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The due date for filing of annual returns and accounts under Company Law Settlement Scheme (CLSS) 2014 has been extended from 15th November, 2014 to 31st December, 2014.
Under Bank Term Deposit (Amendment) Scheme, 2014, Bank Deposit limit in Sec. 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 increased from Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 1,50,000.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on issued alert to the public about the newest form of fraud perpetrated in its name – a credit card issued by fraudsters in the name of the RBI, fake RBI website for online transactions, fictitious offers by email or through phone calls by posing as RBI officials etc.
RBI has directed banks to inform their customers about fall in minimum balance well in advance and update customer information by sending email and SMS alerts. Non-maintenance of minimum balance in Savings Bank (SB) account will attract penal charges w.e.f.1st April, 2015.
External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) borrowers can keep their loan (both under the automatic and approval routes) in term deposits for a maximum period of 6 months. Such term deposits can be liquidated as and when required and should be exclusively in the name of the borrower. No charge can be created on the same.
Highlights of new Insider Trading Regulations

  • Unpublished Price Sensitive Information (UPSI) clarified and aligned with listing Agreement
  • Persons on contractual, fiduciary or employment relationship having access to UPSI treated as insider
  • Immediate relatives presumed to be connected persons
  • Communication of UPSI prohibited
  • Safeguards carved-out for communication of UPSI in legitimate business transaction
  • Prohibition on derivative trading by directors and KMPs in line with CA 2013
  • Conversion of Listing Agreements into SEBI Regulations, 2014
  • Company Secretary to act as Compliance Officer
  • Public consultation process regarding issuance of partly paid shares and warrants by Indian Companies and re-classification of promoters.

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