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Independent director accuses promoters of Rs 600-crore scam in listed optic fibre maker

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Independent director accuses promoters of Rs 600-crore scam in listed optic fibre maker

Promoters of Aksh Optifibre, a Delhi-based company, accused of creating a byzantine collection of shell companies, entering into undisclosed related party deals, and carrying out gold-plated imports. Independent director shoots letters to finance ministry and board calling for forensic audit.

Finance Ministry rejects NBFC industry’s request for longer-term liquidity assistance

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Finance Ministry rejects NBFC industry’s request for longer-term liquidity assistance

As per the notification, liquidity instruments under the scheme will have a maturity of only three months

2 deals, 2 CBI cases: How banks flouted rules while lending to Videocon’s Venugopal Dhoot

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2 deals, 2 CBI cases: How banks flouted rules while lending to Videocon’s Venugopal Dhoot

Videocon’s loan dealings with banks expose how easily banks could flout norms when approached by a powerful industrialist and raises more questions on the efficacy of safeguards banks and regulators follow to avert corruption in high value loan deals.

Dhanlaxmi Bank board-room tussle: Following chairman, two more members quit

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Dhanlaxmi Bank board-room tussle: Following chairman, two more members quit

On Tuesday, K.N Murali, Independent Director and G. Venkatanarayanan, Additional Director resigned from the Board of the Bank with effect from June 29, 2020 citing personal reasons.

Dhanlaxmi Bank Chairman Sajeev Krishnan quits ahead of his term

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Dhanlaxmi Bank Chairman Sajeev Krishnan quits ahead of his term

According to people familiar with the development, Krishnan resigned from the bank ahead of his term on account of differences with the management.

A month of Rs 3 lakh crore MSME loan scheme: Sanctions are high but disbursals remain low; here's why

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A month of Rs 3 lakh crore MSME loan scheme: Sanctions are high but disbursals remain low; here's why

A closer look at the emergency credit line guarantee scheme (ECLGS) numbers show, even though banks have been aggressive in ramping up loan sanctions, the actual disbursements are yet to pick up in a meaningful way.

India’s MSMEs hit hard by COVID-19: What lies ahead for small entrepreneurs?

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India’s MSMEs hit hard by COVID-19: What lies ahead for small entrepreneurs?

MSMEs are the first to take hit in an economic downturn. This time too, many MSMEs are hit hard due to the onslaught of the pandemic. The demand on the ground has slowed to a trickle. Adding to the woes, a good number of skilled workforce has moved back to their home states due to the prolonged lockdown.

COVID-19 crisis: RBI may agree to one-time loan restructuring scheme for stressed borrowers

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COVID-19 crisis: RBI may agree to one-time loan restructuring scheme for stressed borrowers

If RBI permits this demand, this will be a big relief to NBFC borrowers since economic activities have slowed to a trickle on account of the prolonged lockdown.

Upset RBI officers knock at Governor Shaktikanta Das's door over new unified cadre, HR bias

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Upset RBI officers knock at Governor Shaktikanta Das's door over new unified cadre, HR bias

In the letter dated 25 June, the RBI Officers’ Association said the recently constituted Specialized Supervisory and Regulatory Cadre (SSRC) will adversely impact the central bank's supervisory functions.

Annual pay in FY20: HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri’s Rs 18.9 crore vs SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar’s Rs 31 lakh

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Annual pay in FY20: HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri’s Rs 18.9 crore vs SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar’s Rs 31 lakh

The wage disparity between the public and the private sectors, however, is not limited to banks.

Explained: Govt gives more teeth to RBI to govern co-operative banks: What does it mean?

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Explained: Govt gives more teeth to RBI to govern co-operative banks: What does it mean?

There are about 1,482 urban co-operative banks and 58 multi-state co-operative banks in the country which are now being brought under the RBI's watch.

SBI writes off loans worth Rs 1.79 lakh crore in last four years

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SBI writes off loans worth Rs 1.79 lakh crore in last four years

The bank recovered Rs 9,250 crore from Advance Under Collection Account in FY20 as against Rs 8,345 crore in FY19. AUCA refers to chronic bad debt cases where recovery is unlikely in the normal course.

RBI extends Rs 50,000-crore special liquidity facility to Yes Bank for 3 more months

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RBI extends Rs 50,000-crore special liquidity facility to Yes Bank for 3 more months

The facility, which was announced earlier for three months till 16 June, was given to the bank as temporary assistance after the lender was bailed out by a bank consortium as part of an RBI-initiated reconstruction package.

WFH to WFA: How practical is SBI boss Rajnish Kumar’s idea?

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WFH to WFA: How practical is SBI boss Rajnish Kumar’s idea?

The idea isn’t feasible for a bank of SBI’s size and reach, except in certain functions like administrative work, human resources or some IT functions. Moving out activities like loan proposals and financial transactions isn’t possible and could even be risky.

Analysis | PNB struggles to shake off a painful past; COVID-19 may exacerbate pain

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Analysis | PNB struggles to shake off a painful past; COVID-19 may exacerbate pain

Going ahead, the bank's growth hinges on two critical aspects — its ability to raise money at the right time and improvement in the economic conditions.

FinMin wants PSBs to cut expenditure by 20%: Good move, but where is the recapitalisation plan?

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FinMin wants PSBs to cut expenditure by 20%: Good move, but where is the recapitalisation plan?

Government’s directive to PSBs to cut unnecessary expenditure in a crisis scenario is a certainly a good move. But, this will not be enough. PSBs are staring at much bigger capital requirements in the Covid-19 hit economy.

Former RBI governor Urjit Patel makes peace with government, to join as NIPFP Chairman

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Former RBI governor Urjit Patel makes peace with government, to join as NIPFP Chairman

Beginning June 22, Patel will begin a four-year term as the Chairperson of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, a research body under the control of the ministry of finance.

BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit launches helpline to obtain loans

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BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit launches helpline to obtain loans

Up to 19,000 people have applied for loans, five applications have been processed and Rs 20 lakh loans was released, according to the party website. Moves comes as as Rs 3 lakh crore MSME loan scheme has failed to take off.

Muthoot Finance Q4: Here's why gold loan business is an oasis of hope in COVID times

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Muthoot Finance Q4: Here's why gold loan business is an oasis of hope in COVID times

In the January-March quarter, Muthoot Finance posted a 52.4 percent jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 835.78 crore due to higher demand for gold loans. Muthoot is clear what worked in his company’s favour.

Rs 3 lakh crore MSME loan scheme: PSBs struggle to improve actual disbursals; will private banks come on board?

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Rs 3 lakh crore MSME loan scheme: PSBs struggle to improve actual disbursals; will private banks come on board?

In fact, on a cumulative basis, only half of the amount sanctioned is disbursed so far. PSB bankers are on an overdrive to make the scheme work under direction of the government

RBI plans systemically important tag for big HFCs, here's what it means

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RBI plans systemically important tag for big HFCs, here's what it means

Since most of the big HFCs are already well regulated by the central bank, the proposed categorisation will not make much of a difference.

Interest waiver during loan moratorium: Who will speak for the bank depositor?

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Interest waiver during loan moratorium: Who will speak for the bank depositor?

Interest payment on bank deposits is crucial for a large section of the population who park their money in banks, considering FDs as safer instruments. Bank deposits are the preferred option for a large section of investors, especially senior citizens and the retired, who rely on monthly interest payments to meet their expenses.

How Chinese central bank’s move in HDFC alerted New Delhi to tighten rules

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How Chinese central bank’s move in HDFC alerted New Delhi to tighten rules

India’s concern was mainly over Chinese opportunism. By the second half of April, India began to put in place controls to screen Chinese investment proposals in Indian companies.

Here's why the lukewarm response to RBI's unified supervisory cadre can be a worry for the banking sector

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Here's why the lukewarm response to RBI's unified supervisory cadre can be a worry for the banking sector

There is a difference of opinion between top management and officers about the effectiveness of the new division. Officers believe that existing infrastructure needs to be strengthened through training instead of creating a new cadre.

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