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Not A Very Bright Idea

The proposed gold monetisation scheme to bring the idle gold lying in Indian homes to the banking system may prove to be a costly affair for banks. In the past, the Gold Deposit and Gold Metal Loan schemes have not been popular because of the low interest rates offered on those schemes. The proposed scheme will allow banks to sell the deposited gold to generate forex. However, the cost of refining the gold along with payment of interest on the deposits may prove costly for banks.

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Power Play

On 25 September 2013, as many as nine companies bought the request for qualification (RFQ) document for the Bhedabahal ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Orissa. Apart from government-owned NHPC and NTPC, the other interested parties were Tata Power, Adani Power, JSW Energy, Jindal Power, Sterlite Infraventures, CLP and L&T.

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Jinxed Power Deals

Over the past year, India’s power sector has witnessed an unusual trend: a slew of deals to acquire distressed assets has fallen through at the last minute.

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What Really Matters!

When the Supreme Court decided to cancel 204 coal blocks, allocated since 1993, the underlying judgment was that in the absence of a competitive bidding mechanism for allocation of natural resources, the decisions to allocate coal blocks to private sector by the successive government were arbitrary. It, however, appears that the latest round of auctions were not so different after all. There is a fresh controversy surrounding the recent cancellation of four coal blocks, won by Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) and Balco in the auctions held in February, on similar grounds.

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