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Recent Banking Updates

2014
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September 2014
September 1

RBI issued guidelines on implementation of Basel - III Capital Regulations.


o The revised and final guidelines for raising non-equity regulatory capital instruments by banks under the
stringent Basel III framework under which lenders can issue tier 2 capital with a minimum original
maturity of 5 years as against 10 years now.
o It further, banks can issue tier 2 debt capital instruments to retail investors, subject to the board
approval.
o Banks may now additional tier 1 capital instrument with the principal loss absorption through either
conversion into common shares or write-down mechanism (temporary or permanent) which allocates
losses to the instruments.

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Comparison of Capital Requirements under Basel - II and Basel III :

Under Basel-III
10.50%
4.50% to 7.00%
6.00%
5.00%
60% by January 2015
70% by January 2016
80% by January 2017
90% by January 2018
100% by January 2019
Timeline for full implementation of norms
31st March 2009 March 31, 2019
RBI asks banks to set timeline to loans processing.
o To expedite credit decision, the RBI asked banks to set a timeline for disposal of loan proposals but did not
ascribe a particular time frame for the same.
o The move came after RBI noticed that there have been inordinate delays by banks to convey credit
decisions, leading to delays in project implementation and also that banks must put in place the required
system within 30 days.
o But, RBI gave freedom to banks to decide each banks time by them self.

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Under Basel-II
8%
2%
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Requirements
Minimum Ratio of Total Capital to RWAs
Minimum Ratio of Common Equity to RWAs
Tier I capital to RWAs
Core Tier I capital to RWAs
Minimum Liquidity Coverage Ratio

September 2

The balance of payments recorded a surplus for a third straight quarter in April - June.
o The balance of payments registered a surplus of $11.2 billion in the first quarter up from $7.1 billion in the
last quarter of the FY14.

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September 3

RBI cancels Licence of The Merchants Co-operative Bank Ltd., Dist. Dhule, Maharashtra.
o The Reserve Bank of India has, on August 27, 2014, cancelled the licence of The Merchants Co-operative
Bank Ltd., Dist. Dhule, Maharashtra to carry on banking business under Section 22 of the Banking Regulation
Act, 1949 (As applicable to Co-operative Societies) read with Section 56 of Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

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As such, the bank is forthwith precluded from transacting the business of 'banking' as defined in Section
5(b) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (As applicable to Co-operative Societies) including
acceptance/repayment of deposits.
RBI curbs banking operations of Choundeshwari Sahakari Bank.
o The RBI has issued directions to The Choundeshwari Sahakari Bank Ltd of Kolhapur, Maharashtra that will
require the bank to seek prior approval for its banking business.
o RBI said In particular, depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw a sum not exceeding Rs. 1,000/(Rupees one thousand only) of the total balance held in every savings bank or current account or any other
deposit account by whatever name called, subject to the conditions stipulated in the RBI Directions.
o As per the directions a copy of which is displayed on the bank's premises for perusal by interested members
of the public, the bank, from the close of business on August 30, 2014, cannot, without prior approval in
writing from the RBI.
1. Grant or renew any loans and advances,
2. Make any investment, incur any liability including borrowal of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits,
3. Disburse or agree to disburse any payment whether in discharge of its liabilities and obligations or
otherwise,
4. Enter into any compromise or arrangement and sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its
properties or assets except as notified in the RBI Directions dated August 28, 2014.

Axis Bank got featured in Forbes Asia's FAB 50 list.


o Axis Bank which is India's third largest private bank has been featured in Forbes Asia's FAB 50 list of 2014.
This is the fourth time that Axis Bank has been featured and is amongst the only two banks in this renowned
list.
o The FAB 50 comprises of the best of Asia-Pacific's biggest publicly traded companies, chosen from a pool of
1,300 companies in the region that have at least USD 3 billion in market cap or annual revenue.
o In January this year, Axis Bank became India's first private sector bank to open a branch in China.

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SBI launched its first ''multi-currency international debit card''.


o The bank in association with the master card has launched this debit card that will allow the customers to
make the payments of various currencies through a single card.
o The deputy managing director of the bank stated that through this card the customer can make the
payments in four currencies US dollar, euro, Great Britain pound and Singapore dollar. Later on more
currencies will be added to the card. The card also offers the facility of loading currencies of choice at SBIs
branch network.
o The card will issued to customers levying Rs. 100 as the annual fee of the card.
o The maximum loaded in the card would be $200.
o This is a very beneficial card for the corporate, professional and the students travelling abroad for their
studies. Currently the customer can avail this card from 100 branches of SBI in the four major cities.
The cooperative banks will now provide CBS.
o The cooperative banks will now also provide the ''Core banking Services'' like such as any branch banking,
NEFT, RTGS etc.
o 201 state and district level Central Cooperative Banks with 6914 branches have joined this plan of NABARD.

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With the aim of making banking transactions faster and baking more efficient the NABARD has decided to
bring all the cooperative banks on the CBS platform.
With CBS, the cooperative banks are now in a position to offer the latest banking products to their
customers.
Through this the banks will be able deliver more efficient banking services allowing them to focus on serving
customers better this will also help the banks to save money and work in an effective manner.

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September 7

RBI has established a supervisory college for the Axis bank in Mumbai.
o In order to maintain and improve the understanding of the risk profile of the banking group the RBI has set
up this college.
o It will also look towards the enhancement of the mutual trust and co-operation among the supervisors.
o Through these supervisory colleges the RBI being the Apex bank of the country wants the Indian banks to
work in enhanced way in the foreign countries.
o These colleges are especially set up for the banks that have well established presence and working in the
abroad. The RBI has already established such banks for SBI, ICICI bank.
o It is the responsibility of RBI to monitor that exchange of supervisory information and perceptions becomes
easy. These colleges are supposed to facilitate effective supervision of internationally active banks.

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India is the third most affected country in terms of Online banking frauds.
o India ranks third after Japan and US.
o Due to the rapidly increasing use of internet banking the crimes involving online banking frauds are rising
heavily.
o According to the data of April to June 2014, it has been noticed that online malware has affected India
severely. Within a period of month India posed for cybercriminal expansion with an average of 2.5 million
malware detection.
o The fraudsters find a new ways and techniques to continue their attacks. On the other hand it is also
noticed that near about 33%of malicious apps were downloaded.
o More than 10 millions of attacks have been observed as per the record of July. The lending institutions as
well as the customers need to be strictly alert in order to protect themselves from these frauds.
SBI has rolled out two new savings product for the minors 'Pehla Kadam' and 'Pehli Udaan'.
o Pehla Kadam is a saving account that children can open jointly with their parents.
o Pehli Udaan can be singly operated by the minors up to the age of 10 years. These products will offer
several facilities to the holder.
o Both the products offer gamut of facilities including internet banking with limited transaction facilities such
as bill payment, opening of fixed deposits, recurring deposits.
o About banking services to miners above 10 years
In May 2014, RBI said the children above 10 yrs can independently open and operate the account. In
order to boost the financial inclusion RBI ordered banks to allow minors to open their account
independently.
All minors can now open a savings/fixed/recurring bank deposit account through either his/her natural
guardian or legally appointed guardian.

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Before this, banks allowed minors to operate bank accounts only along with a parent or a guardian. All
children and teenagers below the age of 18 are considered minors under current rules.
RBI has also asked the bank to provide more banking facilities like ATM card, internet banking to the
minors but should not allow these accounts to be overdrawn and these accounts should always remain
in credit.
Banks may keeping in view their risk management systems, fix limits in terms of age and amount up to
which minors may be allowed to operate the deposit accounts independently.
But banks will not charge any penalty on the non operative accounts.

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September 9

The Reserve Bank of India will adopt a common recruitment system from next year to tap talent for its core
functions. The larger objective is to strengthen itself in the changing economic scenario.
o ''Starting from 2015, there shall be common recruitment for all core functions of the bank'', the RBI said in
an internal report on HR initiatives.
o At present, it recruits officers and support staff for core and non-core functions through different
examinations, such as the Grade B officers level exam. The RBI now has about 17,000 employees.
o The proposed common recruitment will not only cover traditional areas such as economics and statistics but
also include niche skills, such as risk management, financial markets trading, accounting, legal, human
resources management and counselling.
o The officers that are recruited will have a common seniority. In effect, it will be like the common cadre
under the All India Services of the Union Public Service Commission.
RBI sets 70 years as upper age limit for MD, CEO of private banks.
o Within the overall limit of 70 years, individual banks boards are free to prescribe a lower retirement age for
WTDs, including MD & CEO, as an internal policy, RBI said in a circular (which was previously 21 years).
o Background:
o As per the Companies Act, 2013 prescribes that "no company shall appoint or continue the employment of
any person as Managing Director, Whole Time Director or Manager who is below the age of 21 years or has
attained the age of 70 years''.
IDBI Bank initiated its first e-lounge in Mumbai.
o This e-lounge will enhance the services offered to the customers. With more ease now the customers can
make the banking transactions.
o Services offered in E-lounge:
o The e-lounge will offer the facility of ATM, automated pass book printing, Transact terminal for various Card
and Net Banking holders to view balance, make a funds transfer, pay bills and recharge and much more.
o In addition to this the bank reported that the lounge will also offer the facility of LED screens allowing the
customers to get the details of the Interest rates, products rates from the screen.
Some Indias bank branches may face closure in UK.
o Recently it has been reported that various branches of Indian bank may face closure in U.K. Because of the
global crises in England the Bank of England's Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), responsible for
supervising individual banks, stated that they may ask some of the Indian branches to shut down.
o In order to curb with this global crisis in the economy the Indian Banks branches may face closure over
there. The Indian banks will either have to shut down their branches or they have to convert them
completely from branch status to UK subsidiary.

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SBI approached RBI to roll out contactless card.


o SBI has approached the RBI with the proposal to roll out a PIN free debit card.
o The bank wanted to launch a card through which the customers can make the transactions without entering
the PIN for small transactions (less than Rs. 2000).
o Before making this plan functional the bank is testing such contactless card at the metro stations in Mumbai
and Chennai. Through this the bank wants to eliminate the need of entering the PIN for making small
transactions of up to Rs. 2,000. The Apex bank has yet to approve this proposal.
o Current norms:
o Currently to use the card for any purpose the customer is required to punch the PIN, bank wanted that for
the small transactions i.e. for the limit up to Rs. 2,000 the entering of PIN to use the card must be abolished.
RBI established a new financial literacy gallery.
o With the aim to maximize the awareness on finance and banking, the Reserve bank of India has established
a permanent gallery that will spread awareness on financial literacy in Mumbai. The gallery is open for the
common people.
o It will be informing the people regarding the fundamentals of banking like purpose of savings, tips for
secure banking, benefits of fixed deposits, recurring deposits etc. The people will be guided through the
digital display and audio visual facility.
o This an innovative measure taken by the apex bank in the favor the people that will assist to enhance the
financial literacy among the people. The RBI is also offering a three month internship for aspiring post
graduates of finance and economics with a monthly stipend of Rs. 12,500.
Treatment of No-frills accounts opened for credit of Scholarship.
o As directed by the Bombay High Court, RRBs and State/ Central Cooperative Banks are hereby advised to
ensure that accounts of all student beneficiaries under the various Central/ State Government Scholarship
Schemes are free from restrictions of 'minimum balance' and 'total credit limit'.
o Background:
o Bombay High Court has brought to our notice that banks fix a limit on total credits in zero balance accounts
opened for students studying in primary, secondary/ higher secondary schools and technical institutions.
o Resultantly, in cases where scholarship amounts exceed the credit limit, banks do not allow the credit and
return the amount to the disbursement account of the Government.
o Further, in some cases banks are reported to have closed zero balance accounts unilaterally without
intimating student beneficiaries concerned. Instances of banks refusing to open zero balance account for
students have also been brought to our notice.
RBI has revised the guidelines on wilful defaulters making them tighter.
o As per the revised guidelines, the bankers can classify the guarantor group firms and management as wilful
defaulters.
o The guarantor group companies can be reckoned as wilful defaulters, in cases where guarantees furnished
by the companies within the Group on behalf of the wilfully defaulting units are not honoured when
invoked by the banks/ FIs.
o The banker will be able to proceed against the guarantor/ surety even without exhausting the remedies
against the principal debtor, when a default is made in making repayment by the principal debtor.
o Where a banker has made a claim on the guarantor on account of the default made by the principal debtor,
the liability of the guarantor is immediate. In this case said guarantor refuses to comply with the demand
made by the creditor/ banker, despite having sufficient means to make payment of the dues, such
guarantor would also be treated as a wilful defaulter.

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However, the revised guidelines applies only prospectively and not to cases where guarantees were taken
prior to this circular. Banks/ FIs may ensure that this position is made known to all prospective guarantors at
the time of accepting guarantees.
ICICI Bank launches Card-less Cash Withdrawal scheme.
o ICICI Bank launched a facility under which an account holder with it can transfer money to a mobile phone
user in the country even without the latter having an account with any bank.
o How to send?
o A customer having a savings account with the country's largest private lender can initiate a fund transfer
using online banking by giving only the mobile number and address of the beneficiary.
o How to receive funds?
o A secure six-digit code gets sent to the mobile number of the beneficiary, who can withdraw the amount
from any of the bank's ATMs, using that number.
o The money has to be withdrawn within two days of the transfer.
o The beneficiary need not have an account with any bank can also use this scheme.

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September 11

Bajaj Finance applied for dedicated housing finance company to National-Housing-Bank.


o Bajaj Finance, the non-banking lender, a housing finance company as a wholly-owned subsidiary and will
now be applying to the sector regulator National Housing Bank (NHB) for a licence.
o The company, which is headquartered in Pune, already has a presence in the mortgage space and nearly 40
per cent of its Rs. 27,000 crore book is mortgage products, he said, adding that there were many benefits
due to which the company had decided to have a dedicated company.
o NBH is solo authority to give permission for HFC.

September 12

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya finds place in Bloomberg's '50 Most Influential' list.
o Bhattacharya, who is the only Indian woman to be present in the list, is featured in the 'bankers' category.
o The final list consists of 10 people in each of the five categories-money managers, thinkers, corporate
power brokers, bankers and policymakers.
SEBI likely to be dragged to court for alleged irregularities in Bank of Rajasthan case.
o Alleging major irregularities in the order passed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in the
Bank of Rajasthan (BoR) case, some minority shareholders of the bank have decided to approach the
Bombay High Court (HC) for relief.
o Alleging that senior Sebi officials, including chairman U.K. Sinha and chief vigilance officer (CVO) R.K.
Padmanabhan, showed favour to BoR promoters, shareholders Rajesh Agarwal and Vijay Garg, backed by
some 200-odd minority shareholders.

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State Bank of India, SBI, celebrated 150 years of its operations in Sri Lanka at a glittering ceremony Friday
evening. Addressing a gathering in Colombo, SBI Managing Director Krishna Kumar reaffirmed the bank's
commitment to partner in Sri Lankas efforts in developing its economy.
o Sri Lankas Central Bank Chief thanked SBI for believing in Sri Lanka and investing money and skill in
development of the country.

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HDFC bank has planned to issue the debit card PIN to the customers through SMS.
o With the aim of being eco friendly the bank wanted to save paper and instead of sending PIN of the debit
cards through post it will be send through the SMS.
o The new PIN issued over SMS is named as 'Green PIN'. The green PIN will be issued to the customer at a
time and location most convenient to them.
o About Green PIN:
Basically green PIN is a one time generated password that will be sent to the customer registered
mobile number.
TATA group is preparing to establish 15,000 new ATMs in the country in coming few years.
o 67% of the ATMs will be set up in rural areas.
o The TATA group has already established 2,000 WLAs across the 18 states in the country and has received an
overwhelming response from the customers.
o About white labelled ATMs:
White-label ATMs are similar to other ATMs in that they can be used by any domestic debit, credit or
prepaid cardholder to withdraw cash, make a balance inquiry, change the personal identification
number or ask for mini statements.
These entities have a mandate to deploy 67% of ATMs in rural locations (tier III-VI) and 33% in urban
locations (tier I and II cities).
White-label ATM operators need a sponsor bank to operate the machines. According to RBI rules,
these sponsor banks will be liable to settle transactions and maintain cash at these ATMs. Maintenance
and servicing will be the white-label ATM operators job.
Charges for customers remain the same as those levied by a card-issuing bank. So, the first five
transactions in a month are free at these ATMs too. The card issuing bank will pay the interchange fee
for the free transactions, but will charge you for anything beyond that limit.

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WLAs in country include

BTI Payments Private Limited


Bangalore
Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited Kolkata
RiddiSiddhi Bullions Limited
Mumbai
This new three are in addition to the four entities already authorised to operate as WLAs namely

Tata Communications Payment Solutions


Mumbai
Vakrangee Ltd
Mumbai
Prizm Payment Services Pvt. Ltd
Chennai
Muthoot Finance Limited
Kochi
Important Note : In June 2012, the RBI has issued policy guidelines permitting NBFCs entities to set up
and operate WLAs. Prior to this, only banks were permitted to set up and operate ATMs in the country.

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September 15

MCX-SX gets conditional one-year renewal; SEBI seeks business plan.


o MCX Stock Exchange on got a one-year conditional renewal to function as a bourse and regulator SEBI asked
it to submit a long-term sustainable business plan and take other remedial actions.
o Besides, the exchange would not be allowed to introduce any new contract till it meets minimum networth
requirement of Rs. 100 crore, for which it has been given three-months time.
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Issue regarding Licence


The current recognition of MCX-SX, which was set up by Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies
Group, expired on 15-7-2014, but SEBI has now decided to extend it for a period of one year,
commencing September 15 and ending on September 15, 2015.
MCX Stock Exchange
Started by: Thomas Mathew.
Chairman: Thomas Mathew.
Started in: 2008.
Headquarters: Mumbai.

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September 16

India's export growth slips to 2.35 % at 26.95 billion dollars in August.


o India's export growth slipped to 2.35 percent at 26.95 billion dollars in August, pushing up trade deficit to
10.83 billion dollars.
o Gold imports jumped to 2.03 billion dollars in August compared to 738.7 million dollars in the same month
last year.
o According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's data, overall imports grew 2.08 percent to 37.79
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Allahabad Bank was awarded the second prize in ''region 'C''' banks for the year 2012 - 13 under the Indira
Gandhi Rajbhasha Shield Scheme of Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs.
o According to a release issued by Allahabad Bank, its Chairman and Managing Director, Rakesh Sethi,
received the shield from the President, Pranab Mukherjee, at a function help in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on
September 14.
o Allahabad Bank is celebrating the month of September as Hindi month.
Headquarters: Kolkata.
Chairman: Rakesh Sethi.
RBI asks banks to roll out POS machines for debit cards.
o Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that the central bank is mulling linking the debit card issuances to the
number of point of sale (POS) machines it puts up at merchant establishments.
o In comments that came in the midst of a massive account opening campaign launched by banks, under the
'PM Jan Dhan Yojana', Khan said if there is not a commensurate increase in the POS terminals, the usage of
cash will grow.
RBI Dy. Governor white label POS terminals as future plans.
o Like in the case of automated teller machines (ATMs), where the RBI allowed private, non-bank players to
install the machines called as the White Label ATMs, the central bank is also mulling to allow 'white label
POS terminals.
Federal Bank announced new savings scheme for children.
o SBI, Federal bank has rolled out a new savings schemes for the children below 18 yrs.
o The bank has introduced the savings scheme for minors named 'Young Champs'. With the aim to develop
the savings habit in children banks are introducing these new schemes.
o Both Indian as well as NRI customers below the age of 18 yrs can avail this scheme. Children can open and
operate this account on their own.

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They will be provided with the facility of debit card along with the spent limit of Rs. 2,500. The net banking,
SMS alerts, fund transfers will be from parents account.
CCI rejects complaint against IRDA.
o Fair trade watchdog CCI has rejected charges that insurance regulator Irda's rules, which grant of corporate
agency license to banks to sell insurance products, are anti-competitive.
o The issue of abuse of dominance by IRDA does not arise and no case of contravention of the provisions of
the (Competition) Act is made out against IRDA and the information is ordered to be closed forthwith.
o Background:
A complaint filed with the Commission had alleged that banks in insurance retailing sector were
imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions on financed clients to purchase insurance product from
them, indulging in predatory pricing, restricting and denying market access to independent insurance
agents, among others.
As a result, the complainant had asked the fair trade watchdog to pass directions to Insurance
Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to repeal the regulation.
Finally, CCI noted in the case that IRDA was discharging its regulatory and statutory mandate and did
not fall within the purview of Competition norms.

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SBH bank has introduced a new scheme for the borrowers whose accounts have become NPAs due to
payment failures.
o State bank of Hyderabad stated that borrowers who fail to repay the interest, instalment or both can now
easily make their account operative with the SBH new One time Settlement Scheme.
o The customers can avail this scheme till the month of September. To avail the scheme the borrower need to
contact the respective branch. They will also be provided with some concession under compromise
settlement.
UCO bank has entered in to partnership with bank bazaar.com.
o At the headquarters of the bank general manager of the retail banking of bank signed the agreement with
the managing director of the Bank Bazar.com. Through this tie up the bank will enhance its online selling of
its retail banking products UCO home loans and UCO car loans.
o About Bank Bazaar:
Bankbazar.com is a reputed online portal with 1.7 million visitors per month. This online marketplace
can help the bank to increase its online sale. Bank expects to see its home loan and car loan portfolio to
grow by 2000 applications a month through Bank Bazaar.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed to segregate the post of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of
Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks.
o It also proposed a separate committee for appointment of directors on the board of PSU banks.
o These proposals are a part of corporate governance reforms in PSU banks and are based on the
recommendations of various committees including the P.J. Nayak Committee recommendations.
o At present, the post of CMD in PSU banks is vested with one person only. As a result CMDs of PSU banks
enjoy absolute power and often dominate the board during their tenure.

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RBI has asked bank to launch more number of Point of sales machine at the merchant establishment.
o RBI is thinking to connect the issuance of Debit cards with the establishment of POS machines.
o RBI stated that under PMJDY, banks are creating millions of new savings account in turn millions of new
debit card will get issued, so it is necessary to create equivalent number of new POS else it might lead to the
increase in the use of cash.
o These days use of electronic cash is high on demand therefore the card acceptance infrastructure need to
be created. Some banks are putting up new POS machines. However RBI has not finalized this decision but
the bank is mulling over this thought.
o Background:
According to the reports currently we have 1.1 million POS machines operational in the country at
present, and even within those, there are some which do not accept other banks' debit cards.
With the aim to increase the POS machines it is expected that similar to the white label ATMs RBI may
come up with the concept of White label POS.
A new portal- e-integration in bancassurance launched by Canara, HSBC, oriental Bank of commerce.
o Private insurance Companies Canara, HSBC, Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance propelled
CHOICeNET portal. This portal is the part of banassurance.
o CHOICeNet is an innovative portal launched to reach out the customers of the Canara Bank and OBC. This
portal will facilitate bank provide end-to-end information for their customers' life insurance policies.
o About portal:
Through this portal the bank employees will provide the information for their user life insurance
policies.
This new portal launched by the company is embedded with the partner banks' intranet. Through this
the insurance company will easily check the information of insurance policy details and will also enable
them to track the progress of applications. This initiative will increase the trust of the customers on the
bank.
o This portal will also help the customers, it will enable them to renew premium payment using direct debit
on Canara Bank and OBC's Core Banking System.
State Bank of Travancore launched a Demat campaign for its customers. Bank organized this exclusive drive to
help the customers for starting up the 3 in 1 online Demat account.
o With the help of the Demat facility the customers will be able to convert their physical share in the
electronic form.
o One of the official reported that the campaign was carried out yesterday at poojappura Branch of the bank
and will held today at the main branch of the bank in Thiruvananthapuram city. Customers as well the other
corporate can visit and avail this facility.
Bank of Maharashtra is celebrating its 80th Foundation Day.
o On the occasion of its foundation Day, yesterday bank has launched a customers meet. At the different
places all over the country, bank organized functions.
o Bank also donated a sum of Rs. 51,000 to Tamana a NGO that works for the mentally retarded people.
o The customers, in turn, appreciated the Bank's efforts for organizing a Customer Meet on its 80th
Foundation day. The bank assured that bank will keep on servicing its customers like this only.

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September 22

EPFOs plan to provide UAN to its customers will be launched on 16th October, 2014.
o The universal account number (UAN) will assist the subscribers to track the latest details of their accounts
along with the downloading facility and collation of pensionable service.
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About UAN:
This UAN will abolish the need for the customers to apply again in case they change their job. Their
account number will be universally acceptable and portable. The EPFO is in the process of making UAN
operational for its 4.17 crore contributing subscribers by October 15.
Along with this the govt. has decided to launch unified web portal LIN (Labour Identification Number)
for simplifying business regulations and bringing in transparency. The LIN and UAN both will be
launched on 16 the October, 2014.
V.G. Mathew is appointed as new CEO of South Indian Bank.
o The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the appointment of V.G. Mathew as Managing Director (MD) and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kerala-based South Indian Bank Ltd.
o V.G. Mathew is appointed for a period of three years with effect from 1 October 2014. He will replace V.A.
Joseph who will retire on 30 September 2014 after serving the bank for 12 years.
o His appointment was made under the Section 35B of the Banking Regulation Act 1949.
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RBI releases Report of the G. Gopalakrishna Committee on ''Capacity Building in Banks and non-Banks''.
o Some important recommendations are:
Create the position of ''chief learning officer'', responsible for leadership development and
collaborative learning in commercial banks.
Conducting a common Banking Aptitude Test (BAT) at entry levels.
Banks should endeavour to expand enrolment of select internal employees as part-time faculty to
provide internal support for training initiatives.
To deal with talent replacement, there should be free movement of talent within the organisation for
creation of a larger workforce of trained personnel.
Job rotation, especially in PSBs, should not be carried in a mechanical manner but through a well laid
down criterion.
All banks may adopt e-learning methods and ensure that function-specific lessons are made available
to its staff.
o About chief learning officer:
Banks to focus on skill building, it recommended a 360 degree feedback mechanism, coaching and
mentoring paradigm, pre- and post-recruitment training and talent retention along with creating a
position of Chief Learning Officer in all commercial banks, responsible for leadership development and
collaborative learning across the organisation.
o About Job rotations:
Job rotation in banks especially PSBs, should not be done in a mechanical manner, but through a well
laid down criteria. Transfers should focus on critical requirement like leadership across the geography
and posts that require high concentration of power. In short, need-based transfers may be undertaken.
o About creation of talent:
Talent and leadership requirements need to be planned strategically over the long term, say over five
years and above.
o About creating separate departments:
Bankers will need to specialise in different business functions, while maintaining basic general
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increasingly require staff with relevant aptitude. Banks need to identify five to six such tracks, within
which the staff can be groomed
Certain job families like credit, treasury and technology are typically in deficit and need to be planned
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ICICI launches Saving Bank account for minors.


o Private sector bank ICICI Bank launched a savings account for minors above 10 years of age.
o The account, which will be opened in the name of the minor, will offer a personalised cheque book and a
debit card with a picture of his or her choice, the bank said in a statement.
o The 'Smart Star' account, will allows minors to operate their accounts independently. This will help to
inculcate a habit of saving and responsibility of spending wisely.
o Minors will be able to undertake various banking transactions including issuing cheques, paying bills,
recharge mobile phones, open fixed deposits and recurring deposits among others.
o About banking services to miners above 10 years
In May 2014, RBI said the children above 10 yrs can independently open and operate the account. In
order to boost the financial inclusion RBI ordered banks to allow minors to open their account
independently.
All minors can now open a savings/ fixed/ recurring bank deposit account through either his/ her
natural guardian or legally appointed guardian.
Before this, banks allowed minors to operate bank accounts only along with a parent or a guardian. All
children and teenagers below the age of 18 are considered minors under current rules.
RBI has also asked the bank to provide more banking facilities like ATM card, internet banking to the
minors but should not allow these accounts to be overdrawn and these accounts should always remain
in credit.
Banks may keeping in view their risk management systems, fix limits in terms of age and amount up to
which minors may be allowed to operate the deposit accounts independently.
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make banking more comfortable for the people bank has introduced ''Bank cum ATM on Wheels'' with the
help of NABARD.
o In the office area of the Bank NABARD launched a cheque/ cash drop kiosk. Chief general manager of the
bank stated that cooperatives banks are no less than the commercial they also introduce latest technology
to keep their customers happy.
ICICI bank unveiled 4 new banking apps. Bank has introduced new mobile applications to offer basic banking
transactions to the customer over the mobile phone.
o The new apps are : ICICI Store app, Insta Banking app, Video Banking app and mPassbook app. The
customer can easily download these apps from the Google play store and use them. The app will allow the
customer to initiate a transaction before visiting a branch view their transactions over the last 30 days on
their mobile phones. The data has also displayed that by the June end ICICI bank earned Rs 1000 crore
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With the help of the apps the transactions like cash deposit, cash withdrawal, request for demand draft,
updation of personal information can be made easily. The Video banking app will enable the customer to do
video calling with customer care and m-passbook will assist the customer to view and track their latest
account, credit card transactions.
Punjab National Bank has recently signed an agreement to work with Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India
(HMSI).
o Through this partnership bank will be offering more attractive offers on Honda two wheelers purchase. Foe
the auto loan bank will be offering attractive interest rate along with the amount stands at 90 per cent of
two wheeler value with an extended repayment tenure of up to 5 years. Usually the bank offers loan up to
Rs 50,000 for the period of 3 years.
o This partnership will benefit the Honda as well to expand its retail business. The PNB and HMSI have
introduced the offer of zero processing and no documentation charges but the customers can avail this
offer til the end of the festive season.
Easy to open account under PMJDY.
o Mr. Modi stated that there is nothing to worry about if the people do not have any valid identity proof, they
can still open their savings account under this scheme.
o To open account the person will simply require two copies of signed photographs.
o This account will be declared as a small account and will be valid for the period of 1 year; with in that period
of time the person can submit the valid document and can subject to continue the account.
o These account will have certain restrictions like balance at any point of time should not exceed Rs. 50,000,
total credit in one year should not exceed Rs. 1 lakh. So far already 4.18 crore accounts have been opened
under this scheme.
o At places people are facing shortage of account opening forms due huge rush at the places. The people can
visit the nearest bank branch and can avail this form from there.
ICICI bank has introduced new products for NRIs.
o The new product named NRI advantage is basically for the NRI Pro, NRI premia and NRI savings account
customers.
o This product will help the customers to avail several special offers and discounts. The Executive director of
the bank also informed that bank is having a huge network across several countries and bank is serving 1.5
million NRI customers.
o The bank has launched this new product with purpose to serve and cater the non- financial needs of the NRI
customers.
o With the help of this new product the bank will competently serve the NRI customers with better schemes
and value in the market. The customers will be provided with exclusive offers on healthcare, Gifting family
and friends, shopping and much more.
Public Sector Banks require 2637 billion US dollars to meet Basel - III norms: Moody.
o Global rating agency Moody 2014 released a report titled Indian Banks Could Need 26-37 billion US dollar in
External Capital for Basel - III Compliance.
o In the report it revealed that 11 Indian public sector banks (PSBs) need to raise 26 to 37 billion US dollar in
external capital in the financial year 2015 in order to meet the Basel - III capital adequacy norms by financial
year 2019.
Main highlights of the report:
o In rupee terms these banks will require additional 1.5 to 2.2 trillion rupees to fully comply with the Basel-III
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A significant part of the required capital, around 800 - 900 billion rupees (or 13-15 billion US dollars) could
be in the form of Additional Tier 1 (AT1) capital.
o Moody's notes that these PSBs constitute 62 percent of the net loans in the Indian banking system but
barely meet the current minimum capital requirements. As a result PSBs will find it difficult to raise capital
quickly in the current environment.
Basel - III Norms
o Basel - III raises the minimum required capital levels for both Tier 1 capital to 7.0 percent and Common
Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital to 5.5 percent. Besides, the banks will also need to meet a Capital Conservation
Buffer in order to pay dividends. These will be pressurizing the Indian public-sector banks due to low capital
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o Objective:
The LoC will be utilised to provide finance to SBIs clients in India and neighbouring countries that have
business relationships either by way of equity participation or regular trade with Korean companies
globally, as well as joint ventures or subsidiaries of Korean companies.
o About LOC:
A line of credit is any credit source extended to a government, business or individual by a bank or other
financial institution.
The borrower can draw down on the line of credit at any time, as long as he or she does not exceed the
maximum set in the agreement.
The advantage of a line of credit over a regular loan is that interest is not usually charged on the part of
the line of credit that is unused, and the borrower can draw on the line of credit at any time that he or
she needs to.
Depending on the agreement with the financial institution, the line of credit may be classified as a
demand loan, which means that any outstanding balance will have to be paid immediately at the
financial institution's request.
Federal Bank has decided to help Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) for the India west Indies ODI.
o The bank will be assisting KCA in sales of the ticket for this series. The customers can avail the tickets pricing
Rs. 3000, Rs 1500, Rs. 1000, Rs. 500 and Rs. 200 from the several federal Bank outlets from September 27,
2014 onwards.
o The Federal Bank Zonal Head Mr. Sunny NV and the secretary Mr. T.N. Ananthanarayanan of KCA signed the
MOU.
Vijaya bank has launched new e- products for its customers.
o Bank has introduced customer friendly products like V-gyansagar. Basically V-gyansagar is a mobile app that
will help the bank to inculcate financial literacy among the customers.
o Founded: 1931, (Attavar Balakrishna Shetty).
o Headquarters : Bangalore.
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UCO Bank has signed a Memorandum with CCAvenue.


o Objective:

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For banking payments easier through the use of plastic money as well as through online banking.
o About CCA
CCAvenue is one of the largest and reputed payment gateway providers. Through this partnership the
bank will facilitate the bank customers to shop through various sites that are in association with the
CCAvenue.
The customers will be getting the easier way to make the payments and shop online my making
payments directly through the banks Debit card.
SBI donated computers to schools in Gujarat.
o The bank distributed computer sets and peripherals to 150 needy schools in Gujarat.
o Objective:
The initiative is purposely to help the schools with infrastructure, which are in need and are not able to
acquire due to insufficient funds.
To help nearly 59,198 students with their education bank has spent an amount of Rs. 46.63 lakh.
As a part of the CSR activity bank work for the society upliftment as well.
Banks may face some legal issue on opening of minors account.
o Under the new scheme the kids are allowed to operate their savings account on their own but these
facilities and freedom to them may be against some of the laws of the country. It has been stated that one
of the major legal implications of this move (to allow minors to operate an account) is that there cannot be
enforcement against the minor under the Indian Contract Act.
o In case of the dishonour of the cheque made by the account of the minor no action can be taken since a
minor cannot enter in to a contract.
o Under the Partnership Act, a minor can be admitted as a partner.
o Indian Contract Act 1872
The Act was passed by British India and is based on the principles of English Common Law. It
determines the circumstances in which promises made by the parties to a contract shall be legally
binding on them. Each contract creates some rights and duties on the contracting parties. Hence this
legislation, Indian Contract Act of 1872, being of skeletal nature, deals with the enforcement of these
rights and duties on the parties in India.
o The Indian Partnership Act, 1932
It is an act enacted by the Parliament of India to regulate partnership firms in India.
The act is administered through the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The act is not applicable to Limited
Liability Partnerships, since they are governed by the Limited liability Partnership Act, 2008.
RBI to set up more financial literacy centres in the country.
o The apex bank has decided to push and focus on opening of more number of financial literacy centres. In
every district across the country there should be one financial centre. This will be the part of financial
inclusion plan.
o Financial literacy will imparted to the people through these centres. The farmers will e taught about skill
development along with the financial benefits.
o Objective:
These centres will focus highly on the need of the farmers and agriculturist. It will be ensured that all
the benefits due to them from banks and the respective governments - state and centre reach them.
This will strongly help the farmers to become aware and will help them to lead a more sustainable life.

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Alibaba gets approval to set up private bank in China.

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Alibaba is Chinas e-commerce giant and the latest company outside the financial sphere to win approval to
start a bank in China. Beijing hopes private banks will help in its drive to open up the economy to more
competition and get private capital to more parts of the economy.
o Note: Alibaba completed the biggest initial public offering ever this month by selling $25 billion of stock to
investors keen to tap into the worlds biggest pool of Internet users.
Chairman: Jack Ma.
Headquarters: Hangzhou, China.
Exim Bank's Line of Credit of USD 52 million to the Government of the Republic of Togo.
o Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has entered into an Agreement dated with the Government of the
Republic of Togo for making available to the latter, a Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 52 million (USD Fifty two
million).
o Objective:
For financing eligible goods, machinery, equipment and services including consultancy services
(including Preparation of Detailed Project Report) from India for the purpose of financing setting up of
161 kV power transmission line in Togo.
SMERA asked permission of RBI to give rating to All Deposit Taking NBFCs.
SMERA is seeking accreditation as 'approved credit rating agency' for the purpose of rating fixed
deposits of NBFCs.
o About SMERA:
SME Rating Agency of India Ltd. is a full service credit rating agency exclusively set up for micro, small
and medium enterprises (MSME) in India. It provides ratings which enable MSME units to raise bank
loans at competitive rates of interest.
However, its registration with Securities Exchange Board of India SEBI as a Credit Rating Agency and
accreditation by Reserve Bank of India RBI in September 2012 as an external credit assessment
institution (ECAI) to rate bank loan ratings under Basel II.
o SMERA is started by:
The agency was founded in 2005 by Small Industries Development Bank of India Dun & Bradstreet
Information Services India Private Limited (D&B) and several leading Govt., Public, Private and MNC
banks in the country.
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Chairman: Mr. Sudeshkumar G. Gulati.
Seeking to expand Asian operations, Qatar-based Doha Bank will acquire the Indian operations of the HSBC
Bank Oman.
o The board of Doha Bank has approved the terms of amalgamation to take over and combine the banking
operations of HSBC Bank Oman SAOG, India, with Doha Bank QSC India operation as a going concern, Doha
Bank said a filing to the Qatar Stock Exchange.
o Note : Late last year Doha Bank had secured licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to commence
banking operations in India and has been permitted to open a branch in Mumbai to provide fullscale
banking services.
Corporation Bank joined Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
o Under this bank has will be constructing 100 toilets across the various schools as the part of swachh
Vidyalaya.
o Last the bank initiated this campaign by building 5 toilets in the Udipi region (Kerala).

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The bank will further carry out this campaign across the other parts of the country. Employee in large
number participated in this campaign while cleaning the bus stand of the region and spreading the message
that the cleanliness should be maintained forever.
Banks may go on strike this October.
o United forum of Bank Union has decided to continue their protest against the salary revision in again. The
Indian banks will be conducting protest demonstration across the country on 17th October, 2014.
o The employees will wear black badges to demonstrate the protest. Further one day dharna will also be held
in between October 18 and 31.
o Reason for strike
The banks are demanding for the hike 25% in their salaries whereas IBA is offering a revision of 11%
only. Unsatisfied with this revision the banks have planned to demonstrate protest against this by one
day strike.
However, IBA agreed and has accordingly clarified that even though employees would be covered by
the medi-claim scheme, they would continue to submit their claims to the management.
Corporation Bank of Mysore to setup e-lobby in Mangalore.
o About e-lobby
The E-lobby eases the banking transactions and help the customers with various facilities of cash
deposit kiosk, cheque deposit kiosk, and self-service passbook printer.

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Current
Rates in June
Rates (in %) (in %)
Reserve Rates CRR
4
No Change
SLR
22
No Change
Policy Rates
Repo Rate
8
No change
Reverse Repo Rate 7
No Change
MSF
9
No Change
Bank Rate
9
No Change
Highlights:
o Reserve Rates (SLR, CRR) & Policy Rates (Repo, R-Repo, MSF and Bank rate) kept un-changed.
o Continue to provide liquidity under overnight repos at 0.25 per cent of bank-wise NDTL at the LAF repo rate
and liquidity under 7-day and 14-day term repos of up to 0.75 per cent of NDTL of the banking system
through auctions.
o Reduce the liquidity provided under the export credit refinance (ECR) facility from 32 per cent of eligible
export credit outstanding to 15 per cent with effect from October 10, 2014.
o Section 24 of the BRA, 1949:
Every primary (urban) cooperative bank (scheduled/non-scheduled) and scheduled commercial bank is
required to maintain liquid assets in the form of cash, gold (or) unencumbered approved securities
which should not be less than 25 per cent of the total of its demand and time liabilities (NDTL) in
accordance with the provisions of Section 24 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
o Section 42 of RBI Act, 1934:
Commercial banks, primary (urban) cooperative banks are required to maintain certain amount of cash
reserve and liquid assets. The scheduled primary (urban) cooperative banks are required to maintain
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per cent of their net demand and time liabilities in India in terms of Section 42 of the Reserve Bank of
India Act, 1934.
The Government of India has minted the ''Rs. 5 coin of Maulana Abul kalam Azad'' on the occasion of 125th
Birth Anniversary of Maulana Abul kalam Azad.
o These coins are legal tender as provided in The Coinage Act 2011. The existing coins in this denomination
shall also continue to be legal tender.

October 2014
October 1

The Nachiket mor committee recommended formation of small, payments banks for achieving financial
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Banks open 5.29 crore accounts under PM Jan Dhan, issued 1.78 crore RuPay cards.
o Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is an ambitious scheme for comprehensive financial inclusion launched
by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 28 August 2014.
o Exceptions:
This is being done excluding the states of Haryana and Maharashtra where survey work has been
temporarily suspended in view of Assembly Elections.
o Main Features:
The main features of the PMJDY scheme include an overdraft facility worth Rs. 5,000 for Aadharlinked accounts, a RuPay Debit Card.
With in-built accident insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh.
Besides, account holders under the scheme will get a life insurance cover of Rs 30,000. This is an
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Banks need USD 200 billion in next 5 years to meet Basel - III norms, says Fitch.
o Domestic banks will need US $200 billion additional capital over the next five years to meet Basel - III
norms for capital adequacy and the demand for funds as growth picks up, Fitch Ratings.
o About Capital requirements: CAR
Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) or Capital to Risk (Weighted) Assets Ratio (CRAR) is calculated in risky
assets of banks to ensure that it can absorb a reasonable amount of unexpected losses.
The original Basel - III rule from 2010 was supposed to require banks to hold 4.5% of common equity
and 6% of Tier I capital of "risk-weighted assets" (RWA).
Basel - III introduced "additional capital buffers", (i) a "mandatory capital conservation buffer" of
2.5% and (ii) a "discretionary counter-cyclical buffer".
o Risky assets in Indian banks
Public sector banks reported stressed assets of around 12 per cent in 2013-14, versus around 4 per
cent of private banks and 10 per cent for the banking system, according to Fitch.
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Commercial bank credit growth remains sluggish at 9.7 per cent.
o Credit growth of commercial banks continued to remain weak with a growth of just 9.7 per cent at Rs.
61,46,526 crore against Rs. 56,02,021 crore last year.
o Deposits grew 13.33 per cent to Rs. 81,06,633 crore in the fortnight to September 19 as compared with Rs.
71,50,374 crore in the year-ago period.
o Demand deposit expanded 12.40 per cent to Rs. 7,36,751 crore as of September 19 from Rs. 6,55,428
crore in the same period a year ago.
o Time deposit rose 13.47 per cent to Rs. 73, 69,898 crore as against Rs. 64,94,947 crore in the same period
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Charges
Up to Rs. 10,000
Rs. 3
Rs. 10,001 to Rs. One Lakh Rs. 6
Greater than Rs. 1 Lakh
Rs. 17
PF subscribers can monitor PF accounts online.
o From the 16th October the EPFO subscribers will get the facility to monitor their PF funds online on the
real time basis.
o It is being informed that on 16th October Mr. Modi is launching UAN number which will make the PF
account number portable and easily accessible.
o The EPFO would provide more value added services like paperless settlement of provident fund
withdrawal claims like during retirement and fixing of pension after attaining the age of 58 years.
o To make the services more better under the UAN scheme all the members are asked to the bank account
number to be seeded with the portable PF account number which will make the make PF withdrawal and
other claims settlements less time consuming.
YES BANK launches first-of-its kind discounts/ deals offers on ATMs.
o YES BANK has launched a first of its kind offer at its ATMs, whereby discounts and deals are offered to
anyone who transacts at the Banks ATMs.
o To avail this delightful offer, one has to simply walk into any YES BANK ATM across the country, withdraw
cash or transfer funds, and choose any one of the great offers across categories such as books,
entertainment, clothing, food & beverages, gifting, kids, lifestyle and online shopping.
o This facility is available for YES BANK accountholders (cash withdrawal and funds transfer transactions)
and non-YES BANK accountholders (only cash withdrawal transactions).
o In addition to this, YES BANK has also introduced a new facility for non-YES BANK account holders to
request their account statement or request for a cheque book at a YES BANK ATM.
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o Punjab National Bank has unveiled that bank has decided to charge its customers all online transfer of
funds, irrespective of the amount.
o The bank stated that any transaction made to other bank account through National Electronic Fund
Transfer (NEFT) will be charged.
o From the beginning of the October the bank has decided to charge the customers for NEFT transactions
made online, whereas Inward NEFT remittances will continue to remain free.
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This facility is currently availed to account holders of Saraswat Cooperative Bank using the NPCI Network
(National Payments Corporation of India) and will soon be offered to account holders of other banks also.

October 7

ICICI bank has rolled out a new special account for the NRI customers.
o To make the banking facilities more convenient and hassle free the bank has introduced the new 'Easy NRI
account'.
o This new account offers various benefits to the customers. It will provide the facility of low monthly
average balance requirement of just Rs. 2,000. Further there will be no charges for the minimum balance
maintenance.
The Finance Ministry considering RBI proposal for creating additional posts of a COO and a fifth Deputy
Governor.
o The Finance Ministry is considering amendments to the RBI Act 1934 to enable the central bank appoint a
fifth Deputy Governor and a Chief Operating Officer (COO).
o Finance Ministry sources confirmed that both the sides had reached an informal agreement to appoint a
COO and create the post of a fifth Deputy Governor in the RBI, but with a condition.
o The condition for COO:
The criteria for appointment COO would be from among the two Deputy Governors from the RBIs
quota.
o The condition for fifth Deputy Governor
The key criteria for appointment of fifth Deputy Governor would be a person with at least 25 years of
experience in public administration and governance.
o Objective of COO:
The COOs appointment is part of the RBIs human resources (HR) restructuring exercise.
The proposal also talks about creation of an additional position of a COO in the rank of Deputy
Governor to head one of the five functional clusters.
o About General Board of Directors :
RBI is governed by the Central Board of directors.
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Chennai and New Delhi
Each of these local boards consists of 5 members who represent regional interests, and the interests
of co-operative and indigenous banks.
About Deputy Governors appointment:
In order to formalise the arrangement, the Finance Ministry is likely to move a Bill to amend the RBI
Act during the Budget session.
Traditionally, two Deputy Governors are from the ranks of the RBI (i.e, RBI quota), third is an
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quota.
At present, among the four Deputy Governors, H.R. Khan and R. Gandhi are from the ranks of the RBI,
Urjit Patel is a well-known economist, while S.S. Mundra was earlier Chairman and Managing Director
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o Karnataka Bank has planned to work with TVS motors ltd. in order to assist the authorized dealers of TVS
motors with financial assistance. Through this tie- up the bank will extend its inventory channel finance
facility to the authorized dealers of TVS Motors Ltd.
o Headquarters: Mangalore.
SBI to launch ATM cum Pos terminals.
o State bank of India has tied up with Ezetap Mobile Solutions Pvt Ltd. In association with Ezetap the bank
has planned to roll out ATM cum POS terminals.
o Objective of ATM cum Pos terminals:
To make payments and withdraws at the retail shops easier for the customers, the bank has planned
to launch this.
o How ATM cum Pos terminals works?
Through this the customers will be able to make payments through their bank accounts like any other
debit card payment. In addition to this withdrawals can be made through this fresh and innovative
measure similar to the ATM which will also help the shopkeepers.
The maximum limit is Rs. 1000. For the time being the customers can en-cash a sum of Rs. 1000 which
is paid by the store owner from his cash holding. The money gets deducted from the consumers bank
account and gets deposited in the current account of the merchant.
o About Ezetap:
Ezetap is a Bangalore-based mobile payments service provider. It has also worked in association with
the well renowned companies like Flipkart, Bajaj Allianz, book my show and shoppers stop. With the
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ICICI Lombard has rolled out ''self service kiosk'' for the customers.
o The private insurance company has established self service kiosk in three major metropolitan cities Delhi,
Bangalore and Mumbai.
o With the help of the kiosk the customers will be easily able to print policy certificate, query regarding
update, make policy endorsement etc. In addition to this it also offer the facility to renew their existing
motor insurance and health insurance policies.
o Objective:
The kiosk will make the purchase of policy, renew or claim related transactions hassle. Within
seconds customer will get the facility to resolve their query, access their ICICI Lombard General
insurance policies.
UCO bank signed MOU with PSFC and PAIC
o UCO bank and Punjab State Farmers Commission (PSFC) with Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC)
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Objective:
To boost the National pension scheme (NPS) in villages and under privileged sections of the country.
UCO bank and PSFC decided to work together to attract more people specially farmers towards the
NPS. Through this bank will also offer a proper platform to the people for their savings by providing
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FIR against the officials of AXIS bank for fraud of 20 crore.


o The Golf Technologies (P) Ltd has registered a case against the officials of axis bank for alleged fraud worth
nearly Rs. 20 crore.
o Reason : The Bank forged the signature of the time in the absence of the companys head.
o It has been claimed that the senior officials - Chief executive officer, chief operating officer of the banks
are responsible for the fraud. The company stated that the bank has imitated the fake signature of the
companys head to withdraw a sum of Rs 19. 89 crore from the companys current account to a different
companys account.
IDBI bank organised camp to help differently disabled people.
o As a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) IDBI bank organized a camp in Guwahati. The camp
was organized to help the physically challenged people. Through the camp different appliances were
distributed to the physically and mentally challenged people.
o Headquarters: Mumbai.
o Chairman: M.S. Raghavan.
o Founded: 1964.
o About IDBI:
IDBI Bank is on a par with nationalized banks.
It was established in 1964 by an Act of Parliament to provide credit and other financial facilities for
the development of the fledgling Indian industry.
In 1964, it was started as development bank, later on recommendations of RBI committee headed by
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Punjab National Bank has decided to support the Prime Ministers Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by contributing
to cleaning fund of Ganga River.
o The Bank has plans to put his contribution in making or country clean.
o With the intent to do so the PNB bank has taken up the responsibility of two ghats in Varanasi to keep
them clean throughout the year.
o From the 2nd October, 2014 onwards the bank has taken up the drive to maintain the cleanliness at these
two ghats. Mr. jha DGM (circle head), stated that All our officers and employees participated in this
movement.
o Further the bank will also look after in repairing of its structure, paintings and others.
SBI signs MoU with NABARD for organizing a financial literacy camp in Nagaland.
o State bank of India in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has
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In order to aware the people regarding the banking services and their advantages the banks organize such
camps. Chunlikha is a village where the people are unaware about the banking.
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All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC) has planned to go on two days strike along with the other
constituents of UBFU for the wage revision.
o From long back the banks are demanding for the revision in their wages Further the AIBOC has also
decided to stick to their working hours they will not be working on the weekends and holidays.
o In the first week of November through the two days strike they will urge their protest for the settlement
of early revision in their wages. Since IBA is not considering their demand to make any revisions in their
salaries the banks commission has planned to withdraw their cooperation and not do any extra work or
work after their office hours. The workers are quite upset with the IBAs behavior towards their genuine
demand of wage revision.
o In addition to this there will also be a massive rally at Jantar Mantar on October 13 protesting
demonstrations along with UBFU constituents.
Clarification regarding 'free transactions at non home ATM branches'.
o RBI has unveiled that the number of free transactions at non-home ATM branches will remain to be five.
o Previously it was expected that the free transactions will be reduced to three, but now RBI has cleared
that free transactions will remain five at both the metro centres and other locations.
o But for the six metropolitan cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Banglore, Kolkata and Hyderabad the number
free of cost transactions at non home branches of ATMs would be three only.
o Other than these six cities there will be facility of five free transactions. Banks are, however, free to offer
more number of free transactions a month at other bank ATMs as well as own ATMs in any geographical
location.
Federal bank joined hand with IIFL group to offer broking services.
o Federal Bank has planned to join hands and work with India Infoline, a part of IIFL Group. Through this tie
up the bank aims to offer improved broking services to the customers.
o The bank has reported that, this initiative of the bank will assist the customers with the enhanced quality
broking service in India as well as abroad. The customer will be provided with IIFL broking services.
Appraising the services provided by IIFL group, President, Treasury and Head, Network II, Federal Bank
stated that IIFL is one among the best broking service provider. Through this tie up the Federal bank
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First-of-kind ''kayPay'' FB based money transfer system launched by Kotak Mahindra bank.
o Kotak Mahindra bank has rolled an innovative payment system for facebook users customers. To make the
payments instantly the bank has introduced Kaypay payment system. This system will allow the facebook
users to send money to each other.
o The bank reported that this system will eliminate the need to have net banking, details of the bank
account of the payee. Bank account holders can now transfer money at any point of the day or night. This
is an innovative system launched by bank to make the payment system hassle free. After the transaction
both the sender and receiver will get a notification through facebook.

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This is a free of cost system. The user simply needs to register his/her bank account which participates in
the IMPS on the Facebook or www.kaypay.com. After getting successful registration the customers can
enjoy the benefit of this secure and payment system.
o Technology used IMPS.
IOB bank to work with Naturals to assist women entrepreneurs.
o Indian overseas bank has planned to work with Naturals a hair and beauty chain. The bank is planning to
expand its services in the northern India, with the help of naturals. The bank will be providing the women
with the collateral free loan who are planning to set up Naturals salon, Spa or lounge.
o Through this tie the women entrepreneurs will be offered with collateral free loan and in addition to this
the third party guarantee would not be necessary. The bank will assist all the first time women
entrepreneurs with financial assistance to start up their Naturals salon.
o The bank has already received an overwhelming response for this in south India by help the women over
there. In south the bank has assisted in setting up 46 Naturals salon. Now with the same criterion the bank
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IRDA set-up committee for ''corporate governance, disclosure norms''.


o Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDI) will align its corporate governance and disclosure
norms in accordance with the new Companies Act, 2013.
o For this, IRDA has set up a 12-member committee under its member R.K. Nair.
o Objective:
In order to bring harmony between the corporate governance and disclosure requirements of the
Authority and the Companies Act, 2013, the Authority has decided to constitute a working group
harmonising IRDA Corporate Governance Guidelines and Disclosures with Companies Act, 2013.
o About CSR
o In 2014, India became the world's first country to enact a mandatory minimum CSR spending law. Under
Companies Act, 2013, any company having a net worth of 500 crore or more or a turnover of 1,000 crore
or a net profit of 5 crore must spend 2% of their net profits on CSR activities. The rules came into effect
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Net profit 5
Net worth 500
Turnover 1000

Contribution of Company
2% of their net profits
2% of their net profits
2% of their net profits

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First women oriented banking branch in Himachal Pradesh.


o Kangra Central co-op bank is launching its ever women oriented branch.
o For the first time a bank in Himachal Pradesh is launching a women oriented branch in the state. On the
New Year occasion 1st January 2015 the branch will become operational. The branch will be launched in
Depot Bazar locality.
o After this branch bank will further set up 5 new such branches in 5 different districts of the state. The bank
is also extending its ATM services to all the customers of the country and abroad from 16th of this month.
For this bank has already issued 3,000 ATM cards.
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Union bank of India has launched a new bill payment service for the MTNL subscribers. The bank has
reported that for the MTNL subscribers bank, the bank has introduced facility that will make their bill
payment system easier. The Customers will be able to pay their bill using mobile banking applications of
their respective banks.
o How it function?
Technology used IMPS.
It is First-of-kind by a bank to introduce a bill payment service through mobile banking application.
Intially this scheme is for the MTNL subscribers only, futher the bank will extend it upto the mobile
phone users as well.
The bank has assigned 9969009700 as the mobile number and 9026263 as the MMID (mobile money
identifier) for MTNL. In order to make the bill payment Customers need to type mobile number and
MMID of MTNL along with the bill amount and landline number through which payment is being
made.
SBI customers with large account balance will get unlimited free ATM transactions.
o The bank has decided to offer the free ATM transactions on the basis of account balance of the users.
o If the banks own ATM if the customers is having an account balance of more than Rs. 25000 then they will
get unlimited free transactions.
o In case customer rarely visits the bank branches the customer will get 9 free transactions per month.
o In case the balance is less than 25,000 then only 5 free transactions, above this the customer will charged
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Non-Scheduled UCBs are permitted to Internet Banking (View Only) Facility for Customers.
o Non-Scheduled UCBs are permitted to provide Internet Banking (View Only) facility to their customers may
ensure.
o Online facility offered is strictly non-fund based service such as balance enquiry, balance viewing, account
statement download, request for supply of cheque-books etc. and no online fund-based transactions are
allowed.
o UCBs commencing internet banking (view only) facility should report to our Regional Office within one
month of operationalisation of the facility.
o BackGroud:
About Internet Banking in UCBs.
Complete Internet Banking is provided to only Scheduled UCBs which satisfy certain criteria.
Scheduled UCBs satisfying certain criteria such as minimum net-worth of Rs. 100 crores, CRAR of at
least 10%, net NPA less than 5% and continuous profit during the last three years, were permitted to
provide internet banking facility to their customers with prior approval of Reserve Bank of India.
Canara Bank to help Women- entrepreneurs through its facilitation centres
o The bank will be providing collateral free loans to the women wishing to stat up their business.
o The MSME facilitation centres of the bank are set up to serve the needs of the entrepreneurs basically.
o Bank is having five MSME facilitation centre located at Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Noida, Mumbai and
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RBI inks MoU with Kenya's central bank for info exchange.

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The Reserve Bank has signed a pact with Central Bank of Kenya for exchange of information and
supervisory cooperation.
o The Reserve Bank of India signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Supervisory Cooperation
and Exchange of Supervisory Information with the Central Bank of Kenya.
o With this, RBI has signed 22 such MoUs and one Letter for Supervisory Co-operation, it added.
o The MoU was signed by RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Central Bank of Kenya Governor Njuguna
Ndung'u.
NABARD sets up Rs. 2,000 crore funds for mega food parks.
o The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) will commence direct lending to food
processing industries in mega food parks and designated food parks by end of October. The Bank has set
up a fund with a corpus of Rs. 2,000 crore for this purpose.
o The government announced in this year's budget setting up of a fund and gave the responsibility to
Nabard to promote food processing sector through mega food parks. Nabard has been allocated Rs 2,000
crore fund, which will be utilized to lend to state government entities and private sector.
o Objective:
Under the new Fund, Nabard would provide loans for a period of seven years at an attractive interest
rate of 7.8 per cent to 8 per cent. Nabard would provide loans for large food chains and food
processing units in a food park and also for creation of infrastructure at food parks, he said.
Chairman: Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.
o About MFPS:
Mega Food Parks Scheme (MFPS) was introduced by UPA government in 10th five year plan.
Based on extensive feedback and consultations with various stakeholders the earlier Scheme of Food
Parks under the 10th Five Year Plan has been revised and reformulated as Mega Food Parks Scheme
(MFPS) for the 11th Five Year Plan period.
Land for the project shall be purchased/ arranged by the SPV. The registered value of such land would
be taken as part of the project cost and contribution/ share of the SPV. The GOI grant shall not be
used for procurement of land and will be 50% of non-land component of the project.
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Andhra Bank accounted account number for Hud hud cyclone relief fund.
o With the intent to help the people in flood affected area of Andhra Pradesh, the govt. of the state has
planned to collect the donation fund for the people with the help of the Andhra Bank. In association with
the Andhra Bank the donations will be collected to help the people victims of Hud hud cyclone.
o All the people can contribute for the donation, the donation will be accepted at all the branches of the
bank in the form of cash/ cheques without any charges. Further it is also reported that Remittance can
also be made through NEFT/ RTGS.
o The account is CM Relief Funds (AP Cyclone Relief) bearing the number 110310100029039 in Andhra
Banks AP Secretariat branch. Through this initiative bank wanted to support the affected people in the
state.
Corporation Bank launches e-Mandate service.
o To provide robust platform for large volume of repetitive payments, Corporation Bank has launched the
e-Mandate (digital mandate) service.
o The e-Mandate service will be beneficial to the utility companies for monthly subscriptions/ bill
payments; insurance companies for premium payment by policy holders; NBFCs and other finance
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companies for instalment payments; education institutions for school fee payment; and manufacturing
companies.
Now most of these transactions are done either through post-dated blank cheques or through Electronic
Clearing Services (ECS). Both the above payment modes involve physical handling and movement of
paper-based instruments such as cheques and mandate (in ECS).
About ''e-Mandate'' activities
The activities under e-Mandate include collection of mandate, and scanning and uploading of
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Federal Bank bagged excellence banking award.


o Federal Bank has won four out of five IDRBT Banking Technology Awards for 2014-15.
o For its excellent performance the bank has been awarded with four awards. The bank has been
announced as the best bank for use of Technology for Financial Inclusion, Social Media and Mobile
Banking.
o In addition to this bank has been entitled best bank for Business Intelligence Initiatives and for Best IT
Team.
o Since 2001, IDRBT recognizes the best bank for its performance in banking and use of technology and
honour them with the award. The Bank reported that it is a pride moment for the bank to won the
maximum awards for the year. The governor of the apex bank Mr. Rajan awarded the CMD of the bank
Mr. Shyam Srinivasan with the awards.
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Best Bank Award for Use of Technology Large Banks
for Financial Inclusion
Mid-Size Banks
For Social Media and Mobile Banking
Large Banks
For Electronic Payment Systems
For Business Intelligence Initiatives

For Managing IT Risk

For IT for Business Innovation


For Best IT Team

Mid-Size Banks
Large Banks
Large Banks
Mid-Size Banks
Small Banks
Large Banks
Mid-Size Banks
Small Banks
Large Banks
Large Banks

The winner
State Bank of India
Federal Bank Ltd.
ICICI Bank
Federal Bank Ltd
State Bank of India
ICICI Bank
Federal Bank Ltd.
The Karur Vysya Bank
Ltd.
Bank of Baroda
Bank of Maharashtra
IndusInd Bank Ltd.
Axis Bank Ltd.
HDFC Bank Ltd.

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NHB made home loan borrowing easier.


o National Housing bank has asked the Housing finance companies to provide housing loans above Rs. 20
lakh with a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of up to 90 per cent if such loans are supported by a mortgage
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After this measure the housing finance companies will offer the loan at the lower rates. In result this
would increase the retail housing loan in the market.
o The borrowers will now be happier to know that in case they want to loan of Rs. 20 lakh and above, they
will be required to pay 10% of the total loan upfront and the remaining will be financed by the Housing
finance company.
New multi-currency travel card of KVB bank.
o This is a prepaid reloadable card. This card will offer the customers easier and convenient spending in their
foreign tours.
o The card will provide the facility to loading the 3 currencies such as US$, Euro and Singapore Dollar (SGD)
in one card. In addition to this the customer will also get the facility of net banking through which they can
check the balance in the card.
o This will make the payments for the customers while shopping in abroad hassle free. They can easily
withdraw cash from VISA enabled ATMs and can shop online as well. Customers can avail the card from
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SBI determined to continue retail banking in UK.


o State Bank of India is still determined to carry out the carry out the retail banking operations in UK. The
SBI has been operating in UK since past 95 years.
The bank has reported that tough the bank of England has halted on the operations of foreign-owned banks
in the country, but bank is determined to continue. The SBI is having 900 million pounds of deposits in
Britain. The bank is very well established in the country.

October 23

SBI launches mPassBook facility on its already existing smart-phone application.


o The nation's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) launched a facility called 'mPassBook', on its 'State
Bank Anywhere' mobile application, for its retail banking users.
o Launching the facility, SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya, said that 'mPassBook' is an electronic
application of a physical passbook for savings bank and current accounts.
o The facility is currently available on Android phones but would soon be available on iOS and Blackberry
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China launches AIIB to rival World Bank.


o The AIIB, launched in Beijing at a ceremony attended by Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei and delegates
from 21 countries including India, Thailand and Malaysia, aims to give project loans to developing nations.
China is set to be its largest shareholder with a stake of up to 50%.
o Indonesia, where President Xi Jinping first spoke of the AIIB during an October visit last year, was not
present and neither were South Korea and Australia, according to a pool report.
o The AIIB is expected to begin operations in 2015 with senior Chinese banker Jin Liqun, ex-chairman of
investment bank China International Capital Corp, expected to take a leading role.
o The Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief said he doesnt welcome a China-backed rival bank that will have
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21 countries signed the bill, which included: China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman,
Qatar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
About Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank:
Headquarters : Beijing.
Member countries : 21.
Expected to start loaning : 2015.
Capital : 100 bn USD.
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UCO Bank identifies Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulter.


o Kolkata-based UCO Bank has identified Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) as a wilful defaulter
and will be sending a notice to the defunct carrier.
o United Bank of India has already declared KFA a 'wilful defaulter' for defaulting a loan of Rs. 350 crore.
Other banks like State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank are also mulling this route.
o About willful default
Intentional failure by a party to a contract, or a court case, to do what it is supposed, or ordered, to
do.
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State Bank of Hyderabad has launched a campaign for micro and small entrepreneurs ''Subh Labh''.
o Through this campaign the entrepreneurs will get the assistance to establish new business with some
comfort.
o Through this campaign the bank wishes to offer concessions on interest rates, processing charges and
various other facilities to the entrepreneurs who all are planning to set up new business.
2nd Edition of the Efma Accenture Innovation Awards.
o Kotak Mahindra bank has bagged the Best New Product award for the jifi digital account and runner up in
'Most Disruptive Innovator' category.
o KMB is the first Indian BFSI company to be awarded at the prestigious Global Distribution & Marketing
Innovation Awards by Efma and Accenture, in Barcelona, Spain.
o Kotak Mahindra Bank has over 641 branches and over 1,150 ATMs spread across 363 locations in the
country. The bank offers wide range of products and offers to its customers satisfying their needs and
requirements.
o Headquarters: Mumbai.
o Founder: Uday Kotak.
o Chairman: Shankar Acharya.
BOM bank tied up with Ashok Leyland to finance customers.
o Bank of Maharashtra has tied up with the Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland. The bank has
planned to work with Ashok Leyland and offer better financing offers in purchasing vehicles.

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Bank of India to open branch in Vietnam.


o Bank of India gets licence to set up bank in Vietnam. The licence was handed over after delegation level
talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Vietnam Prime Minister
o Capital: Hanoi.
o President: Trng Tan Sang.
o Prime Minister: Nguyen Tan Dung.
Ongoing selection process for public sector bank CMDs, EDs scrapped.
o Eight posts of CMDs and 14 posts of EDs would require to be filled-up 'de novo'.
o Apart from these banks, the post of CMD is vacant in Indian Overseas Bank, Syndicate Bank and United
Bank of India.
o The Government has decided that a fresh process for selection would have to be implemented for filling
up the existing vacancies.
o The Reserve Bank of India Governor or his nominee in the rank of Deputy Governor will be part of the new
selection process.
o BackGround:
The government decision comes after the CBI found irregularities in the PSU chief selection process
after Syndicate Bank CMD SK Jain's arrest in August 2014 over graft charges.
The committee consisted of Secretary Expenditure, Secretary School Education and the RBI Governor.
NABARD to fund 100 crores for inland fishing activities in Orissa.
o National bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has launched Rs. 100 crore area
development scheme (ADS). Covering the five districts in Odhisa the scheme is launched for assisting in
inland fishing activities.
o Objective: The scheme will also increase employment and financial literacy.

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All foreign bank accounts will be assessed by March 2015: AG.


o With the Centre submitting a list of 627 account holders in foreign banks to Supreme Court in the
blackmoney case, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that the deadline for investigation under the
Income Tax Act into these accounts is 31st March 2015.
o He said that the court directed that the sealed envelope with the names be given to the Special
Investigation Team (SIT) and also allowed the Centre to put its "problems regarding treaties with foreign
nations" before the SIT.
o After that we shall request them to submit the report in the court by November 30.
o There are about 627-628 accounts along with a status report which we have submitted in the Supreme
Court today in a sealed cover. Last date for investigation and assessment into all these accounts is March
31, 2015.
ING Vysya Bank CEO Shailendra Bhandari resigned.
o Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ING Vysya Bank Shailendra Bhandari on
resigned from his post after taking charge of the Bangalore-based private lender.
o He will continue to be in the office till 31 January 2015. However, Bhandari's term was schedule to end in
August 2015. He took charge of ING Vysya Bank in August 2009.
o The appointment of Uday Sareen as MD & CEO of ING Vysya Bank is now subjected to approval of Reserve
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5 major Banks signed MOU with state govt. for ''sale of sand'' in Andhra Pradesh.
o The five banks namely State bank of India, Andhra bank, State Bank of Hyderabad, syndicate bank and
Indian bank will open a separate account for sand mining.
o It has been reported that the rates of the sand will be fixed and consumer will get the amount deposited
as per the rate fixed and will get the receipt. Using the receipt and their Aadhaar card, customers can book
sand from any Mee Seva centre or IKP-SERP website, from this the consumer will get the sand from the
nearest closest to his place.
o The mining and sale of sand has been entrusted to self-help groups (SHG) as part of the campaign
''Pedarikam Pai Gelupu''.
o Through this MOU the banks will help the govt. in sales of sand. The rate of the sand is yet to be decided.
The rate will be uniform all across the state.
State Bank of Travancore has come up with a vigilance awareness week.
o Managing director of the bank Mr. Jeevandas Narayan initiated the week by flagging off a mounted which
displays a poster with a message against corruption.
o ONGC Videsh inks pact to acquire stake in two Vietnamese oil blocks.
o ONGC Videsh (OVL), the overseas arm of state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), signed an agreement
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Canara Bank to help the farmers with warehouse receipt financing.


o In order to avail this facility to the farmers the bank has decided to work with Origo Commodities, a postharvest management services company.
o This facility will help a farmers a lot. The farmers will be provided with the financial assistance to avoid the
problem of Distress sale of their produce. Through this MOU the bank will offer the facility across 15
states of the country including Origo Commodities, a post-harvest management services company.
o This will help the farmers to enhance their standard of living and increase in the yields. Canara bank
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Canara Bank signed MOU with Origo Commodities.


o In order to help the farmers with warehouse receipt financing this facility to the farmers the bank has
decided to work with Origo Commodities, a post-harvest management services company.
o This facility will help a farmers a lot. The farmers will be provided with the financial assistance to avoid the
problem of Distress sale of their produce. Through this MOU the bank will offer the facility across 15
states of the country including Origo Commodities, a post-harvest management services company.
o Headquarters : Bengaluru.

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November 1

12000 ATMs in offsite areas connected to the rural bank branches: Hughes network.
o Hughes has connected 12,000 ATMs of the offsite areas to the rural bank branches in the country. This
initiative will assist the govt. in achieving the financial inclusion plan.

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Many banks including Punjab National Bank, HDFC Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Bank of Baroda, IDBI
Bank, Dena Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank will also set up new contracts with the hughes network.
o The Hughes stated that it is pride moment for the company to connect the ATMs in the offsite regions.
Hughes offers safe and secure network. There are total number of 50,000 ATMs and bank branches
connected by Hughes satellite.
o Hughes Network Systems is subsidiary of Gaithersburg, Maryland (USA).
RBI allowed Urban cooperative bank to act as PAN Service agents.
o RBI has now permitted the urban cooperative banks to act as the PAN Service agents. Earlier only well
managed were allowed to work as the PAN Service agents.
o RBI has instructed that With a view to expanding the scope of fee-based services offered by UCBs, it has
now been decided to permit all UCBs to act as PAN Service Agent (PSA) by entering into a tie-up with any
agency authorised by Income Tax Department.
o Condition : RBI has also instructed that the NPA (Non-Performing Asset) of the UCBS should not exceed
more than 3% and the gross NPAs should be less than 7%.
RBI and United Bank of India conducted financial literacy camp at Ukhrul.
o The aim of such camps is to aware the people regarding banking and its advantages. The people are being
taught about how they can open savings account and can safely save their money. Members from different
SHGs from various parts of Ukhrul took part in the camp.

November 3

BMB bank launched new product.


o The BMB bank has also introduced BMB Dhanvarsha 555 product for the women which will offer an interest
rate of 9.70%. The bank reported that bank is trying to reach the backward and rural areas through
establishing new branches in such areas.

UBI decides to continue with five free ATM transactions for non-home ATM transitions.
o The United Bank of India (UBI) decided to continue with five free ATM transactions per month (including
non financial ones) at other bank ATMs for all savings account holders in both metros and non-metros.
HDFC to charge customers after 5 free transactions.
o HDFC bank has announced that bank has decided to charge its customers after five transactions from its
own ATM and after 3 in the metro cities.
o Note: HDFC is the first one to charge the customers for making transactions from its own ATM. The rule will
applicable from 1st December,2014.
About RBIs allowance to charge on ATM transitions.
o As per the new guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), banks in six metros New Delhi, Mumbai,
Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore are free to charge other bank customers beyond 3 ATM
transactions per month. Banks have also been allowed to restrict free transactions to 5 for customers at its
own ATM network.
o Banks are free to limit the free transactions as per their convenience. Hitherto ICICI bank has allowed its
customers to enjoy unlimited free transactions from its own ATM. Usually other banks are not charging
customers for making transactions from their own banks. For salary and savings account customers the
bank has planned to charge Rs. 20 and Rs. 8.5 plus taxes per transaction for non-financial transactions, such
as balance enquiry, change of PIN, mini statement, etc.

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HDFC became first listed Indian company to have 75% shareholding by FIIs.
o The mortgage financier HDFC became the first listed Indian company among the 30 SENSEX firms to have
more than 75 percent shareholding by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs).
o It happened after the FIIs raised their stake in the company to a record-high of nearly 78 percent during the
July-September 2014 quarter.
About FII &FDI
Foreign investment of 10 per cent or more in a listed company will now be treated as FDI.
If the stake is not raised to 10 per cent or above, then the investment can be treated as portfolio
investment. Foreign portfolio investors include foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and qualified
foreign investors (QFIs).
Note : Committee of defining FDI & FII is headed by ex- finance secretary Arvind Mayaram
RBI asks banks to alert customers before clearing suspicious (or) high value cheques
o To prevent rising cheque-related fraud cases, the Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to alert the account
holders by a phone call and contact the base branch in case of non-home cheques before clearing
suspicious or high value payments.
o The RBI also asked banks to send an SMS alert to payer or drawer when cheques are received for clearing
and examine cheques under UV lamp for clearance beyond 2 lakh rupees. The apex bank, further, said
multi-level checking should be done before clearing cheques above 5 lakh rupees.

November 6

Govt. cancelled out its plan of UBI merger with IDBI.


o Last week govt. declared to cancel out their plan to merge United Bank of India and IDBI bank. The govt. is
now in no mood to merge this bank. Is it being informed that there is no benefit in merging the two week
banks, rather it will create more problem in the banking industry.
o To merge United Bank, the Bank Nationalization Act has to be amended, which may be difficult so the govt.
is looking for the further steps what possible can be done but the finalized decision has not been revealed
yet. Both the banks reported loss last year but the merger would not be so easy. Till the being it is reported
that govt. gives up its plan to merge the two banks.
BTI payments pvt. Ltd has launched 500 India1 white-label ATMs (WLAs) in the country. Lately BTI has
launched its 500th ATM n Guntur district Andhra Pradesh.
o BTI is joint venture between the Banktech Group and ICICI Venture. The company has rolled out total 500
WLAs. WLAs work as the normal ATMs, helping the customers to make the banking transactions. Further
the company has planned to come up with 9000 more ATMs to be set up all across the country.

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RBL bank awarded with the global Growth company.


o The bank has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a ''Global Growth Company'' (GGC) 2014.
o The effective growth of the bank in the banking sector led the bank to be recognized as the Indian Company
with the fastest growth in the financial sector. For the prominent growth development the bank has been
awarded with the Global growth company. Its an honorable moment for the bank to achieve this award.
Axis Bank signed MOU with NH bank to enhance relationship with South Korea.
o South Korea leg of Axis bank has signed a MOU with NongHyup Bank (NH Bank). Through this MOU the bank
wants to enhance cooperation in treasury, trade and other business between India and South Korea.
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Through this the banks expects to develop better mutual understanding and flourish through business
cooperation. It has been also informed that this partnership would act as a bridge between customers of
two banks. This will assist the bank to build to trade and economic relationship with the bank.
Axis Bank Limited was formerly UTI Bank.

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SBI, HDFC, Axis has announced to charge Rs. 20 after 3rd transactions.
o Finally the three leading banks of the country have decided to charge a sum of Rs. 20 after the free
transactions in Metro cities. SBI, Axis, HDFC banks have capped the free transactions to three in the six
metro cities.
o The customers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad would be required to pay Rs. 20
from the 4th transactions onwards. RBI has announced to cap the free transactions to three in the metro
cities but the banks were allowed to limit the free transactions accordingly.
o The three banks have decided to go with the Apex bank and implement the rule from 1st December
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S&P downgraded credit rating of Indian Overseas Bank to speculative grade.


o S&P revised its assessment of the bank's risk position to weak from moderate. Accordingly, it lowered the
rating of IOB to BB from BB+ on weak asset quality. The rating will remain weak over the next 12 months.
o The rating continues to reflect IOB's adequate business position, moderate capital and earnings, above
average funding, and strong liquidity.
o Reason for the decision
The bank's exposure to high-risk sectors, such as iron and steel and textiles, is greater than that of
other banks.
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PM launches Jeevan Pramaan a Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners.


o Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched "Jeevan Pramaan" - an "Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate" for
pensioners, in a move that could eventually benefit over a crore pensioners.
o Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that after the push towards self-certification, this digital life certificate
was another enabling mechanism which would benefit the common man.
o The proposed digital certification will do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to submit a
physical Life Certificate in November each year, in order to ensure continuity of pension being credited into
his account.
o The Department of Electronics and IT has developed a software application which will enable the recording
of the pensioner's Aadhar number and biometric details from his mobile device or computer, by plugging in
a biometric reading device.
o Key details of the pensioner, including date, time, and biometric information will be uploaded to a central
database on real-time basis, ultimately enabling the Pension Disbursing Agency to access a Digital Life
Certificate.

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IFC Issues First Masala Bonds in London.


o IFC, a member of the World Bank, issued a 10-year, 10 billion Indian rupee bond (equivalent to $163 million)
to increase foreign investment in India, mobilizing international capital markets to support infrastructure
development in the country.
o The Masala bonds mark the first rupee bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange.
o They are the longest-dated bonds in the offshore rupee markets, building on earlier offshore rupee
issuances by IFC at three-, five-, and seven-year maturities.
o Proceeds from the offering will support a forthcoming infrastructure bond issuance by Axis Bank.

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Kerala became first state with bank accounts for all families.
o Kerala became the first state in the country to have bank accounts for all families under Pradhan Mantri Jan
Dhan Yojna (PMJDY).
o A formal declaration to this effect was made by Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani at the State-Level
Bankers Committee (SLBC) meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on 11 November 2014.
o Under the PMJDY, Kerala has opened about 13 lakh new accounts and has mobilised 326 crore rupees
through intensive financial literacy campaigns launched under the aegis of the State Level Bankers
Committee (SLBC).
o Note: Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna is a mega financial inclusion plan aimed at bringing poor financially
excluded people into the banking system by providing them bank accounts and debit cards.It was launched
on 15 August 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Banks went for strike on 12th November.
o Reason : To protest against the delay in the wage revision the banks are striking for the whole day.
o BackGround:
As per the UBFU demand they wanted 23% hike n the wages where as IBA has stated that they cannot
make it more than 11%. Since the demands of the UBFU remained unresolved they have planned not
to work for the entire day. As a result all the bank will not be working on 12th November, 2014.
Federal Bank bagged CNBC TV18 Financial Inclusion Award.
o The bank has shown an excellent performance and contributions towards financial inclusion, in addition to
this bank has worked for the enhancement of the backward sections of the society. Bank is setting up an
example for the other banks as well.
o Recently, bank has also rolled out Aadhaar-enabled branchless banking in the 'Common Service Centres'
that will help the people to access banking more easily. Seeing all the efforts made by the bank the bank has
been awarded with this award.
ICICI Bank customer can recharge Delhi Metro cards with SMS.
o Delhi Metro commuters will now be able to recharge their smart cards by sending SMS to a designated
number, courtesy a new facility launched on Thursday.
o To avail the service, passengers should have an account with ICICI Bank with their mobile number
registered.
o The service is available at 71 Metro stations which include Janpath, Mandi House, INA, Tilak Nagar,
Karkardooma, AIIMS, Saket and Noida City Centre.
o Passengers need to send a SMS from their mobile phones to 9222208888 using the number registered with
the bank account.
RBI tightens norms for shadow banks.

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With a view to streamline the regulations for the sector, the RBI also revoked temporary suspension on
issuance of Certificate of Registration (CoR) to companies that want to conduct business of non-banking
financial institution (NBFI), which will start once again.
Net owned funds
New: It will be mandatory for all NBFCs to attain a minimum net owned fund (NOF) of Rs. 2 crore by
the end of March 2017.
At present : The NOF requirement is at Rs. 25 lakh. In a phased manner, the NBFCs would be required
to raise it to Rs. 1 crore by March 2016 and to further double it to Rs. 2 crore by 2017.
Note : NBFCs failing to achieve the prescribed ceiling within the stipulated time period shall not be
eligible to hold the CoR (Certificate of Registration) as NBFCs.
Obligations for NBFC-to-take deposits
For well rated NBFC: The limit for acceptance of deposits across the NBFC sector reduced the same for
rated asset finance companies from four times to 1.5 times of NOF, with immediate effect.
For un-rated NBFC: An unrated AFC or NBFC having NOF of Rs. 25 lakh, complying with all the
prudential norms and maintaining capital adequacy ratio of not less than 15 per cent, was allowed to
accept or renew public deposits not exceeding 1.5 times its NOF or up to Rs. 10 crore, whichever is
lower.
For NBFC, well rated & all norms are met: Further, AFCs which are rated and complying with all the
prudential regulations were allowed to accept deposits up to four times their NOF.
Systemic Important NBFC
NBFCs-ND will be categorised into two broad categories NBFCs-ND (those with assets of less than Rs.
500 crore) and NBFCs-ND-SI (those with assets of Rs. 500 crore and above).
The threshold for defining systemic significance for NBFCs-Non-Deposit taking-Systemically Important
(NBFC-ND-SI) has been revised to Rs. 500 crore from Rs. 100 crore.
CRAR
NBFCs-ND with asset size of less than Rs. 500 crore are exempted from the requirement of maintaining
CRAR and complying with Credit Concentration Norms.
Old Norms: For deposit and non-deposit taking NBFCs, Capital to Risk (Weighted) Assets Ratio or CRAR,
which includes tier I capital of 7.5 percent, is 15 percent at present.
New Norms: All NBFCs-ND which have an asset size of Rs.500 crore and above have to raise the tier I
capital to 8.5 percent by end of March 2016 and 10 percent by 31 March 2017.
Note : However, the minimum Tier 1 capital requirement for NBFCs primarily engaged in lending
against gold jewellery remains unchanged at 12 per cent for the present.
Towards provisioning of standard assets
Old Norms: every NBFC is required to make a provision for standard assets at 0.25 percent of the
outstanding.
New Norms: RBI said that NBFCs would be required to raise it to 0.3 percent by end of March 2016;
0.35 per cent by March 2017 and to 0.4 percent by end of March 2018.
NPA identification
New norms: The asset classification norms for NBFCs-ND-SI and NBFCs-D are being brought in line with
that of banks, which are subject to '90 days' overdue norms for identification of non-performing assets
(NPAs), in a phased manner.
Old Norms: An asset is classified as an NPA by an NBFC when it has remained overdue for a period of
six months or more for loans; and overdue for 12 months or more in case of lease rental and hire
purchase installments, as compared to 90 days for banks.

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Banks have opened 6.51 crore new accounts under PMJDY till now.
o Recent data have shown that banks especially rural and public sector banks have opened nearly 6.51 crore
basic savings bank deposit accounts.
o Public sector banks and regional rural banks accounted for 81 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively, of the
total accounts opened under PMJDY.
o Target of PMJDY: opening 7.5 crore bank accounts for un banked families by January 26, 2015
Yes Bank organized Saaf Suthra Bharat Campaign.
o Yes bank has recently launched 'Saaf suthra Bharat' campaign in Sri Nagar. The bank successfully launched
this campaign contributing to the Swachch bharat abhiyan.
Banking strike hampered many operations across the country.
o The strike was carried out in the some 75,000 branches of 27 state-run banks. The strike took place across
the several branches all across the country.
o On the day clearance of nearly 10 million cheques was delayed. In addition to this the total volume of the
Indian banking industry is more than 155 lakh crore ($2.5 trillion), which has been completely blocked by
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New co branded credit card rolled out by American express.


o American express has recently rolled out a new credit card in association with makemytrip.
o The new card is loaded with freebies including a Rs. 9,000 welcome voucher and also a 2.5 per cent fuel
surcharge waiver at HPCL outlets. In addition to this card will facilitate the customers to make the payments
easily with installments facility along with the attractive interest rates.
o While Makemytrip will offer a welcome bonus of Rs. 9,000, which will be in nine installments of Rs. 1,000
each per month depending on the transaction and make trip will also offer the cash back facility.
o A joining fee of Rs. 750 will be charged for the card and from the second year onwards the charge which will
go up to Rs. 1,500 per annum.
ICICI Bank raises over $95 mn via Chinese debt market.
o ICICI Bank raised 600 million yuans from the Chinese debt market (Dim Sum bonds) or a little over $95
million, at a coupon of 4 per cent, merchant banking sources said in Mumbai.
o This is the fourth time that the Mumbai-based lender has tapped the Dim sum bond market and has so far
raised 2,050 million yuans.
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Two new savings account for minors: Andhra bank.


o AB Little Stars for the children in the age group of 10 to 14 years, and the other one is AB Teens this scheme
is for the children of age 15 to 18 yrs.
o It has been reported that the two schemes will be promoted by 60 specially chosen brand ambassadors in
30 schools in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad attracting more number of children towards it.
o The children will be provided with ATM cum debit card facility. In the AB little stars the parents can operate
the account while in the AB teens the teenagers will themselves handle the account.

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Axis Bank hits overseas debt market with $500-mn issue.


o Axis Bank hit the overseas debt market with a benchmark issue to raise at least $500 million in a 5.5-year
money, merchant banking sources said in Mumbai.
Corporation Bank bagged two Awards.
o Corporation bank has won Indira Gandhi Official Language Awards.
o The bank has got the first prize under Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC) category
and second prize under Nationalized Banks category.
o Headquarters: Mangalore.
o Chairman: Shri Sadhu Ram Bansal.

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Axis Bank launches ''smart self-service terminal''.


o Smart-self-service terminal will enable customers to deposit as well as withdraw cash from the same
machine.
o Customers can initiate a deposit transaction through the smart self-service terminal even without using a
debit card and will receive instant credit for the deposited amount.
o There is no cap on the amount of cash deposited by the customer through these terminals, provided his/her
PAN details are available with the bank.
o Note : Axis Bank partners with Visa to launch industry first-to launch e-KYC service.
Note: first to launch an electronic Kisan Card on the RuPay platform.
Government needs to infuse nearly Rs. 2.4 lakh crore in state-run banks by March 2019: RBI.
Government needs to infuse as much as Rs. 2.4 lakh crore ($38.78 billion) into state-owned banks by endMarch 2019 to meet different kinds of capital requirements including Basel III, provisioning for asset quality,
and additional risks.
o Banks should start looking for ways to generate more internal capital as the leeway to get additional funds
from the government would be limited due to the ongoing fiscal consolidation process, Mundra said.
o Indian government's holding in state-run banks ranges from 56.26 per cent to 88.63 per cent, and one of
the options to generate capital is to lower stakes in banks. According to the Banking Regulation act,
government holding in state-run banks cannot fall below 51 per cent.
o FDI allowed Public Sec. Banks: 20.
o FDI allowed Private Sec. Banks: 74.
ADB approves $350 mn for upgradation of roads in MP
o Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $350-million loan assistance for upgradation of district roads in
Madhya Pradesh.
o The project will upgrade 1,600 km of major district roads in the State through lane widening, surface
improvements, and strengthening of culverts and bridges.
o This is to help cut travel time, improve traffic flow and road safety, and provide better access to markets
and social services for poor and remote communities.

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Kotak Mahindra bank to acquire ING Vysya Bank.


o Kotak Mahindra Bank informed the BSE after market hours that the board of directors of the company had
considered and granted its approval for the amalgamation of ING Vysya Bank with Kotak Mahindra Bank in
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The Board has approved the share swap ratio of 725 equity share of Rs. 5 each of Kotak Mahindra Bank for
every 1,000 equity shares of Rs. 10 each held in ING Vysya Bank.
o The merger will make Kotak Mahindra the fourth largest private lender after ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis
Bank.
o Note : The last merger to happen in the private sector banking space was in 2010 when Bank of Rajasthan
was acquired by ICICI Bank.
SBI to lend $1 billion to Adani Group to build Australian coal mine.
o The infrastructure conglomerate, whose founder, Gautam Adani, has signed a memorandum of
understanding for a loan of up to $1 billion from the SBI for the mine, rail and port project, which it aims to
build by end-2017.
o Note : Adani Mining won Australian government's approval to build a whopping $1.94 billion (Aus $2.2
billion) rail line for its Carmichael coal mine project, Queensland.
RBI allows FIIs to buy equity in Yes Bank.
o The Reserve Bank today said FIIs can buy equity shares in private lender Yes Bank as shareholding by foreign
investors has gone below the prescribed limit.
o The RBI has removed Yes Bank from its caution list of monitoring foreign investment following the dip in
shareholding by foreign investors below the prescribed limit.
Exim Bank to set up Rs. 1,500 crore fund to assist ship-building industry.
o To give a boost to ship building in the country, the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) is planning to set
up a dedicated Rs. 1,500 crore fund with Government support.
o This proposal comes in the backdrop of the slump in global demand for ships and boats in 2012 and 2013
and foreign vessels accounting for a lions share (almost 90 per cent) in overseas cargo traffic handled at
Indian ports.
o PM Jan Dhan Yojana reflects poverty as 74% accounts hold zero balance.
o At least, 5.3 crore of the total 7.1 crore bank accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana
(PMJDY) have 'zero balance' even as the government has deposited Rs. 5,400 crore in accounts under the
scheme.
o Note: PMJDY scheme was announced Modis first Independence Day speech on 15 August 2014.

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