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Sushil Kumar Shinde deposes before Adarsh panel

Former Chief Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan are scheduled to appear as witness on 27th June and 30th June, respectively, before the Commission

 

Mumbai: Union Power Minister and Maharashtra's former Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday deposed before the Adarsh Commission in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam, reports PTI.

Shinde was the chief minister of Maharashtra from 2001 to 2003 when he cleared many files including allotment of land to Adarsh.

The two-member Adarsh Commission probing the Adarsh society scam had issued notice to Shinde on 23rd June to appear before it today as a witness in the case.

Former Chief Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan are scheduled to appear as witness on 27th June and 30th June, respectively, before the Commission.

Earlier, Aditya Patil, who told the Commission that he was nephew of cabinet minister Jayant Patil deposed before the commission on Saturday.

He told the commission that former MLC and an accused Kanhaiyalal Gidwani had helped him get a flat in the society.

The scam pertains to alleged irregularities in construction and allotment of apartments in the 32-storeyed high rise, originally meant for families of Kargil war heroes, in the upmarket Colaba area in south Mumbai.

The Bombay High Court is monitoring the probe being conducted by CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax.

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Moody's retains India's rating outlook at stable

Moody's retaining India's outlook at stable comes against the backdrop of two other leading agencies - S&P and Fitch lowering the credit rating outlook to negative

 

New Delhi: Ratings agency Moody's on Monday retained outlook on India's rating at stable despite slowdown in gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate saying that it is unlikely to be even a medium-term feature, reports PTI.

Moody's Investors Service in a statement said, "It is maintaining its stable outlook on India's rating as various credit challenges -- such as weak fiscal performance, tendency towards inflation and an uncertain investment policy environment -- have characterised the Indian economy for decades, and are already incorporated into the current Baa3 rating".

On the other hand, it said that certain recent negative trends -- such as lower growth, slowing investment and poor business sentiment -- are 'unlikely to become permanent or even medium-term features of the Indian economy'.

Although, Moody's expects that global and domestic factors, including potential shocks in agriculture, could keep India's growth below trend for the next few quarters.

India's GDP growth rate slowed to 6.5% in 2011-12 against 8.4% in the previous two financial years. The government expects the economic growth in the current fiscal at around 7.6%.

Moody's retaining India's outlook comes against the backdrop of two other leading agencies - Standard and Poor's and Fitch lowering the credit rating outlook to negative.

On the rupee's sharp depreciation in the recent months, Moody's said it does not raise the government's own debt service burden significantly.

The BSE 30-scrip index Sensex was trading higher by 130.54 points at 17,103.05 at 10.40 hrs.

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COMMENTS

BUZZBUZZ

4 years ago

We as customers have the right to expect the Best service but that does not mean we act in a boorish manner. I have seen many customers hollering on their phones in the banking hall. Also many customers deem it their privilege to barge into the branches after office hours and many come in shorts and ugly attire. Also many don't believe in Queues and would like to be served first. I have also noticed customers being abusive to service providers. Customer is King-but that does not mean he can act according to his whims and fancies.

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Gopinath Prabhu

In Reply to BUZZBUZZ 4 years ago

If someone is hollering and screaming on phone bank shall have all rights to ask them to talk in a low voice since bank is a public place. But given the situation where you spend considerable time to complete transaction in a bank, you cannot expect anyone to switch off their mobiles phones, given it has become a important instrument of communication, especially if you are businessman.

As of your comment on dressing sense, it reminds of my father story during his college days. In those days students used to come to college wearing lundi/mundus and one who wore pant was looked upon as it was indecent. Now if someone goes wearing a mundu to college, he will be looked upon.

I am all for ban of use of mobile in banks, if the same ban is made applicable to the staff as well who wasted public time by chatting on phone.

param

In Reply to BUZZBUZZ 4 years ago

"many come in shorts"
agree with you on the other concerns, but what is wrong with shorts!!! of course if it is a business meeting with the manager, i can understand why formal attire would be expected.

a v moorthi besides TIHAR

4 years ago

Why certain offices object to use of mobile phone is their office staff can be filmed in situations which may not be complementary. for eg in the said SBI branch if staff from a particular counter is not available in his seat for considerable period of time and long Q of customers is waiting and branch head is unable to act someone using a mobile can catch it in camera and can complain with evidence. ( of course today if the management wants they can track thro login reports as to what any staff was doing a particular time of day during office hours). it can also seen in certain branches staff take lunch during counter hours sitting in their counters and nothing can be more uglier if some CJ offers it to news channel and same is broadcast.

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Vikas Gupta

In Reply to a v moorthi besides TIHAR 4 years ago

I totally agree with Mr Moorthi. I have also experienced a sign board in PNB & SBOP Branch. While I was asked not to use mobile phone in a PNB Branch while the staff was still using the mobile phone at that time too. Is there different laws of using Mobile phones in Bank Premises for Customers & Staff?
Secondly, about Lunch Hours, its a common practice adopted in Rohtak District by PSU Babk Staff to extend Lunch Hours form 2-3 pm instead of 2.15-2.45 pm. They are treating it as their Birth Right now & No Bank Officers or District Administration is taking any action against them.

Non-banking entities may open 80,000 ATMs in next eight months

The Finance Ministry expects around 60,000-80,000 white-label ATMs to roll out in the next six to eight months

 

New Delhi: Non-banking entities, which have been allowed by RBI to operate ATMs on behalf of banks, are expected to open 60,000-80,000 automated teller machines in the next eight months, reports PTI.

“We expect 60,000-80,000 white-label ATMs to roll out in the next six to eight months,” a Finance Ministry official said.

This will help in spreading financial inclusion in unbanked areas, the official said.

At present, there are about 90,000 ATMs spread across the country. Of this, nearly one-third are owned by SBI Group.

So far, only banks are allowed to set up and operate ATMs in the country.

Recently, RBI permitted non-banking entities with a minimum net worth of Rs100 crore to set up, own and operate ATMs on behalf of banks.

The RBI in a notification said the automated teller machines (ATMs) operated by non-banking entities will be known as 'White Label ATMs' (WLAs).

Each of these new ATM operators will have a bank sponsoring them, RBI had said.

All services offered by regular ATMs will be available at white label dispensers as well with existing debit or credit cards issued by banks. Customers of all banks can use the new ATM network.

Non-bank entities intending to set up WLAs under these guidelines may approach RBI for seeking specific authorisation within four months from the date of issuance of these guidelines, RBI had said.

Although there has been nearly 23%-25% annual growth in the number of ATMs, their deployment has been predominantly in tier I and II cities.

In spite of the banks' pioneering efforts in this direction, much needs to be done, it said, adding, there is a need to expand the reach of ATMs in Tier III to VI cities.

The RBI final guidelines had said non-bank entities proposing to set up WLAs have to apply to RBI for seeking authorisation under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.

Five free transactions in a month as applicable to bank customers for using other bank ATMs would be inclusive of the transactions effected at the WLAs, it had said.

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bhaskar

4 years ago

The existing ATMs are a nuisance. they go dry/capture the ATM cards/money is not dispensed but debited to account/fake currencies are dispensed sometimes These ATMs are directly under the nose of the bankers and even when there are explicit guidelines by RBI customer still has to run from pillar to post to address grievances. What is the use of WLA if they cannot handle exiting issues

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