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RBI hikes repo rate by 25 bps to 6.5%

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 6.5%. The MPC has raised the key rate by 250 bps since May 2022. The real GDP growth for 2023-24 is projected at 6.4%. The RBI has hinted at more interest rate hikes to curb rising inflation. 

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Shree Cement Q3 Results: Net profit falls 44% YoY to ₹277 crore

Shree Cement reported a 44% YoY decline in net profit to ₹277 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3 FY23). Its revenue from operations rose 15% YoY to ₹4,069 crore during the same period. EBITDA stood at ₹869 crore in Q3, down 7% YoY. Its total volume rose 23% YoY to 8.03 million tonnes. The cement manufacturer’s board has declared an interim dividend of ₹45 per share.

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Bharti Airtel partners with Vultr to offer cloud solutions for enterprise clients

Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic partnership with Vultr to offer cloud solutions to enterprise customers. The partnership will open up a suite of solutions including cloud computing and infrastructure services to India’s digital ecosystem. Vultr will help the telco’s enterprise customers to gain global reach and cost-performance advantage to build, test and run demanding cloud workloads.

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Adani Power Q3 Results: Net profit falls 96% YoY to ₹9 crore

Adani Power Ltd reported a 96% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to ₹8.7 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3 FY23). The revenue from operations grew 44.8% YoY to ₹7,764.4 crore during the same period. EBITDA stood at ₹1,469.7 crore in Q3, down 17% YoY.

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UK govt offers counter-package to Tata Steel for Port Talbot plant

The UK government has offered a counter-package to Tata Steel Ltd against its proposal seeking a financial package to execute its decarbonisation plans for its plant in Port Talbot. Tata Steel owns the UK's largest steelworks at Port Talbot in South Wales and employs around 8,000 people across all its operations in the country. The company had sought 1.5 billion pounds from the UK government to execute its decarbonisation plans.

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Adani Wilmar Q3 Results: Net profit rises 16% YoY to ₹246 crore

Adani Wilmar reported a 16% YoY increase in net profit to ₹246.2 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3 FY23). Its revenue from operations rose 7.4% YoY to ₹15,438 crore during the same period. EBITDA rose 20.2% YoY to ₹605.3 crore in Q3. The standalone volume grew by 17% YoY to 1.41 million MT.

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Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches app to ease banking access for 'digitally challenged'

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launched 'Hello Ujjivan', a mobile banking application with voice, visual, and vernacular-enabled features to provide banking access to individuals who have limited reading and writing skills. Customers can speak to the app in their native language to perform banking transactions and access services such as paying loan EMIs, opening FD and RD accounts, transferring funds, checking account balances, and updating passbooks.

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Jio-bp rolls out E20 blended petrol

Fuels and mobility entity Jio-bp announced the roll-out of E20 blended petrol (20% ethanol and 80% of fossil-based fuel). Customers with E20 petrol-compatible vehicles will be able to opt for this fuel at select Jio-bp outlets, and the offering will soon be expanded across the network. Operating under 'Jio-bp', Reliance BP Mobility Ltd (RBML) is an Indian fuels & mobility joint venture between Reliance Industries and UK-based bp.

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TCS secures $700-million deal from UK insurance services provider

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced an expansion of its long-standing partnership with Phoenix Group (the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement provider) through a contract valued at over £600 million (~₹6,000 crore).  TCS will digitally transform Phoenix’s ReAssure business, including its administration services. This will be one of the largest deals for the IT company in the coming quarter.

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