Indian states suffer power cuts and outages as coal stocks shrink

North Indian states have suffered electricity cuts and face further outages due to a lack of coal. The shortages in India follow widespread outages in neighboring China, which has shut factories and schools to manage the crisis. Over half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants have fuel stocks of less than three days. These plants supply around 70% of India’s electricity. A blackout warning has been declared in Delhi as there is a severe shortage of coal stock in the thermal power station from where the city gets electricity.

On Friday, the Ministry of Power issued guidelines for operationalising optimum utilisation of generating stations as per the requirement in the electricity grid. 

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Route Mobile to acquire Latin American firm Masiv for $47.5 million

Route Mobile Ltd has acquired Latin American firm Masivian S.A.S (Masiv) for $47.5 million (~Rs 356.8 crore). Masiv is a cloud communication platform service provider that primarily caters to enterprises in Columbia and Peru. It offers multichannel notification services through SMS, OTT business messaging, email, and voice. The acquisition is expected to be completed within the next 60 days.

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Vakrangee Q2 Results: Net profit jumps 101% YoY to Rs 26.7 crore

Vakrangee Ltd reported a 101% year-on-year (YoY) jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 26.74 crore for the quarter ended September (Q2 FY22). Net profit has increased by 33.6% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 195% YoY (or 34% QoQ) to Rs 207.19 crore during the same period. Vakrangee provides banking, ATM, insurance, financial services, e-governance, e-commerce, and logistics services in India. 

Inox Leisure opens four-screen multiplex in Guwahati

Multiplex operator Inox Leisure Ltd has launched a four-screen multiplex at Guwahati. The all-new Inox Insignia will offer an ultra-premium multiplex experience with four exclusive auditoriums and a total of 183 recliner seats. With this launch, Inox is now present in 70 cities with 156 multiplexes, 658 screens, and a total seating capacity of 1.48 lakh across India.

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Solar Industries India secures order worth Rs 1,471 crore from Coal India

Solar Industries India Ltd (SIIL) has received an order from Coal India Ltd for the supply of bulk explosives over a period of two years. The total order value is Rs 1,471 crore. SIIL manufactures and supplies industrial explosives and explosive initiating devices in India and internationally. The company also provides defense products, including military explosives, bombs, and warheads. 

IRB Sindhudurg Airport starts commercial operations

IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt. Ltd (IRB-SAPL) has started commercial operations of the Greenfield Airport Project at Chipi, Maharashtra. IRB-SAPL is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd that was entrusted to develop and operate the airport project. IRB Infrastructure, through the SPV, developed the project at an estimated capital outlay of Rs 800 crore.

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Bandhan Bank’s collection efficiency improves to 90% in Q2

Bandhan Bank’s collection efficiency rate improved to 90% for the quarter ended September (Q2 FY22), compared to 80% efficiency in Q1. The bank’s loans & advances rose 7% YoY to Rs 81,668 crore in the July-Sept quarter. Its total deposits rose 24% YoY to Rs 81,898 crore during the same period. Retail deposits rose 35% YoY to Rs 68,787 crore as of September 30, 2021. 

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Gland Pharma gets tentative approval for Sugammadex injection

Gland Pharma has received tentative approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for generic Sugammadex injection. The drug is used for reversing the effects of the muscle relaxants rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide given to patients during surgery. According to IQVIA data, Sugammadex injection had US sales of ~$615 million (~Rs 4,620 crore) for 12 months ended April 2021.

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Mukesh Ambani joins Bezos, Musk in world’s exclusive $100 billion club

Mukesh Ambani has joined Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the world’s most exclusive wealth club with a fortune of at least $100 billion. The chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) entered the elite group of 11 men as his company’s stock surged to a record high on Friday. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mukesh Ambani is now worth $100.6 billion. His wealth has increased by $23.8 billion this year.

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