CBI registers cases filed by SBI, Canara Bank over Rs 8,000 crore fraud

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two separate cases filed by Canara Bank and State Bank of India regarding fraud to the extent of Rs 7,926.01 crore and Rs 313.79 crore, respectively. The first case was registered against a Hyderabad-based private company, its Chairman & Managing Director, additional Directors, and unknown public servants, on a complaint filed by Canara Bank. It was alleged that the private firm had availed credit facilities using multiple banking arrangements. 

The second case was registered against a private company in Chennai, along with its Chairman and Directors, on a complaint by the State Bank of India. It was alleged that the borrower company availed credit limits of about Rs 310 crore from SBI. The loan amounts were said to have been diverted to related parties. 

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PM Modi presents ASSOCHAM Centenary Award to Ratan Tata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the ‘ASSOCHAM Enterprise of the Century Award’ to Ratan Tata, who received the award on behalf of the Tata Group. PM Modi stated that ASSOCHAM and the entire Tata group has worked very hard to strengthen India’s economy and help the common Indian. Ratan Tata has been honoured for his distinguished contributions to the country. PM Modi was delivering the keynote address at ASSOCHAM’s Foundation Week. [ASSOCHAM stands for the Associated Chamber of Commerce of Inda].

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Apple puts Wistron on probation, confirms lapses in supplier code of conduct

Apple Inc. has placed Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing Pvt Ltd on probation and has confirmed lapses in Wistron’s supplier code of conduct that led to payment delays for the employees. This comes on the back of the violence last Saturday, when thousands of employees created unrest in Wistron’s facility in Karnataka, over unpaid dues. Apple stated that Wistron will not receive any new business from the company before they complete corrective actions. 

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Apollo Hospitals plans to raise Rs 1,500 crore in next two months 

Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd (AHEL) is planning to raise around Rs 1,500 crore in the next two months to support its inorganic growth and strengthen its balance sheet. The funds will also be utilised to improve the services of Apollo 24/7, the company’s digital health platform. AHEL also stated that it is preparing to acquire specific businesses to strengthen its presence in key markets.

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Vodafone Idea launches Rs 399 digital exclusive prepaid and postpaid plans for new users

Vodafone Idea (Vi) has launched a new Rs. 399 digital exclusive plan for customers who place an order for a new SIM via its website. The new plan is listed under both prepaid and postpaid plans. The Rs 399 plan comes with data benefits. It has a validity of 56 days and offers 100 SMS per day to the users. The plan also comes with 1.5 GB mobile data per day. Additional benefits include access to Vi Movies and TV.

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IIFL Home partners with ICICI Bank to provide affordable housing and MSME loans

IIFL Finance Ltd announced that its home loan subsidiary, IIFL Home, has partnered with ICIC Bank to provide affordable housing and MSME (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise) loans. IIFL Home will originate and service customers through the entire loan life-cycle including sourcing, documentation, collection & loan servicing. ICICI Bank will provide funding to these customers

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IndiGrid buys FRV’s solar projects for Rs 660 crore

India Grid Trust (IndiGrid) has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% stakes in FRV Andhra Pradesh Solar Farm-I Pvt Ltd and FRV India Solar Park II Pvt Ltd, from FRV Solar Holdings XI B.V. The two projects comprise 50 MW of solar assets each. The enterprise value of the acquisition is Rs 660 crore. IndiGrid is India’s first listed power sector infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) and is sponsored by KKR and SPGVL.

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Indian banks pursue UK bankruptcy order against Vijay Mallya

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) returned to the High Court in London for a bankruptcy application hearing against liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya. The banks are pursuing the recovery of debt from loans paid out to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Vijay Mallya owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to the Indian banks.

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MTAR Technologies files for Rs 650 crore IPO

MTAR Technologies Ltd has filed a draft red herring prospectus with market regulator SEBI for an initial public offering (IPO). The company is likely to raise Rs 600-650 crore through the IPO. It will consist of a fresh issue of up to 40 lakh shares and an offer for sale (OFS) of up to 82 lakh shares of the face value of Rs 10 per share. 

MTAR Technologies is engaged in the manufacturing and development of mission-critical precision components for the nuclear, space, defense and clean energy sectors. The Hyderabad-based company operates 7 manufacturing facilities.

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Punjab National Bank QIP issue falls short of target by 46%

State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) was only able to secure 54% of its planned fundraising target through a qualified institutional placement (QIP). PNB had planned to raise Rs 7,000 crore through the QIP that had opened on December 15 (Tuesday). As the issue closed on Friday, it was reported that PNB was only able to raise Rs 3,788.04 crore.

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