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Turmeric, Corn and Copper

The price of turmeric between 1 October 2009 and 15 October 2009 shot up from around Rs8,000 to Rs8,900 due to lower arrivals and strong demand. Emergence of export demand from the Middle East is also supporting the gain in prices. Turmeric stocks were already lower by seven lakh bags compared to last year and the recent floods and heavy rains have further increased the gap to about eight lakh bags. Post-Diwali, prices are expected to touch Rs7,800 to Rs8,000 levels as some profit-booking would be seen in the markets.

Recent floods in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have affected the corn-producing belt. This will keep corn prices high, since nearly one-fifth of the crop in Karnataka and AP has been wiped out. Karnataka and AP account for 10% and 20% of corn output respectively.

Copper remains a base metal with strong fundamentals. Chinese demand has begun to normalise; demand for copper remains fairly robust while scrap supply remains steady too. However, fears that all is not well with the supply scenario have resurfaced due to strikes in key producing areas. The rich countries are likely to join the emerging world in global economic recovery in 2010 resulting in a rise in the copper demand in the first quarter of 2010. Copper prices are expected to move above $6,700 in the next three-four months. 
 

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SEBI-NSDL case gets messier, another PIL filed

Petitioner seeks court declaration of SEBI’s suppression of Final Orders as illegal, also demands details of investigation against CSDL 

Just days after the Andhra Pradesh High Court heard a PIL against SEBI for allegedly suppressing a series of final orders in connection with the 2004-05 IPO scam, another PIL has been filed in the same court a couple of days ago, by Srinivas Podichety, reports Web portal Bar & Bench.com.

The Bar & Bench article reports that the second writ petition, filed by Srinivas Podichety yesterday, has arraigned Dr Mohan Gopal and V Leeladhar as Respondents. These two constituted the two-member committee that examined various charges levelled by the regulator against NSDL in connection with the IPO scam of 2005. The petitioner is seeking a declaration from the AP High Court that the action of not publishing the Final Orders is illegal and is demanding production of all documents from SEBI. Mr Podichety is also seeking details of the investigation against Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL).

Previously, another aggrieved investor, V Narayan Reddy, had filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, questioning the market regulator’s action of withholding a Final Order passed by its two-member committee with respect to the role of National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) in the IPO scam. He alleged that SEBI is not inclined to publish the Order to prevent adverse consequences for Mr Bhave, as he was the chairman and managing director of NSDL when the scam occurred. His petition also indicates that the report may have indicted SEBI as well as NSDL for failure to protect investors.

Sanket Dhanorkar [email protected]
 

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