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Airtel Payments Bank gets RBI nod to start enrolling new customers

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New Delhi, July 12: After running into rough weather due to Aadhaar-related e-KYC issues, Airtel Payments Bank on Thursday said it has received requisite approvals from the Reserve Bank of India and UIDAI to start acquiring new customers.

“Airtel Payments Bank has received requisite approvals from The Reserve Bank of India to start on-boarding new customers. Airtel Payments Bank has also been permitted by the UIDAI to resume the on-boarding of customers using Aaadhaar based e-KYC. We thank the authorities for the approvals,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

“We remain committed to the government’s vision of financial inclusion and banking for all,” he added.

In an interview to IANS last week, Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said: “The bank had started off very well, but we got into regulatory issues. We are working very closely with authorities (RBI and UIDAI) and hopefully this will be back to business soon and start acquiring customers. Right now have 30 million customers in the bank and the wallet. Operation is continuing for existing customers, but we are not acquiring new customers.”

Airtel Payments Bank on May 24, 2018 announced the appointment of Anubrata Biswas as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment comes five months after former CEO and MD Shashi Arora stepped down in December.

The RBI on March 9 slapped a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Airtel Payments Bank Limited for violating KYC norms, an official statement said here.

“The Reserve Bank of India has imposed, on March 7, 2018, a monetary penalty of Rs 50 million on Airtel Payments Bank Limited for contravening the ‘Operating Guidelines for Payments Banks’ and directions issued by RBI on Know Your Customer (KYC) norms,” the RBI statement had said.

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Zomato appoints Chaitanya Mathur as Global Head for its new event-driven vertical

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New Delhi, Nov 16: Food ordering app Zomato on Friday appointed Chaitanya Mathur as the Global Head for Zomato Live — latest event-driven vertical of the firm. 

“We connected on the idea of organising engagement driven, large-scale events for all the users around the world and we are thrilled to have him on board to build Zomato Live and expand it globally,” said Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato.

According to the company statement, Mathur has previously worked in various positions ranging from a financial analyst to an event manager and restaurateur, along with co-founding “The Grub Fest”.

“Zomato’s journey has really inspired me over the years and I am excited to be strengthening its future by leading the company into new domains and territories. I look forward to building Zomato Live together with the incredible team here,” said Mathur.

In the recent few months, Zomato has hired several senior people including former-MakeMyTrip COO Mohit Gupta as the CEO for the food delivery business; Sameer Maheshwary as the CFO; Rohithari Rajan as the Global Head for its ad sales business; and Thomas Phillippe as the General Counsel.

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India Inc investment in foreign ventures falls 10% in Oct: RBI

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Mumbai, Nov 16: Indian companies’ investment in their overseas ventures continued to be less than the year-ago period for the 19th month in a row as it fell 10.5 per cent to $1.76 billion in October, Reserve Bank data showed.

Indian companies had invested $1.96 billion in their overseas ventures during October 2017, as per the monthly summary on Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

A review of the monthly data on overseas direct investment reflects a continuous decline of year-on-year figures since April 2017 when it had fallen about 44 per cent to $3.15 billion in April 2017 from $5.61 billion in April 2016.

In September, the investment by local companies in overseas firms was $1.58 billion.

Of the total $1.76 billion investment in October, $535.86 million was in the form of loans, $653.45 million was infused as equity capital and $567.57 million was through issuance of guarantee.

Six companies were among the major investors in October with an investment of more than $100 million, as per the RBI data.

Global Ivy Ventures made an equity infusion of $200.3 million in its wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK, Tata Communications Ltd issued a guarantee of $199.5 million to its unit in Singapore and GMR Airports Ltd lent $152.71 million to its unit in the Netherlands.

Reliance Energy Generation and Distribution Ltd issued a guarantee of $140 million to its unit in the US, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals lent $128.75 million to its unit in Switzerland, Mahindra CIE Automotive invested $116.37 million and $32.8 million in its units in Germany and Mauritius, respectively.

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Sensex gains nearly 200 points; telecom stocks rise

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Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS) Broadly positive global markets, healthy macro-economic trade data and a slight recovery in the rupee aided the barometer S&P BSE Sensex to end with gains close to 200 points.

In addition, the risk taking appetite of investors was enhanced a day after credit rating agency Fitch affirmed India’s ‘Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating’ (IDR) at ‘BBB-‘ with a stable outlook.

Sector wise, healthy buying was witnessed in telecom, healthcare and energy stocks while scrips of banking companies came under selling pressure.

Besides, the rupee strengthened to Rs 71.80 per US dollar from its previous close of 71.98.

Index-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex closed 196.62 points up at 35,457.16 points. It had opened at 35,398.70 from its previous close of 35,260.54.

It touched an intra-day high of 35,545.85 and a low of 35,324.37.

The NSE Nifty50 closed 65.50 points higher or 0.62 per cent at 10,682.20 points.

On Thursday, foreign fund inflows touched a three-month high which along with low crude oil prices and a strengthened rupee guided the key Indian equity indices to close on a positive note.

Also, India’s merchandise exports grew by 17.86 per cent in October on a year-on-year basis, official data showed on Thursday.

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