Sensex sheds 188 pts over coronavirus fears



Intense volatility remained amid a global selloff led by concerns over the impact China’s coronavirus on world economies, analysts said. Market participants are also jittery ahead of January derivatives expiry this week, they added.



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Indian green economist wins 'environment Nobel'



Renowned Indian environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) goodwill ambassador Pavan Sukhdev has won the 2020 Tyler Prize, regarded as the ‘Nobel Prize for the Environment’, for his ground-breaking “green economy” work. Sukhdev, 59, who will receive the award alongside conservation biologist Gretchen Daily, has been acknowledged for his work on bringing the economic consequences of environmental degradation and loss to the attention of corporate and political decision-makers.



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Bank CEOs protected against decisions in fraud cases



With a view to protect prudent commercial decision of bankers, the government has taken a slew of decisions, including doing away with personal responsibilities of MD and CEO of PSBs for compliance in dealing with large value frauds committed by bank officials.



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Budget may do away with dividend distribution tax



DDT is levied on dividends that a company pays its shareholders out of its profits. It is currently charged at the rate of 20.55 per cent, including a surcharge and education cess. Government may instead tax the shareholders receiving dividends, in a bid to help improve investor sentiment by addressing the multiplicity of taxes and bring down the effective tax rates for companies.



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Will SC order help Vijay Mallya in extradition case?



A direction by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Justice B R Gavai, and Justice Surya Kant to the Karnataka high court asked the latter to expeditiously settle the matter of assets deposited before it by Mallya for liquidation, and thereby payment to creditors ‘preferably not later than three months’. It will be interesting to see the view of the London high court, if the settlement of his dues to Indian creditors is imminent, reports Ashis Ray.



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Oversight cadre plan puts RBI staff in turmoil



The deadline for officers to decide on their career path in the biggest organisational rejig in the central bank’s 85-year history ends on January 31. The immediate fallout could be its disruptive impact on the supervisory process for 2020 — and beyond — given the manpower shortfall, even as more entities are set to come under closer central bank scrutiny.



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