Contents:

  1. New Satellites will help Gaganyaan Crew
  2. RBI gives in-principle nod to Shivalik Mercantile to convert to SFB
  3. Convergence India
  4. Stressed urban cooperative banks to face PCA ­like curbs
  5. Services sector activity growth at 5 ­month high

NEW SATELLITES WILL HELP GAGANYAAN CREW

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India plans to ring in its own era of space to ­space tracking and communication of its space assets this year by putting up a new satellite series called the Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS)

More about IDRSS

  • The IDRSS is planned to track and be constantly in touch with Indian satellites, in particular those in lower earth orbits which have limited coverage of Earth.

Uses of IDRSS

  • In the coming years, it will be vital to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), whose roadmap is dotted with advanced LEO missions such as space docking, space station, as well as distant expeditions to moon, Mars and Venus.
  • It will also be useful in monitoring launches, according to K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman
  • First beneficiaries of IDRSS will be the crew members of Gaganyaan.
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RBI GIVES IN-PRINCIPLE NOD TO SHIVALIK MERCANTILE TO CONVERT TO SFB

  • Uttar Pradesh based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd to convert to a small finance bank (SFB), becoming the first urban cooperative bank (UCB) to make the transition
  • The UCB will get 18 months to comply with the requirements under the scheme, which state that banks with a minimum net worth of ₹50 crore and capital to risk (weighted) assets ratio of 9% and above are eligible to apply for voluntary transition to SFB
  • The SFBs are also required to maintain minimum capital adequacy ratio of 15% of its risk weighted assets (RWA) on a continuous basis and increase the minimum paid-up voting equity capital to ₹200 crore within five years of the date of commencement of business
  • In September 2018, RBI had come out with the scheme for voluntary transition of primary UCBs into small finance banks.
  • Under the scheme, the promoters are required to be Indian residents, with 10 years
  • of experience in banking and finance. Promoter or promoter groups should conform to the definition of the Sebi (Issue of Capital & Disclosure Requirements) regulations, 2009 and RBI guidelines on fit and proper.

CONVERGENCE INDIA

  • Launched in 1992, the Convergence India series of expo is credited as India’s leading Technology Show.
  • It started as a communications and ICT event and it has now become a mega expo showcasing convergence of technologies covering Communications, Digital Broadcast, Internet of Things, AR, VR, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Embedded Technology, Mobile Devices & Accessories, Gaming & Entertainment as well.
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STRESSED URBAN COOPERATIVE BANKS TO FACE PCA ­LIKE CURBS

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  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to impose restrictions on urban cooperative banks (UCBs) for deterioration of financial position, in line with the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework that is imposed on commercial banks
  • RBI’s action includes cancellation of banking license
  • Under this revised Supervisory Action Framework (SAF), UCBs will face restrictions for worsening of three parameters
    • That is when net nonperforming assets exceed 6% of net advances.
    • When they incur losses for two consecutive financial years or have accumulated losses on their balance sheets.
    • If capital adequacy ratio falls below 9%.
  • RBI said actions such as imposition of all ­inclusive directions under Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, and issue of show cause notice for cancellation of banking license may be considered when continued normal functioning of the UCB is no longer considered to be in the interest of its depositors/public.

SERVICES SECTOR ACTIVITY GROWTH AT 5 ­MONTH HIGH

  • India’s services sector activity gained momentum and touched a five­ month high in December, supported by an uptick in new business orders that boosted output and employment
  • IHS Markit India Services Business Activity Index improved from 52.7 in November to 53.3 in December 2019, highlighting the second­ strongest rate of increase in output in over a year, after July 2019.
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