Monday, April 13, 2009

Tech Mahindra wins Satyam bid: Report

Tech Mahindra on Monday outbid L&T and others and won the Satyam bid, TV reports said.

According to Times Now sources, Tech Mahindra will pay Rs 1757cr for 31% stake in Satyam. It will pay Rs 58 per share of the company. The face value of Satyam shares is Rs 2 per share.

Meanwhile engineering firm L&T reportedly made an offer of around Rs 49 for each Satyam share.

L&T, Tech Mahindra and Wilbur Ross had all put in technical and financial bid for Satyam Computer Services earlier on Monday.

BK Modi's Spice Corp did not submitted a bid for Satyam. "We have not submitted bid for Satyam. Our board wanted e-auction and since there is no e-auction, so we decided not to participate in the process," Spice Corp chairman B K Modi said.

According to PTI sources, Cognizant Technologies also did not put in its bid to acquire stake in the firm.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fishing Village Kollam's dollar dream gets sour

It's election time and political parties are promising everything under the sky, but the situation on the ground is grim. The reverse migration has affected people in various parts of Kerala, for instance, in a fishing village in Kollam, about 1000 people who were working in the gulf have lost their jobs and are now struggling to survive.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

For every 5 US bank failures,2 Indian banks collapsed in FY'09

When banks were falling like ninepins in the US, India too was not far behind with two Indian lenders going belly up.

As many 19 Indian co-operative banks collapsed for the 12 months ended March 2009 against 44 American entities failing during the same period.

Consequently, the Reserve Bank's credit insurance arm had to pay over Rs 142 crore to depositors to cover the liabilities of 19 banks.

Under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RBI, insurance norms, a maximum of Rs one lakh is paid to a depositor in case the bank goes insolvent.

From April 2008 till March 2009, a whopping 44 lenders in America were shut down by the authorities as the country continued to grapple with worsening financial meltdown.

Most of the bank failures happened after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on September 15 last year, with 35 entities going bust.

Meanwhile, this year, seven US banks are collapsing on an average every month, taking the total to 21 entities so far.

As far as India was concerned, the 19 co-operative banks, including six from Karnataka, have failed to repay deposits to customers during the last fiscal.

The DICGC paid the maximum amount of Rs 45.4 crore to District Cooperative Bank Ltd of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. This was followed by The Maratha Co-operative Bank of Karnataka (Rs 17.7 crore), Parivartan Co-operative Bank of Maharashtra (Rs 16.7 crore), Ravi Co-operative Bank (Rs 16.2 crore) and Indira Priyadarshini Mahila Nagrik Sahakari Bank of Chhattishgarh (Rs 13.1 crore).

The other five lenders from Karnataka are Varda Co-operative Bank (Rs 2.4 crore), Harugeri Urban Co-operative Bank (Rs 3.1 crore), Kittur Rani Channamma Mahila Pattana Sahakari Bank (Rs 2.2 crore), Challakere Urban Co-operative Bank (Rs 3.2 crore) and Basavakalyan Pattana Sahakari Bank (Rs 0.24 crore).

Four banks each in Maharashtra and Gujarat went bankrupt, while two cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh.

During 2007-08, as many as 22 cooperative banks closed operations.

Spoof FT hits London ahead of G20

A group of anti-capitalism protesters have distributed a mock copy of London's famous Financial Times newspaper.
Anti-capitalism protesters are vowing to make their voices heard when world leaders gather in London next week for the G20 summit.
A group of them have distributed a mock newspaper to commuters urging them to join their protest against the great and the good.
Jim Drury reports.

How Twitter plans to make Money

The social networking system says it's finally ready to sell an upgraded version of Twitter to businesses.
Outside developers continue to create new applications for free usage with Twitter's blessing. Manoush Zomorodi, Reuters, NY SOUNDBITE: Seamus Condron,

Hollywood movies escape recession

Despite the recession, the US box office is booming, thanks in part to a strong movie lineup.
Hollywood is hanging on despite the recession. Box office admissions are up so far in 2009, and a slate of big budget summer releases could help continue the trend. Bobbi Rebell reports. SOUNDBITES:
Carole Lieberman, media psychologist
Brandon Gray, President, Box Office Mojo

Soros sees recovery in 2010

Investor George Soros sees the economy possibly recovering in 2010, he tells Reuters Financial Television.
Fred Katayama, Reuters, New York.

Beer still recession proof?

The recession has caused a dip in beer volumes in the U.S., but analysts say beer is regaining market share as consumers shift to lower-cost drinking options.
Domestic shipments are down so far this year, but with consumers spending more time at the supermarket and less time dining out, analysts expect beer to fare better in the economic downturn. Speaker:
Peter Swinburn, chief executive,
Molson Coors;
Ann Gilpin, research analyst, Morningstar
Conway Gittens reports from New York.

Investors pause after surge

Wall Street struggled to build on the 7 percent rally seen in the prior session as investors paused to reflect on government efforts to stabilize the economy.
The execution of the Treasury's toxic asset relief program is sure to be a determining factor on whether the recent two-week rally holds, one investor outside of the New York Stock Exchange said ahead of the market open. Conway Gittens reports from New York.

Can the bulls hold on?

Since March 9 the S&P 500 has advanced about 20 percent, and after a big bounce Monday, Wall Street takes pause.
The question at hand: was it a classic bear market rally or the beginning of a bull market advance? Some analysts say it was not just a blip. Diane King reports from New York. SOUNDBITE: Philip Roth, Chief Technical Market Analyst, Miller Tabak.

Spotify seeks profit from free music

The Swedish digital music site has enjoyed a huge boost after opening its free, ad-supported music streaming service to all users in Britain.
The free service is available on an invitation basis in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Listeners also have the option to pay a monthly fee to use the service without hearing or seeing advertisements.
Reuters Technology Correspondent Matt Cowan reports.

Dr. Subbarao optimistic on India growth

Although it is uncertain as to when India will recover from the global financial crisis RBI's Governor Dr. Duvvuri Subbarao said that it will be sharper and quicker than other economies in the world.

Montenegro tourism slump

The Prime Minister says the country's tourism industry is facing its worst crisis in years.
With more than a million visitors every year, tourism makes up a quarter of Montenegro's Gross Domestic Product.
But with hoteliers and landlords reporting a sharp fall in summer bookings, analysts say the economy could go into recession by the end of the year.

Farmers happy over loan waiver

Farmers in Ganoeri village of Aurangabad district in Maharashtra have expressed happiness after their farm loans were waived off recently.

Gold fever in California

California's soaring unemployment has led some residents to pursue elusive golden nuggets along the riverbanks of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The new gold rush has been a boon for companies like Keene Engineering, a maker of mining equipment which has seen there business double over the past year. Jon Decker reports.

Amul group profits despite slowdown

Despite the global financial slowdown the Amul cooperative has recorded a turnover of over rs. 67 billion for the fiscal 2008-2009.

Indian spice exports cross $1bln

Indian spices exports for the first eleven months of the current financial year has crossed the $1 billion-mark despite the slowdown in global trade.

eBay sees 'shopping neutral' rise

The online auction site eBay says a growing number of people on its site are 'offsetting' their spend by selling goods online.
The ecommerce site analysed millions of transactions involving casual home-sellers and says it has found that 200,000 British shoppers are making as much as five pounds per day by selling goods on the site.
Matt Cowan reports.

eBay sees 'shopping neutral' rise

The online auction site eBay says a growing number of people on its site are 'offsetting' their spend by selling goods online.
The ecommerce site analysed millions of transactions involving casual home-sellers and says it has found that 200,000 British shoppers are making as much as five pounds per day by selling goods on the site.
Matt Cowan reports.

IPO market sees signs of life

Chinese online gaming company Changyou soared in its U.S. debut, marking the best initial public offering in nearly a year.
Shares jumped 25 percent, fueling hopes a drought in the IPO market may be near an end. Conway Gittens reports from New York.SOUNDBITE: Charles Zhang, chairman,

BSE holidays

List of Holidays

The Exchange will observe the following Trading Holidays during the
Calendar Year January to December, 2009.

1Moharram8th January 2009Thursday
2Republic Day26th January 2009Monday
3Mahashivratri23rd February 2009Monday
4Id-E-Milad10th March 2009Tuesday
5Holi11th March 2009Wednesday
6Ram Navmi3rd April 2009Friday
7Mahavir Jayanti7th April 2009Tuesday
8Good Friday10th April 2009Friday
9Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti14th April 2009Tuesday
10Maharashtra Day1st May 2009Friday
11Ramzan Id21st September 2009Monday
12Dasera28th September 2009Monday
13Gandhi Jayanti2nd October 2009Friday
14Diwali ( Bhaubeez)19th October 2009Monday
15Gurunanak Jayanti2nd November 2009Monday
16Christmas25th December 2009Friday
17Moharram28th December 2009Monday