Bharti Airtel to launch pan-India Payments Bank tomorrow Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom company, will take a crucial step towards entering the financial services business as it launches its Payments Bank operation across India tomorrow.Payments Bank refers to a limited operations bank that can be primarily used for making transactions, and not for depositing money.The operator has already start...
PayTM adds support for UPI payments Customers of PayTM, India's largest wallet service can now make payments using the Unified Payments Interface, the government of India's open payments platform.The company has signed up with ICICI Bank be able to receive payments from its customers who are on the UPI platform using its ID 'paytm@icici'.However, customers cannot simply transfer the mo...
Demonetizaton: Govt places limits on last minute deposits The Reserve Bank of India said that any person who continues to hold old notes of 500 and 1000 rupees in bulk will get only one more chance to deposit them into bank accounts and will also have to provide an explanation for the delayed deposit."Tenders of SBNs in excess of ₹ 5000 into a bank account will be received for credit only once during the remain...
Industry welcomes move to include made-ups in apparel package SIMA has welcomed the move include made-ups in the apparel packageThe industry has welcomed the move by the government led by Narendra Modi to extend support to the made-ups export industry and said it would help the sector break out of its current slump.The cabinet had yesterday included the made-ups sector in the Rs 6,000-cr apparel package unveil...
Allahabad High Court says Triple Talaq ‘unconstitutional’ The Allahabad High Court has today said 'triple talaq' or the divorcing of women under Islamic laws -- is unconstitutional in Indian law.The provision "violates women's rights" and no personal law board is above the Indian constitution, the court said while hearing a petition filed by a Muslim woman from Bulandshahr.The constitution of India assu...
Freecharge ties up with ICICI Bank to offer POS services Snapdeal-owned FreeCharge has tied up with ICICI Bank's Merchant Services, which will allow consumers to pay their bill at over 1 Lakh ICICI stores with their Freecharge accounts.These merchants are located at across 700 cities and towns in India, the company said. "FreeCharge’s partnership with ICICI Merchant Services, powered by First Data, will ea...
7 ILLOGICAL REASONS to oppose DEMONETIZATION The current demonetization move by the Narendra Modi government has seen a lot of accusations and counter-accusations being levelled by both the supporters and opponents of the move.While the government has tried to deal head on with the official accusations levelled by opposition political parties, a much more subtle misinformation campaign is going o...
DEMONETIZATION: How some earned lakhs standing in queues The government has banned over-the-counter exchange of old 500- and 1000-rupee notes due to suspected gaming of the system by those with black money. According to banking industry sources, the over-the-counter exchange system was being massively misused by hawala operators and others who had illegal funds to convert their old currency into new notes."The...
Airtel starts Payments Bank; offers 7.25% interest on savings ac Airtel Payments Bank, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, today said that it has rolled out a pilot of its banking services in Rajasthan. The pilot is aimed at testing systems and processes ahead of a full scale pan Indian launch.With this, Airtel Bank has become the first payments bank in the country to go live.Payments banks are similar to regul...
82,000 ATMs recalibrated out of nearly 2 lakh so far Banks have recalibrated 82,000 out of a little over 2 lakh ATMs in the country, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das."It will be only a matter of a few days (more) till all the ATMs are recalibrated," Das said.To ease cash supply to the agricultural sector, a total of Rs 21,000 cr of new currency has been sanctioned for district cooperative ban...
Card payments slow as people start swiping more after Demonetization Swiping a debit or credit card at the local grocery store or supermarket is supposed to be the best way to beat the demonetization blues, but going by social media feedback, these networks are getting overloaded as well.In fact, our own staff have found that they have had to swipe their cards 3 or 4 times for the transaction to go through. Sometimes, it ...
SBI starts accepting UPI payments State Bank of India, India's largest bank, has started accepting UPI payments from customers of other banks.However, outgoing payments are yet to be enabled from an SBI account to other accounts.UPI refers to a new way of making instant payments.Instead of entering details such as bank account number and IFSC code, Unified Payments Interface ...
No Note Exchange, only Account Withdrawals Tomorrow as banks take a breather There will no over the counter exchange of currency tomorrow (Saturday) as banks have requested for a one-day break from the heavy workload.The only exception will be for senior citizens.Deposits and withdrawals will continue."The entire staff of the banks have been dedicated to this for several days. Our own customers have been suffering," Rajee...
Minister refuses to answer Parliament on amendment to anti-corruption bill The ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions has refused to provide an answer to the Parliament on whether the proposed amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act will make investigation of corruption charges against officials difficult.The ministry -- which oversees all administrative matters relating to central government employees ...
40% of High Court judge positions are vacant, 30% in trial courts A large proportion of the posts for judges in the various High Courts in India are lying vacant, resulting in painfully slow dispensation of justice, according to law ministry numbers.Out of a total of 1079 posts of judges in all the High Courts in India, a whopping 442 are lying vacant as of last week. This translates to a vacancy of 41% in the High Cou...