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India raises customs duty on all imports from Pakistan to 200% after withdrawing MFN status over Pulwama attack



A day after withdrawing the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan, India on Saturday slapped a 200 per cent import duty on all goods originating or exported from Pakistan.

To enable this, an official notification amended the First Schedule to the Customs Tariffs Act inserting an entry “all goods originating in or exported from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan” for which the duty will be 200 per cent.
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The government decision comes as part of retaliation on the neighbour after 49 CRPF troopers were killed in the worst terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir by an activist belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohhammed which accepted the responsibility for the attack.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday announced that India will withdraw the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status accorded to Pakistan with immediate effect in the aftermath of the terror attack.

India has accorded the status to all members of the World Trade Organisation in accordance with provisions of the Article 1 of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, 1994.


SBI to auction NPA assets worth Rs 6,169 cr in March



The State Bank of India will auction non-performing assets (NPAs) amounting to Rs 6,169 crore in the next 10 days to recover its dues from various defaulting business outfits.

The country’s largest lender carries out auctions of financial assets of those defaulters who have not paid their dues. From March 22-30, the bank, which has already put out a list of the assets, will auction these to asset reconstruction companies (ARCs), banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and FIs.

The accumulated value of assets on sale is Rs 6,169 crore and the actual realisation will happen depending on the reserve price and bids from the buyers.
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The assets include Jain Infraprojects Ltd, Kamachi Industries Ltd, Parenteral Drugs, which will go on sale on March 22. The total outstanding of this sale, which also includes a few minor properties, is Rs 1,300 crore.

On March 26, the bank has put on sale assets worth Rs 3,645 crore of some big accounts like the India Steel Corporation (Rs 929 crore) and Jai Balaji Industries (Rs 859 crore). There are other companies also on sale like Kohinoor Planet Construction (Rs 207.77 crore) and Mittal Corp (Rs 859.33 crore). The SBI will also auction assets worth Rs 1,748 crore of BMM Ispat Ltd.

On March 29, the bank will sell assets worth Rs 776 crore where Yashasvi Yarns, Sumita Tex Spin, Shekhawati Poly-yarn Ltd and Shakumbhari Straw NPAs stand at Rs 305 crore.

The NPA recovery mechanism has yielded results, with the SBI’s gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) declining by 18,099 crore to stand at 1,87,765 crore as on December-end 2018.

The GNPAs improved from 10.35 per cent of gross advances in December-end 2017 to 8.71 per cent in December-end 2018. Net NPAs improved from 5.61 per cent of gross advances in December-end 2017 to 3.85 per cent in December-end 2018.

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