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WPI eases to 10.7% in September

India’s wholesale inflation, measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), eased to 10.70% in September. WPI had spiked to 12.41% in August, while the revised WPI for July stood at 14.07%. The food articles segment eased to 11.03% in September, compared to 12.37% in August. The fuel and power segment marginally fell from 33.67% in August to 32.61% last month. 

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Federal Bank Q2 Results: Net profit rises 53% YoY to ₹704 crore

Federal Bank posted its highest-ever quarterly profit of ₹704 crore for the quarter ended September (Q2 FY23), up 53% YoY or 17% QoQ. The net interest income (NII) grew 19% YoY to ₹1,762 crore during the same period. [NII is the difference between the interest income a bank received on loans and the interest it pays depositors.] The gross non-performing assets ratio (GNPA) stood at 2.46% in Q2, compared to 2.69% in Q1. Provisions fell 9% YoY to ₹268 crore in Q2 FY23.

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PSP Projects emerges lowest bidder for project in Gujarat

PSP Projects Ltd has emerged as the lowest (L1) bidder for a government project for developing a world-class sustainable tourist/pilgrimage destination in Gujarat. The bid value for the project is worth ₹345.30 crore. PSP Projects is one of India’s fastest-growing construction companies based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It provides construction services for industrial, institutional, residential, and commercial projects in India. 

Bajaj Auto Q2 Results: Net profit rises 20% YoY to ₹1,530 crore

Bajaj Auto Ltd reported a 20% YoY increase in net profit to ₹1,530 crore for the quarter ended September (Q2 FY23). Its revenue from operations rose 16.4% YoY to ₹10,202.8 crore during the same period. EBITDA rose 25.5% YoY to ₹1,759 crore. The company sold 11,51,012 units in Q2, up 0.57% YoY. Bajaj Auto saw domestic volumes nearly double from Q1 across both two-wheeler and three-wheeler segments.

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EaseMyTrip launches SIP scheme for travel plans

Online travel platform EaseMyTrip has announced the launch of a new product line— Save Now Buy Later (SNBL). It is an investment scheme that allows customers to start a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) for their travel plans. Customers can invest an amount as low as ₹100 on a recurring basis. Investments will get a return of up to 20% on the total invested amount exclusively from the company.

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Unichem Labs gets USFDA approval for Phenytoin Sodium capsules

Unichem Laboratories Ltd has received abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approval for its Extended Phenytoin Sodium Capsules USP- 100gms from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA). The capsules are indicated for the treatment of tonic-clonic and psychomotor seizures. It prevents seizures during or after neurosurgery. The product will be commercialised from Unichem Lab’s plant in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

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Shree Cement Q2 Results: Net profit falls 67% YoY to ₹183 crore

Shree Cement Ltd reported a 67.5% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to ₹183.24 crore for the quarter ended Sept (Q2 FY23). Its revenue from operations rose 19.7% YoY to ₹4,038.03 crore during the same period. Total expenses increased by 41.4% YoY to ₹3956.90 crore in Q2. The company’s board has accepted the resignation of its long-serving Chairman Benu Gopal Bangur.

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L&T Construction secures order under its water and effluent treatment business

Larsen & Toubro Ltd’s construction arm has secured significant orders (in the range of ₹1,000-2,500 crore) under its water & effluent treatment business. It has received repeat orders from the Govt. of Gujarat to execute pumping system and pipeline works from Tappar Dam to Nirona Dam. The project aims to strengthen water resources in the Kutch district of Gujarat by filling existing reservoirs that will irrigate 36,392 hectares of land.

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Bharti Airtel launches 'Always On' IoT connectivity solution

Bharti Airtel launched the 'Always On' Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution in the domestic market. The solution contains dual profile M2M (machine to machine) eSim, which allows an IoT device to stay connected to a mobile network from different Mobile Network Operators in the eSIM. It is best suited for vehicle tracking providers, auto manufacturers, and any use cases where equipment works in remote locations requiring universal connectivity.

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Tata Elxsi Q2 Results: Net profit rises 39% YoY to ₹174 crore

Tata Elxsi Ltd reported a 39.1% YoY increase in net profit to ₹174.3 crore for the quarter ended Sept (Q2 FY23). Net profit declined by 5.5% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 28.2% YoY (or 5.1% QoQ) to ₹763.2 crore during the same period. The company crossed the 11,000-employee mark with 1,532 net additions in Q2.

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