Piramal Group completes acquisition of DHFL for Rs 34,250 crore

Piramal Enterprises Ltd (PEL) has completed the acquisition of Dewan Housing Finance Corp Ltd. (DHFL) for a total consideration of Rs 34,250 crore. This includes an upfront cash payment of Rs 14,700 crore and issuance of debt instruments worth Rs 19,550 crore (10-year NCDs at 6.75% per annum on a half-yearly basis). As a part of the process, Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Ltd (PCHFL) will merge with DHFL. The creditors of DHFL would recover an aggregate amount of ~Rs 38,000 crore from the resolution process. 

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Blue Star to invest Rs 550 crore on new manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh

Blue Star Limited will invest Rs 550 crore over the next few years for setting up a greenfield manufacturing unit at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The AC and commercial refrigeration major’s newly formed subsidiary, Blue Star Climatech, has commenced construction of the new plant. The unit will be highly automated, and the company will ensure that products manufactured are globally competitive. The first phase of construction will be completed by July 2022.

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BLS International secures contract for Italian visa processing services in Russia

BLS International Services has secured a contract from the Embassy of Italy in Russia for visa processing for a period of five years. The company is expected to process approximately 1.4 lakh applications every year at 20 centres across Russia. BLS will be providing Italian visas, along with value-added services such as mobile biometric, translation, premium lounge, prime time submission, courier, and SMS alerts for the convenience of applicants.

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HCL Tech signs multi-year contract with Belgium-based Proximus

HCL Technologies Ltd has signed a multi-year strategic partnership with Proximus Group to transform its data centre business and create a resilient digital foundation. Proximus is one of Belgium’s leading digital services and communications solutions providers. HCL Tech will invest in a dedicated innovation lab, providing Proximus exclusive access to its intellectual property, product, and partner ecosystem. The partnership will allow Proximus to use HCL’s telecom and technology domain expertise to develop innovative 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

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SpiceJet partners with EaseMyTrip for holiday bookings

SpiceJet Limited has partnered with EaseMyTrip to strengthen offerings ahead of the festive season. The travel platform will develop a holiday booking platform for SpiceJet, which will allow the airline’s customers to book holiday packages. The partnership is aimed at expanding EaseMyTrip’s scope across the rapidly growing holiday segment. Under the collaboration, SpiceJet will offer exclusive benefits such as priority services (check-in, boarding) and complimentary meals.

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HDFC Bank issues 4 lakh credit cards after lifting of embargo 

HDFC Bank has issued 4 lakh credit cards since the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lifted the embargo (an official ban) imposed on the company. In December 2020, the RBI placed restrictions on the private sector lender on sourcing of new credit cards. The RBI eased the restrictions on August 17, 2021. HDFC Bank has also announced the relaunch of three cards— HDFC Bank’s Millennia, MoneyBack+, and Freedom. The new card variants will be available to customers in October 2021.

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Britannia partners with Accenture to accelerate its digital transformation

Britannia Industries has partnered with Accenture for digital acceleration of its operations and reduction of IT operational costs. The project will help streamline Britannia’s procurement and supply chain management, expedite digital onboarding, contract management, and procurement processes. The partnership with Accenture will work towards digitising more than 80 manufacturing units and 50 warehouses and help unlock capital for innovation and growth initiatives.

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ABB India technology to lower production costs for Tata Steel plant

ABB India Limited will provide electromagnetic brake systems (EMBR) for two compact strip production (CSP) casters for Tata Steel’s flagship plant in Jamshedpur. The company will work under contract from SMS Group, an engineering and construction firm. ABB India’s scope of supply also includes dry-type transformers, water cooling systems, and commissioning services. ABB’s EMBR technology will allow Tata Steel to improve product quality and lower production costs.

RBI removes Indian Overseas Bank out of PCA framework

The Reserve Bank of India has removed Indian Overseas Bank from the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework, subject to certain conditions and continuous monitoring. The performance of the bank was reviewed by RBI’s Board for Financial Supervision. It was noted that IOB is not in breach of the PCA parameters as per the results published for the year ended March 31, 2021. PCA is a framework under which banks with weak financial metrics are put under watch by the RBI.  

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Invesco moves NCLT against ZEEL for failing to announce EGM date

Invesco Developing Markets Fund has moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) for failing to announce a date for the extraordinary general meeting (EGM). The US-based fund house had called for an EGM to remove ZEEL’s CEO and MD Punit Goenka. The majority shareholders also aim to reconstitute the company’s board. As per the rules, ZEEL has up till October 2 to call for an EGM.

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