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RCOM writes to DoT against discriminatory treatment on bank guarantee

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New Delhi, July 12: Protesting against the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) discriminatory treatment regarding bank guarantee, Reliance Communications (RCOM) has written to the telecom secretary flagging the issue, according to sources.

“RCOM has protested to DoT against discriminatory treatment in favour of Vodafone-Idea on bank guarantees (BGs). It said DoT is still challenging return of RCOM OTSC (one-time spectrum charge) bank guarantees of Rs 2,000 crore despite a clear-cut TDSAT order,” a source said.

RCOM said in the letter that no bank guarantee was sought by DoT regarding Vodafone OTSC demands on identical facts, prior to the merger approval.

The company said Vodafone OTSC demands are Rs. 9,000 crore, which is more than four times the RCOM OTSC demands.

“RCOM said DoT is adopting unfair, inconsistent and discriminatory approach,” sources 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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