country." 
 
In contrast, under the Rajlakshmi scheme, a minimum of Rs1,500 was to be deposited in the name of the girl child and the proceeds would be paid to the child on completion of 16-20 years of age. However, it was abruptly discontinued after the debacle of 2000, when UTI itself had to be bailed out with a huge infusion of tax-payer funds and investors had to be satisfied with a redemption amount.
 
The investment monolith of the 1980s and 1990s was then split into UTIMF and Special Undertaking -Unit Trust of India. 
 
The Rajlakshmi scheme too, had received a very good response from the investors initially. UTI's website then mentioned that the Rajlakshmi scheme, launched in 1992, offered an implicit return of 16.16% to 16.75% based on estimated returns available from capital market instruments then. What it probably means is that its expert fund managers made all the wrong assumptions in 1992 when they believed that high interest rates and a buoyant capital market would last forever.
 
UTI also had to face legal cases filed by investors after the discontinuation of the scheme. However, UTI was cleared of all the 50 odd legal cases in 2002. UTI had around 12.5 lakh investors for that particular scheme
- Amritha Pillay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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COMMENTS

mahesh chandra sharma

4 years ago

i purched Rajlaxmi certificate for my girl child VIDHI but i have lost original certificate and no record is with me can you help me about thia how can i go

lakshman prasad

5 years ago

I purchase UNIT TRUST OF INDIA (RAJ LAKSHI UNIT SCHEME)
Number Of Units: 500 units
Name Of Unit Holder : Rubi Kumari
Name of Applicant : Kishun Mahto,c/o bisheshwar Prasad,Touring veterinary officer, markacho,
Dist: koderma( Jharkhand)
Certificate no.R932057005664 issuing in Jamsedpur Office Jharkhand
Dated : 04/01/1993
e-mail: [email protected]
Dear Sir/Madam,
I have taken a UTI Rajalakshmi 500 UNITS in 1993 for Rs 5, 000 under my daughter name Miss RUBI KUMAR and its maturing on 04-01-2010.The Maturity Amount is Rs 65, 000.
Kindly let me know where I Can submit my Cert of 500 Units and collect the maturity amount.
Appreciate your reply in this regard...09810305746 mail id [email protected]

kishun mahto

5 years ago

i have purchase uti RAJ LAKSHMI UNIT YOJNA in year 1993

unit certificate no. R932057005664

please tell status

madhukar rasane

6 years ago

respt sir,
plesce mumbai address is rajlaxmi kanya surkhsya uti & phone no.

than you,
m.rasane

GOPAL LAL PANCHAL

6 years ago

POLICY NO.R944037016805 KA BHUGTAN AAJ TAK NAHI HUA HAI.

Gopal lal panchal

6 years ago

my policy no.R944037016805 Macurity in 22.11.2009 ka bhugtan aaj tk prapt nahi hua hai.

Real estate developers jack up prices despite a pile-up of inventories
Despite a much improved market scenario, real estate inventories are piling up with builders. Undeterred, they are launching new projects. In the second quarter of this financial year (Q2 FY10) inventories have gone up by 20%. Last quarter (Q1 FY10) the inventories in six cities (Mumbai, NCR Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad) were a total of 2,82,999 units.
 
“From October onwards you will again see a drop in price of properties by 15%-20% as the developers have lot of inventories logged up. On top of that, they are increasing prices, encouraged by a more buoyant market,” said Pankaj Kapoor, founder and chief executive officer, Liases Foras, a property research firm.
 
In Mumbai as many as 68,000 units are unsold. In NCR Delhi it is 70,000 units, Bengaluru has 48,000 unsold units, Pune has 44,000 unsold units, Chennai has unsold units of 21,000 and Hyderabad has 31,999 unsold units.
 
Thanks to a slight recovery in the real estate sector, most of the builders increased prices by 10%-20% which has subdued sales. “In Pune, around 200 new projects have been further launched between June 2009–September 2009. We are foreseeing the same kind of situation across the six cities,” said Mr Kapoor.
 
During Dushera to Diwali most of the developers launch new projects. The inventories are increasing sharply and to reduce the inventories, the developers have to cut down on the prices and make their properties more affordable for the masses.
 
In Mumbai, properties beyond Borivali, were selling at Rs 2,000 per sq ft. The left-over properties are now priced at Rs 2,800 per sq ft. In central Mumbai properties sold at Rs 13,475 per sq ft, but the left-over properties are now priced at Rs 24,950 per sq ft. “Until developers do not bring down prices, properties are not going to sell,” said Mr Kapoor.
- Pallabika Ganguly [email protected]
 

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