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RBI warns people about loan offers from fake finance companies

These fake finance companies are reportedly approaching people with loan offers and would collect a sizeable amount as processing fees and then flee with the money so collected, the RBI said


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) while sounding out a warning bell has asked people to remain on guard against certain companies fraudulently posing as non-banking finance companies (NBFCs).


Such entities, the RBI said, were posing as having got a certificate of registration from the regulator to do business. They were reportedly approaching people with loan offers and would collect a sizeable amount as processing fees and then flee with the money so collected.


Such entities include companies, partnership firms, individuals, the RBI said, adding, “It is understood that entities, imposters are promising loans to the needy public at attractive rates and collecting money from them as processing charges for the loans or advances and vanish with the money so collected,” the RBI said.


The central bank advised people to refrain from making any payments or financial commitments to any individuals, entities without verifying the veracity of the transaction, the credentials and genuineness of licence or certificate of registration issued by the appropriate regulatory authority to function as a financial institution.


Nifty, Sensex may continue to rise – Monday closing report

The indices are rising on lower and lower volumes. But Nifty will become weak only below 8,450


We had mentioned in Friday’s closing report that the Indian market at present is in an uptrend and this can be sustained as long NSE’s CNX Nifty manages to stay above 8,425.


The 50-share Nifty opened Monday in the positive and immediately moved higher.


However, it went below the day’s opening and was followed by a range bound session.


Then in the noon session, the benchmark gathered strength, edged higher, and went on to hit a new lifetime high.

S&P BSE Sensex opened higher at 28,413 while Nifty opened at 8,491. Soon moving lower, the indices hit a low at 28,395 and 8,491. The benchmarks went on to hit the day’s high at 28,542 and 8,535. Sensex closed at 28,500 (up 165 points or 0.58%), while Nifty closed at 8,530 (up 53 points or 0.62%). NSE recorded a lower volume of 75.03 crore shares. India VIX fell 6.03% to close at 13.0175.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is scheduled to release the current account deficit (CAD) numbers for Q2 September 2014 later in the day.

Parliamentary Affairs Minster M Venkaiah Naidu, said Sunday that there is the need for early passing of Insurance Laws Amendment Bill that seeks to enhance FDI limit in capital-starved insurance sector by the Rajya Sabha. Naidu gave details of the 37 bills that the government likes to move for introduction and taking up pending bills for consideration and passing during the winter session of parliament. However, most of the opposition parties seem to be in mood to oppose the bill.

Coming back to stock markets, JSW Energy (7.18%) was the top gainer in ‘A’ group on the BSE. The stock hit its 52-week high today. The company was recently in news that it has agreed to acquire from Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd and other shareholders, 100% stake in Himachal Baspa Power Coy Ltd for a base enterprise value of about Rs9,700 crore.

Future Retail (4.57%) was among the top three losers in ‘A’ group on the BSE. Future Group, which runs a host of chains including Future Retail and Future Lifestyle Fashions, was in news over the report that it has acquired the century-old Nilgiris grocery chain for about Rs300 crore in an all-cash deal. The deal also marks the exit of majority stakeholder, private equity firm Actis Capital.

The Defence Acquisition Council Saturday approved purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the Army at a cost of Rs157.5 billion ($2.55 billion), a defence ministry spokesman said. Some of the mounted guns will be imported, but most will be made in India in a collaborative effort between foreign companies and domestic manufacturers.


Tata Power has an exposure to this sector. The stock was the top gainer (4.14%) in the Sensex 30 pack.

Cipla (1.46%) was the top loser in Sensex 30 stock. The stock was in news for its agreement with Serum Institute of India for distribution of paediatric vaccines in Europe. Serum Institute of India will develop and manufacture paediatric vaccines and Cipla will seek European Medicines Agency approval and market the products in Europe.

On Friday, US indices closed in the positive. The United States' Markit PMI Composite data and Markit Services PMI data, both for November 2014 are scheduled to be released later in the global day today.

Except for NZSE 50 (0.44%) and Straits Times (0.14%) all the other trading Asian indices closed in the green. Hang Seng (1.95%) was the top gainer.    

European indices showed mixed trading while US Futures were trading in the green. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday declared his strong commitment to fighting deflation, which would create a strong upmove in European markets.


Hurry! Convert your old passport into a machine-readable one

From 25 November 2015, only machine-readable passports (MRPs) would be allowed adhering to the ICAO guidelines. Therefore, if you hold a passport issued before 2001, it is time to get it converted into an MRP one


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set 24 November 2015 as the global deadline for phasing out all passports that cannot be read by machine (machine-readable passports -MRPs). Although since 2001, India, as a member of ICAO, has been issuing machine-readable passports, there are several people who hold passports issued before that. The government has asked such people to convert their passports into machine-readable one.

“If any Indian citizen irrespective of their residence status holds a handwritten passport or has a 20 year validity passport which extends beyond 24 November 2015, then she should immediately apply for re-issuance of a MRP-compliant passport to avoid any immigration/ emigration hassles in the future. The processing time of these passports hardly takes two-three weeks,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a release.

MRP is a machine-readable travel document conforming to the specifications contained in Doc 9303, Part 1 where the data on the identity page is encoded in optical character recognition (OCR) format. According to the ICAO, a non-MRP includes handwritten passports as well as those that have no machine-readable zone (MRZ) or includes another family member’s name in addition to the name of the passport holder.

ICAO, created in 1944 is a specialised agency of the United Nations, which serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191-member states.


According to the ICAO, having a MRP-compliant passport system would improve immigration management and assist in the fight against illegal immigration, terrorism and trafficking in person.

In order to ensure MRP-compliance, the fee structure and decisions involving short validity passports (SVP) have been reviewed by the Consular at the Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Issuance of a Short Validity Passport (SVP) having validity from zero to five years, for which a fee of Rs1,000 under the normal category and Rs3,000 under the tatkal category is charged. For passports having validity of more than five years but less than 10 years (validity of normal passport), the fees prescribed for a normal validity passport will be levied. Moreover, the extension of SVPs by manual endorsements will be stopped requiring issuance of fresh booklets thereby encouraging the practice of MRP passports.

A SVP passport is usually issued in cases of urgency such as on production of an admission letter to a student for an international exam, non-delivery of passport to the applicants due to loss, for Indians residing abroad and visiting India for a short period on production of necessary identification documents, proof of travel for a maximum period of one year and to applicants who may have a criminal case pending in any court, subject to a written permission granted by the court.


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