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  • Exim Bank signed MoU with BRICS Development Banks

    The MoU signed by Exim Bank Managing Director David Rasquinha. The main objective is to strengthen the cooperation under the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism. The signatories agreed to constitute a joint research working group which will formulate the research agenda and targeted outcome. About BRICS BRICS -  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

    World Bank to issue world's first blockchain bond

    The World Bank has mandated the Commonwealth Bank of Australia  (CBA) to issue the world’s first blockchain-based bond. The Kangaroo bond, referring to foreign bonds issued in Australia in the local currency, has been named bond-i, an acronym standing for Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument. (It's also a reference to Bondi Beach, an iconic spot in Sydney.)

    Bajaj Allianz General Insurance and Vijaya Bank entered into Bancassurance Deal

    This corporate agreement will enable distribution of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance products through the bank’s network of 2,129 branches across the country.  Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer personal lines of insurance products such as health, personal accident, home, motor and travel along with a commercial line of insurance products.  

    Axis Bank introduced first Of Its Kind Iris Authentication for Aadhaar-Based Transactions

    Iris scan technology is totally contactless and provides up to 98.2 per cent authentication success rate (as per study conducted by the International Centre for Biometric Research) and offers an edge over other prevalent biometric modes. Axis Bank presently running a pilot program for its customers at eight branches in rural segment largely covering areas of Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.  

    PayPal and HDFC Bank Partner To Offer Seamless Payment Experiences

    To initiate incremental digital spend, the HDFC cards will be presented as a payment option during enrollment and subsequent payments with the ability for consumers to easily open PayPal accounts and set it as their preferred payment method.  This partnership will create a number of joint growth opportunities that will advance PayPal and HDFC Bank's shared vision of offering consumers greater choice and flexibility.

    HSBC launched Online Platform MyDeal To Raise Funds Via Capital Markets

    The online platform contains all the information relating to a client's capital markets transaction and is updated on a real-time basis. In its pilot phase, MyDeal raised over USD 25 billion in the first seven months through over 30 transactions globally.

    RSS thinker S Gurumurthy, Satish Marathe appointed as directors on RBI board

    The government appointed Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Satish Kashinath Marathe as as part-time non-official directors on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board, for a period of four years. Gurumurthy, an economist and chartered accountant by profession, is also the co-convenor of RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch. A vocal supporter of PM Narendra Modi's policies, Gurumurthy had defended the demonetisation of high value currency notes. Marathe began his banking career with Bank of India, and then became chairman of The United Western Bank Ltd. He is also the founder of Sahakar Bharati, an NGO that supports co-operatives in India. The RBI Act allows ten directors nominated by the government. With these two appointments, RBI's board now has 10 government-appointed members.

    SBI launched unified payment terminal MOPAD

    State Bank of India (SBI) launched its latest customer-friendly digital initiative Multi Option Payment Acceptance Device (MOPAD) at a shopping mall, in Visakhapatnam. The new device titled MOPAD is a Point of Sale (PoS) terminal that would along with cards accept payments through UPI, Bharat QR, and SBI Buddy wallet which till now required different tools to receive payments. So customers won’t have to carry cards for shopping, MOPAD can just scan the QR code to make the payment. A charge-slip as a proof of payment, will be available for customers who pay through MOPAD.

    Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018 launched in India

    The event was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – one of the founding partners of Global Innovation Index (GII) along with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).  GII improved from 60 in 2017 to 57 in 2018.  

    Karnataka Cabinet approved waiver of cooperative loans

    The Karnataka cabinet approved to waive Rs.9,448.61 crore existing farm loans in respect of cooperative banks. The farmers can borrow up to Rs.1 lakh from cooperative banks in the first phase. It is expected to benefit around 20.38 lakh farmers. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy said that a decision would be made regarding waiver of farm loan obtained from nationalised banks and modalities which were being worked out with the banks, in the next cabinet meeting. He also assured that all the programmes introduced in the previous budget by the then chief minister and finance minister Siddaramaiah would continue, even as he dismissed reports about cuts in allocation to schemes like 'Shaadi Bhagya' and 'Mathru Poorna.'

    RBI approved to transfer 50,000 crore surplus to government

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will transfer ₹50,000 crore of its surplus money to the government, for the year ended June 30, 2018. The RBI follows July-June accounting year. The RBI had transferred a surplus of ₹30,659 crore to the government for the fiscal ended June 2017. During the tenure of former governor Raghuram Rajan, RBI transferred over ₹65,800 crore to the government for two consecutive years.

    Standing Committee asked RBI to resume issuing LoU & LoC

    After the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decided not to the issue the Letters of Undertaking (LoU) and Letters of Credit (LoC) for trade credit. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce in Rajya Sabha said that the facility should soon be restored.  Its restoration will assume more significance in the face of the fact that the content of imports is over 20% of India’s total exports. It also said that all the stakeholders, who represents trade and industry, said that the decision made by RBI has resulted in a 2-2.5% increase in the cost of credit.

    RBI bars Fino Payments Bank from enroling new customers

    Reserve Bank of India observed that a few Fino Payments Bank accounts had deposits in excess of the stipulated amount of ₹1 lakh. According to RBI’s operating guidelines for payments banks, a customer can make deposits of up to ₹1 lakh per account in a year. Such banks cannot accept deposits beyond this limit. RBI has imposed similar restrictions on Paytm Payments Bank (on June 20) and Airtel Payments Bank (in January) which are also not able to on-bard new customers. Other payments banks that have started operations are:- ♦ India Post Payments Bank Ltd, ♦ Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank and ♦ Jio Payments Bank.

    NHAI to ink MoU with SBI for Rs 25,000 Crore loan

    National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is getting an unsecured loan of Rs 25,000 crore from State Bank of India (SBI) for 10 years with 3 years of moratorium on repayments. This is SBI's highest long-term unsecured loan to any entity and also the largest ever loan sanctioned to NHAI. The total sanctioned amount is to be disbursed to NHAI within March 31, 2019.

    Mauritiuss SBM gets Reserve Bank of India approval for Subsidiary

    State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) is the first foreign lender to receive such a license after local incorporation was introduced in 2013. SBM started in India since 1994 and currently operated through four branches, in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Ramachandrapuram.

    RBI increased the policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5%

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5% and the reverse repo rate to 6.25%. This is the third bi-monthly policy review of the 2018-2019 financial year. The marginal standing facility rate and the bank rate have been adjusted to 6.75%. This decision was made by the Monetary Policy Committee headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel. Repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks in the event of a shortfall of funds.

    HDFC awarded best performing bank in CLSS schemes

    HDFC has been awarded the best performing primary lending institution in Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) and LIG (Low Income Group) category. The award was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. CLSS was introduced in June 2015 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ( PMAY) for home loans to customers from the EWS as well as LIG.

    Union Government extends deadline for ITR filing to August 31 for certain category of taxpayers

    The union government has extended the due date for filing income tax returns for certain taxpayers by one month till 31st August 2018.  Earlier the date for filing income tax returns for the assessment Year 2018-19, was 31st of this month.  The decision will provide a relief to those taxpayers who are yet to file their income tax returns.   

    Oxigen announces a Strategic Partnership With Fincare Small Finance Bank

    Oxigen and Fincare Small Finance Bank signed an agreement to roll out the Branchless Banking services using Oxigen flagship Point of Sale device called the Oxigen Micro ATM Super PoS.  The event hosted by Brand Ambassador Grand Master Viswanathan Anand. Oxigen has been marching forward on its financial inclusion agenda to offer Branchless banking services to India's rural unbanked/underbanked segments.

    Federal Bank gets RBI approval to enter Bahrain, Kuwait, Singapore

    Major private sector commercial bank, Federal Bank received approval from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to open its branch offices in Bahrain, Kuwait and Singapore. Federal Bank already has representative offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. About Federal Bank:- ♦ Headquarters: Aluva, Kochi, Kerala. ♦ CEO: Shyam Srinivasan (Since 23 Sep 2010) ♦ Founder: K.P Hormis ♦ Founded: 23 April 1931, Nedumpuram

    Banks and Financial institutions in India signed Pact on Bad Loan Resolution Framework

    22 public sector banks (including India Post Payments Bank), 19 private sector banks, 32 foreign banks and financial institutions like LIC, HUDCO, PFC and REC signed the Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) framework, which is part of project 'Sashakt', to take concerted efforts towards resolving dud loans under Rs. 500 crore. This Project is proposed by a committee headed by Sunil Mehta (non-executive chairman of PNB). The new framework is applicable to accounts with exposures of over ₹2,000 crore where lenders must implement the resolution plan within 180 days.

    Reserve Bank of India considers Cryptocurrency dealings as illegal transactions

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said to the Supreme Court (SC) that dealings in cryptocurrency like Bitcoins would encourage illegal transactions. RBI has already issued a circular prohibiting the use of these virtual currencies. Earlier RBI has instructed banks and other financial institutions to freeze the bank accounts of those individuals and companies dealing in the illegal trade of virtual currencies. A committee has been set up by the Centre to deal with the issues relating to cryptocurrencies and the matters required a final and early decision from the apex court. Cryptocurrency Cryptocurrencies are “a stateless digital currency” in which encryption techniques are used for trading and these ‘currencies’ operate independently of a Central bank like the RBI, “rendering it immune from government interference”.

    Repco Micro Finance Ltd received NABARD 2018 award

    Repco Micro Finance Ltd got his Award for its service to self-help group (SHG) linkage in Tamil Nadu for the fiscal year 2017-18. As of now, this company has disbursed loans amounting to ₹2,500 crore to over 10 lakh beneficiaries through 50,000 SHGs.

    Karnataka Bank launched DigiLocker facility

    Karnataka Bank launched DigiLocker facility for its customers as part of its digital initiative. The facility is being given by integrating bank’s MoneyClick internet banking channel.DigiLocker is a key initiative to store the digital documents, by National E-Governance Division under Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Salient features of the facility are: ♦The customer can login to the bank’s internet banking account and click on access ♦DigiLocker where they will be redirected to DigiLocker page where one can access their account. ♦Customers can access their digital documents anytime, anywhere and share it online. Digital Locker makes it easier to validate the authenticity of documents as they are issued directly by the registered issuer.

    NTPC signs Rs. 1,500 crore loan agreement with HDFC Bank

    The loan has a door-to-door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to partly finance capital expenditure of NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Limited), which is India's biggest power producer. About NTPC Limited: ♦ NTPC is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 and is promoted by the Government of India. ♦ Founded: 1975 ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India ♦ Owner: Government of India ♦ Purpose: Electricity generation and distribution natural gas exploration, production, transportation and distribution

    Jana Small Finance Bank Launches Commercial Operations

    Jana Small Finance Bank announced the commercial launch of its banking operations, the last microfinance company to convert itself into a small finance bank (SFB), three years after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave its in-principle approval. The small finance bank was earlier called Janalakshmi Financial Services and weathered huge losses on account of demonetization. About Jana Small Finance Bank ♦ Ajay Kanwal is the MD and CEO of Jana Small Finance Bank.  ♦ Registered office of Jana Small Finance Bank is in Bengaluru, Karnataka. 

    Finance Ministry approves Infusion Of Rs 11,336 Crore in five Public Sector Bank

    The first ever capital infusion in the current fiscal and the remaining amount of amount of Rs 53,664 crore would be disbursed during the course of the year. The following banks will receive the capital amount from ministry: 1. Punjab National Bank: Rs 2,816 crore (Highest Amount),  2. Allahabad Bank: Rs 1,790 crore,  3. Andhra Bank: Rs 2,019 crore,  4. Indian Overseas Bank: Rs 2,157 crore,  5. Corporation Bank: Rs 2,555 crore.

    First All Women Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank inaugurated

    First Lady of J&K, Usha Vohra e-inaugurated the first All-Women Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and also launched special services and products designed exclusively for women clients of the bank, which included ♦ Pink Gold Saving Scheme, ♦ Pink Platinum Saving Scheme, ♦ Special Loan Facility for Women Entrepreneurs, ♦ Pink Gold Debit Card and ♦ Pink Platinum Credit Card. J&K Bank Chairman and CEO - Parvez Ahmed

    State Bank of India Organised Kisan Mela To Educate Farmers On Financial Literacy

    Kisan Mela a scheme was organized at State Bank of India's rural and semi-urban branches across the country to impart financial literacy to farmers.  It is an initiative to develop a connection with farmer customers, resolve their grievances and educate them about their various rights and bank's initiatives.  As part of the mela, SBI plans to offer Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to farmers. The bank also made farmers aware of the benefits of timely renewal of KCC account and usage of KCC Rupay Card for transactional convenience.  About Krishi Unnati Mela:  ♦ It is a three-day event launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 March 2016 in Delhi. ♦ The main aim is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments.

    HDFC securities enable MF transactions through Facebook messenger

    A subsidiary of HDFC Bank, HDFC securities launched Mutual Funds (MF) transactional capabilities on Facebook Messenger through their virtual assistant, Arya. hdfcsec.Arya also facilitates a quick overview of total portfolio holding, getting the latest stock quotes and opening an account.

    IDBI Bank officers threaten 6-day strike from 16th July

    A section of IDBI Bank officers has threatened to go on a six-day strike from Monday (July 16) in protest against the proposed acquisition of the state-owned lender by insurance behemoth LIC and wage-related issues, among others. Wage revision for IDBI Bank employees is pending since November 2012. Also, the All India IDBI Officers’ Association had opposed the up to 51 percent sale of the bank’s equity to LIC, saying the move tantamounts to the privatization of the bank.  

    India joined European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    India became 69th member of London-based multilateral lender, "European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)". EBRD bank has already worked with Indian companies on joint projects worth almost 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion), including investments with Tata, SREI, Jindal, and Mahindra and Mahindra.

    Asian Development Bank approved 503 million US Dollar project for Bihar

    This loan is used for the lining project of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar which would benefit the agriculture sector immensely in the region. The estimated cost of the project is US $503 million out of which 352 million dollars is being provided by ADB (Asian Development Bank). About Asian Development Bank:- ♦ Established on:-  19 December 1966 ♦ Headquartered in:- Manila, Philippines ♦ President: Takehiko Nakao ♦ Membership: 67 countries ♦ Purpose: Economic development

    Instamojo aims to double its digital payments in MSME platform

    Instamojo, an online payment and e-commerce platform for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) said that there has been a faster adoption of electronic payments in the sector even from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. The company played an active role in digitizing payments for the MSME sector, which contributes 8% of the country’s GDP each year, through the online payment link. It had earlier enrolled 5 lakh MSMEs on its platform and is now aiming to double enrolments by the end of this year.

    Centre announces cities to compete to get the loan of Rs. 809 crore lent by France for 15 Smart Cities projects

    Four months after Agence française de développement (AFD), the French development bank, signed a €100 million loan agreement for Smart Cities Mission, the Centre has now announced a new challenge process to select 15 projects for the funding in one of the four sectors: sustainable mobility, public open spaces, urban governance and ICT and organisational innovation in low-income settlements.  Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri announced that every city should compete to get the funding. The challenge process would be conducted by the National Institute for Urban Affairs. The duration of the programme will be three years, till 2020-21.

    RBI cancelled licence of Alwar Urban Co operative Bank

    Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd., Alwar, Rajasthan is prohibited from conducting the business of ‘banking’ which includes acceptance of deposits and repayment of deposits. On liquidation, every depositor is entitled to repayment of his/her deposits up to a monetary ceiling of Rs 1,00,000 from the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC). ♦ About DICGC:- ♦ Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) is a subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India. ♦ It was established on 15 July 1978 under Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, 1961. ♦ Purpose:- providing insurance of deposits and guaranteeing of credit facilities. ♦ DICGC insures all bank deposits, such as saving, fixed, current, Recurring_deposit for up to the limit of Rs. 100,000 of each deposits in a bank.

    Global Bank listed 25 countries as High risk jurisdictions

    Global banks acting as custodians for foreign funds which comprise the largest group of investors in the Indian stock market have tagged 25 countries including China, UAE, Cyprus and Mauritius as 'high-risk jurisdictions'. Large investors and beneficial owners of these funds entering India through these high-risk jurisdictions will face close scrutiny while non-resident Indians and persons of Indian origin will run into new hurdles in participating in funds set up in these countries for trading on Indian exchanges. SEBI registered foreign portfolio funds invest in India through 56 countries. Of these, 25 are now considered ‘high risk’.

    YES Bank gets SEBI nod to launch mutual fund business

    India's fourth largest private sector lender, YES Bank received final regulatory approval from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund business, named "YES Asset Management India Limited (YAMIL)". YES Bank Director & chief executive officer:- Rana Kapoor  

    Sunil Mehta led panel suggested 5 pronged strategy to tackle NPA

    Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said that the government would follow the Sunil Mehta Committee’s 5 pronged strategies towards resolution of stressed assets, 'SASHAKT' to tackle the crisis in Indian banks.  The five-pronged strategy includes SME resolution approach, Bank-led resolution approach, AMC/AIF led resolution approach, NCLT/IBC approach, and Asset-trading platform.  The aim of the committee is to look into the faster resolution of stressed assets and recommend the creation of an asset management company for the resolution of stressed loans worth more than Rs.500 crore.

    RBI issued license to Bank of China to operate in India

    The decision was based on the commitment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Chinese President XiJinping, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China. Following this, the 106-year-old "Bank of China" will open a branch in India. The Bank of China (BoC) opened its first branch in South Asia in Pakistan's Karachi last year. Bank of China (BOC) headquarter:- Beijing.

    Allahabad Bank, Punjab National Bank raised lending rate by up to 10 basis points

    Kolkata-headquartered Allahabad Bank and Delhi-headquartered PNB (Punjab National Bank) raised their marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by up to 10 basis points, with effect from July 1, 2018.  One basis point equals one-hundredth of a percentage point. ♦ For loan of a six-month tenor, the borrowing rate will be costlier by 0.10 per cent to 8.40 per cent. ♦ For one year loan term, the new rates are up by 0.05 per cent to 8.45 per cent, ♦ For three year loan term, the rate is 8.60 per cent, ♦ For five year loan term, the rate is 8.75 per cent.

    IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited has announced its tie-up with Oxigen

    IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited has announced its tie-up with Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd. The aim is to establish the distribution of its insurance products at Oxigen retail outlets and to popularize insurance with long-term savings for the micro-segment. Oxigen is one of the leading providers of money transfers and prepaid recharges as low as Rs. 10. Indiafirst  Life Insurance Company limited ties up with Oxigen.

    IIFL is India's No. 1 investment bank for Fiscal Year 2017 to 2018

    As per Prime Database Investment Bankers League table for FY 2017-18, IIFL is India's top investment bank for equity issuances by private sector companies. IIFL is a publicly listed company and is engaged in Investment Banking, Securities dealing, Wealth & Asset Management and Loans & Mortgages. About IIFL:- IIFL Holdings Ltd, formerly India Infoline Limited, is an Indian diversified financial services company. Headquarter:- Mumbai Founded: 1995 Founders: Nirmal Jain, Rajamani Venkataraman

    Money in Swiss banks: India moves to 73rd place, UK remains on top

    India has moved up 15 places to 73rd in terms of money parked by its citizens with Swiss banks in 2017, while the UK remains on top. India had slipped to 88th place with a 44 per cent plunge in such funds during 2016, but the latest data from the Swiss National Bank (SNB) shows an increase of over 50 per cent during 2017 to CHF 1.01 billion (about Rs 7,000 crore). Pakistan is now placed one place higher than India at 72nd position.

    IRDA approves LIC-IDBI Bank deal

    The Board of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has approved Life Insurance Corporation’s (LIC) proposal to the acquisition of up to 51% stake in state-run lender IDBI Bank. The insurance regulator gave the insurer exemption from 15% investment cap. The LIC is expected to invest Rs 10,000-13,000 crore in tranches in the NPA-mired state-run lender. The deal will also require approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

    SBI to close 9 overseas branches; PSBs collectively shut down 35 foreign operations

    The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is in the process of closing down nine foreign branches as part of rationalisation of overseas operations. SBI has over 190 foreign offices spread across 36 countries. Bank of India also closed down operations in Yangoon and Bostwana, while Bank of Baroda and Indian Overseas Bank shut the Hong Kong branch. In addition, PSBs have also closed down various representative offices.

    EXIM Bank extends USD 10 million loan facility to Seychelles

    The Export-Import Bank of India(Exim Bank) announced that it has extended USD 10 million worth of line of credit (LOC) to Seychelles for healthcare and procurement of goods and projects. It is the first tranche of the $50 million sanctioned by the Exim Bank to the country. With this agreement for $10 million, Exim Bank has extended two LOCs to Seychelles, taking the total value to $28 million.

    India expects AIIB to fund for 9 infrastructure projects

    India has picked almost 28% or $ 1.4 billion of AIIB’s total funding for seven projects. Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal said ‘In India, Infrastructure creation requires $4.5 trillion investments over the next 10 years’. India is expecting investment in 9 more infrastructure projects with a funding of $ 2.4 billion from AIIB.  

    Government appointed Arijit Basu as new Managing Director of SBI

    He will fill the position that fell vacant following the elevation of Rajnish Kumar as the chairman.  Executive committee of the central board approved appointment of Anil Kishore as deputy managing director and chief risk officer of the bank for a period up to May, 2020.

    PM Modi to inaugurate 3rd AIIB meeting in Mumbai

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on June 25-26 in Mumbai. The two-day event will be held at the Hotel Trident/Oberoi and NCPA. In the past, AIIB annual meetings have been held in Beijing, China, in 2016 and in Jeju, South Korea, in 2017.

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