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Ola allowed to run only CNG cabs in Delhi
The Delhi High Court on Thursday said Ola cabs, an app-based taxi service, can run only on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel in the national capital.
 
Congress leader and senior lawyer P. Chidambaram represented ANI technologies (Ola cabs) in the high court and promised that diesel-based vehicles of the taxi service will be taken off the roads within two weeks.
 
Respecting the court's order, Ola Cabs on Thursday said: "We respect the orders and will continue to be committed to building mobility for a billion people.
 
"We have introduced a technology that will help distinguish CNG and diesel vehicles on its app, which will help the company keep track of the drivers' compliance with the cleaner fuel norms in Delhi. It will also enable users to choose only CNG vehicles for usage within Delhi.
 
Meanwhile, another leading player, Meru Cab service has also introduced a new ride-sharing service, named "CarPool" for its customers across India.
 
In a release, Meru Cabs CEO Siddhartha Pahwa said the service will enable personal vehicle owners and city commuters to reduce their daily travel costs, get an opportunity to meet new people and simplify their commute in safe and secured environment.

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Government shuts down natural calamity trust
The government has closed down the Indian People's Natural Calamity Trust (IPNCT), created in 1900 by the erstwhile ruler of Jaipur to provide relief to people during famine.
 
The government transferred Rs.91 lakh in its corpus to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for better utilisation of the amount, said an official statement from the agriculture ministry.
 
The decision was taken after getting consent of the representative of the erstwhile ruler of Jaipur.
 
The IPNCT was earlier administered under the chairmanship of the union agriculture minister with 27 nominated members and two officers.
 
"With the passage of time, the IPNCT seems to have outlived its utility. Since its last meeting held in August 1995, the IPNCT has no significant activity except giving donations through the Prime Minister's Relief Fund in case of natural disasters," the statement said.
 
Disaster management is currently being handled by the National Disaster Management Authority under the home ministry, which has sufficient budget and infrastructure, it said.

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Base rate could go down by 50 bps if banks follow RBI guidelines
RBI's guidelines on base rate computation, if implemented in its current form, would reduce base rates by 50 basis points. It also means a one-time profit hit of Rs20,000 crore for banks in FY2017, says CRISIL
 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s draft guidelines on computation of base rate, if implemented in its current form, will significantly impact profitability of banks and reduce the base by about 50 basis points, says ratings agency CRISIL.
 
The RBI guidelines require banks to the ‘marginal cost of funds’ method for base rate computation from 1 April 2016. CRISIL, in a report, said, its estimates show the change in methodology can lower banking system base rates by approximately 50 basis points (bps) from current levels. Crucially, it will reduce banking sector profitability because return on assets (RoA) will fall by 20 bps in fiscal 2017, it added.
 
Pawan Agrawal, Chief Analytical Officer, CRISIL Ratings, said, “Our base-case is that profitability of banks will have one-time impact of around Rs20,000 crore in fiscal 2017, which would be equal to 15% of the total estimated profit of the banking system for that year. The actual impact will depend on whether the banks will be given a leeway to make this shift over a longer timeframe in the final guidelines.”
 
Further, for every subsequent 25 bps cut in the deposit rate, profits will be impacted by Rs5,000 crore in a year from the rate cut, CRISIL said.
 
According to the ratings agency, in an environment of falling interest rates, yields of banks that lend mostly on a floating rate basis will be significantly impacted. Banks with low levels of current and saving accounts, and/or relatively longer tenure term deposits, will also be majorly affected. Nevertheless, in an increasing interest rate scenario, banks will tend to benefit as they will be able to immediately pass on any hike in deposit rate to the base rate, the report added.
 
"Banks could look at mitigating interest-rate risks by sourcing more short-term deposits and borrowings. However, the flexibility for this would be limited given that they have to implement Basel III rules such as Liquidity Coverage Ratio and Net Stable Funding Ratio, which aim to improve liquidity and lower asset-liability mismatch risks,” says Rajat Bahl, Director for Financial Sector Ratings at CRISIL.
 
Alternatively, banks could look at offering floating rate deposit products, but this would depend on demand, he added.
 
The RBI has proposed the changes to ensure faster monetary transmission. The new calculus for base rate will increase the sensitivity of bank lending rates to changes in the RBI’s policy rate.
 
However, given the impact on profitability, banks may shy away from cutting deposit rates, especially in times of low profitability, which will defeat the objective of quick transmission of cuts in the RBI’s policy rates.
 
The guidelines will also impact the broader objective of encouraging corporates to increasingly resort to the bond market given that the arbitrage created between rates on bank loans and bonds, due to a lag in monetary transmission by banks, will now disappear, CRISIL concluded.
 

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COMMENTS

MG Warrier

1 year ago

The clamour for 'rate cut by RBI' by those who are the beneficiaries of bank credit is based on the expectation that reduction in repo rate will have an impact on banks' lending rate. As interest rates now stand deregulated, reduction in lending rates by banks will be preceded by reduction in deposit rates. This will be the position until banks are able to work with lesser margins. The calculation of loss on reduction in lending rates is an arithmetical exercise. The question is whether the possible reduction in deposit rates has been accounted while assessing the possible 'one time loss' in 2017.

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