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Katju demands action against Mumbai police

The Press Council chief has warned legal consequences to Maharashtra chief minister if he fails to act

New Delhi: Markandey Katju, chief of the Press Council of India (PCI) on Monday demanded 'immediate' action against police personnel for reportedly arresting a woman in Mumbai protesting the shutdown in the city on social networking site Facebook following the demise of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray , reports PTI.


In an e-mail to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, he warned of "legal consequences" if the CM failed to act.


"I will deem it that you as CM are unable to run the state in a democratic manner as envisaged by the Constitution to which you have taken oath and then legal consequences will follow," Katju said.


He demanded that the Chavan immediately order suspension, arrest, chargesheeting and criminal prosecution of the police personnel responsible for arresting the women allegedly on the ground of hurting sentiments.


"To my mind it is absurd to say that protesting against the bandh hurts religious sentiments. Under Article 19 of our Constitution, freedom of speech is guaranteed fundamental right. We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship.


"In fact, this arrest itself appears to be a criminal act since under sections 341 and 342, it is a crime to wrongfully arrest or wrongfully confine someone who has committed no crime," he said.


JP Morgan invests Rs530 crore in IL&FS road arm in Andhra Pradesh

JP Morgan invested Rs530 crore in Andhra Pradesh Express, a SPV of IL&FS Transportation Networks by subscribing to a bond issue

Mumbai: Capital market investor JP Morgan has invested Rs530 crore in Andhra Pradesh Expressway, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) floated by IL&FS Transportation Networks, by subscribing to a bond issue, reports PTI.


The issue is important as this is the first such bond sale in two years and first instance of a private capital market investor investing in the bonds of an infrastructure SPV, said JP Morgan, which was the sole book-runner and structuring advisor to the issue.


JP Morgan also said the bonds were partly distributed to domestic mutual funds.


Andhra Pradesh Expressway owns a concession for 74.6 km stretch on the NH 7, from the Kotakatta Bypass to Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.


The non-convertible debenture (NCD) sale, which took place on 8th November, consisted of listed, rated and secured bonds, according to JP Morgan.


IL&FS could not be reached for comments.


The project was awarded to Andhra Pradesh Expressway in 2006 and was commissioned in 2009.


Under the concession agreement, the company is entitled to receive an annuity amount on a semi-annual basis from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) during concession period.


The bonds, which carry AAA ratings by Icra and India Ratings, are structured in the form of seven tranche series having staggered maturity with the final tranche maturing at the end of 13 years.


BSE Sensex, Nifty in a sideways move: Monday Closing Report

Close on the Nifty above today’s high may lead to a short rally

Remaining listless for a major part of the trading session, the market closed flat with a mixed bias as investors await the Winter Session of Parliament, later this week, which could decide the fate of the recently announced reforms by the UPA government.


The Nifty made an intra day high of 5,593, which was the lowest since 21 September 2012. Although the Nifty made a lower low and a lower high today, it managed to close at almost the same level as on Friday. A close on the Nifty above today’s high may lead to a short rally. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw volume of 56.74 crore shares and an advance decline ratio of 565:1329.


The Indian market opened marginally higher tracking its Asian peers which were in the green as US policymakers held initial talks on Friday to look at ways to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.


The Nifty opened three points up at 5,577 and the Sensex resumed trade at 18,350, a gain of 41 points over its previous close. Support from IT, banking and telecom stocks lifted the benchmarks to their intraday high in initial trade itself. At this point the Nifty touched 5,593 and the Sensex went up to 18,387.


However, the indices could not maintain the gains and entered the negative terrain around 9.40am. Subsequently the market moved sideways amid choppy trade which saw the indices hovering on both sides of their previous close.


The market was listless in the noon session the absence of any positive triggers. The benchmarks fell to their intraday lows a little after 1.45pm despite a positive opening of the European bourses. At the lows, the Nifty was down to 5,549 and the Sensex went back to 18,246.


The market closed flat with a mixed bias despite positive global cues. While the Sensex snapped its six-day losing streak gaining 30 points to 18,339, the Nifty closed at 5,571, up three points over its previous close.


Underperforming the Sensex, which settled marginally higher, the broader markets settled in the negative. The BSE Mid-cap index dropped 0.89% and the BSE Small-cap index declined 0.85%.


The sectoral gainers were BSE Auto (up 1.04%); BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 0.87%); BSE TECk (up 0.06%) and BSE Realty (up 0.02%). The main losers were BSE Consumer Durables (down 1.14%); BSE Capital Goods (down 0.83%); BSE Healthcare (down 01.75%); BSE Metal (down 0.67%) and BSE PSU (down 0.36%).


Thirteen of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The top gainers were Maruti Suzuki (up 3.87%); Bharti Airtel (up 2.89%); ITC (up 2.70%); Bajaj Auto (up 2.23%) and Mahindra & Mahindra (up1.60%). The key losers were Tata Power (down 2.52%); TCS (down 1.90%); Tata Steel (down 1.61%); HDFC (down 1.23%) and Larsen & Toubro (down 1.22%). 


The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—Maruti Suzuki (up 3.87%) and AstraZeneca Pharma India (up 3.21%).

The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—L&T Finance Holdings (down 9.58%) and Tata Global Beverages (down 5.48%).


The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Vandana Knitwear (up 20%) and Essar Securities (up 19.92%).

The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Sujana Universal Industries (down 18.80%) and Lawreshwer Polymers (down 12.99%).


Out of the 50 stocks listed on the Nifty, 19 stocks settled in the positive. The major gainers were Maruti Suzuki (up 4.05%); Bharti Airtel (up 3.19%); ITC (up 2.64%); Bajaj Auto (up 2.01%) and Hero MotoCorp (up 1.75%).


Markets in Asia closed mostly higher on news that president Barack Obama will hold talks with congressional leaders next week in a bid to find solutions to the budget crisis. Besides, speculations of monetary easing by the Bank of Japan also boosted investor sentiment.


The shanghai Composite rose 0.11%; the Hang Seng advanced 0.49%; the Nikkei 225 surged 1.43%; the Straits Times gained 0.18% and the Seoul Composite climbed 0.93%. On the other hand, the Jakarta Composite declined 0.87%; the KLSE Composite fell 0.37% and the Taiwan Weighted shed 0.01%.


At the time of writing, two of the three key European indices were trading lower while the US stock futures were in the positive.


Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares totalling Rs509.71 crore on Friday whereas domestic institutional investors were net sellers of equities amounting to Rs374.73 crore.


Karnataka Bank has informed BSE on Monday that it has raised Rs250 crore by issue of non-convertible subordinated debt instruments in the nature of debentures (lower Tier-2 bonds) on private placement basis. The bonds with a tenor of 10 years opened for subscription on 22nd October and closed on 12th November. The stock fell 0.49% to close at Rs140.85 on the NSE.


Monnet Ispat and Energy, which is scouting for coal assets to feed its steel plant in India, is looking to buy a majority stake at a coal mine in Colombia. The mine is currently producing 50,000 tonnes of coal and estimated to have 25 million tonne reserve. The company expects to close the deal in a month. The stock advanced 1.35% to close at Rs289.95on the NSE.


The Uttam Galva group has acquired a majority stake of about 58.35% in ailing Lloyds Steel and plans to invest additional Rs380 crore in the steelmaker to turn around the company. Uttam Galva surged 2.75% to settle at Rs61.70 on the NSE.


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