Nitin Gadkari announces vehicle scrappage policy in Lok Sabha 

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, on Thursday, announced the vehicle scrappage policy in the Lok Sabha. The policy will focus on removing vehicles older than 15-20 years from Indian roads. Owners of old vehicles will get strong incentives to scrap old and unfit vehicles. With this policy, raw materials like plastic, aluminium, steel, copper, would be recycled and will become a lesser cost component for the automotive industry. The minister said that states can make registration fees and road tax lower, which would encourage people to buy new vehicles. This ultimately leads to more sales for the automotive industry.

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TGP Rise Fund to invest $200 million in Airtel Africa mobile money business

Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary, Airtel Africa, announced that investment firm TPG’s Rise Fund will invest $200 million (~Rs 1,452 crore) in the company’s mobile money business. The transaction values Airtel Africa’s mobile money business at $2.65 billion (~Rs 19,245 crore). Airtel Mobile Commerce (AMC) BV is currently the holding company for several of Airtel Africa’s mobile money operations. The Rise Fund will hold a minority stake in AMC BV upon completion of the transaction.

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Adani Green raises $1.35 billion from 12 international banks

Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) has raised $1.35 billion (~Rs 9,800 crore) debt through definitive agreements signed with a group of 12 international lenders. The funds will initially be used to finance the 1.69 gigawatt (GW) hybrid portfolio of solar and wind renewable projects to be set up in four special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in Rajasthan. This is part of AGEL’s vision of scaling up its renewable energy capacity to 25 GW by 2025.   

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Welspun Corp secures orders worth Rs 777 crore in domestic, overseas markets

Welspun Corp Limited said it has received multiple orders worth Rs 777 crore from the overseas and domestic markets. This includes an order of approximately 50 kilometric tonnes (KMT) received from a large client in the Middle East. With these orders, the company’s order book stands at 686 KMT- valued at Rs 5,300 crore. Mumbai-based Welspun Corp is a leading manufacturer of large diameter pipes.

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Dilip Buildcon receives financial closure for NHAI road project in Telangana

Dilip Buildcon announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Repallewada Highways, has received the financial closure letter from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a road project in Telangana. The project consists of four-laning of NH-613 from Repallewada to Telangana on hybrid annuity mode (HAM). The project cost is Rs 1140.5 crore.

Bajaj Auto amends dividend distribution policy

Bajaj Auto Limited has amended its dividend distribution policy to reward shareholders and boost return ratios. The policy will consider the surplus the company has while calculating the dividend payout as a percentage of profits after tax (PAT). The dividend payout will be up to 90% if the surplus funds are over Rs 15,000 crore.

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Varroc Engineering to produce EV chargers for Delta-Q Tech

Varroc Engineering Limited said it has entered into a contract manufacturing agreement with Canada-based Delta-Q Technologies Corp. The company will manufacture Delta-Q’s chargers in India to support the expansion of the electric two and three-wheeler market. Varroc Engineering is a leading automotive component manufacturer based in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

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Ministry of Corporate Affairs investigating irregularities in Edelweiss’ ARC arm: Report

As per reports from multiple sources, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has ordered an inspection of the books of Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company (EARC) after a whistleblower wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office and Reserve Bank of India alleging fraud at the firm. The whistleblower has alleged that Edelweiss Group, along with its partner Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), diverted at least Rs 1,800 crore from EARC. Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd said it has not received any intimation of any inspection being conducted by MCA.

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Delhi HC restrains Future Retail-Reliance deal on Amazon’s plea

The Delhi High Court, on Thursday, restrained Future Retail from going ahead with the Rs 24,713-crore deal with Reliance Industries. The court has upheld the Emergency Arbitrator’s award that, Inc had won against Future Retail. A single-judge bench of Justice JR Midha held that the retail company has willfully violated Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s (SIAC) order. Future Group entities have been directed to pay a penalty of Rs 20 lakh.

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IPO Updates:

Kalyan Jewellers

The Rs 1,175-crore initial public offering (IPO) of Kalyan Jewellers was subscribed 2.61 times on the final day of bidding. The portion reserved for retail investors was subscribed 2.82 times. The portion set aside for non-institutional investors (NIIs) saw a subscription of 1.91 and that of qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) 2.76 times.

Suryoday Small Finance Bank

The Rs 582-crore initial public offering (IPO) of Suryoday Small Finance Bank was subscribed 1.01 times on the second day of bidding. The portion reserved for retail investors was subscribed 2 times. The portion set aside for non-institutional investors (NIIs) saw a subscription of 20% and that of employees 17%. To know more about the IPO, click here.

Nazara Technologies

The Rs 582-crore initial public offering (IPO) of Nazara Technologies was subscribed 10.55 times on the second day of bidding. The portion reserved for retail investors was subscribed 44.47 times and that of employees 5.33 times. The portion set aside for non-institutional investors (NIIs) saw a subscription of 7.73 times and that of QIBs 72%. To know more about the IPO, click here.