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  • PM Modi tells BJP workers that India is in for a long battle against the coronavirus and there is no scope to feel tired or defeated
  • PM Modi asks ministers to focus on exports and new areas and sectors
  • PM Modi asks ministers to prepare business continuity plan post the lifting of the lockdown
  • Corona cases in India cross 4000 and the death toll stands at 124
  • The government decides to double the testing of corona suspects from 10000 now to 20000 in the next three days
  • Flipkart assures employees that there will be no job or salary cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Although it was obvious, but the government still clarifies that there is no need to switch off appliances and only lights need to be switched off on April 5 at 9pm after confusion in the minds of some people
  • PM Modi and President Trump decide "to deploy full strength of (Indo-US) partnership" to fight against COVID-19
  • 17 states have reported 1023 cases of coronavirus linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, which translates to 30% of all positive cases in India
  • The government says people should not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles on April 5
  • The railways say there is no certainty yet when services will resume after the lockdown and a final decision will be taken in the next few days
  • As coronavirus cases multiply in Assam, six north-east states seal their borders with the state
  • Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POCOSO) putting all systems and protocols in place at war-footing to ensure there is no grid failure due to reduction in demand on April 5 at 9 pm
  • Power ministry scotches rumours that the power grid might fail due to the 9-minute blackout called by PM Modi on Sunday, April 5
  • Centre asks people to wear home-made masks if it is absolutely essential for them to step out of homes
26 nurses and 3 doctors test positive for COVID-19 at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, facility cordoned off, no entry or exit permitted from the hospital
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How To Use Public Money As Your Own

By A Special Correspondent

Whom do you trust with your money nowadays? India is famous for over-regulating all its sectors and having a watchdog for each one of them. Yet scams after scams surface with unfailing regularity to bring down investor confidence to its lowest.

The latest to join the bandwagon of those who treat public money as their own is Karvy Stock Broking Limited. Market regulator Sebi has banned the company from doing fresh business for allegedly illegally using the money and securities belonging to its clients to fund its real estate arm, Karvy Realty India Limited. Karvy Stock Broking has over two lakh clients.

The matter came to light after the National Stock Exchange did a routine inspection of its books. It reported that Karvy Stock Broking had transferred a sum of Rs 1096cr to Karvy Realty by misusing the power of attorney given by its clients to make deals on their behalf.

This is a shocking matter. If the allegations are found to be true, Karvy not only violated provisions of the Companies Act, but it also cheated its clients and misused the trust they placed in it. It will therefore face punitive action under the criminal laws in addition to the other applicable laws.

Earlier, NBFCs came under the scanner when IL&FS went under. In that case, the role of the chartered accountancy firms and rating agencies was also found to be not above board. Then PMC Bank and DHFL went bust. Again, the role of those who are mandated to raise questions in the first instance was found to be suspicious. It seems that the Indian financial sector is under siege and no one knows how to set things right.

This brings us to the main question. Why do the plethora of rules and regulations fail to prevent these frauds? Why are they always discovered when the deed has been done? Why do we not have inbuilt checks to prevent them from taking place in the first case? If chartered accountants do not alert the regulators about divergences in company accounts, who will? If rating agencies do not provide the correct picture of a company's health to the investors, who will? It seems that despite all systems being in place, the Indian investor is being taken for a ride and is more likely to lose money by investing after getting incorrect or cooked-up information.