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RBI raises repo rate by 50 bps to 5.4%

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised the repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.4% to bring down inflation in the country. "The MPC also decided to remain focused on withdrawal of accommodation to ensure that inflation remains within the target going forward while supporting growth," said RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. The RBI has retained its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for FY23 at 7.2%.

Repo rate is the interest rate at which a central bank lends money to all the other banks in the country. A hike in repo rates makes bank loans costlier, leading to lower circulation of money in the economy.

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Titan Q1 Results: Net profit jumps 13x YoY to Rs 793 crore

Titan Company Ltd reported a 1200% YoY jump in net profit to Rs 793 crore for the quarter ended June (Q1 FY23). Its revenue from operations rose 175.8% YoY to Rs 8,961 crore during the same period. Its jewellery business posted an income of Rs 7,600 crore in Q1, up 208% YoY. Income from Titan’s watches & wearables segment grew 169% YoY to Rs 785 crore.

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Havells India launches innovative range of ‘Signia’ switches

Havells India Ltd unveiled its innovative range of ‘Crabtree Signia’ switches in Kochi. The range comprises of two categories: smart and luxury switches (Signia Smart and Signia Grande). They are equipped with high-end aesthetics and technology. It was designed in-house at Havells India’s research & development (R&D) center.

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M&M Q1 Results: Net profit at Rs 2,360.7 crore

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 2,360.7 crore for the quarter ended June (Q1 FY23). It had posted a net loss of Rs 331.74 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q1 FY22). Its revenue from operations rose 48.2% YoY to Rs 28,412.38 crore in Q1 FY23. M&M sold 1,49,803 vehicles during the quarter, registering a growth of 74% YoY. 

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HDFC raises $1.1 billion 'social loan' for financing affordable housing segment

Housing Development Finance Corp (HDFC) Ltd has raised $1.1 billion (~Rs 8,700 crore) from investors under the 'Syndicated Social Loan Facility' to cater to the affordable housing segment. The company has raised the amount via external commercial borrowings (ECBs). Proceeds from the social loan would go towards financing affordable housing loans across India.

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UCO Bank Q1 Results: Net profit rises 22% YoY to Rs 123.6 crore

UCO Bank reported a 22% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 123.61 crore from the quarter ended June (Q1 FY23). Its net interest income (NII) rose 12.96% YoY to Rs 1,649.54 crore during the same period. [NII is the difference between the interest income a bank earns on loans and the interest it pays depositors.] The gross non-performing assets (GNPA) ratio stood at 7.42% in Q1 FY23, compared to 9.37% in Q1 FY22. Provisions fell 78% YoY to Rs 246.83 crore in Q1 FY23.

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Alkem Labs Q1 Results: Net profit falls 73% YoY to Rs 127 crore

Alkem Laboratories Ltd reported a 72.7% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 127.64 crore for the quarter ended June (Q1 FY23). Its revenue from operations fell 5.67% YoY to Rs 2,576.38 crore during the same period. International sales declined by 3.8% YoY to Rs 760.4 crore in Q1. EBITDA stood at Rs 203 crore, down 66% YoY.

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NTPC partners with Ohmium, Spirare Energy to generate green hydrogen

US-based Ohmium International, Inc., is partnering with Spirare Energy to generate green hydrogen at the NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA) campus. Spirare Energy will manage the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the project, while Ohmium will provide the hydrogen electrolyzers. NTPC, the largest power utility in India, set up NETRA in 2009.

In other news, NTPC has commissioned the full capacity of the 296 megawatts (MW) Fatehgarh solar power project in Rajasthan.

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Nykaa Q1 Results: Net profit rises 33% YoY to Rs 4.5 crore

FSN E-Commerce Ventures Ltd (Nykaa) reported a 33.4% YoY rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 4.55 crore for the quarter ended June (Q1 FY23). However, net profit declined by 47.6% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 40.5% YoY to Rs 1,148.42 crore during the same period. Nykaa’s gross merchandise volume (GMV) stood at Rs 2,155.8 crore in Q1, up 47% YoY.

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SJVN secures 200 MW solar project worth Rs 1,200 crore in Maharashtra

SJVN Ltd has secured a 200 MW solar project in an e-reverse auction by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). This ground-mounted solar project will be developed by SJVN anywhere in Maharashtra through an EPC contract. The tentative cost for the development of this project is Rs 1,200 crore.

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