1. RBI has imposed a fine of ₹1.3 crore on State Bank of India (SBI).
- RBI has also imposed a penalty of ₹1.6 crore on Indian Bank.
- RBI has imposed penalty for non-compliance with guidelines on ‘Loans and Advances – Statutory and Other Restrictions’.
- In the statutory Inspection of the banks for FY21, it was found that they had sanctioned a term loan to a corporation without undertaking due diligence on the viability and bankability of the projects.
- SBI also violated norms on ‘Management of Intra-Group Transactions and Exposures’.
- Indian Bank violated guidelines under ‘Know Your Customer (KYC) Directions, 2016’ and ‘Interest Rate on Deposits Directions, 2016’.
- RBI has also imposed a penalty of ₹1 crore on Punjab & Sind Bank for breach of norms on ‘The Depositor Education and Awareness Fund Scheme’.
- Punjab & Sind Bank failed to credit eligible amount to Depositor Education and Awareness Fund (DEAF) within the period provided under Section 26A of the Banking Regulation Act.
- Monetary penalty of Rs 8.8 lakh has also been imposed on Fedbank Financial Services.
- Fedbank Financial Services is the NBFC arm of Federal Bank.
Topic: Regulatory Bodies/Financial Institutions
2. Nabard has raised ₹1,040 crore via social bonds.
- Nabard has issued India’s first ‘AAA’ rated Indian Rupee denominated Social Bonds.
- It has issued the Social Bonds aggregating ₹1,040.50 crore at a coupon rate of 7.63%.
- The bonds were redeemable, taxable, non-convertible, non-priority sector, unsecured, social securities of face value ₹1 lakh each.
- They were of five-year tenure. They were issued privately to eligible institutional investors on September 26.
- These bonds are to be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on September 29, 2023.
- The base issue size of the social bonds was ₹1,000 crore, with an option to retain oversubscription up to ₹2,000 crore.
- National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) was founded in July 1982. It is headquartered in Mumbai. It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance. Shaji K V is its chairman.
3. REC and Punjab National Bank (PNB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
- The MoU is for co-financing loans worth ₹55,000 crore for projects in the power, infrastructure and logistics sectors in the next three years.
- REC essentially lends to the power sector. Power Ministry has authorized it to also lend to the infrastructure sector.
- It is a Maharatna company. It has now diversified into the non-Power infrastructure sector and commercial infrastructure.
- REC is a 'Maharatna' company under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
- It is registered with RBI as non-banking finance company (NBFC), Public Financial Institution (PFI) and Infrastructure Financing Company (IFC).
- REC was incorporated in 1969. Vivek Kumar Dewagan is its CMD.
4. The merger of Sahebrao Deshmukh Co-op Bank with Cosmos Co-op Bank has been approved by RBI.
- The merger has become effective from 26 September, 2023.
- The branches of Sahebrao Deshmukh Co-operative Bank are now functioning as branches of Cosmos Co-operative Bank.
- Sahebrao Deshmukh Co-operative Bank is a Mumbai-based bank. Cosmos Co-operative Bank is Pune-based.
- RBI has approved scheme of amalgamation of two in exercise of the powers conferred under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
Topic: Banking/Financial/Govt Schemes
5. Government has extended RoDTEP scheme for exporters by nine months till June 30 2024.
- Remission of Duty and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) was notified for certain sectors till September 30 2023.
- Commerce & Industry Ministry has extended the scheme at the same rates to the existing export items.
- It is a popular export benefit scheme. The scheme is WTO compatible.
- It was announced in January 2021 to replace the WTO-incompatible MEIS scheme.
- Under the scheme, 8731 items from most export sectors were covered with the exception of organic and inorganic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and iron & steel.
- It refunds embedded duties/taxes, mandi tax and duty on electricity used during manufacturing, that are not rebated under other schemes.
- Later, government extended the benefits of RoDTEP to the three excluded sectors, but just for 9 months till September 30 2023.
6. M. Rajeshwar Rao has been reappointed by centre as Deputy Governor of RBI for one year.
- This term of one year will begin from 9th of next month, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
- M. Rajeshwar Rao handles the departments of Regulation, Communication, Enforcement, Legal and Risk Monitoring.
- Mr. Rao joined the central bank in 1984. He worked as the Banking Ombudsman in New Delhi.
- His three-year term as Deputy Governor started on 09 October, 2020.
7. The Income Tax Department of India has demanded around $150 million from Dream11 for underpaying taxes during 2017-2019.
- Dream11 has filed a case in the High Court in Mumbai.
- It has challenged the notices which demand it to explain why it should not be forced to pay the shortfall.
- While Indian tax authorities are demanding a greater 28% tax on the overall gaming money Dream11 receives from players, Dream11 contends that it should pay a tax on the fees it charges users.
- The company was given 30 days by the tax authorities to provide justification as to why it shouldn't be required to pay a shortfall of 2.1 billion rupees ($26.07 million) for 2017–18 and 10 billion rupees ($120.85 million) for 2018–19.
- Tax officials are also looking into Dream11's four additional years of tax payments, up until March 2023.
- Dream11 is an Indian fantasy sports platform. In April 2019, it became the first Indian fantasy sport company to become a unicorn.
- It was set up in 2008. U.S. investment fund Tiger Global is a major investor in it.
8. License of Mumbai-based 'The Kapol Co-Operative Bank' cancelled by RBI.
- On September 25, the license of Mumbai-based Kapol Co-operative Bank Ltd. was cancelled as the lender did not have adequate capital and earnings prospects.
- As a result of the cancellation of the license, the Co-operative Bank is prohibited from conducting 'banking' business.
- This includes accepting deposits and repayment of deposits with immediate effect.
- RBI has also requested the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Cooperation and the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies to issue an order to close the bank and appoint a liquidator for the bank.
- Every depositor will be entitled to receive the deposit insurance claim amount of his deposits up to a monetary limit of ₹ 5 lakhs from the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC).
- About 96.09% of depositors are entitled to receive the full amount of their deposits from DICGC.
- As of July 24, 2023, DICGC has already paid ₹ 230.16 crore of total insured deposits based on the willingness received from the respective depositors of the bank.
9. Amit Khare has been given an extension as advisor to PM Modi.
- Amit Khare was appointed as an advisor for two years in October 2021.
- Amit Khare is a 1985-batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Jharkhand cadre.
- He had superannuated on 30 September 2021. He last served as the higher education secretary.
- Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension in Khare's tenure beyond October 12, 2023, for a period "co-terminus with the term of Prime Minister”.
- The extension in tenure of Rajesh S Gokhale as secretary of, the Department of Biotechnology, has also been approved by the ACC.
- This extension is for a period of two years with effect from November 1, 2023.