Liquidity crunch continues to hurt NBFCs, GDP growth – Fitch

Operating conditions for Indian non-banking financial companies/institutions (NBFCs or NBFIs) have improved slightly in the first two months of 2020, however, uncertainty levels continue to be high for certain segments within the sector such as housing finance and wholesale lending, global ratings agency Fitch said in a note today. “The recent fundraising by a number […]

ICICI Bank tops in banking fraud hits; SBI, HDFC Bank follow

ICICI Bank, one of India’s top three lenders, has emerged as the No.1 target of bank fraudsters last year in terms of the sheer number of such incidents, overtaking bigger rival State Bank of India. ICICI Bank reported 374 medium and large sized incidents of fraud, beating back SBI, which came in with 338 such […]

‘We’re cleaning up the banks’ – FinMin gives the numbers

Finance ministry on Thursday gave detailed numbers to detail the efforts that the Narendra Modi government has been making to overcome the problems created by corruption and bad loans in India’s public sector banks. Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman pointed out that a review in 2015 found that a huge chunk of loans issued in previous […]

Brickwork Ratings downgrades Vodafone Idea over subscriber loss

Brickwork Ratings has downgraded the credit rating of India’s largest telecom operator by subscribers, Vodafone Idea, due to the sharp shrinkage seen in the company’s user base in the last six months. The company’s subscriber base has fallen by a whopping 21% between September last year and March this year, going from 42.23 cr (422 […]

Mahindra Finance sells 49% of asset management arm to Manulife

Singapore-based investment management company Manulife has bought a 49% stake in the asset management arm of Mahindra Finance, marking yet another collaboration between an Indian financial company and a foreign asset management company for operations in India. The transaction has been structured as an investment of $34.9 million, or about Rs 2,000 cr, into the […]

IndusInd Bank to merge with Bharat Financial Inclusion on July 4

lnduslnd Bank said it will give effect to its take over of Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited — formerly known as SKS Microfinance Limited — on July 4. The private sector bank said it received the approval of National Companies Law Tribunal or NCLT last Thursday. With the merger, “all the assets and liabilities of Bharat […]

Wipro helps Thailand move towards fully digital economy via blockchain

Wipro Ltd said it has helped deploy a new information technology system to kick off the digitization of the currency in Thailand. The achievement marks a small, but crucial step in what many consider the inevitable evolution of money into a more convenient digital format. DIGITAL PAYMENT vs BLOCKCHAIN At present, digital money is handled […]

Reliance Jio to buy $1 bln worth of goods from Samsung, Ace Tech

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom subsidiary of Reliance Industries, said it will take a loan of $1 bln from Korea Trade Insurance Corporation to purchase goods from Korean companies Samsung and Ace Technologies. “The Facility is K-SURE’s largest deal in India as well as the largest deal supported by K-SURE in the telecom sector globally,” […]

AU Small Finance Bank offers 6.5% interest on high-value savings deposits

AU Small Finance Bank, which was formed a little over two years ago, said it has started offering interest of 6.5% for its savings account holders with balance above Rs 1 lakh. This makes the bank the only one to offer such a high interest rate on its savings account. The bank was earlier giving […]

Edelweiss abandons acquisition of Religare’s securities business

Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd said it abandoned the deal to acquire the securities business of Religare Enterprises, including the company’s securities and commodities broking and depository participant services. “Due to the seller’s inability to obtain the requisite clearances within the agreed timeline, the binding agreement has come to an end on March 15, 2018,” Edelweiss […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why no Jiocoin can ever take on Bitcoin

Every few months, there is a new rumor surrounding Reliance Jio, the 4G operator that has taken the country by storm. A year ago, it was Jio DTH, which was supposed to put other DTH operators out of business, and now, it’s Jiocoin, which is supposed to put virtual currencies like Bitcoin on notice. According […]

TCS takes over Transamerica’s insurance administration, 2,200 employees

Tata Consultancy Services said it will take over the policy administration and customer service functions of US insurer Transamerica along with 2,200 of its employees in a $2 bln-plus, multi-year deal. The Indian company will migrate the administration of over 10 mln insurance policies on to its BaNCS platform and provide ‘third party administration’ or […]

NPA crisis: We’re not out of the woods yet – SBI official

A senior State Bank of India official warned against assuming that the bad loan malaise affecting the Indian banking sector has started declining. Praveen Kumar Gupta, MD in charge of retail and digital banking, said one cannot directly draw conclusions by extrapolating trends seen in the first two quarters of the current financial year. In […]

Exchanges seek clarification from Bharti Airtel on Aadhaar misuse charges

Stock exchanges in India have sought a clarification from India’s largest telecom company by revenue, Bharti Airtel, on a report that it was under investigation by a government agency for allegedly misusing customer data to open bank accounts in their names. “(The) exchange has advised the company to provide clarification/confirmation on the news item in […]