IMF retains India’s growth forecast for 2021 at 9.5%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has retained India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecasts at 9.5% in 2021 and 8.5% for 2022. However, IMF has lowered its projection for global growth this year as supply disruptions impacted growth outlook for advanced economies, and pandemic dynamics have worsened in low-income economies. It projects world economic growth at 5.9% for 2021. 

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Tata Power Solar secures orders worth Rs 538 crore from EESL

Tata Power Solar has received a Letter of Award (LoA) from state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to build 100 megawatt (MW) distributed ground-mounted solar projects in Maharashtra. The total order value of the projects is Rs 538 crore. The commissioning date of the solar projects is set for 12 months. The utility-scale order book of Tata Power Solar now stands at nearly 4 gigawatt capacity with a value of Rs 9,264 crore.

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PSP Projects declared lowest bidder for housing project in Uttar Pradesh

PSP Projects Ltd has emerged as the lowest (L-1) bidder for a government residential project in Uttar Pradesh. The bid value of the project is Rs 238.7 crore. PSP Projects is a multidisciplinary construction company that offers a diversified range of construction and allied services across industrial, institutional, and residential projects in India. To learn more about the company, click here.

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L&T Construction secures significant orders for various businesses

Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) construction arm has secured significant orders (in the range of Rs 1,000-2,500 crore) for its various businesses. In the metallurgical and material handling (MMH) business, the company has secured an order to set up a coke oven, by-product, and coke dry quenching plants. The buildings and factories business has won an order from a ‘prestigious client’ for the construction of office space at Hyderabad with an approximate built-up area of 20 lakh sq. ft.

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CONCOR’s physical volumes handled rises 11% YoY in Q2

Container Corporation of India’s (CONCOR) total physical volumes handled increased by 10.74% YoY to 9,80,757 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in Q2 FY22. However, physical volumes have declined by 1.11% compared to the previous quarter. Domestic physical volumes rose 33.68% YoY to 1,88,332 TEUs. Meanwhile, export-import (EXIM) physical volumes improved by 6.4% YoY to 7,92,425 TEUs during the same period.

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BLS International to process Brazilian visas in India

The Embassy of Brazil in India has authorised BLS International Services Ltd to process visa applications. The company will accept visa applications from centres in Delhi and Mumbai. BLS will initiate Brazil visa processing, along with several convenience services such as photocopy, courier, and form filling. BLS International Services is a global services partner for governments and citizens in the domain of visa, passport, consular, and e-governance services.

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Govt grants “Maharatna” status to Power Finance Corporation

The government has granted the ”Maharatna” status to state-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC). This move will give the company greater operational and financial autonomy. The board of a Maharatna enterprise can make equity investments to undertake financial joint ventures and subsidiaries, undertake mergers and acquisitions in India and abroad. PFC is the largest infrastructure finance company dedicated to the power sector under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power.

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Bhansali Engineering Q2 Results: Net profit jumps 248% YoY to Rs 123.66 crore

Bhansali Engineering Polymers reported a 248.3% YoY jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 123.66 crore for the quarter ended Sept (Q2 FY22). Net profit increased by 59.8% when compared to the previous quarter. Its total income rose by 22.21% YoY (or 59.76% QoQ) to Rs 378.30 crore during the same period. The company’s board has declared an interim dividend of Rs 1 per share.

TPG Rise Climate, ADQ to invest $1 billion in Tata Motors’ new EV unit

Tata Motors said it will be creating a new electric vehicles (EV) subsidiary that will require over Rs 16,000 crore of investment over the next five years. TPG Rise Climate and Abu Dhabi’s ADQ will be investing $1 billion (~Rs 7,500 crore) for an 11-15% stake in this subsidiary. The investment will value the subsidiary (TML EVCo) at ~$9.1 billion. The company will be asset-light, and all the investment will be going towards creating intellectual property such as new vehicle designs and EV platforms.

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Ujjivan SFB’s total deposits grow 31% YoY to Rs 14,090 crore in Q2

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank reported a 31% YoY growth in total deposits to Rs 14,090 crore in Q2 FY22. The bank’s disbursements jumped 114% YoY (or 138% QoQ) to Rs 3,122 crore during the same period. The gross loan book stood at Rs 14,508 crore at the end of the July-Sept quarter, up 4% YoY and 3% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ). Retail deposits saw a 38% YoY and 12% QoQ growth to Rs 7,270 crore in Q2 FY22.

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Factory output surges 11.9% in August

India’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) grew by 11.9% in August 2021. This is an increase of 0.4% from July. IIP grew on the back of a low base last year when factory output was -7.6% in August 2020. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63% of the IIP, grew 9.7% in August. The mining sector output rose 23.6% in August, while power generation increased 16%.

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