WPI inflation spikes to record-high of 15.08% in April

India’s inflation based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) surged to a record high of 15.08% in April 2022. WPI inflation stood at 14.55% in March and 10.74% in April 2021. The heatwave across India led to a spike in the prices of perishables such as fruits, vegetables, and milk. Fuel inflation rose to 38.66% in April, while inflation for manufactured products rose to 10.85%.

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Bharti Airtel Q4 Results: Net profit jumps 164% YoY to Rs 2,008 crore

Bharti Airtel Ltd reported a 164.46% YoY (or 142% QoQ) jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 2,007.8 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY22). Its revenue from operations rose 22.3% YoY (or 5.5% QoQ) to Rs 31,500 crore during the same period. The average revenue per user (ARPU) stood at Rs 178 in Q4 FY22, compared to Rs 162 in Q3 FY22 and Rs 145 in Q4 FY21. The telecom company’s board has declared a final dividend of Rs 3 per share.

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Abu Dhabi’s IHC invests Rs 15,400 crore in Adani Group firms

Abu Dhabi-based International Holding Company PJSC (IHC) has completed a $2 billion (~Rs 15,400 crore) investment in three Adani Group companies— Adani Green Energy Ltd, Adani Transmission Ltd, and Adani Enterprises Ltd. The investment will support and accelerate the group’s growth plan to supply India with 45 gigawatts (~9% of the country’s non-fossil energy) by 2030.

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IOCL Q4 Results: Net profit falls 31% YoY to Rs 6,022 crore

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) reported a 31% YoY decline in net profit to Rs 6,022 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY22). Its revenue from operations grew 25.6% YoY to Rs 2.06 lakh crore during the same period. The average gross refining margin stood at $11.25 per barrel (bbl) in Q4 FY22, compared to $5.64 per bbl in Q4 FY21. IOCL’s board has declared a final dividend of Rs 3.6 per share.

The board has also approved the issue of bonus shares in the ratio 1:2 (one bonus share for every two shares held in the firm).

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PM Modi inaugurates India’s first 5G testbed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first 5G testbed to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally. It will also help reduce dependence on foreign facilities. Companies are gearing up to launch 5G networks over the next few months. PM Modi said the next-gen mobile broadband technology (5G) will boost India’s economy by $450 billion in 15 years. He also stated that India is targeting the rollout of 6G telecom network by the end of the decade.

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Abbott India Q4 Results: Net profit rises 39% YoY to Rs 211 crore

Abbott India Ltd reported a 38.6% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 211.41 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY22). Its revenue from operations grew 14.5% YoY to Rs 1,255.02 crore during the same period. The drug maker’s board has declared a final dividend of Rs 145 per share and a special dividend of Rs 130 per share.

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LTI to launch dedicated Google Cloud Business Unit

Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI) is expanding its global partnership with Google Cloud. The company is setting up a dedicated Business Unit for Google Cloud’s six key solution pillars: Application Modernization, Data Management, Infrastructure Modernization, Smart Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Security. LTI’s unit will develop state-of-the-art IP, industry-specific solutions, and accelerators. 

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DLF Q4 Results: Net profit falls 16% YoY to Rs 405.33 crore

DLF Limited reported a 16% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 405.33 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY22). Total income fell 13.34% YoY to Rs 1,652.13 crore during the same period. The realty company’s net profit for the financial year 2021-22 stood at Rs 1,500.86 crore, registering a growth of 37.2% YoY.

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Tata Power partners with Hyundai Motor to build EV charging infra

Tata Power Company Ltd has partnered with Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) to build an electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The company will install Tata Power EZ Charge fast chargers (DC 60 kW) at HMIL’s existing EV dealer locations across 29 cities. It will also supply, install, and commission home chargers for HMIL’s EV customers. 

Tata Power is India’s leading provider of EV charging solutions, with over 1,500 public and semi-public EV chargers installed.

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Jubilant Ingrevia Q4 Results: Net profit rises 26% YoY to Rs 68 crore

Jubilant Ingrevia Ltd reported a 26.18% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 68.59 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY22). Its revenue from operations grew 87.91% YoY to Rs 1,275.87 crore during the same period. The specialty chemical manufacturer’s board has declared a final dividend of Rs 2.5 per share.

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