Vakrangee adds stock trading, demat account service in tie-up with Upstox

Vakrangee Ltd, which runs over 13,200 digital kiosks across the country, said its franchisees will now be able to offer share trading and demat account opening services thanks to a tie-up with stock trading app Upstox. Vakrangee Kendras already offer a variety of internet-enabled services, such as bank account opening, issue of government certificates, money […]

Shriram Group Merger: 1.55 STFC share for every SCUF share

Shriram Group today said its latest decision to bring together different units under one company will help it realize synergies and benefit each of its businesses. The merged entity will be able to offer a “comprehensive product suite, wider distribution network and increased customer touch points to prove beneficial to customers of both organizations,” the […]

Not in talks with Bharti Airtel for selling Dish TV – YES Bank

YES Bank, the single largest shareholder of DTH company Dish TV, today said it has not been approached by Bharti Airtel for buying the stake in Dish TV. Prashant Kumar, the MD & CEO of the bank, however indicated that bank is not averse to selling its nearly 26% stake in the company for the […]

LIC gets RBI nod to continue buying Kotak Mahindra Bank shares

Life Insurance Corporation of India, a government-controlled insurance company that has the highest share of the market in India, can continue to increase its stake in private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank, having got the nod from Reserve Bank of India to increase its stake to 9.99%. LIC has been increasing its stake in Kotak Mahindra […]

Dish TV says YES Bank cannot sell Dish shares

Adding another dimension to the legal battle over the impending extraordinary general meeting called by Dish TV’s largest shareholder YES Bank, the DTH operator said a local office of Uttar Pradesh Police has asked the company to ensure that YES Bank does not deal in or liquidate its Dish TV shares, pending an investigation by […]

Indiabulls Housing repays Rs 7k cr NCDs, readies for paying back USD bonds

Indiabulls Housing Finance, which recently generated over Rs 800 cr from retail investors by the way of non-convertible debentures (a kind of corporate fixed deposit), said it paid back NCDs worth Rs 7,075.84 cr in September. It also said it was on track to pay back dollar bond holders by May. It said the NCDs […]

Yes Bank says Dish TV resorting to ‘dilatory tactics’, seeks EGM

Yes Bank, which holds around 26% of Dish TV India, accused the direct-to-home satellite provider of resorting to what it called dilatory tactics in seeking shareholder approval for its proposal to reorganize the company’s board of directors. As such, said Yes Bank, it was calling for an extraordinary general meeting under the relevant laws of […]

Indiabulls Housing Finance NCDs raise Rs 808 cr

Indiabulls Housing Finance said its offer of non-convertible debentures — a kind of fixed deposit in the company — has generated total retail collection of Rs 807.8 cr. Under the issue, the company was targeting to raise up to Rs 1,000 cr, including a ‘greenshoe’ option of Rs 800 cr that depended on demand. The […]

Brickwork Ratings says telecom reforms not enough

Brickwork Ratings, a credit rating agency that gives advice on the ability of companies to service their debt, has hailed the slew of measures announced by the government yesterday to give relief to the telecom sector, but added they’re not enough to save the industry. FLIP FLOP The most import measure announced yesterday was a […]

COLUMN: Bitcoin – the most successful ponzi scheme of all times?

Someone like me would make an ideal bitcoin enthusiast – libertarian by political persuasion, open source enthusiast, early adopter of all kinds of technologies, hater of big government and possessor of what my wife calls a ‘mildly paranoid personality’.  Yet, try as I might, I just can’t see bitcoin as anything other than the most […]

Pune-based fintech startup offers free credit cards

With youngsters increasingly preferring non-traditional careers and gigs for their livelihoods, several financial services startups have also sprung up to target these customers who may not qualify for traditional banking services. In this direction, FPL Technologies, a two-year-old, Pune-based credit scoring company, announced that it has launched a free credit card targeting the youth, with […]

ICICI Bank’s Pockets becomes first wallet admitted to UPI network

ICICI Bank’s Pockets wallet has become the first financial institution in India to be permitted to offer UPI IDs in its own name and make transactions directly without routing it via a bank account. So far, UPI IDs were reserved only for those who have an account with any recognized Indian bank, including co-operative banks. […]

Bharti Airtel raises $100 mn from Mastercard via Africa mobile money stake sale

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel said US-based payments processor Mastercard will invest $100 mln (Rs 730 cr) into its Africa mobile payments business. The announcement comes two weeks after TPG Group invested $200 mn in Airtel Money Africa. The latest agreement values Airtel Africa’s mobile money business at $2.65bn on a cash and debt free basis, […]

STIMULUS IMPACT: Maruti Suzuki to go for second price hike in four months

Maruti Suzuki has said that it will go for a round of price increases next month (April), its second in four months. The company had increased prices of its cars and utility vehicles on Jan 18 this year, citing rising commodity costs. “Over the past year the cost of company’s vehicles has been impacted adversely […]