NPA crisis: We’re not out of the woods yet – SBI official

A senior State Bank of India official warned against assuming that the bad loan malaise affecting the Indian banking sector has started declining. Praveen Kumar Gupta, MD in charge of retail and digital banking, said one cannot directly draw conclusions by extrapolating trends seen in the first two quarters of the current financial year. In […]

Exchanges seek clarification from Bharti Airtel on Aadhaar misuse charges

Stock exchanges in India have sought a clarification from India’s largest telecom company by revenue, Bharti Airtel, on a report that it was under investigation by a government agency for allegedly misusing customer data to open bank accounts in their names. “(The) exchange has advised the company to provide clarification/confirmation on the news item in […]

Infosys launches inter-bank blockchain network

Infosys said it launched Finacle Trade Connect, a network-based system of distributed record keeping for banks based on the block chain technology. A blockchain-based record is open to all participants and all participants have a copy of all the data. Moreover, all transactions are recorded on a real-time basis on every copy of data. In […]

Ramco wins multi-million managed services deal from British MNC Bank

Cloud-based enterprise software provider Ramco Systems said it won a multi-million dollar order from a big British MNC financial group to provide managed payroll services. Ramco will help the company, part of the FTSE 100 index, to consolidate its payroll operations in 14 countries on a unified platform. It will cover 8500+ employees across Asia […]

MobiKwik creates wallet app for bank even as rivals focus on payments bank

Wallet app provider MobiKwik announced a tie-up with IndusInd under which it has launched an app exclusively for the bank’s 10 mln customers. The move is in line with the app company’s strategy to be a partner and solutions provider to traditional financial services companies such as banks, instead of recreating the whole banking infrastructure […]

XL Catlin to buy 20% of Mahindra Insurance Brokers

Mahindra Finance said global insurance major XL Group will take a 20% stake in its subsidiary Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd, including the 15% currently held by LeapFrog Financial Inclusion Fund. “XL Group will help support MIBL’s endeavours to increase insurance awareness and penetration in underpenetrated markets and across under-served customers in rural India,” the group […]

Nucleus Software wins loan software order from Finova Capital NBFC

Nucleus Software, which provides IT solutions for financial services companies, said its loan management solution has been selected by Finova Capital, a Jaipur-based Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) to digitise its lending business. Founded in 2015, Finova Capital offers business loans to lower income segments in rural and urban areas. “As a part of their strategic […]

Piramal Enterprises enters the retail housing finance business

Piramal Finance Limited (PFL) has entered the retail housing finance business. It is part of $1.3 bln Piramal Enterprises, one of India’s large diversified companies, with presence in pharmaceuticals, and financial services. The housing finance venture has been floated through a wholly owned subsidiary, Piramal Housing Finance Private Limited. It will offer home loans as […]

IndusInd Bank enters merger talks with SKS Microfinance

Bharat Financial Inclusion, formerly known as SKS Microfinance, said it has entered into exclusive discussion with IndusInd Bank on a potential “strategic combination by way of amalgamation through a scheme of arrangement, or any other suitable structure.” SKS Microfinance is a non-banking finance company (NBFC) was founded in 1997 by Vikram Akula, who served as […]

Paypal to invest in and support five more Indian start-ups

Online payment company PayPal has selected five startups – Finbox, Neoeyed, Paymatrix, Scalend and Tybo – for inclusion into its incubator program in Chennai. The program offers startups technology counsel and mentorship, infrastructure support and networking opportunities with both investors and customers. In addition to these, PayPal will also be picking up a stake in […]

SBI, IOB and Corp Bank only PSBs to charge for mobile NEFT

Only three public sector banks — State Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Corporation Bank — levy charges on even the smallest money transfer done via mobile phones using the National Electronic Fund Transfer or NEFT facility, data compiled from public sector banks show. None of the remaining 18 public sector banks have a […]

SBI raises Rs 15,000 cr in India’s largest QIP

State Bank of India said it raised Rs 15,000 cr by selling its shares in a ‘qualified institutional placement’ or QIP, making it the largest such transaction in Indian share market history. QIP’s usually involve selling shares exclusively to big institutions such as mutual funds, banks and other investment houses and are cheaper and quicker than […]

18,420 megawatt of thermal power projects face funding difficulties in India

A large chunk of under-development coal-based power units have their construction stalled due to the paucity of funds, according to numbers obtained from the power ministry. In total, projects that have a design capacity of 18,420 megawatt, or 18.42 gigawatt, are classified as ‘stalled’ due to financial reasons, the ministry said. This is equivalent to […]

PayTM adds support for UPI payments

Customers of PayTM, India’s largest wallet service can now make payments using the Unified Payments Interface, the government of India’s open payments platform. The company has signed up with ICICI Bank be able to receive payments from its customers who are on the UPI platform using its ID ‘paytm@icici’. However, customers cannot simply transfer the money to […]

Muthoot Group offers online Will generation facility under tie-up with WillJini

The Muthoot Group said its broking and wealth management division, Muthoot Securities Limited, launched iWill — a service which offers online will writing in just 30 minutes. Muthoot Securities has launched this product in association with WillJini Succession Services Private Limited. “iWill enables customers using a smart phone to make a will online in just […]