Asian Paints to invest Rs 960 crore to expand Gujarat unit

Asian Paints Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Govt of Gujarat, commencing the proposed expansion of manufacturing capacity at its Ankleshwar unit at a total investment of about Rs 960 crore. The manufacturing capacity of paint will go up from 1.3 lakh kilolitres (KL) to 2.5 lakh KL, and resins and emulsions from 32,000 metric tonnes (MT) to 85,000 MT. The capacity expansion will be completed over the next 2-3 years.

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Paytm Payments Bank launches transit cards for metro, bus travel

Paytm Payments Bank Ltd announced the launch of the Paytm Transit Card. The card will take care of users’ everyday needs— from travel in metro, railways, state-owned bus services, toll & parking charges to payments at offline merchant stores, online shopping, and more. The card also enables the withdrawal of money from ATMs. The first phase of the rollout is being launched in collaboration with Hyderabad Metro Rail, Ahmedabad Metro, and the Delhi Airport Express Line.

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Man Infra to develop luxury residential project in Tardeo, Mumbai

MICL Properties LLP, a subsidiary of Man Infraconstruction Ltd, is jointly developing an ultra-luxurious residential high-rise tower at Tardeo, Mumbai. The project is expected to generate approximately Rs 3,000 crore over the next 4-5 years. This landmark project will be one of the tallest residential structures in India, with a proposed height of more than 250 meters.

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Tata Chemicals in talks to acquire battery business of UK-based Johnson Matthey: Report

According to reports, Tata Chemicals Ltd is in discussions with London-based Johnson Matthey Plc to buy the company’s battery materials business. A deal for the battery materials unit could fetch $500-700 million. The deal will help group company Tata Motors expand its range of electric vehicles (EVs) and secure a cost advantage over rival carmakers in the EV space, as none of them have in-house battery materials manufacturing ability.

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Shakti Pumps’ board approves setting up of EV subsidiary

The Board of Directors of Shakti Pumps India Ltd has approved the incorporation of a wholly-owned subsidiary to conduct business in electric vehicle (EV) motors, EV chargers, and EV controllers. Shakti Pumps is a leading manufacturer of submersible pumps for domestic, industrial, horticultural, and agricultural use.

RBI supersedes the board of Reliance Capital, to start resolution process

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has superseded the Board of Directors of struggling Reliance Capital Ltd. RBI has also decided to approach the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to kickstart the resolution process. The central bank’s move comes after Reliance Capital defaulted on multiple repayment obligations to its creditors and due to serious corporate governance issues. The non-bank lender fell onto hard times in the aftermath of the collapse of IL&FS in September 2018.

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SBI and Capri Global Capital signs MoU to accelerate MSME lending 

State Bank of India (SBI) has entered into a co-lending arrangement with Capri Global Capital Ltd to boost lending to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME). This association will offer strategic and customized financing solutions to the underserved MSMEs of India in line with RBI guidelines.

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RIL denies any intent to bid for UK telecom group BT

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) categorically denied any intent to bid for the UK telecom group, BT (formerly British Telecom). The company dismissed a report titled `Reliance mulling bid for UK’s telco BT Group’ as “completely speculative and baseless”. Reliance’s shares, which rose as much as 3.6% earlier in the day, closed 1.2% higher at Rs 2,441.50.

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Ather Energy to set up its 2nd manufacturing facility at Hosur

Hero MotoCorp-backed Ather Energy plans to set up its second manufacturing facility, which will expand its capacity from 1.2 lakh units at present to 4 lakh units. The new facility will come up at Hosur, Tamil Nadu, to cater to the growing demand for its e-two-wheelers 450 X and 450 Plus. Apart from EV manufacturing, the new facility will also focus on lithium-ion batteries, a key focus area for Ather Energy.

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LIC gets RBI approval to increase stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase its stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank to 9.99%. Currently, LIC holds a 4.96% stake in the private lender. The approval of the central bank is valid for one year.

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