Finance ministry’s own division shares EC’s concerns on electoral bonds & transparency

Amendments proposed that contributions received through electoral bonds be excluded from political donations act | Wikipedia The Financial Sector Reforms and Legislation Division has agreed with the EC’s view, which is that the new laws are ‘retrograde’ and need to be withdrawn. New Delhi: The Election Commission’s concerns over the transparency of electoral bonds, introduced via the Finance Act, 2017, have been supported by the Financial Sector Reforms and Legislation Division of the finance ministry. According to an RTI filed by activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), an official email from the…

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India by train — with dogs? One couple shares their story

(CNN) — It’s a cool November morning, and my husband and I are waiting at a crowded railway station in New Delhi, India, about to set off on yet another journey with our furry travel companions, Marco-polo and Tigress. Now accustomed to train travel, the dogs are eager to board the first car they see. A sea of people stares at us, some asking why we are traveling with them, laughing at us. Others question us about the dogs’ breeds — a mixed coonhound and an Indie. More people come over to join the…

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HSBC’s $2.5 billion buy-back boosts shares as bank postpones profit goal

HSBC (HSBA.L) announced a $2.5 billion share buy-back and pared ambitions to grow dividend payouts and returns as it took pragmatic steps to soothe investors amid slowing growth in its home markets of Britain and Hong Kong. The lender’s London-listed shares were trading 3.6 percent higher at 0808 GMT (4:08 a.m. ET) after the buy-back took the sting out of a 29 percent drop in January-June pretax profits, which matched analysts’ expectations. As Britain’s vote to leave the European Union clouds economic prospects and Hong Kong absorbs slower growth in…

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Energy shares drag FTSE lower after Doha deal disintegrates

Britain’s top share index came under pressure on Monday after major oil producers failed to reach an agreement to freeze output over the weekend, sending shares in energy stocks lower. Oil & gas companies were the top sectoral fallers after a deal to freeze oil output by OPEC and non-OPEC producers broke down on Sunday, sending oil prices tumbling. OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran, which was absent from the talks, join the global deal despite calls on Riyadh to save the agreement and help prop up…

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