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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oct 29, 2015 - 20 commercial banks want to tie up with India Post Payments Bank

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20 commercial banks want to tie up with India Post Payments Bank

About 20 commercial banks have initiated talks with the department of posts for a strategic tie-up with its proposed payments bank India Post Payments Bank.

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Indian market still popular among global investors

Global investors seem to be pinning hopes on Indian stocks premium valuation to sustain against its emerging market peers.

RuPay forces MasterCard to call for fair competition

Facing stiff competition from India's own payment gateway RuPay, MasterCard has called for a level-playing field to stay put in the Indian market.

Micro finance credit gains momentum with ADB loan

“The regulatory certainty is a big contributor for micro finance industry now,” said Kshama Fernandes, managing director & CEO, IFMR Capital.

Reliance Jio looking to partner local cable firms in broadband push

The tie-up will allow the telecom firm get last-mile connectivity for its broadband services

ICICI Bank to expand operations in Punjab: Chanda Kochhar

Private lender ICICI Bank today said it will double its branch network in Punjab as part of expansion plans and disburse loans worth Rs 20,000 crore in the state.

Ford expands vehicle finance operations in India

For consumers looking to buy a Ford vehicle this festive season, Ford Credit India announced the launch of retail financing in key dealerships across India.

Pradeep Gupta elevated as State Bank of India MD

State Bank of India (SBI) Deputy Managing Director Parveen Kumar Gupta was today appointed as the Managing Director of the bank, which is the country's largest lender. Mr. Gupta, who is also the Managing Director of SBI Capital Markets Ltd, the bank's investment banking arm, will succeed Mr. P. Pradeep Kumar, who will superannuate on October 31. The appointment is until March 31, 2020 when Mr. Gupta is due to superannuate or until further orders, whichever is earlier, a notification from the Ministry of Finance said.

Indian units of MNCs paying high royalty to parents, says report

Indian units of Maruti Suzuki, HUL, ABB, Nestle and Bosch paid a fourth of their pre-tax profits as royalty

World Bank, IMF should reflect rise of developing economies: India

India has called for reforming the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reflect the rise of the developing and transitional economies and give them more say in governance.

Amazon’s JV Cloudtail is its biggest seller in India

The joint venture between Amazon India parent and N.R. Narayana Murthy’s Catamaran Ventures contributes at least 40% of sales

Essel Finance funds affordable housing projects in Mumbai

Essel Finance invests `40 crore in two affordable housing projects of Rashmi Housing at Mira Road and Naigaon in north Mumbai

Easier Sebi rules fail to lure start-ups to launch IPOs

No entrepreneur has moved to seek a local listing, preferring instead to raise funds from venture capital, private equity firms or angel investors

Easier to start business in India, difficult to get credit: World Bank report

India moves up nine spots in the starting a business category, slips six spots in terms of accessing credit

Dell Services president Suresh Vaswani invests in on-demand logistics startup ...

Vaswani represents the business unit on Dells executive leadership team and reports to the chairman and CEO Michael Dell.

How retail and food startups like Ubyld, Nappa Dori are helping Generation Y ...

Priced between Rs 1,500 and Rs 3,300, the Ubyld kit comes with pre-drilled wood components, screws, screwdriver, glue and an instruction guide.

Startups like Urban Ladder, Fab-Furnish goes hyperlocal, partners with offline stores

‘Window shopping on online portals to compare prices and designs, followed by offline transactions is becoming high among Indian consumers.

Mark Zuckerberg: we have a 'moral responsibility' to get millions more online

At a town hall meeting with students in India, the Facebook CEO explained his plan to spread Internet access—and promised to help stop the flood of annoying Candy Crush ads.

Sellers on Amazon India witness 10 times growth in sales

The sellers on Amazon are seeing 8-10 fold growth during the festive sales compared to daily sales according to Gopal Pillai, Director and GM, Seller Services, Amazon India.

Flipkart Goes Offline With Assisted E-commerce; Tightens Screws Around Quality

After taking on the mobile and internet world for the last 8 years, ecommerce major Flipkart is planning to build its offline presence. Under Assisted ecommerce model, Flipkart wants to touch the next million population which is not Internet or mobile savvy.

Ease of doing business: Take a bow Modi govt and push ahead with more reforms

State governments will have to put political differences aside and work in tandem with the Centre as well

Fireside Ventures, Mumbai Angels and MAPE Advisory invest in Bounty

The nanolocal commerce app would utilise funds to expand the team

65% of Alibaba's total GMV through mobile; takeaways from Q2 results

Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba posted revenues of $3.49 billion for the quarter ended September 2015, representing a year-on-year growth of 32% . The company

Tata Trent's Trend West acquires Bengaluru based brand Eat.Shop.Love.

The Trend West portal, which is likely to go live by the end of this year, will be powered by the branding, marketing, delivery and sourcing line of ESL.

Majority of visitors come from mobile but we get more page views on desktop : Richard porter

Interview with Editorial head, BBC International News Operations

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in India to get 'next billion online'

At a townhall in Delhi, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social networking website "absolutely" supports net neutrality, but spoke in favour of zero-rating plans, saying prioritizing these plans is necessary to connect everyone to the internet.

Telenor India Q2 operating loss widens to Rs 286 crore

The company had reported an operating loss of 195 million Norwegian krone (about Rs 149.26 crore) in the same period last year, Telenor said in a statement.

5 Key takeaways from the Mark Zuckerberg townhall at IIT Delhi

Facebook's free service met with skepticism in India, where users said it gave Facebook an unfair advantage. The service has been retooled, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying again to get Indian users to warm to the idea.

Oracle fully supports 'Digital India' initiative: Thomas Kurian

The announcement came at a time when Oracle's closest rivals Microsoft and Amazon have firmed up their plans to set up data centres in India.

Idea Cellular in talks with Alcatel to procure 4G smartphones

TCL Communication, a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, sells smartphones under the Alcatel One Touch brand.

Paytm set to join the Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon bandwagon with a three-day festive season sale from November 3; expects festive sales of Rs 1,000-cr

Paytm is set to join the Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon bandwagon with a three-day festive season sale from November 3.

Myntra to unveil new social app, will emulate mall shopping experience on mobile devices

The Flipkart-owned online fashion retailer is aiming to double the gross merchandise value of goods sold on the platform to $1 billion in 2016.

After electronics and apparel, wearables is the next big frontier for Flipkart

Going by the current popularity of wearables such as smart watches, bands, shoes or other tracking accessories, Flipkart is expecting the category.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Oct 28, 2015 - Indian economy gathering momentum its fundamentals remain strong

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Indian economy gathering momentum its fundamentals remain strong

By: Gopal Krishna Agarwal The recent rate cut by the RBI is expected to provide significant support to the Indian economy. The RBI and the central government have now decided to work together to ensure...

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Snapdeal in talks with investors to raise Rs 2,000 crore for its digital services platform FreeCharge

FreeCharges parent Accelyst Solutions was bought by Jasper in April for $450 million in the biggest deal involving Indian startups.

Tatas, Birlas, Ambanis take discount e-tailers head on

Launch online ventures after omni-channel model falls short

Asset reconstruction companies no relief for banks that look to sell bad loans

Last year, banks put up over Rs 75,000 crore on the block and managed to sell Rs 20,580 crore worth of assets only, data from the industry shows.

IDBI, IDFC and the story of infrastructure funding in India

Most appear to have forgotten the existence of IFCI, the last of the original developmental institutions, which was run to the ground by successive managements decades ago.

Merger of Cairn India into Vedanta to strengthen both cos: Tom Albanese

Absorption of cash-rich oil arm Cairn India in Vedanta will strengthen the country's largest diversified natural resources giant and benefit both firms, Vedanta Chief Executive Officer Tom Albanese said.

Airtel Board Approves Merger With Augere

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel today said its board has approved merger of wireless broadband firm Augere's India operations with the company. The company in August h...

Government plans to lower its stake in IDBI Bank: Jayant Sinha

The government is planning to lower its stake in IDBI Bank as it wants the troubled lender to transform the way Axis Bank has done, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said.

ICICI Bank best private bank in India: Global Finance

ICICI Bank, country's largest private sector lender, has been selected as the best private bank in India in 2015

India asks rich nations to come out with a clear roadmap on climate finance

New Delhi has once again asked the rich nations to come out with a clear roadmap having new "predictable" and "additional" resource flow to meet requirements of finance of developing countries for supporting their climate actions.

New investment norms for MFs, stricter credit rating rules soon

The move, indicated by Sebi chairman U.K. Sinha, aims to prevent crises such as the recent one in two fixed income schemes under JP Morgan AMC

Indigo brings in new names in Indian IPO market

Bankers to IndiGo IPO are Citigroup Global Markets India, JPMorgan India, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Bank, Kotak Mahindra & UBS Securities India.

ReNew Power raises $265 mn from new, existing investors

PE firms are increasing interest in India’s green energy assets; experts expect more deals, as cost of renewables falls

Retail investors give IPO market a miss

There have been 16 IPOs this year and seven of these have seen the portion set aside for retail investors remain undersubscribed

Sudhir Valia to buy Jaypee wind power assets for Rs180 crore

Valia, the promoter of Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd, will buy Jaiprakash Associates’ wind power assets in his personal capacity

Govt said to mull higher foreign investment cap for state banks

A higher cap would help government-controlled lenders in raising equity to comply with global Basel III regulatory standards

Jaitley sure of meeting fiscal deficit target despite disinvestment hiccups

There is no cause for concern on fiscal deficit and the government will meet its target for the current year, says finance minister Arun Jaitley

TVS Capital fund buys 4% in Indian Energy Exchange

TVS Shriram Growth Fund buys the stake from Bessemer Venture Partners for `81 crore

Amazon may launch its own line of clothing

The online retailer is courting fashion labels to sell their goods on its site. But if they won't, it might just make them on its own...

GMV concept makes no sense & is used by ecommerce players like Flipkart to justify valuations: Jabong's CFO

While Indias brick-and-mortar retailers have criticised the GMV methodology, this is the first time that an online peer has questioned the concept.

6 Steps to Control Your Merchant Reputation on Amazon

Staying on top of feedback should be a top priority when dealing with the online retailer.

Whisky lovers, welcome the Triple Malt

Monkey Shoulder, a quirky blend of three single malts, is now available in India and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Wirecard buys Great Indian Retail Group payments business

German payments company Wirecard has agreed to buy the payments business of Great Indian Retail Group, a major southeast Asian electronic payment and e-commerce group.

Gap to open two more stores in Delhi-NCR

US apparel brand Gap Inc is set to double its store strength in India with the launch of two new stores in the Delhi-NCR region.

Infibeam to Set Up Branded Web Stores for Authors

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Nestle's Maggi Noodles Could Be Back In Indian Stores Next Month

The world's biggest packaged food company has been facing a public relations crisis in India, following a ban on its Maggi noodles in May.

Reliance Brands to foray into beauty, kids wear segment

Reliance Brands to spice up range with beauty products - Company will bring in international brands in colour cosmetics and also fragrances, and enter kids garments

India ecommerce story strong, to hit $35 billion by 2019: Nomura

According to Nomura, the festive sale season kicked off with a bang for Indian ecommerce players, but still is lower in comparison with China and the US.

Telcos threaten tariff hike over call drop penalty

Since there is no way to figure out whether a call has got “dropped” due to a problem in the network or whether it was intentionally terminated by a user, the telcos have talked of the possibility of users gaming the system.

Mark Zuckerberg Promotes Facebook Growth in India

Shut out of China, Mark Zuckerberg is training his sights on India as a source for future growth.

The Sorry State Of India's Borders

Conditions are so bad that some of India's villages and settlements along its north-eastern border are not even covered by Indian telecom companies. The residents have to use Nepali SIMs. #kirenrijiju #nepal

BlackBerry ropes in Narendra Nayak as new India head

BlackBerry India announced Narendra Nayak as the new managing director for the company's India operations.

Vinod Khosla exits mobile payment company Square's board

Mobile payment company Square said director Vinod Khosla, has left its board ahead of its initial public offering.

Why Idea Cellular chose Bharat over India

By offering its own-branded 4G smartphones bundled with 4G data, Idea Cellular plans to attract data users to enhance the customer base in a bid to ta..

WhatsApp's Co-Founder on How the App Became a Phenomenon

WhatsApp doesn't do much PR. With 900 million users, it doesn't have to. But co-founder Brian Acton opened up to WIRED about how that growth happened.

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