Tech Mahindra to acquire 100% stake in Allyis India, Green Investments

Tech Mahindra Ltd has approved a proposal for the acquisition of a 100% stake in Allyis India and Green Investments. The total consideration for the acquisition is $125 million (~Rs 929 crore). Allyis offers technology consulting and managed services that help organizations reduce costs and improve performance. The target entity is headquartered in Seattle, USA, and has more than 660 employees. 

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GST Council defers hike on textiles from 5% to 12%

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has decided to defer the rate hike on textiles from 5% to 12%. The issue will be reviewed at the next meeting in February 2022. Various states had opposed the increase in the tax, citing higher compliance costs for the unorganised sector and micro, small, & medium enterprises (MSMEs). They have also claimed that it will make the ‘poor man’s clothing expensive’.

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SBI to acquire 10% stake in India International Clearing Corporation

State Bank of India (SBI) will acquire a nearly 10% stake in India International Clearing Corporation (IICC). IICC is the first international clearing corporation set up at GIFT-IFSC that acts as a central counterparty providing clearing and settlement and risk management services. It clears and settles index and single stock derivatives, currency derivatives, and debt securities. SBI is expected to acquire a 9.95% stake, subject to a maximum investment of Rs 34.03 crore.

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Cadila Healthcare’s US arm gets USFDA approval to market Pimavanserin capsule

Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc. has received tentative approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) to market generic Pimavanserin capsules. The drug is used to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. It will be manufactured at Cadila Healthcare’s formulation manufacturing facility at Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Ahmedabad.

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FMCG distributors in Maharashtra to boycott HUL products from Jan 1

The Maharashtra Consumer Products Distributors Federation has decided to stop supplying Hindustan Unilever Ltd’s (HUL) kissan range of products from January 1 due to the company’s “refusal to engage with them on their concerns”. A section of bulk dealers and stockists warned of halting the supply of the HUL’s products over better terms offered to large and online peers. HUL said it remains committed to ensuring that distributors earn a fair return on investments. 

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CBI conducts raids at official and residential premises of Dilip Buildcon

A Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) team on Friday conducted raids at officials and residential premises of Dilip Buildcon Ltd (DBL) in Bhopal. The action came after CBI caught an executive director of the company three days ago while trying to give a bribe of Rs 20 lakh to an official of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). A senior CBI officer confirmed that five persons, including the Regional Officer of NHAI Bangalore and three officials of DBL, have been arrested.

IDFC First Bank board approves merger with promoter entities

The Board of Directors of IDFC First Bank has favoured the merger of IDFC and IDFC Financial Holding (promoter group) with the bank. The bank’s board has constituted and authorised a Capital Raise and Corporate Restructuring Committee to work on the terms of the proposed merger, including finalising the scheme, valuation, and hiring advisors. IDFC Financial Holding Company Ltd (IDFC FHCL) holds a 36.52% stake in the bank as of September 2021, while IDFC Holds a 100% stake in IDFC FHCL.

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PB Fintech to invest up to Rs 1,000 crore in two subsidiaries

PB Fintech Ltd has approved an investment of up to Rs 700 crore in subsidiary Policybazaar Insurance Brokers Private Ltd during FY22 and FY23. It has also approved an investment of up to Rs 299.99 crore in subsidiary Paisabazaar Marketing and Consulting Private Ltd. The investments will allow both the companies to strengthen their financial health and meet general operating expenses.

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Government sets up multiple task forces for 6G development

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formed as many as six academia-driven task forces under the Technology Innovation Group (TIG) on sixth-generation or 6G technology. DoT mandated immediate deliverables by March 31, 2022, including mapping of 6G activities and capabilities worldwide and a white paper on India’s competencies, including research and pre-standardisation activities.

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