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India Indicates Withdrawing Notification Imposing Additional Duties On 29 American Products

New Delhi: If both the sides are able to sort out the differences over tariffs, India indicated that it might withdraw the notification imposing additional duties on 29 American products, to be effective from August 4.

“The implementation date for the notification is August 4. We are hopeful of resolving the tariff issues before that,” they said. These issues were discussed during the three-day meeting between senior officials of both the countries in New Delhi. It has been decided that another official level meeting will be held next month in the US.

“A delegation will visit anytime after the mid of next month to finalise the final list of identified products on which a certain kind of announcement would be made by political leaders of both the sides,” they added.

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Internal Probe Indicates Nexus Of PNB Officials In Nirav Modi Scam

New Delhi:In the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab Nation Bank fraud case involving NiravModi, an internal investigation report has indicted the management, circle and zonal officers, treasury and forex departments and the international banking division along with auditors for ignoring widespread violations, unethical practices and dereliction of responsibilities. These things have led the bank to such a “catastrophe”.

For instance, if PNB’s audit department had checked the SWIFT messages logs, a single activity would have nailed the whole act at the incipient stage, the report said. The report added that the bank didn’t verify the commission vouchers for opening for Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs) and, subsequently, wrong SWIFT log generation was sent by the Mumbai circle office to the zonal office and to the head office in Delhi.

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BSE To Facilitate Listing Of IT, ITES, Bio-Technology And Life Sciences Cos To Promote Startups

New Delhi:  Leading stock exchange Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has decided to launch a new platform next month to list the new-age companies. This is an attempt to make stock market listing attractive for startups, This platform will facilitate the listing of companies in sectors like IT, ITES, bio-technology and life sciences, 3D printing, space technology and e-commerce.

Besides, the platform will aid in listing of companies from hi-tech defence, drones, nano technologies, artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, e-gaming, robotics, genetic engineering, among other sectors.
In order to provide further incentive to startups, the exchange has announced BSE startup platform at its SME (small and medium enterprise) segment.

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Government Move To Get Oil Companies To Hedge Crude Oil Price Runs Into Red Tape

New Delhi: The government has been considering a series of steps, including a reduction in levies and hedging of bets that would have covered the risk of prices going below or above a certain level but the government's move to get oil companies to hedge crude oil price risk as part of the rejig plan for pump prices has run into a bureaucratic wall.

While the plan has not been junked, a decision will be announced at an "appropriate time", said an official working closely on the proposal. After the Karnataka elections, the government had faced flak as retail prices of petrol and diesel repeatedly went past record levels, putting pressure on household budgets, prompting the government to deliberate on a strategy to combat the impact of a jump in global crude oil prices, which have softened over the last few weeks.

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India Offers Ordering 1,000 Aircraft And Step Up Oil And Gas Purchase To Keep US Happy

New Delhi: In its efforts to buy peace with the US, India has offered to order nearly 1,000 civilian aircraft over the next 7-8 years and step up oil and gas purchase from the world's largest trader. Union commerce minister Suresh Prabhu has conveyed this to his US counterpart during their talks last week.

On Sunday, assistant US trade representative Mark Linscott will begin discussions here with commerce ministry officials as both sides try to find solutions to problems on the trade front. India is trying to convince the US that its reciprocal tariffs are part of a WTO-sanctioned right after the US took the first step with steel and aluminium duties. India is keen to see some resolution before the 2+2 talks between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their US counterparts - secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary James Mattis, respectively - in Washington on July 6.