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Monday, March 30, 2009

Swipe freely your Debit & ATM cards without any second thought now…

<>Customer charges for use of ATMs for cash withdrawal and balance enquiry

RBI/2007-2008/260 DPSS No.1405 / 02.10.02 / 2007-2008 dated 10th March 2009






For use of own ATMs for any purpose

Free (with immediate effect)


For use of other bank ATMs for balance enquiries

Free (with immediate effect)


For use of other bank ATMs for cash withdrawals

Free - with effect from April 1, 2009.

For the services at (1) and (2) above, the customer will not be levied any charge under any other head and the service will be totally free.

The service charges for the following types of cash withdrawal transactions may be determined by the banks themselves:

    (a) cash withdrawal with the use of credit cards
    (b) cash withdrawal in an ATM located abroad.

Read the RBI circular in 83421.pdf

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

FII’s rush with your debt request to SEBI tonight when clock ticks 23:59 PM IST

Yes, as you are aware the Government of India reviewed the External Commercial Borrowing policy and increased the cumulative debt investment limit by USD 9 billion (from USD 6 billion to USD 15 billion) for FII investments in Corporate Debt.  Click here for the amendment.

  1. As per SEBI circular No. IMD/FII & C/37/2009 dated February 06, 2009 USD 8 billion shall be allocated to the FIIs/ sub-accounts in an open bidding platform.
  2. The remaining limit for investment in corporate debt shall be allocated among the FIIs/sub-accounts on a ‘first come first served’ basis in terms of SEBI circular dated January 31, 2008, subject to a ceiling of Rs.249 cr. per registered entity.
  3. The debt requests in this regard shall be forwarded to the dedicated email id . The window for first come first served process shall open at 23:59 PM IST, March 17, 2009. Time period for utilization of the allocated debt limit through first come first served shall be 11 working days from the date of the allocation.

Find more details of this circular no. IMD/FII & C/38/2009 dated March 13, 2009 in

Monday, March 16, 2009

Now Buy Back FCCB till 31st December 2009

1. Attention of Authorized Dealer Category - I (AD Category - I) banks is invited to the A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No.39 dated December 08, 2008 on the captioned subject. In terms of Para 7 of the above circular, the entire procedure of buyback should be completed by the Indian Companies by March 31, 2009.

2. It has been decided to extend the date for completing the entire procedure for buyback of FCCBs from March 31, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Accordingly, the entire procedure of buyback should be completed by December 31, 2009.

3. All the other terms and conditions of buyback / prepayment of FCCBs as mentioned in A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No.39 dated December 08, 2008, shall remain unchanged.

For the status before this amendment, kindly click Prepayment of FCCB.

Click here for the said amendment RBI/2008-09/411 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 58 dated 13th March 2009.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SEBI guidelines for Exit option to Regional Stock Exchanges

RSE means Recognised Stock Exchange u/s. 4 of SCRA as Regional Stock Exchange concept is almost extinct.

For - Regional Stock Exchanges (RSEs) whose recognition is withdrawn and/or renewal of recognition is refused by SEBI and RSEs who may want to surrender their recognition

  1. The brokers/trading members of such de-recognised stock exchanges shall be liable to pay SEBI registration fees as per Schedule III of the SEBI (Stock Brokers and Sub Brokers) Regulations, 1992 till the date of such de-recognition. Dues of the brokers to SEBI shall be recovered by the exchange out of the brokers’ deposits / capital / share of sale proceeds / winding up proceeds / dividend payable, etc. available with the exchange and transferred to SEBI.
  2. In case the stock exchange, after de-recognition, continues as a corporate entity under the Companies Act, 1956, it shall not use the expression ‘stock exchange’ or any variant in its name or in its subsidiaries name so as to avoid any representation of any present or past affiliation with the stock exchange.
  3. The companies which are listed in such de-recognised RSEs and also listed in any other stock exchange(s) may continue to remain listed in the other stock exchange(s). In case of companies exclusively listed on those de-recognised stock exchanges, it shall be mandatory for such companies to either seek listing at other stock exchanges or provide for exit option to the shareholders as per SEBI Delisting Guidelines / Regulations after taking shareholders’ approval for the same, within a time frame, to be specified by SEBI, failing which the companies shall stand delisted through operation of law.

Find full details in SEBI Circular MRD/DoP/SE/Cir- 36 /2008 dated 29.12.2008

CS, CA & CWA can certify under Consortium lending of banks is clarified with revised formats

Lending under Consortium Arrangement / Multiple Banking Arrangements

1. Please refer to  circular RBI/2008-09/354/UBD.PCB.No.36/13.05.000/2008-09 dated January 21, 2009 on the captioned subject.
2. In terms of Paragraph 2(iii) of the above circular, in order to strengthen the information sharing system among banks in respect of the borrowers enjoying credit facilities from multiple banks, the banks are required to obtain regular certification by a professional, preferably a Company Secretary, regarding compliance of various statutory prescriptions that are in vogue, as per specimen given in Annex III to the above circular.

3. In this context it is clarified that in addition to Company Secretaries, banks can also accept the certification by Chartered Accountants & Cost Accountants. Further, on the basis of suggestions received from Indian Banks Association, Annex III – Part I & Part II (copy enclosed)has also been modified. 

Find the said RBI/2008-2009/382 UBD.PCB.No. 49  /13.05.000/2008-09  in CN49LUCAM.pdf

[MSMED]Small Scale Industry definition only under MSMED Act for IDRA too

Small Scale & Ancillary Industry becomes Small or Medium Enterprise even for the purpose of IDRA.

Rescinding of Notification No.857(E) dated 10 December, 1997

The above said notification lists the factors on the basis of which an industrial undertaking shall be regarded as a small scale or as an ancillary industrial undertaking for the purposes of Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951 (IDRA).  It is the impact of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, the said notification was rescinded.  Read about MSMED Act in

The central Government considers it necessary with a view to ascertain which ancillary and small scale industrial undertakings need supportive measures, exemption or other favourable treatment under the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951 (65 of 1951) herein after referred to as the said Act) to enable them to maintain their viability and strength so as to be effective in –

  1. promoting in a harmonious manner the industrial economy of the country and easing the problem of unemployment, and

  2. securing that the ownership and control of the material resources of the community are so distributed as best to subserve the common good.

& for which purpose has rescinded the above said notification vide Notification SO. 563(E) dated 27th February 2009.

Consequently even the format of Industrial Entrepreneurial Memorandum (IEM) got amended, which now reads instead for IDRA – enterprise for goods pertaining to Schedule-I industry or employing plant & machinery as value addition to final product with distinct name/character/use. Find the said amendment in

Keep tracking Industries amendment using Industries DIPP updates

Thursday, March 5, 2009

[Press Note 2009]FDI, Downstream Invesment, clarification & types of companies

Downstream investment refers to either fresh investment or acquisition by foreign-owned Indian holding company in a project of different activity which may or may not belong to the same group.

Click here for Press Note 2 of 2009 series regarding "Guidelines for calculation of total foreign investment i.e. direct and indirect foreign investment, including downstream investment in any or all Indian companies". 'Downstream investment' means indirect foreign investment by one Indian company into another Indian company by way of subscription or acquisition in terms of Press Note 2 of 2009. Para 5.2 of the said Press Note provides the guidelines for calculation of indirect foreign investment with conditions specified in para 5.5. It has definition of terms "when an Indian Company is owned and controlled by resident Indian citizens" OR "when an Indian company is owned or controlled by non-resident entities" OR "foreign investment". Download Press Note 2 from

Click here for Press Note 3 of 2009 series regarding "Guidelines for transfer of ownership or control of Indian companies in sectors with caps from resident Indian citizens to non-resident entities" with definition of terms "owned by resident Indian citizens & Indian companies" OR "controlled by resident Indian citizens or Indian companies" OR "owned by non-resident entities" OR "controlled by non-resident entities". It is clarified that these guidelines will not apply for sectors/activities where there are no foreign investment caps, that is, 100% foreign investment is permitted under the automatic route. Download Press Note 2 from

Click here for Press Note 4 of 2009 series regarding "Clarificatory guidelines on downstream investment by Indian Companies". The 'guiding principle' is that downstream investment by companies 'owned' or 'controlled' by non resident entities would require to follow the same norms as a direct foreign investment i.e. only as much can be done by way of indirect foreign investment through downstream investment in terms of Press Note 2 (2009 series) as can be done through direct foreign investment and what can be done directly can be done indirectly under same norms. It has definitions of "operating company" OR "investing company". It can be downloaded from

The classification for the purpose of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) include:
Only Operating Companies - to comply with respective sectoral conditions & caps for foreign investment.
Operating-cum-investing companies - to comply with respective sectoral conditions & caps for foreign investment and the subject Indian companies into which downstream investments are made by such companies should also comply with its respective sectoral conditions & caps.
Investing companies - require prior approval of Government or FIPB for foreign investment and the subject Indian companies into which downstream investments are made by such companies should also comply with its respective sectoral conditions & caps.
Companies with no operations or downstream investments - require approval of Government or FIPB for foreign investment and when such company commences business or makes downstream investment it will have to comply with its respective sectoral conditions & caps.

Downstream investment by OTHER THAN 'only operating companies' is subject to following conditions:
  1. To notify SIA, DIPP and FIPB of its downstream investment within 30 days of such investment even if equity shares/CCPS/CCD have not been allotted;
  2. If by way of induction of foreign equity in an existing Indian Company to be duly supported by a resolution of the Board of Directors supporting the said induction as also a shareholders Agreement if any;
  3. Issue/transfer/pricing/valuation of shares shall be in accordance with applicable SEBI/RBI guidelines;
  4. Investing companies would have to bring in requisite funds from abroad and not leverage funds (not raising debts) from domestic market for such investments.

Thats it about Press Notes 2, 3 & 4 of 2009. TO keep track of Press Notes, click

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