Tata Sons, India's biggest business group, and firms controlled by billionaires Anil Ambani and Kumar Mangalam Birla are among the 26 companies that have applied for a license to open banks. Ambani's Reliance Capital has applied for a banking license along with Japan's biggest life insurer Nippon Life Insurance Co and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. Former Citigroup Inc chief executive Vikram Pandit has teamed up with JM Financial Ltd.
Among public sector entities, India Post and IFCI also submitted applications for bank license while micro finance institutions like Bandhan Financial Services, Janalakshmi Financial Services too expressed their intention to set up a bank.
"The Reserve Bank of India in all received 26 applications," the central bank said after the deadline for applying for a bank license expired on Monday. The RBI had issued guidelines for 'Licensing of New Banks in the Private Sector' on February 22 and came out with clarifications in the first week of June. It is, however, not yet clear how many new bank licenses will be issued.
RBI Governor D Subbarao had earlier said that "our effort will be to make that judgement as transparent as objective as contestable as possible...I want to say that not everybody who is fit and proper will be given a (bank) license because we expect the number of eligible applicants will be much larger than what is meaningful number of licenses we can give".
In its clarification, the RBI had said the entities getting licenses to open new banks will be given 18 months to open branches, and promoters would have to transfer their holdings to the non-operative financial holding company (NOFHC) in a stipulated period.
Coca Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, today said it won't slow down its USD 5 billion investment plans in India.
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Nissan unveiled a revamped version of its sports utility vehicle- Terrano in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Maruti has launched an upmarket looking Wagon R, called the Stingray (no relevance to Corvette Stingray or any other legendary car with that name plate) in India at Rs 4.09 lakh, ex-Delhi.
Luxury automobile makers Rolls Royce launched their latest offering - the Rolls Royce Wraith - in India on Monday
To summarise the collective commentary on why the rupee is falling, the immediate triggers are the imposition of capital controls and the hike in import duties on 'non-essentials' like gold and flat screen TVs.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday announced a slew of measures, including Rs 8,000 crore bond buyback, to ease liquidity and ensure adequate credit flow to the productive sectors of the economy.