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Foreign Investors Protest India’s Tax Regime

Foreign Investors Protest India’s Tax Regime

Foreign Investors Protest India’s Tax Regime

In a demonstration of solidarity in economic diplomacy, the ambassadors and high commissioners of seven rich countries have jointly protested against features of, what they term, India’s “retrograde’’ tax regime.


The ambassadors of the US, the Netherlands and Spain, high commissioners of the UK, New Zealand and Australia and the head of the European Commission delegation have expressed their anxiety over the “growing unpredictability in India’s tax policies’’ and written to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee seeking an appointment.

They said India’s policies were creating an “unquantifiable risk in investment planning’’.

The letter has been marked to commerce minister Anand Sharma, deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar, among others.


The concern pertains to the application of punitive tax liabilities on deals with retrospective effect.

Their anxiety was triggered by the $2 billion tax controversy involving Vodafone’s $12 billion buyout of Hong Kong-based Hutchison’s stake in Hutch-Essar.

And now include tax troubles in deals such as

SabMiller’s acquisition of Foster’s Indian beer business,

Aditya Birla Nuvo’s acquisition of shares in Idea Cellular from AT&T Mauritius,

transfer of GECIS Global (Luxembourg) shares by GE to a consortium of US private equity funds and,

Vedanta’s acquisition of Sesa Goa shares held by Mitsui through a UK holding firm.


In other words, what was until now seen as a problem between tax authorities and Vodafone has now escalated into a standoff between the governments of seven nations, including the US and the EU.

Source : Times Of India 14/10/09

Reliance Comm. Leads the Decline among India Phone Stocks !

Reliance Communications Ltd. turned as a leading declines among India’s telecommunications stocks

Reliance Communications Ltd. turned as a leading declines among India’s telecommunications stocks

Reliance Communications Ltd. fell the most in nine months in Mumbai trading, leading declines among India’s telecommunications stocks, on speculation a price war may hurt earnings after the company cut its call charges.


Reliance tumbled 11 percent to close at 268.30 rupees, the biggest decline since Jan. 7.

Larger rival Bharti Airtel Ltd. declined 10 percent to 359.35 rupees.

The two stocks were the worst performers today on the benchmark Sensitive Index, which climbed 0.6 percent.


Sales have been slowing at Reliance and Bharti as competition from Vodafone Group Plc’s Indian unit and new entrants such as NTT DoCoMo Inc. intensifies in the world’s largest wireless market by users after China.

Revenue growth is also easing as wireless subscriptions in urban areas approach saturation level, forcing the companies to target low-spending rural customers for the bulk of their new additions.


A “price war can impact the revenues of telecom companies by 15 to 20 percent,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of equities at SMC Capitals Ltd. in New Delhi.

Reliance has said that it will charge a uniform 0.50 rupee (1 U.S. cent) per minute for local and long-distance calls, to simplify tariffs.

The new rates will help the company gain market share for its services based on the global system for mobile communications platform.

“The cut in tariffs by Reliance will distort the revenue structure for companies in the sector,” market experts said.

“It could prompt other companies to follow with cuts” they added.