SEBI to launch toll-free helpline for investors

With the launch of helpline, an investor can ask any question regarding the securities market which will be answered. “The reason why we are launching is that we have identified that self-help mechanism could be more useful for investor,” SEBI chairman UK Sinha told reporters

Chennai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) would launch a toll-free helpline as part of educating investors on the securities market, reports PTI quoting chairman UK Sinha.

With the launch of helpline, an investor can ask any question regarding the securities market which will be answered. “The reason why we are launching is that we have identified that self-help mechanism could be more useful for investor,” Mr Sinha told reporters.

Besides, SEBI would launch in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education a course curriculum on financial markets at the secondary school level as part of educating the younger generation (about the financial market).

“We are trying to make all the students aware about the basics of financial market. (Before launching), the curriculum will be tested. It will be built in to the senior secondary curriculum to begin with...” he said on the sidelines of a conference.

Asked why it has been launched through the CBSE mode than targeting the state government run schools, he said once this experiment was successful, it would be expanded into other areas.

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Govt to infuse Rs775 crore into Bank of Baroda

In March this year, the government had pumped in Rs2,675 crore, thereby increasing its stake to 57.3% from 53% earlier, BoB CMD MD Mallya said, adding with the infusion of Rs775 crore, the government ownership in the bank will touch the mandated 58%

Mumbai: The government has agreed to infuse Rs775 crore into the third largest state-run lender Bank of Baroda (BoB), reports PTI.

“As part of increasing its stake to the mandated 58%, the government has agreed to pump in Rs775 crore into our bank. The fund infusion will happen before the end of the fiscal,” BoB chairman and managing director MD Mallya told PTI.

This could be done by a preferential allotment, he added.

In March this year, the government had pumped in Rs2,675 crore, thereby increasing its stake to 57.3% from 53% earlier, Mr Mallya said, adding with the infusion of Rs775 crore, the government ownership in the bank will touch the mandated 58%.

Some years ago, the government had decided to maintain at least 58% stake in all its banks.

The development comes even as there is no commitment to the over-a-year-old demand from the nation’s largest lender State Bank of India for capital infusion to meet the mandatory core capital requirement and also fund expansion.

The latest on this request, according SBI chairman Pratip Chaudhuri, is that government may infuse Rs3,000-Rs4,000 crore by the end of the year.

SBI has been seeking the government nod to go in for a Rs20,000 crore rights issue since the beginning of fourth quarter of the past fiscal, but a cash-strapped government has not given its permission as it would have to buy nearly two- thirds of the issue.

As per Monday’s market price of Rs678.75, the per share value for the government works out to Rs852, a 26% premium.

But the final issue price will be based on the last six months' average price, which is as per the SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) formula. The move will also boost the CAR which currently stands at 8.8%.

Last month, the bank had informed BSE that it was looking to raise Rs775 crore through a preferential issue of equity shares or convertible warrants before March.

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Govt to set up special group to deal with impact of global crisis

The RBI had pitched for a closely knit nimble footed CMG with representations from the regulatory bodies, namely, RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA and the Government of India, ministry of finance

New Delhi: The finance ministry on Monday decided to set up a Crisis Management Group (CMG) to deal with the impact of the global problems on the domestic economy, especially on the financial sector, reports PTI.

The decision to set up a CMG was taken at a meeting headed by R Gopalan, secretary Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the finance ministry.

“The group will work towards developing an early warning mechanism to avert a crisis,” a senior finance ministry official said, adding it would also include experts.

Among others the meeting was attended by Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu, financial services secretary DK Mittal and disinvestment secretary Mohammad Haleem Khan.

The idea to set up a small group comprising representatives of different regulators to deal with the crisis was mooted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The RBI had pitched for “a closely knit nimble footed CMG with representations from the regulatory bodies, namely, RBI, SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India), IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority), PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority) and the Government of India, ministry of finance”.

The group, which will be a part of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), according to sources, will be headed by secretary, DEA.

The group, the official said, would be on the lines of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) which was set up by the US administration to identify threats and responding to emerging risks to ensure stability of the financial system.

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