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Black money window

At Rs 65,250 cr, IDS the most successful scheme so far

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  • Belying gloomy predictions that it would prove a damp squib, the government on Saturday announced that 64,275 individuals have opted for the Income Declaration Scheme, 2016, and declared undisclosed income to the tune of R65,250 crore.
  • Belying gloomy predictions that it would prove a damp squib, the government on Saturday announced that 64,275 individuals have opted for the Income Declaration Scheme, 2016, and declared undisclosed income to the tune of R65,250 crore. This makes IDS the most successful among such schemes so far. On an average, nearly R1 crore was declared per person, much higher than R7 lakh in a 1997 scheme, which has hitherto been the most productive.
  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley said he expected the amount declared under IDS to be revised upwards once the final tabulation is completed. The government would mop up R29,362 crore as tax and penalty from these declarations. Of this, 50% or R14,681 crore would be come to the Centre’s kitty in the current financial year, and the balance in 2017-18.3

Pay bills or book a flight without using your debit or credit card

Pay bills, repay loan, book air tickets at ATM

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  • If you were to walk into the CMS-managed ATM at Turner Road, Bandra, in Mumbai, you can buy movie tickets, pay bills or book a flight without using your debit or credit card. The machine enables payment via registered mobile (OTP) and Aadhaar platform for domestic remittances and currency deposit.
  • ATMs in India are no longer just cash dispensers. From paying off your electricity or gas bill to buying gold coins while displaying current market prices, new-age intelligent ATMs are being designed to do it all. Customers could soon find ATMs becoming their one-stop-shop for all payments.
  • ATM managers like FSS, CMS, AGS, and OEM makers like Diebold and NCR are looking at launching intelligent deposit ATMs with multi-function capabilities like cash recycling, foreign exchange, loan repayment, cheque encashment and bill payment for utilities, mobile recharge and DTH top-ups.

Trade with Pakistan is lower

Value of Trade with Pakistan lower than that with Nepal, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka

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  • Amidst growing tensions in India and Pakistan relations in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack, there have been calls for complete shutdown of trade & other relations with Pakistan.
  • As per data available with the government, the total value of India’s trade with Pakistan was about $ 2.61 billion in 2015-16, which is 0.4% of the India’s total global trade in that year.Value of trade with Pakistan is less than the value of India’s trade with the other neighbours like Nepal, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka.
  • As per the data shared in the Parliament, India’s trade with Pakistan is a meager 0.4% of India’s total global trade. It is also less than the value of trade with other neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka.

2Its chairperson gets one year extension

  • The government has extended the term of Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson, State Bank of India (SBI) by one year. Ms. Bhattacharya, was appointed on October 7, 2013, for three years.
  • The government has issued a notification to this effect which has been received by the SBI chairman’s office. “I am grateful to the government for giving me some more time to take forward the initiatives that I have taken,” Ms. Bhattacharya told.
  • The extension will help Ms Bhattacharya to complete the merger process of five subsidiaries as well as the Bharatiya Mahila Bank, the process for which began a few months ago.

New black money window

Rs. 65,250 cr. mopped up via new black money window

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  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had received total disclosures of Rs. 65,250 crore under the Income Disclosure Scheme, 2016 in the form of cash and other assets.
  • The Minister added that since some disclosures that were received manually were yet to be tabulated and verified, the figure could be revised upward. The four-month window under the scheme for declaring undisclosed income or black money that had escaped assessment closed at Friday midnight.
  • Mr. Jaitley refused to draw comparisons of the current Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), 2016 with the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme of 1997, in which the then government, he said, had mopped up Rs. 9,760 crore in taxes at an average of about Rs. 7 lakh per declarant. Unlike the IDS, Mr. Jaitley said, the earlier scheme had not penalised the declarents and allowed them to value the assets declared at the market prices of 1987 rather than current rates.

Foreign investors pumped

FPI inflows surpass Rs. 20,000 cr in Sep, at 11-month high

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  • Foreign investors pumped in more than Rs. 20,000 crore into the capital market in September, making it the highest net inflow in 11 months.This also marks the third consecutive month of positive inflows (equity and debt).
  • The trend is likely to continue in coming weeks as regulator Sebi has decided to offer direct entry to well-regulated foreign investors for investing in corporate bonds, say experts.They attributed the latest flurry of capital to factors such as sound progress in rollout of GST, better corporate earnings and the US Fed’s decision not to lift interest rates.
  • Sentiment turned better after the current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to just USD 300 million, or 0.1 per cent of GDP, in the June quarter and domestic passenger vehicle sales grew for the 14th straight month in August, they added.According to depositors’ data, net investment by FPIs stood at Rs 10,443.

    State Bank Of India and Punjab National Bank

    They may pick stake in Rs 500 crore credit enhancement fund

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  • Government is considering roping in two-three banks, including SBI and PNB, to pick up stake in IIFCL-anchored Rs 500-crore Credit Enhancement Fund announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the budget this year.
  • Besides, the Finance Ministry has requested insurance regulator Irdai to provide an exemption to allow LIC to hold beyond 15 per cent stake in the proposed venture, which is expected to be registered as the Alternate Investment Fund (AIF).
  • The exemption has been sought because Irdai guidelines allow an insurer not to have more than 15 per cent stake in any company as it leads to conflict of interest.To address regulatory concerns, the government has asked India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL) to spearhead the setting up of the fund since the wholly-owned government infra funding company has the requisite expertise and runs its credit enhancement scheme.