Japanese equities hit 18-year high

  Wednesday 04:15 BST. Japanese shares hit an 18-year high as investors remained optimistic that Greece could secure a deal to release a tranche of much-needed financial aid. The Nikkei 225 rose as much as 0.6 per cent to 20,942.1, its highest since December 1996. On Tuesday, the Japanese benchmark closed up 1.9 per cent at 20,809.4 — a peak ... Read More »

Rocket Internet wins shareholder approval to raise more cash

BERLIN (Reuters) – German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet (RKET.DE) won shareholder approval on Tuesday to raise as much as 4.5 billion euros ($5 billion) in the next five years to invest in new ventures and increase stakes in its existing start-ups. Europe’s largest Internet company, founded in 2007, is viewed as a potential launch pad for future stock market listings ... Read More »

Centre still in the throes of Lalit row

For the Narendra Modi government, the political crisis shows no signs of abating even as it mounted efforts to bring the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi — the cause of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s current problems — to book. An unrelenting Congress forced Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday to deny giving a clean chit to Dushyant Singh, son ... Read More »

World financial fears keep Asia firms in holding pattern

Sentiment at some of Asia’s biggest firms has deteriorated as a slowing Chinese economy, Greek sovereign debt crisis and looming U.S. interest rate hike create deepening concern about the state of the world economy, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index fell to 70 for the June quarter, from 71 in March and 74 in ... Read More »

Cash-strapped civic bodies close ranks, plan protest outside House

The three municipal corporations of Delhi — North, South and East — will sit in protest outside the Delhi Assembly starting Wednesday to put pressure on the government to table and implement the recommendations of the fourth Finance Commission. The three corporations will stage protests — North on Wednesday, South on Thursday and East on Friday — during the Budget ... Read More »

Centre yet to decide on quantum of capital infusion in PSBs

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that the government has not yet settled on the exact recapitalisation figures for the public sector banks.  “I have not decided on the recapitalisation figure. I had mentioned the figure in the budget this year. But what we require would be much more than mentioned in the budget,” Mr. Jaitley told reporters on the sidelines ... Read More »

‘Housing for All scheme will fail without release of land’

The Narendra Modi government’s ‘Housing for All’ scheme will remain unrealised without massive efforts to unlock non-essential lands being held by state-run units, speeding up approvals and financial empowerment of the poor, US real estate services firm JLL’s Indian arm said on Tuesday. “This will require massive efforts to recognise and delineate the non-essential lands currently being held by large ... Read More »

Simplified income tax returns norms notified; deadline 31 Aug; Aadhaar number mandatory

New Delhi: The Income Tax department has notified the new set of ITR forms, including a three-page simplified one, for taxpayers to file their returns for assessment year 2015-16. With the finance ministry publishing the gazette order yesterday, taxpayers and other entities can now file their Income Tax Returns (ITR) till 31 August, the new deadline set in this regard ... Read More »

Current Trade News Buzz on: CNO Financial Group (NYSE:CNO), State Street (NYSE:STT), CDK Global (NASDAQ:CDK), New York REIT (NYSE:NYRT)

  During Tuesday’s current trade, CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO)’s shares decline -0.05% to $19.26. CNO Financial Group Inc (CNO) a holding company for several national life and health insurers that serve middle-income working Americans and retirees, is a PLATINUM winner of the 2015 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards. Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles is a program sponsored by ... Read More »

Govt throws state-run banks a (slim) lifeline

The government is likely to invest an additional Rs.11,000 crore in state-owned banks in the current financial year, providing some respite to these lenders that need much more capital to meet globally agreed upon capital adequacy norms, and some of which are battling a high level of bad debts. This will be in addition to a provision of Rs.7,940 crore ... Read More »