Temasek investment to boost growth – AU Bank MD

AU Small Finance Bank said it received its shareholders approval for Singapore-based Temasek to invest around Rs 1,000 cr in the bank for a stake of around 5%. “This is the largest primary capital infusion in AU Bank and its first ever since their last raise in fiscal 2012,” said the bank, which went public […]

Yes Bank gets SEBI approval for starting FII services

YES BANK, India’s 4th largest private sector Bank, said it has received approval from Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for acting as Custodian of Securities, allowing it to act as an intermediary for foreign institutional investors or FIIs. “The Custody business will allow the Bank to comprehensively service the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPis), […]

Fitch says Chanda Kochhar issue raises governance concerns at ICICI Bank

The ongoing allegations around the sanction of a loan by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group and the bank’s reluctance to support an independent probe into the matter has created doubts about the bank’s internal governance standards, global ratings agency Fitch said. “..the presence of the bank’s CEO on this credit committee – and the […]

Kotak Mahindra Bank grows customer base by 50% in 9 months with Aadhaar eKYC

Kotak Mahindra Bank said its customer base increased by 50% in nine months after it launched a mobile app to facilitate quick opening of bank accounts using Aadhaar. The company launched an app called 811 on March 29, 2017, three months after the Reserve Bank of India allowed banks to establish their customer’s identity by […]

PNB revamps SWIFT system, to deploy Infosys’ Finacle 10 software

Punjab National Bank, in the eye of a storm after a couple of employees issued unauthorized credit guarantees worth $2 bln to clients, said it has put in place procedural and technological changes required to prevent a repeat of the incident. Two key technical changes being implemented are a revamp of the way the bank […]

Preparations in ‘final stage’ for launch of India Post Payments Bank next month

Preparations for the commencement of operations of India Post Payments Bank, scheduled for next month, is in the final stages, communications minister Manoj Sinha said, adding that one branch will be opened nearly all districts of India. “The preparatory works for roll out of 650 branches including the civil, electrical, branding and furniture are in […]

IndusInd Bank says only “small, two-digit exposure” to Gitanjali Gems

Private sector lender IndusInd Bank clarified that it does not have any heavy exposure to the ongoing saga of fraud and crime involving unauthorized letters of comfort issued by an employee of Punjab National Bank. “IndusInd Bank has no direct credit exposures to Nirav Modi nor any indirect credit exposures basis the LoUs issued by […]

Gitanjali Gems compliance officer resigns over “absence of disclosure”

Two key personnel of Gitanjali Ltd — its chief compliance officer and its chief financial officer — resigned last week, regulatory filings on Tuesday showed. While Pankhuri Warange, the chief compliance officer and the company secretary, resigned over concerns about “absence of disclosures” from the company, Chief Financial Officer Chandrakant Karkare resigned due to a […]

Allahabad Bank’s exposure to Nirav Modi incident at Rs 2,362 cr

Allahabad Bank said it is exposed to the tune of  $366.87 million to the current incident involving diamond merchant Nirav Modi and the unauthorized Letters of Undertakings he allegedly secured from Punjab National Bank. However, said Allahabad Bank, it is not worried about getting its money back as the loans are guaranteed by PNB. “The […]

Jan Dhan avg balance starts growing again after demonetization

The total amount of money held under the accounts opened under the Jan-Dhan Yojana is once again nearing the all-time high seen during demonetization, and has increased by nearly 10% over a period 4 months, puzzling banking officials. Numbers from RBI also show that Jan Dhan accounts have stopped losing money and that the average amount […]

FULL TEXT – PNB STATEMENT on Nirav Modi; Axis, Allahabad Bank involved

Punjab National Bank, India’s second largest public sector bank, has issued a statement on exactly what happened in the Nirav Modi case that resulted in nearly $1.77 bln of unauthorized liabilities being taken on by the bank. In the statement, PNB detailed exactly how the bank was taken for a ride by some of its […]

NSE seeks data on Nirav Modi case from PNB

National Stock Exchange of India, India’s largest securities trading platform, has sought details from Punjab National Bank on media reports regarding raids by enforcement agencies on the bank’s premises in the Nirav Modi case. “The exchange has advised the company to provide clarification or confirmation on the news item (on the raids) in detail,” the […]

Union Bank posts Q3 loss of Rs 1,250 cr on higher provisions, lower treasury income

Union Bank of India, one of India’s largest state-controlled banks, reported a deterioration in its loan book quality and wider losses for the October-December quarter. The bank posted net loss for Rs 1,250 crore for the quarter, compared to net profit of Rs 104 cr for the same quarter last year. Higher provisions to deal […]

Ind-AS to crimp public sector banks’ growth due to higher provisioning

Public sector banks would need to divert an estimated Rs 63,000 cr, or about 41% of the total money that the government has promised, to meet increased provisioning requirements for loans under the new Ind-AS accounting standard, India Ratings said, adding that this would ‘knock down’ their growth aspirations and hurt market share. Provisioning refers […]