Banking and Financial Awareness December 2019: Week III

Banking and Financial Awareness December 2019: Week III

ADB and India Signed $ 490 Million Loan for Madhya Pradesh

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have signed a loan of $490 million for public-private partnership (PPP) project in order to upgrade about 1,600 km of state highways and major district roads (MDRs) from single-lane to two-lane in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
  • In addition to this, an investment of $286 million will also be mobilized through private sector participation under the partnership.
  • The project will upgrade 750 km of state highways and 850 km of MDRs to two-lane widths.

HDFC Bank crossed $100 bn market capitalisation

  • HDFC Bank Ltd crossed $100 billion market capitalization in intraday trading.
  • With this, the bank became the third company in India to achieve this milestone.
  • The bank now ranks 26th among most valued banks and financial companies around the world which have a market capitalization of more than $100 billion.

SBI and German Bank Sign a loan agreement

  • State Bank of India (SBI) and German development bank KfW have signed a loan agreement of USD 277 million in order to establish an energy-efficient housing programme in India.
  • In addition to this, KfW will also provide a grant of 1.5 million euros (about Rs 12 crore) as a technical assistance package.

RBI waives off NEFT, RTGS transfer charges for savings account holders

  • The Reserve Bank of India has waived off the charges of NEFT and RTGS transactions for savings bank account holders.
  • RBI instructed all the banks to not to charge any fee for all online payments done through RTGS and NEFT from savings bank account holders.
  • It will be effective from January 1, 2020.

Bank of Baroda joins hands with Gujarat govt to provide MSME loans

  • Bank of Baroda has signed an MoU with the Gujarat government for providing loans to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.
  • According to the agreement, the bank will provide loans to the MSME sector for Start-Ups, Greenfield Projects, Women Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurs from backward areas of the state under the Gujarat Single Window Clearance Act 2017 & Ordinance No.1 of 2019 dated 24th October 2019.

RBI to follow US-style ‘operation twist’ to reduce long-term interest rates

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will conduct simultaneous sale and purchase of government bonds under the Open Market Operations (OMO) mechanism to reduce the long-term interest rate.
  • The central bank has brought this concept on the basis of “Operation Twist” that was last adopted by the US (United States) Federal Reserve in 2013.
  • Thus, RBI will buy bonds worth Rs 10,000 crore of 6.45% maturing in the year 2029 and issuing bonds worth Rs 10,000 crore maturing in the year 2020.

GeM inks MoU with UCO Bank & BoM for payment-related services

  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has signed an MoU with Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) & UCO Bank to provide a paperless, cashless, and transparent payment system on its portal.
  • GeM is a portal to facilitate online procurement of Goods & Services required by various government departments.

NDB commits $100 million to India’s NIIF

  • New Development Bank (NDB) will provide $100 million to India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund’s (NIIF) Fund of Funds (FoF).
  • NIIF FoF aims to raise about $1 billion in order to invest in up to 10 private equity funds managed by fund managers in India.
  • ADB has already granted Rs 667 crore to NIIF-FoF.
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