Jung rejects Kejriwal's recommendation to dissolve Delhi assembly
The Delhi LG’s move keeps the option open for any political party or a combination of parties to try to form a government in future
Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is understood to have suggested imposition of President’s rule by keeping the legislature under suspended animation. He also rejected the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s recommendation for dissolution of the Delhi Assembly. 
In a report to the Centre, Jung did not favour dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly as recommended by Kejriwal when the ministers met Friday night and decided to quit.
The LG’s move keeps the option open for any political party or a combination of parties to try to form a government in future.
According to sources, Jung has conveyed to the Centre that the national capital be brought under a spell of President’s rule as no party is now in a position to form an alternative government.
The final call on the LG’s recommendation will be taken by the Centre.
Home Ministry officials said they would take the opinion of the Law Ministry and place all the facts before the Union Cabinet for the final decision.
The Assembly elections late last year had given a split verdict with no political party getting absolute majority. The AAP led by Kejriwal formed the government in December with Congress support.
The AAP government resigned Friday after it suffered a defeat on the Janlokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly and recommended fresh election by dissolving the House.
The LG has also sent, along with his report, the resignation letter of Mr Kejriwal. The letter would be forwarded to the President for its acceptance.
Officials said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is away in Maharashtra, has been briefed about the LG’s report.




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Nokia says Indian tax case not expected to affect deal with Microsoft
Nokia said the recent developments in India about the Rs21,153 crore tax liability case is not expected to affect its $7.2 billion deal with Microsoft
Finnish Nokia said the recent developments in the Rs21,153-crore tax liability case in India is not expected to affect the timing or closing of its deal with software giant Microsoft.
“Nokia would like to stress that recent developments in India related to ongoing tax proceedings are not expected to affect the timing of the closing nor the material deal terms of the anticipated transaction between Nokia and Microsoft, announced on 3 September 2013,” Nokia said in a statement.
Last year in September, Microsoft announced that it would buy almost all of the Devices and Services business of Nokia for $7.2 billion.
Nokia said: “The transaction is still expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, irrespective of the proceedings in the Indian tax case.”
Earlier this week, Nokia’s chairman and interim chief executive Risto Siilasmaa met Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma at Chennai. 
After the meeting, Siilasmaa said, “We are concerned about the jobs at stake at the Chennai factory. We are not planning to cut jobs in the Chennai factory but the question is whether we are allowed to transfer the factory to Microsoft.”
Nokia's Chennai-based facility, which is among assets to be transferred to Microsoft, would have to be shut down if the tax issue is not resolved.
“If we are not allowed to transfer, we will have a factory but no business. And if we don’t have a business, we can’t manufacture anything in the factory. And that would be detrimental to our employees and we care for them,” he said.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device business includes the Chennai plant, which makes mobile handsets. According to the latest data, the factory employs about 8,000 people, 20% of them women, and about 30,000 sub-contractors.
The Income Tax Department had slapped a notice on Nokia’s Indian subsidiary and froze its assets, including the Chennai factory, for violating withholding tax norms since 2006 while making royalty payments to the parent company.
While a court lifted the freeze on Nokia’s assets, paving the way for their sale to Microsoft, the tax dispute remains unresolved.


Sensex, Nifty to move sideways: Weekly market report

The Indian stock market is looking for a direction since last week’s decline and it did not carry too far

We had mentioned in last week’s closing report this downtrend may start soon in the later part of this week. On Thursday, the indices witnessed a major plunge. Sensex closed at its lowest since 8 October 2013. However, on Friday, the benchmark made a quick recovery by the end of the session. The BSE Sensex closed the week that ended on 14th February, at 20,366.82 (down 10 points or 0.05%), while the NSE Nifty closed at 6,048.35 (down 15 points or 0.24%) for the week.


After a volatile session on Monday, Nifty ended in the negative after three days of positive move. Nifty closed at 6,053 (down 10 points or 0.16%). A survey showed that business activity across emerging markets expanded in January at the slowest pace in four months, dragged down by sluggish services sectors. HSBC's composite emerging markets index of manufacturing and services purchasing managers' surveys slipped for the second month running to 51.4 in January. It stayed under the 2013 average of 51.7 and well below the score of 64.1 posted last January.


Last Friday, back in US, the data showed that payrolls rose less than projected in January and the jobless rate unexpectedly dropped to the lowest level in more than five years.


Nifty could manage to cover up its Monday’s loss on Tuesday. Nifty closed at 6,063 (up 9 points or 0.15%). However, the bulls seemed less confident with the market awaiting global cues for further direction. India's trade deficit narrowed to $9.92 billion in January 2014, from $10.14 billion in December 2013.


Nifty closed at 6,084 (up 21 points or 0.35%) on Wednesday on the back of upbeat data from China where in the country's trade surplus widened to $31.86 billion and Janet Yellen, in her first public comments since taking over for Ben Bernanke said that she supports Bernanke's view that the economy is strengthening enough to withstand a pullback in the Fed's stimulus. The House of Representatives voted to suspend the US debt limit until March 2015, giving a win to President and Democrats in Congress who insisted that the ceiling be lifted without conditions.


After the market hours, on Wednesday, the government unveiled the data on inflation based on the combined consumer price index for urban and rural India for January 2014 eased more than anticipated to a 24-month low of 8.79% in January, helped by moderating food prices.


In spite of the favourable inflation data on Wednesday, market was pulled down on Thursday. Nifty closed at 6,001 (down 83 points or 1.36%).


Standard Chartered Bank estimates that the government will announce on Monday gross borrowing for 2014-15 of Rs5.8 trillion to Rs6 trillion, based on the government's fiscal deficit target of 4.2% of GDP. A United Nations report said that the government is unlikely to meet the fiscal deficit target of 4.8% of the GDP in the current fiscal due to low growth and high subsidies.


On Friday, inflation based on the wholesale price index provisionally rose 5.05% in January 2014 as compared to 6.16% (provisional) for December 2013 and 7.31% in January 2013. On global front, on one hand receipts at US retailers declined 0.4% in January and the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose by 8,000 to 339,000 in the week ended 8 February while on the other hand Growth in Germany, France and the Netherlands beat economists’ estimates. Nifty closed at 6,048 (up 47 points or 0.79%).


For the week, among the other indices on the NSE, the top two performers were IT (2%) and Auto (2%) while the worst two performers were Media (4%) and PSU Bank (3%).


Among the Nifty stocks, the top five stocks for the week were Tata Motors (8%); HCL Technologies (7%); D L F (5%); ICICI Bank (3%) and ONGC (3%) while the top five losers were Cipla (10%); Ambuja Cements (7%); Hindalco Industries (6%); Bajaj Auto (5%) and BHEL (5%).


Of the 1,350 companies on the NSE, 443 companies closed in the green, 858 companies closed in the red, while 49 companies closed flat.


Out of the 27 main sectors tracked by Moneylife, top five and the bottom five sectors for this week were:


Top ML sectors   Worst ML sectors  
Hotels 3% Media -4%
Auto Components 2% Cement -4%
Software & IT Services 2% Textiles -4%
Auto 1% Telecom Services -3%
Consumer Durables 1% Chemicals -3%



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