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New hydrology project to predict floods, manage droughts
New Delhi : The Union cabinet on Wednesday gave the green signal to the National Hydrology Project (NHP) and establishment of a National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) with a total outlay of Rs.3,679.76 crore for better flood and drought forecast.
The NHP is intended for setting up a system for timely and reliable water resources data acquisition, storage, collation and management. 
The system would improve the flood forecast time to at least three days in advance from one day at present.
It will also provide systems for informed decision making through Decision Support Systems (DSS) for water resources assessment, flood management, reservoir operations, drought management, etc. 
“The NHP will result in the improvement of data storage, exchange, analysis and dissemination through NWIC. The data can be accessed by any user at the state/district/village level,” an official informed.
“The automated systems for flood forecasting is aimed to reduce water disaster ultimately helping vulnerable population. It is people and farmer centric programme as information on water can help in predicting water availability and help farmers to plan their crops and other farm related activities,” the official added. 
Besides, the system would help map the flood inundated areas for use by the disaster management authorities.
The NHP will lead to better assessment of surface and ground water resources in a river basin for better planning and allocation of resources, improve reservoir operations through seasonal yield forecast and improve drought management, the official said.
Of the total outlay of Rs.3,679.76 crore, Rs.3,640 crore has been earmarked for National Hydrology Project while Rs.39.7674 crore has been kept aside for NWIC. 
Out of the total outlay, 50 percent of the amount would be World Bank loan which would be repaid by the Central government. The remaining amount would be central assistance from the budgetary support. 
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India to exchange tax information with all G20 nations
New Delhi : India is set to exchange tax evasion information with all G20 countries by 2017-18, as a step to address cases like those coming out of "Panama Papers" in which over 500 Indians are said to have invested in foreign accounts, sources in the finance ministry said.
"By 2017-18, India will have automatic exchange of information (AEIO) with all the G20 countries. As many as 96 countries, including the UK, Germany and France, already have a consensus on AEIO and more countries will join this gradually," a government official told IANS.
The recently revealed cases like "Panama papers" would not have occurred, had India had an accord on the common reporting standard (CRS) under automatic exchange of information with other countries, the official told IANS.
Common reporting standard falls under AEIO, which allows for countries to exchange foreign investment details of its citizens, to check tax evasion and stashing of unaccounted wealth in tax havens.
The information exchange agreement will enable the government to clamp down on tax evasion as off-shore accounts of citizens will be curtailed substantially with information on accounts, interest payments and beneficial ownership being shared between countries.
India was a part of the Early Adoptor Group of this automatic information exchange framework. It joined the global efforts during an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting in October 2014.
The first exchange of information on new off-shore accounts opened in 2016 and at the end of 2015 will take place in 2017, as agreed upon by the Early Adoptor Group. The global standard of automatic exchange of information was developed by the OECD in July 2014.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday adventurism in avoiding taxes will prove costly.
"This is a stern reminder to all of us that with the G20 initiatives, FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and bilateral transactions in place with effect from 2017, the world is going to be a far more transparent institution," he told industry captains.
"The world is becoming one where adventurism, like in the past, is going to be increasingly a risky proposition," Jaitley said at the CII Annual Session. 
Last year, India signed a convention on administrative assistance in tax issues. In 2014, the G20 nations agreed to a new global transparency standard for around 90 countries and jurisdictions to begin automatic exchange of tax information.
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Insider Trading in Geometric Software?
The stock, which has remained stagnant for the past several years, rose 35% in just one month before announcement of its takeover by HCL Technologies 
On 2 April 2016, the board of Geometric, a software company with a focus on engineering and manufacturing, announced a scheme of arrangement with HCL Technologies and 3DPLM Software Solutions. According to the scheme, HCL will acquire the business of Geometric except for the 58% stake that Geometric owns in—3DPLM Software Solutions, a joint venture with Dassault Systems. 3DPLM Software Solutions will issue preference shares to the shareholders of Geometric and Geometric will cease to exist. 
But what’s strange is that the share price of Geometric had shot up as much as 35% in just a month before the announcement from Rs144 as on 29 February 2016 to Rs196 on 1 April 2016. For years, the share has been stagnant thanks to average to poor performance. On 4th April after the announcement when trading resumed, the scrip shot up another 19.39% to Rs234. What led to this massive rally? Was it insider trading?
In terms of fundamentals, Geometric was far from impressive. Over the past five quarters, Geometric’s average growth in sales was just 7%. Operating profit growth averaged a mere 5%. Its average operating profit margin is an unimpressive 11% and net profit margin averaged 8%. The price-to-earnings of Geometric, which was earlier at nine times, shot up to as much as 13 times before the announcement. Certainly, its financials did not demand such sudden optimism from investors.
It is interesting to note that on 2 March 2016, leading newspapers rumoured that ‘Godrej may sell Geometric to HCL Technologies’. Later in the day, Geometric confirmed that there were “no events or occurrences of the nature reported in the article”. 
On 16 March 2016, Geometric reported a trading volume of 1.28 million shares, up 11.50 times from its average trading volume of 111,400 shares over the past month. The trading activity took the price up 12% on the day. On the day, ET Now had reported, “HCL Tech will buy the stake at Rs210-220 per share this week” and that “the transaction will trigger a 26% open offer in Geometric”.  
Ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, together with his wife, holds around 18.9% stake in Geometric.
In December 2014 we had mentioned (Geometric: Target for Takeover?) that over the long term, due to its poor return on capital, Geometric had disappointed its shareholders (which include marquee names like Rakesh Jhunjhunwala) even though it operates in one of the most profitable business segments of India, that is, software development. We had said, “The real value of the company may be unlocked either with a change in management that can add more profitable business lines or through a takeover by a much larger company.”
HCL Technologies will issue 10 equity shares of Rs2 each to Geometric shareholders for every 43 equity shares of Geometric of Rs2 each. Subject to approval from the Reserve Bank of India, 1 fully paid up redeemable preference shares of Rs68 each of 3DL will be given for every 1 fully paid up equity share each of the Geometric. If the RBI does not approve, “such shareholders shall be issued and allotted 24 fully paid unlisted equity share of Rs10 each of 3DL for every 1,793 fully paid up equity shares” of Geometric.



shanti Patel

6 months ago

Dear Readers,

It is sad reality of indian stock market if it is true about insider trading.
Well known people have been cought
by SEBI in the past for insider trading.
This only shows that today MORALITY and ETHICS have taken back bench sitting.

Shanti Patel
Joint Secretary-Bombay Shareholders Associations


Debashis Basu

In Reply to shanti Patel 6 months ago

SEBI has allowed many more people to get away

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