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Retail inflation eases to 5.72% in December

India’s retail inflation, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), eased to a one-year low of 5.72% in December 2022. CPI stood at 5.88% in November and 6.77% in October 2022. Food inflation came in at 4.19% in December, compared to 4.67% in Nov. Inflation in the fuel & light segment was 10.97% last month.

Factory output, measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), rose to a five-month high of 7.1% in Nov 2022. IIP had contracted (-)4% in Oct.

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Infosys Q3 Results: Net profit rises 13% YoY to ₹6,586 crore

Infosys Ltd reported a 13.4% year-on-year (YoY) increase in consolidated net profit to ₹6,586 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3 FY23). The IT company’s revenue from operations rose 20.2% YoY to ₹38,318 crore during the same period. It won deals worth $3.3 billion in Q3, the strongest in the last eight quarters. Infosys added 1,627 employees during the quarter.

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Jio launches True 5G services in Ujjain

Reliance Jio has set up its 5G services in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. With the launch, Jio has now become the first and the only operator in MP to launch 5G services across all prominent large cities in the state, including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, and Jabalpur. Users will be able to enjoy Unlimited 5G Data with up to 1 Gbps+ speed at no additional cost.

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HCL Tech Q3 Results: Net profit rises 19% YoY to ₹4,096 crore

HCL Technologies Ltd reported a 19% YoY (or 17% QoQ) increase in consolidated net profit to ₹4,096 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3 FY23). The IT company’s revenue from operations rose 19.5% YoY to ₹26,700 crore during the same period. The total contract value of new deal wins stood at $2.35 billion, up 10% YoY. HCL Tech’s board has approved an interim dividend of ₹10 per equity share. 

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NCLT grants approval to PVR-Inox merger scheme

The Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has sanctioned the scheme of arrangement between cinema chains PVR and Inox Leisure. Once the NCLT issues the detailed order copy, the two companies will file it with regulatory authorities like the Registrar of Companies (RoC) and stock exchanges. The allotment of shares is likely to be completed in the next few weeks.

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ONGC to rely more on advanced tech: Sushma Rawat

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will increase reliance on advanced technologies and tech-savvy younger minds to boost chances of making major discoveries, said Sushma Rawat (ONGC’s exploration chief). The company will acquire more exploration acreage and bring in new technologies to enhance the quality of seismic surveys and data interpretation. 

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Zydus Lifesciences gets final USFDA approval for Brexpiprazole tablets

Zydus Worldwide DMCC (a subsidiary of Zydus Lifesciences Ltd) has received final approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) to market Brexpiprazole tablets. Brexpiprazole is an antipsychotic drug used along with antidepressants to treat major mental conditions like depression and schizophrenia. The drug will be manufactured at the group’s formulation facility at Ahmedabad Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Gujarat.

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Apax Partners likely to sell 4.63% shares in Shriram Finance via block deal: Report

According to a CNBC-TV18 report, private equity fund Apax Partners is planning to sell its shares in Shriram Finance Ltd via a block deal tomorrow. APAX's subsidiary, Dynasty Acquisition, would sell up to 1.73 crore shares or 4.63% stake in the non-banking finance company (NBFC). The size of this deal is ₹2,250 crore.

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SEBI allows exchanges to launch multiple contracts in same commodity

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed stock exchanges to launch multiple contracts in the same commodity to encourage broader participation of investors in the commodity derivatives market. Exchanges have been demanding multiple contracts on a single commodity to ensure that all market players across the value chain are catered to. Currently, all commodities (except gold, silver, and precious metals) have a single contract, which limits investors’ and traders’ participation.

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