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August 2, 2018

RBI increases repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5%, maintains 'neutral' stance

The RBI's Monetary Policy Committee, during its by-monthly meeting on Wednesday, increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5 per cent from the previous rate of 6.25 per cent. This is the second hike in the interest rate after four years of continuous halt by the central bank. This time too, the MPC again maintained the neutral stance to achieve the medium-term target for inflation of 4 per cent in a band of +/- 2 per cent.The MPC has noted that uncertainty around domestic inflation needs to be carefully monitored in the coming months. What caused the rate hike? "The main reason for increasing of the repo rate has been done to maintain the 4 per cent inflation target, a target from which we have been away for several months," said the RBI Governor.

Supreme Court comes down heavily on the Amrapali Group

The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the Amrapali group for "defrauding investors" and playing "dirty games". The apex court has directed the attachment of all bank accounts and movable properties of 40 companies of the Amrapali real estate group. It has frozen all the bank account of all directors of the 40 companies and also restrained them from selling their personal properties without the permission of the court. The apex court is hearing petitions filed by flat buyers who have demanded reversing of the September 4, 2017, NCLT order.

LIC-IDBI deal: Cabinet approves LIC's acquisition of 51% stake in IDBI Bank

Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cleared the Life Insurance Corporation's acquisition of 51 per cent stake in the debt-ridden IDBI Bank. The approval of the deal means LIC will raise its stake in the bank from the current 8 per cent to 51 per cent, which makes makes it a majority holder. As per the proposal, IDBI Bank will issue preferential shares to LIC to raise money. The LIC stake buy will help the bank get capital support of Rs 10,000-13,000 crore.

TRAI Announces 5G Spectrum Pricing

Telecom regulator TRAI has recommended rules and prices for the next round of spectrum auction which will include radiowaves for 5G mobile services. The regulator has recommended that base price for bidding should be higher of the two figures - 80 percent of the average valuation of spectrum band in the licensed service area or the price realised in the October 2016 auction. The government is yet to finalise the timing of the next round of auction.

RBI asks Paytm Payments Bank to stop enrolling new customers on its platform

Days after Paytm Payments Bank CEO Renu Satti stepped down from her role to lead company's new retail initiative, a Livemint report said that the Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led mobile-first bank has stopped onboarding new users on its platform following observations made by the RBI. Paytm stopped enrolling new customers on June 20 following an audit by RBI. Paytm Payments Bank allows customers to open zero balance accounts without any transaction charges. It is part of a new set of differentiated banks which were given licence by the RBI

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries jumps 55 spots in Fortune 500 companies

Mukesh Ambani-helmed Reliance Industries has made one of the biggest jumps in the Fortune 500 rankings of the world's biggest companies. Reliance Industries moved up on the list by 55 slots to be ranked at 148. It was previously ranked 203rd. According to Fortune, Reliance Industries saw an upward trend in profits by 25.5% in the last fiscal. In 2017-18, RIL saw a revenue of $62.3 billion. However, state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is the top-ranked Indian company. It is ranked 137, a significant rise from the previous 168.

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