World Bank slashes India’s growth forecast to 8.3% for FY22

The World Bank has lowered its growth forecast for India from 10.1% to 8.3% for the current financial year (FY22). It stated that recovery in India is being hampered by the largest outbreak of Covid-19 cases that any country has seen since the beginning of the pandemic. “Economic activity in FY22 will benefit from policy support, including higher spending on infrastructure, rural development, health, and a stronger-than-expected recovery in services and manufacturing,” the World Bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.

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Max Financial Q4 Results: Net profit at Rs 62.34 crore

Max Financial Services Ltd reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 62.34 crore for the quarter ended March 2021 (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net loss of Rs 36.09 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). Revenue from operations jumped 128.88% YoY to Rs 9,759.75 crore in Q4 FY21. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit increased by 179.6% YoY to Rs 405.39 crore. 

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Route Mobile to expand its global presence in Southeast Asia

Route Mobile Ltd announced the opening of a step-down subsidiary PT Route Mobile in Indonesia, as it seeks to expand its global presence in Southeast Asia. The company has appointed Elsiyah Susanto as Country Manager- Indonesia. The new office in Indonesia marks the company’s commitment to strengthen its presence in the region and assure better reachability to enterprises and brands. Route Mobile is a leading cloud communications platform as a service (CPaaS) provider based in Mumbai.

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Minda Corporation forms JV with South Korean firm for automotive antenna systems

Minda Corporation Ltd has announced a joint venture (JV) with South Korea-based INFAC Elecs Co. Ltd to bring its range of automotive antenna solutions to India. The partnership aims to capitalise on the opportunities for growth in automotive safety, connected and autonomous technologies. The JV will provide multiple products such as rod antenna, micro pole antenna, shark fin antenna, and low frequency (LF) antennas. It will manufacture the antennas locally from the newly established state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Pune.

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MOIL secures patent from the government

MOIL Limited has secured a patent for an invention entitled ‘a composition useful as an alternative filling material for hydraulic stowing in an underground mine and the methods thereof’. The Indian government has granted the patent for 20 years, starting from March 31, 2018. This is the company’s first patent since its inception in 1962. State-owned MOIL is a manganese ore mining company based in Nagpur.

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Suven Pharma Q4 Results: Net profit rises 12% YoY to Rs 83 crore

Suven Pharmaceuticals Ltd reported a 12.05% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 83.12 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 26.85% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 40.27% YoY to Rs 259.16 crore during the same period. Net profit for the financial year 2020-21 increased by 14.30% YoY to Rs 362.34 crore. The pharma company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Re 1 per share.

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NCLT approves Videocon sale to Vedanta group firm Twinstar Technologies

The Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved Twinstar Technologies’ resolution plan for Videocon Industries Ltd. Twinstar is part of Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta Group. It had offered to pay Rs 2,962 crore to the lenders of Videocon, which is burdened with a massive debt of Rs 46,000 crore. In 2019, NCLT had allowed for the consolidation of insolvency proceedings against 13 entities of the Videocon Group.

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Inox Leisure to raise Rs 300 crore via QIP

The Board of Directors of Inox Leisure Ltd has approved the launch of a qualified institutional placement (QIP) to raise Rs 300 crore. The floor price of the QIP has been fixed at Rs 315.25 per share. This is a 5% discount to the current share price. The multiplex operator plans to utilize the net proceeds from the share sale to meet capital expenditure requirements for ongoing and future projects. The funds will also be used for business expansion and to repay existing/future debts.

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Indian Hotels Company signs pact with BACL for 775-room hotel at Bengaluru airport

Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) has entered into an agreement with Bengaluru Airport City Ltd (BACL) for a 775-room hotel at Kempegowda International Airport. It will be a combination of a 450-room ‘Vivanta’ hotel and a 325-room ‘Ginger’ hotel. The upcoming hotel complex, along with Taj Bangalore, will offer a combined inventory of 1,150 rooms. With this addition, IHCL will have 12 hotels in Bengaluru.

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CCI approves acquisition of three electricity supply companies of Odisha by Tata Power

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of 51% of equity share capital in each of the three electricity supply companies of Odisha by Tata Power Company Ltd. This includes Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha (WESCO), Southern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha (SOUTHCO), and Central Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Limited (CESCO). The 51% share capital of each utility company will be acquired by Tata Power from Grid Corporation of Odisha Ltd (GRIDCO).

Welspun Corp secures multiple orders worth Rs 1,725 crore

Welspun Corp has received multiple orders of approximately 164 kilometric tonnes (KMT), valuing close to Rs 1,725 crore. The orders include reinstatement of an offshore sour pipes supply contract in Australia for the Barossa Offshore Development Project. With these new orders, the company’s total order book stands at 525 KMT, valued at approximately Rs 4,800 crore.

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