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Avanti Finance raises Rs 195cr in debt and equity

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Bengaluru-based Avanti Finance, a technology led non-banking financial company (NBFC), has raised $26 million (nearly Rs 195 crore) in debt and equity from Oikocredit, Nomura and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Technopreneur cum philanthropist Pratul Shroff and existing investor NRJN Trust also participated in the round.

Avanti will use the funds to strengthen its platform and expand its presence to accelerate livelihoods purpose credit and other financial products to the next 100 million unserved and underserved households in India, the company said on Wednesday.

“We are excited and humbled to have this consortium of marquee investors partner with Avanti in our goal of building a population scale platform to usher in the next era of financial inclusion,” Rahul Gupta, CEO of Avanti, said in a statement.

“One that will be digital-first and empower our users towards stronger financial health and economic opportunities.”

The company said it has built a digital platform that facilitates a “paperless, presence-less, and cashless” approach to lending.

Avanti partners with a diverse set of organisations with strong roots in local communities to offer loan products that are hyperlocal and focused on livelihood sustainability.

It has built a proof of concept in 15 states covering 110 districts and further expanding its footprint.

“We anticipate technology to play a transformational role in the way financial services are accessed, especially by the low-income segments,” said Anirudh Sarda, Equity Officer at Oikocredit.

“Avanti’s vision and mission are deeply aligned with our principle of promoting sustainable development through responsible financial services. We are excited to partner with Avanti and take financial inclusion to the next level with this equity investment.”

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TASMAC sold Rs 164 cr worth of liquor in just one day

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The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) has sold liquor worth Rs 164 crore in the state in just one day.

All liquor outlets and bars opened in the state on Monday.

According to reports from the TASMAC, Madurai zone accounted for the maximum sales of Rs 49.54 crore followed by Chennai region with sales worth Rs 42.96 crore, Salem Rs 38.72 crore, and Trichy region accounting for the sale of Rs 33.65 crore worth of liquor.

However there was no sale in the Coimbatore region as the shops are closed in the area following the higher number of Covid-19 cases. Shops in Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Tiruppur, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvavur, Nagapattinam, and Myladuthurai remain closed as the number of cases are high.

Of the 5,338 shops in Tamil Nadu, 2,900 reopened on Monday.

The founder president of Pattali Makkal Katchi(PMK), Dr S. Ramadoss has called upon the state government to rework its policy on liquor and to enforce a total prohibition in the state for the health of the people of the state. He has also said that the claims of Chief Minister Stalin that TASMAC shops were allowed to function following the brewing of illicit liquor in the state as well as to prevent smuggling of liquor from neighbouring states.

Ramadoss has in a statement said, “Stalin should work his way to enforce total prohibition in the state of Tamil Nadu for the sake of the health of the people of the state, both mental and physical.”

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Sensex, Nifty climb new record highs

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The key Indian equity indices continued their record run on Tuesday.

The BSE Sensex touched a fresh high of 52,836.31 and the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange hit an all-time high of 15,889.60 points.

Healthy buying was witnessed in banking and realty stocks.

Around 9.40 a.m., Sensex was trading at 52,813.83, higher by 262.3 points or 0.50 per cent from its previous close of 52,551.53 points.

It opened at 52,751.83 and has touched an intra-day low of 52,671.29 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was at 15,875.05, higher by 63.20 points or 0.4 per cent from its previous close.

The top gainers on the Sensex were Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank and Tata Steel, while the losers were Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, SBI, Titan Company and L&T.

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Fuel price hike paused: Petrol, diesel prices unchanged

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The Oil marketing companies paused the hike in fuel prices on Tuesday providing respite to people already burdened with all time high petrol and diesel retail rates.

Accordingly, the price of petrol continues to remain at Rs 96.41 per litre and diesel at Rs 87.28 per litre in Delhi.

OMCs had raised the price of the two petroleum products on Monday to take retail levels at new highs across the country.

In the city of Mumbai, where petrol prices crossed Rs 100 mark for the first time ever on May 29, the fuel price reached new high of Rs 102.58 per litre on Monday. Diesel price also increased to reach Rs 94.70 a litre, the highest among metros. The price levels remain unchanged on Tuesday.

Across the country as well petrol and diesel price rise was paused on Tuesday but its retail prices varied depending on the level of local taxes in different states.

Petrol prices in three other metros apart from Mumbai has also already reached closer to Rs 100 per litre mark and OMC officials said that if international oil prices continue to firm up, this mark could also be breached in other places by month end.

With Tuesday’s price pause, fuel prices have now increased on 24 days and remained unchanged on 22 days since May 1. The 22 increases hasve taken the petrol prices up by Rs 6.01 per litre in Delhi. Similarly, diesel has increased by Rs 6.55 per litre in the national capital.

With global crude prices also rising on a pick up demand and depleting inventories of world’s largest fuel guzzler – the US, retail prices of fuel in India are expected to firm up further in coming days. The benchmark Brent crude is currently close to $74 on ICE or Intercontinental Exchange.

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