Cabinet approves Rs 3,500 crore sugar export subsidy

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a Rs 3,500 crore subsidy for sugar farmers. The subsidy will be given on 60 lakh tonnes of sugar exports at the rate of Rs 6,000 per tonne. He stated that 5 crore sugarcane farmers will benefit from this Cabinet decision. The subsidy will be directly transferred to the farmers’ accounts.

In other news, the Cabinet has also approved a project for establishing 2,100 km of additional transmission lines and 36 new Sub Stations in 6 North-Eastern states.

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Laxmi Organics files draft papers for Rs 800-crore IPO

Laxmi Organics has filed draft papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to raise Rs 800 crore as its initial public offering (IPO). The IPO consists of a fresh issue of Rs 500 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of Rs 300 crore by its promoter, Yellow Stone Trust. Laxmi Organic is a Mumbai-based specialty chemicals manufacturer. The company will utilise the proceeds from the issue for setting up a manufacturing facility for fluorospecialty chemicals, working capital requirements, and purchase of plant and machinery. 

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SEBI eases profitability criteria for mutual fund sponsors

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has decided to relax profitability criteria for becoming a mutual fund sponsor. This is to facilitate innovation and expansion in the mutual fund sector. The SEBI board also approved proposals which include dispensing with the requirement to issue physical unit certificates, reducing maximum permissible exit load, and reducing the timeline for payment of dividend.

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Jio fastest network in 4G download in November: TRAI

According to the latest data update from telecom regulator TRAI, Reliance Jio has topped the 4G speed chart with a data download rate of 20.8 megabits per second (Mbps) in November. This was followed by Vodafone at 9.8 Mbps and Bharti Airtel at 8 Mbps. Vodafone was ahead of others in upload speed at 6.5 Mbps, during the same month. Jio’s upload speed was recorded at 3.7 Mbps.

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Future Enterprises Q2 Results: Net Loss at Rs 320 crore

Future Enterprises Ltd reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 320 crore, for the quarter ended September (Q2). The company had posted a net profit of Rs 21.78 crore in Q2 of the previous financial year. Its revenue from operations declined to Rs 237.88 crore in Q2 FY21, as compared to Rs 1,699.84 crore in the corresponding quarter in FY20. Future Enterprises develops, owns, and leases retail infrastructure for the Future Group.

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Ratnamani Metals & Tubes secures order worth Rs 105 crore

Ratnamani Metals & Tubes Ltd (RMTL) has received a domestic order of Rs 105 crore for coated carbon steel pipes from the Oil and Gas sector. The company stated that the order will be executed between May 2021 and September 2021. Gujarat-based RMTL is a leading producer of stainless steel and titanium welded tubes. It also provides total piping solutions to a diverse range of industries.

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Cipla launches Covid-19 diagnostic test kit ‘CIPTest’

Cipla Limited has partnered with Premier Medical Corporation Pvt Ltd to launch ‘CIPTest’- a rapid antigen Covid-19 testing kit. While Premier Medical Corp will manufacture the kits, Cipla will be responsible for marketing and distribution. The pharma company stated that the testing kit will be able to generate results in 15-20 minutes.

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Jubilant Foodworks launches biryani brand ‘Ekdum!’

Jubilant Foodworks announced the expansion of its portfolio with a new biryani brand- Ekdum! The company stated that Ekdum! will offer 20 different varieties of biryanis curated from different parts of India. In addition to biryanis, customers will also be able to choose from an extensive range of kebabs, curries, desserts, and beverages. Currently, Ekdum! has opened three restaurants in Gurgaon, and has plans to launch more in NCR over the next few months.

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Indian Bank declares IL&FS Financial Services account as fraud

State-owned Indian Bank has declared the account of IL&FS Financial Services Ltd (IFIN), as fraud. The bank has fully provided for the non-performing account of IFIN with outstanding dues of Rs 408 crore. The lender has reported the account to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), as per regulatory requirements. In October, Punjab and Sind Bank had also reported the account of IFIN as fraud, with outstanding dues of over Rs 561 crore. 

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Vedanta to raise $8 billion for BPCL bid: Report

According to a report from Livemint, Vedanta Group plans to raise as much as $8 billion (~Rs 58,913 crore) to secure funds for the acquisition of state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL). It has been reported that Vedanta Resources Plc has already started talks with banks, and discussions with JP Morgan are at an advanced stage. The report states that funds will be raised through a mix of debt and equity instruments, to acquire a 52.98% stake in BPCL.

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RBL Bank migrates to Infosys Finacle’s digital banking solution

RBL Bank announced that it will migrate its systems to Infosys Finacle, a digital banking solutions platform developed by EdgeVerve Systems. Finacle’s extensive open API (application programming interface) repository will provide the agility required to seamlessly integrate and co-innovate with ecosystem partners, which is one of the key focus areas for the bank. EdgeVerve Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infosys Ltd.