Economy In The News – October to November 2017

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Economy In The News – October to December 2017


Transcorp launches pre-paid card

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Foreign Exchange and inward remittance service provider company Transcorp International has launched a platinum pre-paid card in association with Yes Bank. This card can be used for transactions in stores and ATMs across the country. Transcorp – Yes Bank pre-paid card has been launched in association with RUPAY, powered by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

AU, SIDBI launches 200-cr fund for MSMEs

AU Small Finance Bank has entered into a tie-up with SIDBI to launch Rs. 200 crore fund for providing loans to MSMEs. As per the terms of this tie-up, AU Small Finance Bank and SIDBI will earmark a corpus of Rs100 crore each for lending in the current financial year. Term loans in the range of Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 2 crores will be extended in the next 12-15 months to nearly 100 MSME units

Penalty on Yes Bank and IDFC Bank

RBI has imposed penalties on two private sector banks, Yes Bank & IDFC Bank for regulatory violations. The monetary penalty has been imposed for non-compliance with RBI’s guidelines on Income Recognition Asset Classification & delayed reporting of information security incident involving ATMs of the bank.

SAATHI to help small Industries

Ministries of Power and Textiles have joined hands under a new initiative SAATHI (Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help small Industries). EESL, a public sector entity would procure energy efficient Powerlooms, motors and Rapier kits. The use of this efficient equipment would result in energy savings and cost savings to the unit owner.

IndusInd Bank launches Cobrand App

IndusInd Bank and MobiKwik announced the launch of a co-branded wallet, “IndusInd Mobikwik”. It allows IndusInd bank’s customers to pay at the MobiKwik merchant network using their accounts. This wallet has a ‘direct debit feature’ which allows IndusInd Bank account holders to link their accounts just once and pay using the co-branded app as and when required.

RBI to make LEI must for companies

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is set to make Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) compulsory for companies having aggregate fund-based and non-fund based exposure over Rs 5 crore. Fetching loan details on basis of LEI will prevent banks from extending multiple loans to companies against the same collateral.

EEPC India Signs Pact with PNB

Engineering Export Promotion Council of India has signed a MoU with PNB to provide easy access to finance for SMEs and merchant exporters of the council. PNB will provide finance with an assurance that loans up to Rs. 10 crores would be provided within 6 to 7 weeks at competitive rates. PNB would also extend foreign currency loan facilities and provide advisory support to EEPC India members.

Cabinet approves Capitalisation Plan

The government has announced an allocation of Rs 2.11 lakh crore over 2 years for the recapitalization of public sector banks. The government will essentially issue bonds to banks worth Rs 1.35 lakh crore while Rs 76,000 crore will come through budgetary support. Lenders will subscribe to these bonds as part of their investment portfolio.

SBI Signs MoU with Escorts

State Bank of India (SBI) has signed an agreement with Escorts Ltd. to finance farmers for purchase of Escorts tractors. The tie-up with Escorts is to promote, market and make accessible, organized finance facility, with superior features, at competitive interest rates to farmers across the country.


Kerala govt inks MOU with Intel

The Kerala government inked an MOU with Intel and UST Global for exploring the possibility of transforming the state into an electronic hardware manufacturing hub.  Besides, Kerala government has taken an important policy initiative to achieve this goal.

Ola inks partnership with Microsoft

Ola announced its strategic partnership with Microsoft company and thereby choose the Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider. It is aimed at providing improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation etc. The advanced telematics platform will transform the car into a high-performing, intelligent vehicle, capable of assessing fuel efficiency, engine performance, and driver performance.

Paytm introduces BHIM UPI

Paytm introduced payments using BHIM UPI through which users can create their own Paytm BHIM UPI ID on the app, using which customers can transfer money.
Using BHIM UPI users can create their own Paytm BHIM UPI ID on the app. With Paytm BHIM UPI, users can make instant money transfers directly between two bank accounts, with no waiting time to add the beneficiary.

HDFC makes RTGS, NEFT transactions free

HDFC Bank Ltd has made online transactions through RTGS and NEFT free of cost from 1st November 2017, with an aim to promote a digital economy. According to the revised fees and charges for savings and salary accounts, customers will not have to pay any charge for doing online transactions through RTGS and NEFT from 1st November 2017. Also, the customer can avail one cheque book of 25 leaves free.

India’s first co-working space launched

Independent workplace provider WorkoLab unveiled its first co-working space in Gurgaon, Haryana and in Pusa Road, New Delhi. Co-working spaces offered by WorkoLab also provide research guidance by India’s youngest scientific minds with an aim to infuse innovation into the start-up idea. WorkoLab is planning to launch 100+ centres in next three years across the globe.

HSBC to finance for climate change

HSBC pledged to provide $100 billion in financing and investment by 2025 to help combat climate change. It is a part of its commitment to tackling climate change and other “green” goals. It has also committed that all electricity used by HSBC would come from renewable sources by 2030. So it would also adopt recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

Practice Question

Q 1: When was the State Bank Of India established?

A) 1 July 1955                    B) 3 June 1842                       C) 24 Jan 1776                  D) None of These

Ans: A) 1 July 1955

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