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Mallya says pilots who feel their actions are justified can quit

Vijay Mallya's letter came on a day when at least 16 Kingfisher flights, 10 from Mumbai and six from Delhi, are cancelled due to the pilot's strike

New Delhi: With a strike by pilots disrupting Kingfisher Airlines' flight schedules, its Chairman Vijay Mallya on Thurday termed the protest as "disruptive" and warned the agitators that they could quit if they felt their action was justified, reports PTI.


He also asserted that the airline would be "re- capitalised whether the government changes the current FDI policy or not".


In an open letter to his staffers, the third in so many months, Mallya warned, "If some colleagues feel that I will be pressurised by flight cancellations, they are wrong. Instead, I will stop my own support as a few are effectively holding the entire Company to ransom...


"If a section of our colleagues feel their actions are justified and that they know best, they can elect to leave our company. But such threats and disruptive actions are not acceptable. The actions of a few can adversely affect all of us."


The letter came on a day when at least 16 Kingfisher flights, 10 from Mumbai and six from Delhi, were cancelled due to the strike. About 30 flights were cancelled yesterday.


The airline is expected to announce its quarterly results shortly.


Appealing to the employees to "understand the extreme hardship that I am going through to keep our Airline flying to the highest safety standards", Mallya said he was writing cheques to various vendors on a daily basis "irrespective of the revenue inflow".


"We have continuing issues with the tax authorities with frozen bank accounts. As if that is not bad enough, some of our own colleagues are ensuring, by their actions, that our revenue prospects fall down further due to shaky guest confidence and poor load factors."


Government says three executives of SEBI being probed in bribery, other cases

These SEBI executives being investigated for alleged cases of irregularities, bribery and corruption are assistant general managers Jerome K Alexander and Rajesh Pratap Singh and deputy general manager Avarjeet Singh

New Delhi: The government on Thursday said three executives of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) are being investigated for alleged cases of irregularities, bribery and corruption, and all of them have been suspended from their respective jobs, reports PTI.
Replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in Finance Ministry Namo Narain Meena said that these executives include Assistant General Managers Jerome K Alexander and Rajesh Pratap Singh and Deputy General Manager Avarjeet Singh.
To a question from MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar that whether any investigation has been conducted into allegations of irregularity, bribery and corruption by the staff in SEBI, Meena replied in affirmative.
Giving specific details for the three executives, Meena said an investigation is being held against Alexander relating to his alleged involvement in the issuance of a forged letter in the matter of Pyramid Saimira Theatre Ltd.
Alexander has been placed under suspension from 15 April 2011, the minister said.
In another matter, CBI, Kolkata has informed SEBI that two cases have been registered against Rajesh Pratap Singh for alleged possession of disproportionate assets and alleged acceptance of bribe.
"The employee has been placed under suspension from 1 February 2010..." Meena said.
Besides, CBI, Gandhinagar has informed SEBI that a case has been registered against Avarjeet Singh for allegedly demanding illegal gratification and the employee has been placed under suspension from 31 May 2012.
The Minister further said the alleged involvement of Alexander in the matter of forged letter is yet to be concluded by SEBI's Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), while alleged corruption case against Singh is being investigated by SEBI.
Anti-Corruption Bureau, CBI, Kolkata has initiated prosecution against Avarjeet Singh and has filed two charge sheets against him before CBI court in Kolkata.


Uptrend on Sensex, Nifty halted for now: Thursday Closing Report

The Nifty is indecisive over the extreme short-term, awaiting further news flows. The slightly longer term trend is up

Dismal industrial production numbers for June, forecast of lower GDP growth by another global agency and not so impressive corporate results resulted in the market paring its gains in post-noon trade and settling lower. Today the Nifty broke the past three days’ trend of a higher high and higher low. Yesterday we had mentioned that the index is waiting for a break-out to decide the further direction. We may see now the index moving sideways for a day or two before it is able to find its further move. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a volume of 64.76 crore shares.
The market opened in the marginally positive following supportive cues from the Asian pack, which was higher in morning trade on speculation that Chinese authorities would tweak its monetary policy in view of a lower reading of the country’s consumer inflation. The Nifty started off trade at 5,348, up 10 points and the Sensex gained 11 points to resume trade at 17,612.
Support from banking, capital goods, IT and auto sectors enabled the benchmarks hit their intraday high in initial trade itself. At the highs, the Nifty rose to 5,368 and the Sensex climbed to 17,703.
However, nervousness ahead of the release of the industrial production numbers for June saw the indices paring their gains as trade progressed as analysts expected a contraction in the industrial output data.
Worries that the dismal IIP numbers would impact the GDP growth, the market continued its southward journey. Industrial production declined by 1.8% in June, mainly due to poor show by the manufacturing and capital goods sectors, indicating a persistent slowdown in the economy. Industrial output in the April-June quarter too contracted by 0.1% this fiscal.
The market was seen near its previous closing levels in noon trade in the absence of any fresh triggers and two of the three key European indices opening lower. Index heavyweight Tata Motors slipped on lower-than-expected quarterly numbers while government-owned lender State Bank of India dropped over 4% ahead of the announcement of its numbers tomorrow.
The benchmark made an attempt to emerge into the green at around 2.45pm but selling pressure once again pushed the market lower.
The market settled lower on concerns about lower growth and not-so-impressive corporate results. The Nifty settled 15 points down at 5,323 and the Sensex lost 40 points to finish trade at 17,561.
The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was in favour of the losers at 567:1120.
Among the broader indices, the BSE Mid-cap index fell 0.26% 0.20% and the BSE Small-cap index declined 0.41%.
The top sectoral gainers were BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 1.42%); BSE Metal (up 0.64%); BSE Auto (up 0.44%); BSE Power (up 0.26%) and BSE Capital Goods (up 0.22%). The main losers were BS Oil & Gas (down 1.05%); BSE TECk (down 0.88%); BSE Bankex (down 0.70%); BSE PSU (down 0.66%) and BSE Consumer Durables (down 0.34%).
The Sensex was led by Sterlite Industries (up 3.36%); Mahindra & Mahindra (up 2.87%); Tata Power (up 2.55%); Hindustan Unilever (up 2.38%) and Coal India (up 2.03%). Bharti Airtel (down 6.40%); State Bank of India (down 4.33%); HDFC (down 3.63%); Reliance Industries (down 1.31%) and Wipro (down 1.24%) settled at the bottom of the index.
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—Bajaj Finserv (up 6.35%) and Marico (up 5.63%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—Aurobindo Pharma (down 7.66%) and Bharti Airtel (down 6.40%).
The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Mount Shivalik Industries (up 20%) and Landmarc Corporation (up 20%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—SP Capital Financing (down 16.38%) and Alchemist Realty (down 13.88%).
The top stocks on the Nifty were M&M (up 3.09%); Sterlite Ind (up 3.07%); HUL (up 2.64%); Tata Power (up 2.60%) and Coal India (up 2.27%). The main laggards were Bharti Airtel (down 6.25%); SBI (down 4.31%); HDFC (down 4.08%); BPCL (down 3.24%) and Ranbaxy Laboratories (down 2.51%).
Markets in Asia settled mostly higher on hopes of fresh stimulus from Chinese policymakers in view of a drop in consumer inflation. This apart, China’s factory output for July slowed to its weakest in over three years.
The Shanghai Composite advanced 0.61%; the Hang Seng surged 1.02%; the Jakarta Composite climbed 0.99%; the KLSE Composite jumped 1.10%; the Seoul Composite jumped 1.96% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 1.56% higher. Bucking the trend, the Straits Times declined 0.50%.
At the time of writing, the key European indices were down between 0.11% and 0.60% and the US stock futures were mixed.
Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares amounting to Rs1,114.20 crore on Wednesday while domestic institutional investors were net sellers of stocks totalling Rs794.71 crore.
IT hardware major HCL Infosystems today said it has bought out the remaining 40% stake in Dubai-based IT services and solutions provider HCL Infosystems MEA. The company acquired the stake through its Singapore subsidiary and now HCL Infosystems MEA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HCL Infosystems, it said in a statement. HCL Info declined 0.77% to settle at Rs38.55 on the NSE.
SAIL has decided to outsource development of two huge virgin iron ore mines at Rowghat in Chhattisgarh and Chiria in Jharkhand, a company official has said. It would cost Rs1,000-Rs1,200 crore each for developing the mines, he said, adding that if this method is successful, SAIL’s investment for mine development would be reduced by around Rs2,500 crore. The stock tanked 1.33% to close at Rs85.45 on the NSE.
Suven Life Sciences today said it has secured four product patents for new chemical entities that are targeted at potential treatment of disorders associated with the brain. These patents are from Australia, Canada, Korea and New Zealand. Their validity will be through 2026 to 2028, the company said in a release. The stock jumped 6.86% to settle at Rs16.35 on the NSE.


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