Written byDeepali Aggarwal
Here's your daily business 'byte' loaded with the top 5 happenings which created a buzz in the business space today.
Fuel prices are now finally down by Re. 1 after price reduction for straight 11 days.
India's second richest man and Wipro Ltd.'s Chairman Azim Premji's youngest son Tariq Premji has joined the board of unlisted Wipro Enterprises as a Non-Executive Director.
Wipro Enterprises handles two main businesses of the group- Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and Wipro Consumer Care.
With Tariq's appointment, the Premji family now holds half of the of seats on the board.
Prices of petrol and diesel were slashed by 40-42 paise/litre and 30-32 paise/litre today.
The 11-days long continued reduction has finally resulted in an overall dip of Re. 1 in the fuel prices, bringing in much-need and long-awaited respite for the common man.
Revised petrol/diesel prices per litre are: Delhi-Rs. 77.02/Rs. 68.28, Mumbai- Rs. 84.84/Rs. 72.70, Kolkata- Rs. 79.68/Rs. 70.83 and Chennai-Rs. 79.95/Rs. 72.08.
In another news, World Bank believes India will remain the fastest-growing economy for the next 3 years.
It has forecast India's GDP growth rate at 7.3% in FY19 and 7.5% for both FY20 and FY21, saying that the factors which have been holding back the country's growth have faded.
World Bank had earlier blamed demonetization for India's slow growth in FY17.
Indian industrialist Ratan Tata-backed RNT Capital Advisors will invest $150 million (over Rs. 1,000cr) in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's affiliate Ant Financial Services.
Ant Financial Services is currently the world's highest-valued private technology company.
The RNT investment will be a part of Ant Financial Services' upcoming $10-12 billion funding round which is expected to value the unicorn at $150 billion (over Rs. 10L crore)
The Central government will strike off names of as many as 2.25 lakh shell firms from the registrar of companies in FY 2018-19.
The 2.25 lakh shell companies have been identified by the government-appointed task force which was constituted last year to check money laundering and tax evasion in the wake of demonetization.
Last year (FY 2017-18), the government de-registered 2.26 lakh shell companies.
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