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  • XLRI ties up with SCU

    JAMSHEDPUR: The premier B school of the country, XLRI, Jamshedpur and Santa Clara University (SCU), California , USA, have signed an MoU to promote and foster social entrepreneurship in India. The two institutes have decided to collaborate where...

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    The Times of India (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • Smart Launches (BoP-Focused) P500 Phone

    MANILA, Philippines-Dominant carrier Smart Communications Inc. is bringing one of the world’s most affordable phones to the country to reach the people at the "base of the pyramid" that still do not have access to basic telecommunications services. In a briefing on Thursday, Smart announced the launch of its "Panalo Phone," which would sell at a price of P499 each. The new phone, which comes in two models made by the Chinese brand ZTE and local phone maker Cherry Mobile, is set to h...

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    Inquirer.net (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • Rural Electrification to Raise $200 Mn by March End

    Mumbai: India’s state-run lender Rural Electrification Corp (REC) plans to raise $200 million from the offshore loan market by the close of the current fiscal year ending this month, a company official told Reuters. The $200 million foreign currency loans will have a tenor of five years and could be denominated in yen or dollars, H.D. Khunteta, director of finance, said. The all-in cost of funding the loans is 170 basis points plus Libor. The company is awaiting the Reserve Ba...

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    livemint.com (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • Grameen Founder Muhammad Yunus in Final Appeal

    Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has lodged a final appeal against his sacking as head of the Grameen microfinance bank he founded. The Supreme Court will hear the case next Tuesday. The central bank fired Prof Yunus last week, saying he was past retirement age and had been improperly appointed. He says the move is politically motivated. Grameen Bank pioneered micro-lending to the poor by giving small loans to millions of borrowers. The model has been replicat...

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    BBC News (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • India Journal: Harnessing Business to Eradicate Poverty

    Four or five years ago, all you had to do to get people excited about poverty alleviation was to mention the words “Prahalad” or “Yunus” and you had their attention. These two South Asian gurus—the late business professor C.K. Prahalad and the microfinance proponent Muhammad Yunus—captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of busine...

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    Wall Street Journal - India Realtime (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • India Set to Regulate Microlenders

    NEW DELHI - The Indian government plans to introduce a bill to regulate microfinance institutions that will seek to prevent them from charging very high interest rates and taking deposits, a senior finance ministry official said Friday. The bill, which will be in line with a central bank-appointed panel’s recommendation, is likely to be placed before parliament this year. Microlenders like sector leader SKS Microfinance Ltd. give loans as little as $20-$25 to small entrepreneu...

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    The Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Accion Extends Credit Guarantees Worth $1.5 Million to 2 MFIs

    New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) Non-profit group Accion International today said it has extended credit guarantees worth USD 1.5 million to two micro finance companies in India. Accion has issued a USD 1 million standby letter of credit (SBLC) for its partner Swadhaar FinServ and another guarantee worth USD 500,000 to Bihar-based Saija Finance. The credit guarantees helped Swadhaar FinServ and Saija Finance secure loan facilities to the tune of Rs 50 million and Rs 30 million, ...

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    MSN-India (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Start Ups: Rising Tide of Angels Boosts Seed Capital

    Scores of angels are descending on India’s booming entrepreneurial sector as risk capital for very early stage firms emerges as a profitable investment category. In Mumbai, early stage investment firm Seedfund ha...

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    The Economic Times (link opens in a new window)
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    Health Care
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    South Asia
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