SEBI bans RIL from equity derivatives market for a year (00:03)
Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday banned Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and 12 others from equity derivatives trading for one year and directed RIL to disgorge nearly Rs 1,000 crore for alleged fraudulent trading in a 10-year-old case.

SBI to initiate IPO offer of its life insurance arm (23:12)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) India's largest lender, the State Bank of India on Friday said it would initiate the process for selling 10 percent of its shares in its life insurance arm through an initial public offering (IPO).

Bengal finance firm director arrested for cheating investors (23:02)
Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) The newly-formed Directorate of Economic Offences of the West Bengal government on Friday arrested the director of private financial company Equinox Infratech Ltd for defrauding its depositors by not giving assured returns, a directorate source said.

GVK sells 33 per cent stake in Bangalore airport to Fairfax (22:56)
Bengaluru, March 24 (IANS) Infrastructure major GVK Ltd on Friday announced selling 33 per cent of its 43 per cent equity stake in the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) to Canadian investment firm Fairfax for Rs 2,202 crore ($336 million).

'Indian chemical industry to surge to $226 bn in three years' (22:44)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) The Indian chemical industry is expected to surge to $226 billion by 2020, up by nearly 35 percent from $147 billion in 2015, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday.

Shiv Sena MP 'grounded' for hitting AI staffer, FIR lodged (Intro Roundup) (22:40)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) In an unprecedented step, Air India and all private carriers on Friday refused to fly Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting an airline employee. The Delhi Police has booked him for attempted culpable homicide.

HDFC raises Rs 3,300 cr through Masala Bonds (22:20)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) The Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (HDFC) on Friday announced it had raised Rs 3,300 crore ($504 million) through rupee denominated bonds from overseas investors (Masala Bonds) under its $750-million Medium Term Note programme.

'Bad loans problem can't be solved by banks' recapitalisation' (22:04)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) There is no "political economy consensus" on tackling the mounting problem of bad loans of banks, which cannot be resolved by their simple recapitalisation, a former head of India's central bank said on Friday.

'Hunar Hubs' to be set up for artisans from minorities: Naqvi (21:56)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that "Hunar Hubs" will be established in all the states to provide a market opportunity for master artisans from minority communities to preserve and propagate their heritage.

Tata Motors to raise up to Rs 500 cr via NCDs (21:48)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors on Friday said it would raise up to Rs 500 crore by issuing non-convertible debentures.

Area-specific strategy needed for disadvantaged states: President (21:44)
Patna, March 24 (IANS) Disadvantaged regions like Bihar and Jharkhand require a strategy for development that can harness productive forces of the economy and not just blindly follow path of industrialisation, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.

SBI chief Bhattacharya 26th in Fortune's 50 greatest leaders (Lead) (21:40)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) State Bank of India (SBI) chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th in the Fortune's top 50 greatest leaders. She is the only Indian corporate leader in the list.

Meghalaya Assembly passes Rs 13,048 cr Budget (21:22)
Shillong, March 24 (IANS) The Meghalaya Assembly on Friday passed the annual state Budget of over Rs 13,048 crore for the year 2017-2018 by a voice vote.

Cochin Shipyard files IPO prospectus with regulator (21:20)
Kochi, March 24 (IANS) State-run Cochin Shipyard Ltd on Friday filed its Draft Red Herring Prospectus with market regulator SEBI for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 3.3-crore equity shares of Rs 10 face value.

SBI chief Bhattacharya among top 50 in Fortune's greatest leaders (20:58)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) State Bank of India (SBI) chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th in the Fortune's top 50 greatest leaders. She is the only Indian corporate leader in the list.

Shiv Sena sympathetic to MP who assaulted airline staffer (20:54)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) The Shiv Sena on Friday appeared sympathetic to its MP Ravindra Gaikwad - charged with assaulting an Air India staffer - saying while it did not endorse his action it wanted to know why the situation was allowed to escalate to this level.

Indian delegation in Europe to study smart city development (20:34)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) An Indian delegation is on a week-long visit to Europe to study smart city and urban planning developments there, said an official on Friday.

Indra Nooyi, Fareed Zakaria among Ellis Island Honor recipients (20:24)
Washington, March 24 (IANS) PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and well-known journalist-author Fareed Zakaria are among six Indian-Americans named for this years Ellis Island Medals of Honor for accomplishments in their respective fields.

Competition Commission imposes Rs 591 cr penalty on Coal India (20:24)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed penalty of Rs 591.01 crore on Coal India Limited (CIL) for abusing its dominant position, an official statement said on Friday.

FSSAI tells food sites to disclose manufacturing, expiry dates: LocalCircles (20:10)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has taken action on consumer requests and told eCommerce sites selling packaged food products to disclose manufacturing and expiry dates and has announced that imported food items with less than 60 per cent of shelf life will not be allowed to enter the Indian market, an organisation that conducted a survey said on Friday.

Bharat Forge divests 23% stake in Alstom (20:08)
Pune, March 24 (IANS) Indian multinational Bharat Forge on Friday announced divesting 23 per cent of its equity stake in the power equipment joint venture (JV) with French multinational Alstom.

SC may slap additional cost on registration of BS III vehicles (20:08)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it may allow the sale of vehicles with BS III emission norms after imposing a charge to reimburse Rs 18,000 crore that the government spent for upgrading the refineries to produce BS IV-compliant fuel.

Economy showing sings of contraction: Congress (19:38)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Congress on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government for mismanagement and consequent decline in job growth in key sectors and said the Indian economy was showing signs of contraction.

Bitcoin issue to be taken up with RBI Governor: BJP MP (19:38)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The issue of "illegal" bitcoin will be taken up with RBI Governor Urjit Patel, who has been asked to appear before Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance on April 20, a senior BJP lawmaker said on Friday.

Aadhaar verification boosts user confidence on matrimonial sites: Survey (19:30)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Aadhaar verification boosts customers' confidence in the authenticity of profiles on matrimonial sites, reveals a survey.

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