Morning News Call – India, February 22

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    10:00 am: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, Edelweiss Group CEO Rashesh
Shah, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at India-Canada Business
Forum in New Delhi.
    10:00 am: Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri at national seminar on
Emerging Material and Construction Technologies event in New Delhi. 
    10:30 am: Trade Minister Suresh Prabhu at Global Economic Summit in Mumbai.
    11:00 am: Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha at inauguration of “Suppliers’
Samvad” - Journey towards Digitization, Transparency and Ease of Doing Business
event in New Delhi.
    11:30 am: Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha to release “Strategic Plan” to bring
synergy among the PSUs of DoT in New Delhi. 
    12:00 pm: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at AEPC Foundation Day celebration in
    5:00 pm: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at closing ceremony of “Suppliers’
Samvad” - Journey towards Digitization, Transparency and Ease of Doing Business
event in New Delhi.    
    David Page, Senior Economist, AXA IM will speak on the subject at 1530 IST.
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    • EXCLUSIVE- PNB adopts strict SWIFT controls after mega fraud case 
    Punjab National Bank has stepped up its controls on the use of global
payments network SWIFT following an alleged $1.77 billion fraud, according to
memos issued this month and seen by Reuters.
    • Bank executive among six remanded in $1.8 bln Indian fraud probe
    A court on Wednesday remanded six people including a general manager at
state-run Punjab National Bank in police custody for nearly two weeks, after the
latest arrests in a probe into an alleged $1.8 billion fraud.
    • Central bank panel warns on inflation as it monitors growth
    Minutes from the Reserve Bank of India's meeting this month showed monetary
policy committee members expressing concerns about accelerating inflation,
although that was also tempered by uncertainty about the strength of an economic
    • Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father's self-imposed
    U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son described India as an important
market for The Trump Organization, but said the global company will lose out on
new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since
he took office.
    • ONGC short-lists three oil service majors to lift output from two fields
    The Oil and Natural Gas Corp is set to hire international oil service giants
for the first time to boost output from domestic oil fields in response to a
government push to increase local supplies and cut expensive
    • Canadian pension fund Caisse aims to double Indian real estate investments
    The real estate arm of Canada's second-largest pension fund manager wants to
"more than double" the $631 million it has already committed to investments in
India in the short term, the unit's president said on Wednesday.
    • Ford U.S. chief departs abruptly after behavior probe
    Ford Motor Co F.N said on Wednesday that Raj Nair, its president for North
America, was leaving the company immediately after an internal investigation
found his behavior was "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct."

    • U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers
    Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school
confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault
rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop
more U.S. rampages.
    • Fed policymakers show rising confidence on inflation, economic outlook
    The Federal Reserve's rate-setting committee showed more confidence in the
need to keep raising interest rates at its last policy meeting, with most
believing that inflation would perk up.
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • The SGX Nifty Futures were trading at 10,330.50, down 0.5 pct from its
previous close.
    • The Indian rupee will likely open lower against the dollar, as the
greenback hit a one-week high after Fed minutes strengthened bets of further
rate hikes this year backed by likely acceleration in economic output.
    • Indian government bonds are likely to fall after members of the Monetary
Policy Committee warned of inflation risks.
    • U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday in a rocky session after the release
of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting pushed yields on the
benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note to a four-year high.
    • Most Asian share markets followed S&P 500 futures lower as speculation of
faster hikes in U.S interest rates soured risk appetite globally.
    • The dollar traded near a one-week high against a basket of major
currencies, rising after minutes of the Federal Reserve's January meeting showed
policymakers were more confident of the need to keep raising interest rates.

    • Oil prices fell, pulled down as a firmer dollar outweighed a report of a
decrease in U.S. crude inventories.
    • Gold prices were flat, weighed down as minutes from the last U.S. Federal
Reserve meeting showed policymakers confident in the need to keep raising
interest rates.    
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES      DEBT
 PNDF spot         64.79/64.82  February 21      -$187.35 mln  -$151.64 mln
 10-yr bond yield  7.8 pct      Month-to-date    -$954.51 mln  $249.10 mln
                                Year-to-date     $1.08 bln     $1.72 bln
    For additional data:
    India govt bond market volumes                 
    Stock market reports                
    Non-deliverable forwards data              
    Corporate debt stories               [IN CORPD]
    Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT]
    Monthly inflows                      [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN]
    ($1 = 64.8000 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Swathi Nair in Bengaluru)
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