Bandhan BankReutersBandhan bank, which has been directed by the Reserve Bank of India to cut down its promoter’s shareholding, has decided to reduce the same through the offer-for-sale (OFS) route. The bank further added that it is not looking at any more acquisitions now. The declaration was made during a press conference of the lender while announcing the results of March quarter. The bank reported a 67.8% increase in its March quarter net profit as a result of higher net interest and non-interest income. The bank managed to beat the analyst estimations and reported a net profit of Rs. 651 crores against Rs. 388 crores last year same period. As per a Bloomberg poll, the Analysts had expected a profit of Rs. 546.30 crore.Announcing results of the first quarter of the current financial year, bank’s CEO and MD said: “We cannot go for any further acquisition and the option is to have an offer for sale.” He also added the bank is under process of getting the approval of authorities and expected to get the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approval as well. “Now we need the approval of NCLT and whenever the approval comes, we will merge the entities. However, we cannot give a timeline for the NCLT approval,” he said. The bank reported a 67.8% increase in its March quarter net profit as a result of higher net interest and non-interest income.Credit:ReutersIt is to be noted that the OFS mechanism was introduced by the market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in 2012 which allows the promoter of an entity to dilute their holdings in the listed company. The Kolkata-headquartered bank had announced the takeover of Gruh Finance, the affordable-housing finance arm of Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), in a share swap deal. The deal would dilute the promoters holding of Bandhan Financial Holdings Ltd in the bank to 61% from 82% at present. Last month, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the proposed takeover.The deal was necessitated after the apex bank, in September last year, barred Bandhan Bank from expanding its branches without is approval. Moreover, RBI also ordered to freeze the salary of its CEO, Ghosh. As per RBI’s latest bank licensing guidelines, Bandhan Financial Holdings Ltd, the bank’s promoter had to cut down its stake from 82% to 40% within three years of commencing the operations. The deadline ended on 23 August 2018 for Bandhan Bank..
Election CommissionField-level officials of the election commission (EC) are in favour of deploying defence personnel as regular law enforcement to create confidence among voters during the next general elections.They came up with these recommendations as their opinion was sought in order to amend 14 laws, rules and directives ahead of the 11th parliamentary polls.Reinsertion of the provision for ‘No’ option in the ballot paper is another of the 58 recommendations the officials submitted to the law section of the EC secretariat.EC officials said the draft recommendations will be placed at the EC’s consultation meetings with the political parties, civil society leaders and election experts likely to begin soon.The armed forces — army, navy, and air force — were included as a law enforcement agency alongside police, armed police, RAB, ansar, BGB (then BDR), and the coast guard, in the amended version of the Representation of People Order during the past caretaker government in 2008. However, in 2013, the armed forces were excluded from the definition of law enforcement agency as per RPO.Inclusion of the armed forces as a law enforcement agency is being emphasised in view of the fact that the election would be held under the incumbent political government. It is believed to be important for creating an even field for all political parties.”Army deployment is necessary to create confidence in the minds of the voters. In fact, it would be hard to hold a fair election without the army. We cannot understand it why it had been removed from the definition of law enforcement,” said former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain.The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has all along favoured army deployment while the ruling Awami League wants to keep the army only as striking force.BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed reiterated the party’s demand for deployment of the armed forces and added that the BNP wants election-time supportive government for the sake of fair election.AL presidium member, health minister Mohammad Nasim said the army should be deployed during the next general elections the way current election law has defined.However, Jatiya Party leader GM Quader said, if the army deployment creates confidence among the political parties, army should be included as law enforcement in the electoral laws.Although the EC officials recommended reintroduction of the provision for allowing ‘No’ vote as a choice of electorates, both the AL and the BNP do not consider it important.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddin.
Some of the finest musical traditions and puppetry forms that originated and flourished in the tribal heartland of India have now travelled to the capital city, as the National Museum (NM) is holding an exhibition on documentation of the cultural heritage of the Santal tribal community. The exhibition, Cadence and Counterpoint: Documenting Santal Musical Traditions, is a collaboration between the NM, Crafts Museum (Delhi), Museum Rietberg (Zurich, Switzerland) and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (Bhopal). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 32-day-long event commencing on Wednesday brings into focus aspects of the intangible and tangible heritage of the Santal community, especially their musical traditions. It has been jointly curated by Ruchira Ghose, Mushtak Khan, Krittika Narula, Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer and Johannes Beltz.Significantly, it is the first time the NM is holding an exhibition that can be interpreted by the visually-impaired as well. For this, the museum has collaborated with UNESCO and Saksham, a Delhi- based organisation working for people with disabilities, to offer interpretation through a braille booklet, tactile graphics and an audio-guide. A major feature of the exhibition is three objects related to the Santal musical tradition like — Banam, Tamak and Jadupatua. An important part of the exhibition is the documentation of Santal traditions.Where: National MuseumWhen: On till May 2
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