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Now, you can book air tickets through EMIs

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New Delhi:  Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Thursday launched a unique ticket purchase scheme through which passengers can pay through equated monthly installments (EMIs).

We are confident that this scheme will make air travel more economically-viable than ever before for those customers who want to travel now, but pay later,” Debojo Maharshi, chief marketing officer of SpiceJet was quoted in a statement.

According to the company, the ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ scheme allows passengers to pay as per their own schedule.

Passengers holding credit cards issued by Axis, HSBC, Kotak, and Standard Chartered can pay through EMIs between three and 12 months.

The interest rates charged through the scheme will range between 12 and 14 percent, compared to a typical credit card interest rates in excess of 36 percent.

The company pointed out that for a ticket costing Rs.5,000, this scheme can result in savings of over Rs.1,000 in terms of interest charges.

“The facility is available for bookings made through the SpiceJet website. In case of refunds, customers will have to bear the cost of the interest rate already billed for that particular booking,” the statement added. (IANS)

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HSBC under probe for abetting tax evasion

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Indian tax department had issued a warning notice to global banking massive HSBC to prosecute its Swiss and Dubai offices for allegedly abetting tax avoidance by four Indians and their families.

The tax authorities continuing the investigation on UK-based HSBC which was disclosed on Monday, regarding alleged abetment of tax evasion through its Geneva branch. HSBC said that it is cooperating with the authorities and hoped a ‘’significant’’ financial impact as a result of these investigations.

According to tax authorities, they have sufficient evidence against HSBC involvement in illegal activities. HSBC  had been scanned under Reserve Bank of India also which revealed the dissonance in the banking operations, including allowing a decoy customer to open a  suspicious account in September 2014.

HSBC was examined by Indian tax authorities after the leaked list of hundreds of Indian clients of its Geneva branch from French and German.

This will help Indian government to fight against black money which is allegedly stashed in Switzerland, there have been apprehensions that the illegal money has been shifted to some other place like Dubai in recent years. Similar lists made in other countries also, prompting probe.

HSBC said that it had first issued its summons in February 2015 from tax authorities while fresh notices were issued in August and then in November during the announcement of annual results, without disclosing the names of Indians who were involved in the tax evasion through its Swiss and Dubai units.

The bank on Monday reported a revenue of $1.84 billion in 2015, up from $1.74 in 2014 from Indian operations. However, it has a profit of $606 from India operations, including from global banking and market business. For India, its customer account had the balance of $11.8 billion at the end of 2015, up from $11.7 billion in 2014.

Meanwhile, the RBI report alleges that HSBC could have possibly optimized the violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by allowing customers to bank with offshore private banking locations.

A sample check of HSBC’s outward remittances has found that bank has breached the limits under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme, which allow Indians to open accounts abroad, reported RBI. It also reported on alleged deficiencies in KYC procedures.

The UK-based bank has been under the scanner of financial sector regulators in many countries. In December 2012, the US authorities had slapped a fine of $1.9 billion on the lender for breaking US anti-money laundering rules. (Inputs from agencies)

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HSBC’s sleaze connection: Banking giant red-faced after company website directs visitors to porn site

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After being left red-faced over a website blunder which directed unwitting visitors to a pornographic site on its Hong Kong page, banking giant HSBC has issued an apology for the mishap.

According to media reports, the third party website for an obsolete community award had expired and was subsequently taken over by a porn site. It was originally connected with the HSBC site.

The video appearing on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed the website linking to a page that showed suggestive pictures of scantily clad women.

“The link to the external website has been removed from its community projects page HSBC would like to apologise to the public for any inconvenience caused”, the banking major said in a statement issued on Monday.

The British bank added that it was not associated with the racy webpage in any way, adding that its website remains secure.

Meanwhile jokes were being circulated on Apple Daily’s Facebook page saying that it was  a new HSBC business.