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SEBI permits online subscription of bonds

SEBI said it decided to extend ASBA facility in order to facilitate a system for making online applications for public issue of debt securities

Mumbai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed online subscription of bonds, a move that will reduce timeline for completion of the process, reports PTI.

" order to facilitate a system for making online applications for public issue of debt securities and to reduce the timelines of the issue process for public issue of debt securities, it has been decided to extend ASBA facility to public issues of debt securities," SEBI said in a notification.

As per the existing regulation, Application Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) is allowed in case of initial public offer of shares.

It has also provided option for subscribing to debt securities through an online internet interface with a facility to make online payment, it said.

Bond issuer should provide, through a recognized stock exchange which offers such facility, an online interface enabling direct application by investors to the public issue, it said.

The regulator has directed exchanges to put in place necessary systems and infrastructure for implementation of this notification.

Besides, it has also directed depositories, merchant bankers and registrars to create awareness among issuers and investors about the various modes available for making applications.



SEBI fears small brokers used as front in midcap crash

SEBI is looking into the possibility of brokers being used as front entities by some foreign investors, HNIs financiers and even company promoters

New Delhi: Some little-known brokers have come under the scanner of market watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for suspected manipulative activities in stocks by spreading rumours about certain listed companies, including a few mid-cap entities whose share prices fell like nine-pins last week, reports PTI.
The regulator is now looking into the possibility of these brokers, whose trading activities have not been material in the past, being used as front entities by some foreign investors, high net-worth individual (HNI) financiers and even company promoters.
Immediately after these stocks were battered down on Thursday, Moneylife sent a mail to SEBI, which remained unanswered till writing the story. However, next day, both NSE and BSE cut the price band of these stocks, in consultation with the market regulator. 
According to sources familiar with the matter, SEBI's preliminary investigations into the last week's sharp plunge in some mid-cap stocks have thrown forward certain interesting facts and it could be possible that the rumours could have been spread with an aim to beat down the stocks.
However, the regulator has yet not completely discarded the possibility of stocks having plunged due to large-scale sale by financiers having provided funds to promoters or other investors in lieu of pledged shares, as also exit of certain Mauritius-based funds.
Sources said that it was also possible that some Participatory Note holders might have directed the foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to offload their shares immediately, as such investments are already under scanner for possible re-routing of black money from India back into the country through locations like Mauritius.
However, there are some common threads in almost all the affected stocks and these include certain speculations doing the rounds about their businesses, promoters and foreign fund raising plans, sources said.
The regulator has yet not been able to establish any link between the brokers and major clients having dealt in these stocks, but most of the suspected transactions in these shares have been conducted through relatively smaller brokers.
Soon after these stocks were battered down on Thursday, the market regulator had swung into action, while the two stock exchanges, NSE and BSE, next day decided to reduce the price bands of the six affected stocks to five per cent on surveillance concerns.
These stocks are Parsvnath Developers, Tulip Telecom and Era Infra Engineering, Glodyne Technoserve, Radico Khaitan and Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company, all of which witnessed sharp plunge in their share prices on Thursday.
On Friday also, Parsvnath, Pipavav Defence and Glodyne Technoserve plunged by up to 20%, although Tulip, Radico Khaitan and Era Infra managed to move up.
On Thursday itself, SEBI and the two stock exchanges had begun seeking clarifications from major brokers and clients having dealt in these stocks, while the regulator started inspecting data in its market surveillance system to identify the unusual trades.
Sources said that the SEBI's inspection is not limited to these six stocks as hectic activities are being seen in many other mid-cap and small-cap stocks amid similar speculations regarding a high level of pledging of promoter shares, offloading of shares by financiers and sale of shares by Mauritius-based foreign entities in the market.
SEBI as well as the bourses, which function as front-line stock market regulators, are accordingly looking into trading pattern of a host of other midcap and small-cap stocks.
Although the market barometer Sensex on Friday, the last trading session, saw a smart rally of close to 200 points (1.2%), the mid-cap and small-cap stocks were under pressure and their indices closed nearly 1% in the red.
The companies like Parsvnath, Tulip and Pipavav on their part have said they are not aware of any material developments and termed the speculations as mischievous in nature.




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Delhi 'powerless' as Northern grid collapses

The main casualty of the power failure was the water distribution system as well as Metro services but operations at the airport remained largely unaffected


New Delhi: Almost entire Delhi went without power for about eight hours on Monday due to the collapse of the Northern Grid, putting people to misery on a humid day when water distribution and Metro services were largely affected, reports PTI.


Top Delhi Power Department officials said the technical failure near Agra resulted in the collapse of the Northern Grid, which supplies electricity to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajashtan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.


The main casualty of the power failure was the water distribution system as well as Metro services but operations at the airport remained largely unaffected as diesel generating back-up system was put to use.


Metro train services on all six corridors were affected since morning and the Metro was able to run trains only from 7am, an hour later than the usual time of 6am.


When the services began at 7am, only 25% of trains were put on all six corridors affecting commuters. The services were fully restored finally by 9am.


As there was no power, all the water treatment plants in the city could not treat water, affecting the entire distribution system in the city.


Officials said various power generation plants running on hydel, coal and gas had to shut operations due to the failure and power supply could be fully restored in the afternoon.


"Delhi government or power distribution companies have no role to play in this crisis. It was a major technical fault in the Grid. We expect the situation to be normalised in the next four-five hours (by afternoon)," they said.


Delhi government officials said Power Minister Harun Yusuf is constantly monitoring the situation and officials are in touch with the Union Power Ministry and Power Grid Corporation, which maintains the Northern Grid.


Officials in the power discom companies said the areas under their jurisdiction had to suffer power cuts as supply was snapped.


As majority of the Metro trains were taken off services due to power failure, the frequency of trains dropped to an all-time low of 20 minutes on a few corridors in the first few hours in the morning.


Sources said that though the failure in the Northern Grid is expected to be rectified only in the evening, Delhi Metro was getting hydel power from Bhutan on priority basis along with power from AIIMS and Prime Minister's House to run the services.


As services were not available in the morning, people were forced to take over-crowded buses and auto rickshaws.


Passengers alleged that there were no proper announcements about the power failure at Metro stations.


Delhi Metro carries around 18 lakh passengers a day.


"It was a horrible night. It was a bit humid and without fans, it was difficult. The morning also proved disastrous as we could not get water as motors could not be operated," said Manjari Mishra, an office-goer.


The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degree Celsius while the humidity was at 81%.


A Delhi airport official said as soon as there was a disruption in power supply, all essential services like flight arrival and departure, check-in, baggage handling, aerobridge services were shifted to the back-up system.


However, there were reports of air conditioning not functioning in Terminal 1D and some portions of Terminal 3.


Also, there was no power in some retail outlets at the airport. "Overall ninety-five percent of our services remained unaffected", a spokesperson said.


"All flight operations at IGIA are normal with no cancellations and delays. The power supply was restored to DG Systems instantaneously and has been running smoothly," the spokesperson said.


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