Here are some of the major updates that could move the markets on Monday:

HDFC-HDFC Bank merger gets NCLT approval

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has given its approval to the HDFC-HDFC Bank merger. In April 2022, HDFC Bank agreed to take over the biggest domestic mortgage lender in a deal valued at about $40 billion. The proposed entity will have a combined asset base of around Rs 18 lakh crore. The merger is expected to be completed by the second or third quarter of FY24.

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Tata ceases discussions with Bisleri to acquire the packaged water giant

Tata Consumer Products has ended discussions with Bisleri for the potential acquisition of the packaged water giant. In November 2022, owners of Bisleri International said they will divest the company to the Indian conglomerate for an estimated ₹6,000-7,000 crore. Bisleri’s owners were reportedly looking to raise about $1 billion from a deal.

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Bharti Airtel launches unlimited 5G data offer

Bharti Airtel has launched an unlimited 5G data offer to hold on to its higher-paying postpaid users and also push its 4G users to upgrade to its next-gen wireless broadband service. This move comes after Reliance Jio’s new postpaid plans were announced earlier this week. The unlimited 5G data offer will be available to all postpaid customers as well as prepaid ones with data plans of Rs 239 and above.

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Va Tech Wabag secures order worth Rs 800 crore in Bangladesh

VA Tech Wabag has secured a Rs 800 crore project funded by the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Bangladesh. The company will design, build and operate a sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 200 million litre per day (MLD) in Dhaka. This project has the potential to be expanded to 600 MLD in the future

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Havells commences commercial production of ACs at Sri City plant

Havells India Ltd has commenced commercial production of air conditioners (ACs) at its Sri City plant. The company manufactures home appliances, lighting for domestic, commercial, & industrial applications, LED lighting, fans, modular switches & wiring accessories, water heaters, etc.

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Zee Entertainment calls report of $10 million repayment ‘speculative’

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) called the report saying it will repay $10 million to IndusInd to wrap the Sony deal as “speculative”. The media company said it is exploring several strategies related to the ongoing dispute. On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that ZEEL has agreed to repay its dues to the IndusInd Bank to resolve insolvency proceedings against it and get a step closer to completing its merger with the Sony Group.

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GAIL signs MoU with Shell Energy India for exploring ethane sourcing opportunities

GAIL (India) Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell Energy India for exploring ethane sourcing and other energy value chain opportunities. Through this agreement, GAIL expects to dive into the prospects of importing and handling different hydrocarbons that serve as essential chemical and petrochemical precursors. The company said this is a step towards achieving improved sustenance in business operations.

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Unichem Labs gets USFDA approval for chronic angina treatment tablets

Unichem Laboratories Ltd has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Ranolazine Extended-Release tablet. The drug is prescribed for the treatment of chronic angina (a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart). The product will be commercialised from its manufacturing facility in Goa. 

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Maiden Forgings to launch IPO next week

Steel bars and wires manufacturer Maiden Forgings will launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to raise Rs 24 crore. The IPO will open on March 22 and close on March 24. Out of the total 37,84,000 equity shares on offer, not more than 17,97,000 equity shares have been reserved for Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIB). A total of 5,39,100 shares have been reserved for Non-Institutional Investors (NII) and the rest for retail individual investors.

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