SEBI initiates probe into 900-point 'flash crash' on Nifty

SEBI would also look into whether adequate safeguard mechanism was in place to avoid a 'flash crash' like situation, as the so-called freak trades were executed in a number of well-known blue-chip stocks, including some large banking shares

Mumbai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has begun initial probe into the 'flash crash' of NSE index Nifty, which fell by nearly 900 points on Friday morning, halting the trade on the exchange for about 15 minutes, reports PTI.
While the National Stock Exchange (NSE) blamed "abnormal" orders placed by stock broker Emkay Global in multiple trades of various stocks at low prices for the crash, sources said that regulator is looking into all aspects of the incident.
NSE has claimed there were no technical glitches in its system and the crash was due to 'erroneous' trade orders worth over Rs650 crore by Emkay Global, which has been now disabled by the bourse for trading.
However, a senior regulatory official said that SEBI would look into whether adequate safeguard mechanism was in place to avoid a 'flash crash' like situation, as the so-called freak trades were executed in a number of well-known blue-chip stocks, including some large banking shares.
While there are no circuit filters in large blue-chip stocks, the market systems are generally well-prepared to handle any mischief or large erroneous trades.
The regulator is also concerned that the instances of 'freak trades' seem to be on the rise, including the recent one that involved the shares of Reliance Industries.
NSE said the abnormal orders were 'non-algo' in nature and were entered for an erroneous quantity which resulted in executing trades at multiple price points across the entire order book. The exchange has also identified these orders to a specific dealer terminal.
The incident occurred on a day when expectations were high for a significant upward rally on the bourses, following some major reform measures approved by the government last evening, including on foreign direct investment (FDI) in sectors like insurance and pension.
SEBI is also looking into the issues related to 'algorithmic' trade -- a latest-technology mechanism that allows execution of orders at a very high speed to take benefit of smallest of the change in share price, the official said.
This trade mechanism has been criticised in various quarters on apprehensions that it helps market manipulators to take benefit of the high-speed technology.
The trading had commenced normally today at both the BSE and the NSE, with the Nifty opening with a gain of nearly 27 points.
While trading continued normally at BSE, a 'flash crash' like situation occurred later in the morning at Nifty.
The NSE index showed a sudden fall of nearly 900 points or over 15% within seconds, triggering the circuit filter (maximum permissible limit of movement in the index), halting the trade at 0950 hours.
The NSE, on its part, said that the exchange's systems functioned normally without any glitch and the abnormal trades caused market closure automatically as the index circuit filter was triggered.
Trading resumed at NSE at 1005 hrs, NSE said, adding that the market is functioning normally since then and the incident is being investigated.
The Sensex had also fallen about 300 points in the morning, in reaction to the Nifty crash, as many stocks are common to the two indices.


Rahul Gandhi backs FDI in retail, says it will benefit farmers

Rahul said FDI in retail will help farmers store their produce safely for a longer duration, thus ensuring best value for their crops

Srinagar: Backing the Centre's decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said the decision will help farmers prosper by removing middlemen from the supply chain and generate new jobs, reports PTI.


Addressing the national executive of Indian Youth Congress in Srinagar, Rahul said FDI in retail will help farmers store their produce safely for a longer duration, thus ensuring best value for their crops.


The 42-year-old AICC general secretary, who is here on a two-day visit beginning yesterday, said around 60 to 70% of all perishable products in the country eventually rot due to lack of proper storage facilities.


The situation, however, will change once FDI in retail comes in, Rahul was quoted as saying in a Youth Congress release.


He said farmers could not get good price for their produce as the middlemen in the 'Mandis' would buy from them at very low rates and sell the same at a much higher price in cities.


But once FDI comes in, they will be taken out of this equation, he said.


FDI will also create lot of new jobs, which will not only lead to higher income generation but also significantly reduce unemployment, thereby having a salutary effect on the economy, he said.


He, however, said all contractual agreements that farmers get into with the retailers "should be carefully monitored" in order to ensure that interests of the farmer are not harmed.


Rahul noted that in the contemporary world, all economies are interconnected, thus having impact on each other.


"If something happens in the US, it will most likely affect events in India, and vice versa," he said.


Earlier, talking to members of the Jammu and Kashmir NSUI national executive, Rahul said it was important to win the hearts and minds of the student community in Kashmir.


"We need to earn their trust, their faith. I am here to win their trust through dialogue and deeds," he said.


Rahul also asked state NSUI leadership to bring a delegation of students to Delhi and meet Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to sort out all issues concerned to them.


Kuwait Airways asked to pay Rs25 lakh for late delivery of goods

Holding Kuwait Airways guilty of negligence, inaction and passivity for not delivering the goods, the NCDRC asked it to pay Rs25 lakh for delaying the delivery of consignments of handicrafts to the US over 16 years ago

New Delhi: Kuwait Airways has been ordered by the apex consumer commission to pay Rs25 lakh as compensation to Rajasthan Art Emporium for delaying the delivery of its consignments of handicrafts to the USA 16 years ago, reports PTI.


The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) gave the order holding the airline guilty of "negligence, inaction and passivity" for not delivering the goods sent by the emporium to its US-based buyer, Williams Sonoma Inc, on time.


The NCDRC also observed that the emporium had paid air freight charges of Rs24.48 lakh, which was ten times more than the sea freight, so that the consignment could reach its buyer quickly.


"All the facts and circumstances clearly establish negligence, inaction and passivity on the part of opposite party 1 (Kuwait Airways). When the goods are not delivered within 7 days, the fault certainly lies at the door of the opposite party 1.


"The complainant paid air freight of Rs24.48 lakh, equivalent to $70,000, whereas the sea freight for the said cargo cannot be more than the $7,200. The complainant paid 10 times more so that there should be timely delivery of the goods in question. The sea cargo would have taken 25 to 30 days but the air cargo took more than 30 days," said the bench presided by Justice JM Malik.


The commission's order came on emporium's petition, which said the airline and its agent had failed to deliver its three consignments, weighing a total of 26,859.5 kgs, in seven days by 31 July 1996 as initially assured by them.


They had also failed to deliver the goods as per their revised delivery schedule, the emporium had alleged adding the goods reached its destination over a month late on 30 August 1996 instead.


Kuwait Airways had denied the allegations with its counsel arguing that there was no delay on its part as time was not the essence of the contract.


It had also said the goods had reached the destination on 23 August 1996, but had taken time in custom clearance and the airline cannot be held responsible for delay.


The commission, however, rejected the contention saying "in view of the rules and the fact that opposite party 2 (Daga Air Agents) admitted that the goods were to be sent on urgent basis, the question whether the time was the essence of the contract pales into insignificance."


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