On MCX, August gold futures fell 1.30 per cent to Rs 53,828 per 10 gram. Silver September came down to Rs 64,984 per kilogram. MCX has decided to accept gold and silver bars refined at domestic refineries for deliveries, subject to final regulatory approval.
MCX received the approval of Sebi for the launch of Gold Mini options with Gold Mini (100 grams) bar as underlying, MCX said in a statement.
The finance ministry is considering an amnesty programme for residents with an illicit stash of gold, as part of an effort to crackdown on tax evasion and cut its dependence on imports, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Under the proposition made to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government plans to ask people with unaccounted holdings of the metal to declare it to tax authorities and pay levies, and penalty, the people said, asking not to be identified. The proposal is at an early stage and authorities are seeking feedback from officials concerned, they said.
Gold's latest jump has taken gains for the year to 30%, also driven by low-interest rates globally amid widespread stimulus from central banks since the metal is considered a refuge from inflation and currency debasement.
Money managers allocated $3.9 billion into gold, the second-largest weekly inflow ever, Bank of America said on Friday.
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