Legal & Regulatory

India's New Jewelry Tax Poses Major Threat To Gold Market, Sparks Protest From Jewellers

India’s gold market is threatened as the government revealed a new jewelry tax regulation, requiring a 1 percent sales tax on gold jewelry. Import taxes has not been changed, even though jewellers have expected the government to eliminate the 10 percent import duty.

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World’s Largest Coal Miner Peabody’s Warning For Bankruptcy Doesn’t Indicate End of Coal Era

Series of bankruptcy decisions indicates the decaying market stake of coal industry and Peabody appears as the latest to file chapter 11 with the New York Stock Exchange. Many coal mining companies are still operating with profits. So warning of bankruptcy by the world’s largest private coal miner doesn’t indicate possible extinction of the coal industry.

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Uniform Law For Driverless Cars: Manufacturers Urge Promulgation, Lawmakers Opts For More Scrutiny

Executives of all pioneer manufacturers have called for promulgation of uniform federal law ahead of a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday. Several states in the US have enacted own law prohibiting the driverless cars which has been cited as the reason for their advocacy. However, lawmakers and analysts prefer more scrutiny before initiating a uniform law.

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SEC slaps fine on AIG units over higher charges

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has slapped penalties on AIG's three affiliates for steering customers to high-fee products. AIG is also offloading its brokerage unit owing to stringent norms. AIG has agreed to pay $9.5 million for settling the regulator's claims.

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The Egyptian Central Bank Devalues Currency Against US Dollar, Mulls For Raising Benchmark Rates

Economists and analysts have repeatedly been suggesting for devaluation of local currency in a bid to ease pressure on foreign currency reserves. But the Egyptian central bank has refrained from doing so considering surge in inflation. The inflation has been recorded as the lowest in February during the last six months and the bank has devalued the currency on Monday.

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Bank of Japan To Stick In Negative Interest Rate Policy, Reversion Likely In April

Through a surprise move, Bank of Japan has adopted negative interest rate aiming to force the banks in investment. Meanwhile, the negative economic outlook has compelled the commercial banks to squeeze their investment portfolios while diminishing the BOJ move. Analysts have forecast for unchanged monetary policy in Tuesday’s meeting while predicting for a major change in April.

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Silicon Valley's VC Firm Partner Dismissed Over Disturbing Lawsuit of Sexual Abuse

A lawsuit filed on March 8 claimed that Sequoia Capital’s partner Michael Goguen has sexually, physically, and emotionally abused a woman for 12 years. Mr Goguen has been dismissed from the firm regarding the case and is seeking to file a cross complaint and prove he’s not guilty of the alleged crimes.

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George Osborne Opts For Further Cut In Public Spending In Lieu of Tax hiking

George Osborne has over-shoot the borrowing forecast due to weak economic outlook and poor tax receipts. In order to achieve his self imposed goal, he has been left with only two options for his 2016 budget- cut public expenses or increase taxes. However, the UK chancellor has hinted opting for reducing public expenses while addressing the BBC’s Marr Show.

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Australian Tech Firms Are Heading Toward Singapore Industry

Australian tech companies are heading to Singapore to support their businesses. Some tech companies are expecting Singapore to be one of the startups landing pads established by the Australian government to help companies access the global business network.

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China's Real Estate Sector Contributes to The Country's Economy Amid Weak Exports and Economic Slowdown

China’s property market keeps on growing even amid the country’s economic slowdown and weak exports. The surge in the real estate sector is contributing positively to the country’s economy as a new economic driver.

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Nicola Sturgeon Acknowledges Scotland's Economy Challenges, Said The Country Remains Fundamentally Strong After £15 Billion Deficit

Scottish First Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview that the country’s economy remains strong even amid challenges that she acknowledges. She expects that the huge deficit would be manageable after separation.

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Barrick Gold is Facing a $9.3 Million Fine Over Cyanide Spill in Argentina Last Year

Due to a cyanide spill in a mine in Argentina, Canadian-owned Barrick Gold is facing a fine of $9.3 million imposed by the local government. Nine current and former employees are also being held as defendants over accusations of negligence that caused the spill.

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U.S. Government Reported a $193 Billion Budget Deficit in February

Treasure Department published monthly budget report on Thursday. This year a 0.1% increase is reported from last year. This full-year's deficit is forecasted to be much higher than 2015.

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India Affixes Cap On Royalty Fees For Gene Modified Cotton Seeds

MMB patented gene modified seeds are capable of secreting anti pest protein. However, the seed giant is accused of charging higher royalty fees exerting undue dominance in the seed market. Upon complaints from respective trade body, the Indian agriculture ministry has imposed ceiling for royalties on gene modified cotton seeds.

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Nestle India's Maggi Failed Sample Tests in Uttar Pradesh

A sample test conducted by Uttar Pradesh food safety officials found that Nestle’s Maggi noodles contain more percentage of ash than permitted by the regulations. However, the company has denied the accusation, stating that the claim is based on the wrong standard.

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