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Sebi ordinance gives regulator more teeth

The government announced on July 18 that it had issued an ordinance to give Sebi more powers against illegal collective investment schemes and to curb insider trading. The release went on to say that

A. Sebi would have powers to regulate any collective investment schemes with a corpus of Rs 100 crore or more,

B. Sebi could seek information, including call records, from anybody in connection with its investigations, and lastly

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Satyam’s new board inspires confidence, but needs reinforcements

The government moved swiftly and nominated three directors for the new board of Satyam Computer Services. Satyam’s three new directors are HDFC chairman, Deepak Parekh, a veteran businessman and troubleshooter; Kiran Karnik, Nasscom’s past chairman and CS Achuthan, the former presiding officer of the Securities Appellate Tribunal. These are good choices to inspire confidence.

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