Nifty, Sensex headed higher– Friday closing report

Nifty will move up as long it closes above 8,380 tomorrow


After the indices moved in a range on Thursday and closed marginally higher, today the indices opened with a gap and rose gradually except for a small pullback later in the session.

S&P BSE Sensex opened at 27,521 while S&P CNX Nifty opened at 8,289. Both the indices hit their respective days low almost at the same level when the sessions began. Sensex moved up to the level 27,937 while Nifty reached up to 8,411. Sensex closed at 27,888 (up 380 points or 1.38%) while Nifty closed at 8,395 (up 111 points or 1.35%). NSE recorded a volume of 82.33 crore shares. India VIX fell 8.19% to close at 13.7950.

PSU bank stocks will be in focus as the two-day brainstorming session of the finance minister, the RBI governor and chiefs of state-owned banks began today. Among other things, the meeting's agenda includes consolidation and restructuring of PSU banks for better efficiency, governance and capital efficiency. At the session's end tomorrow, a reforms blueprint for phased implementation will be presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The RBI yesterday allowed banks to use immovable and movable assets, financial securities and corporate or personal guarantees as a security to loans given through external commercial borrowings (ECBs). The change was made with a view to liberalise the option of securities, RBI said.

After market hours yesterday the government decided to increase basic excise duty on petrol and diesel (both branded and unbranded) by Rs2 per litre to build 15,000 kilometres of roads during current and next financial year.

The government yesterday also announced the setting up of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) as replacement for the Planning Commission and said that the NITI Aayog will seek to provide a critical directional and strategic input into the development process.

Adjusted for seasonal factors, the headline HSBC India Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) climbed to a two-year high of 54.5 in December, up from 53.3 in November.

Gujarat Pipavav (12.30%) was among the top two gainers in the ‘A’ group on the BSE.


The stock hit its new 52-week high today. It was recently in the news, as it has entered into an arrangement with NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd., wherein NYK has been sub-leased land for developing a dedicated common user integrated RO-RO (roll-on/roll-off) yard at Pipavav Port. The yard is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2015 and will be provided with all port and related facilities by Gujarat Pipavav Port.

Muthoot Finance (4.51%) was among the top four losers in ‘A’ group on the BSE. It is set to acquire 51% stake in Asia Asset Finance Plc, Sri Lanka. HDFC (4.30%) was the top gainer in Sensex 30 pack. All other housing finance companies were in demand too.

Mahindra & Mahindra (0.92%) was the top loser in the Sensex 30 stock. Weak December sales pulled the stock lower.

On Thursday US markets were closed for New Year's Day holiday. Except for KLSE Composite (0.48%) all the other Asian indices which were trading today closed in the green. Hang Seng (1.07%) was the top gainer. European indices were trading in the red while US Futures were trading higher.


LIC Housing Finance re-possesses Orbit's tower for failing to repay loan

In a rare case of a government lender going after big fish for Loan recovery, the DRT allowed LICHFL to take over Orbit's tower for recovery


Following orders from the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), LIC Housing Finance Limited (LICHFL) has taken over physical possession of Orbit Corporation's luxury real estate development project, Orbit Grand.
LICHFL said in a release that it took possession of the 35-storeyed tower on 24 December 2014, following a loan repayment demand notice issued to Orbit on 21 February 2014.
The loan in question was its Rs95 crore loan which was sanctioned with the said tower as collateral. The tower was to be an upscale apartment tower, in which even now at least 18 apartments have been left out of the mortgage.
Orbit Corporation said in a filing with the BSE that the DRT had allowed Orbit to continue construction work on the tower for completion of the project.
Managing director of Orbit Corporation Punit Agarwal and chairman, Ravikiran Agarwal were the guarantors for the loan.
The tower is located in Lower Parel area of Central Mumbai which has seen many major luxury real estate projects. However, many builders have faced cash crunches as a result of the slowing real estate demand and piled up inventories. Banks have also tightened lending to the sector.


NITI Aayog: Planning Commission's Revamped Avatar

With the coming of the NITI Aayog, will it be a Planning Commission by another name or is it indeed a new way of looking at national idea?


On the first day of 2015, the Union Government announced the establishment of NITI Aayog, i.e., National Institution for Transforming India – the revamped version of the erstwhile Planning Commission. With the Prime Minister as the Chairperson, NITI Aayog will have a Governing Council consisting of Chief Ministers of all States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories. There will also be a Vice-President appointed by the Prime Minister.


This is a significant departure from the structure of the Planning Commission, which had the Prime Minister as the ex-officio Chairman and a nominated Deputy Chairman. The Commission reported to the National Development Council consisting of the state chief ministers and Lieutenant Governors of Indian territory.


Establishment of NITI Aayog may be seen a step forward in giving individual States more say in the policy-making process. According to the Press Release issued by government, “The centre-to-state one-way flow of policy, that was the hallmark of the Planning Commission era, is now sought to be replaced by a genuine and continuing partnership of states.” NITI Aayog seeks to serve as a “think-tank” to “to provide a critical directional and strategic input into the development process”, the release read.


Along with the Chairperson, the Governing Council and the Vice-President, NITI Aayog will have a CEO, full-time Members, 2 part-time members from research organisations of leading universities (on a rotational basis) and 4 ex-officio members nominated by the Prime Minister from the Union Council of Ministers.


Moreover, there will be Regional Councils set up on need-basis to address specific issues, comprising of Chief Ministers/Lt. Governors of the concerned regions. These will be formed for a specific tenure. This particular aspect may not really be a change from the structure that existed before, as the Planning Commission also formed separate panels for consultation to address inter-state issues.


Under the Resolution stated in the press release, there seems to be a focus on “cooperative federalism” and a “Bharatiya approach to development.” which involves “the active involvement of States in the light of national objectives”. There is also thrust on rural development, increased use of technology in governance as well as the ulitisation of the “geo-economic and geo-political strength” that we have in form of the huge NRI community.


With respect to the key objectives for NITI Aayog stated in the Press Release, there is an increased emphasis on the monitoring and implementation of the programs and initiatives along with the aforementioned focus on involvement of States in policy development. It also suggests a reduced involvement of the Centre in industry and service sectors, their role being restricted to policy making, regulation, and enabling legislation.


How effective this widening of focus and the shift from a top-down approach is, remains to be seen.



MG Warrier

2 years ago

Media analysis so far have not gone deep into the rationale of the revamp of Planning Commission, which in reality has come about as part of the reform process which India is undergoing. But for the change in name and the announcement in Modi’s maiden Independence speech on August 15, 2014, perhaps the changes would not have been subjected to the criticism by the mainstream media or opposition political parties. The previous regime has done damages to the system silently, like the withdrawal of pension scheme.
After Nehru, planning has remained an arithmetical exercise factoring in whatever was happening in the economy without much involvement of, or concern for, those affected by planning.
The new dispensation which claims to be a ‘bottom up’ approach, hopefully will allow more participation of stakeholders at ground level and ensure distributive justice. So far, higher share of resources are cornered by more developed geographical areas and the development needs of states which did not have a ‘hold’ at the centre were neglected. By and large, the change takes care to retain the essential roles played by the erstwhile Planning Commission while bringing focus on decentralisation and wider role for states.
The responsible opposition should, instead of ‘crying foul’, do more homework and suggest corrections where they feel the revamp goes against the broad interests of the country and the people.
M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram

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