In Brief: IBA, PCI in talks for digital payments regulation

In Brief: IBA, PCI in talks for digital payments regulation
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4 Nov, 2020

The Indian Banks Association (IBA), representing interests of the banking community, and the Payment Council of India (PCI), a lobby group for payments systems and settlement providers, are reportedly in talks to set up a non-profit venture to regulate digital payments. The regulatory body will operate under RBI’s Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) framework for payment system operators and have members from both the banking and payments industry, , The Economic Times reported, citing three people familiar with the matter. While the discussion is in early stages, a formal proposal for the RBI could be finalised in the coming weeks, it said.

Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges suspend Ant Group IPO

The Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange have suspended the initial public offer (IPO) of Jack Ma-led Ant Group. The financial technology conglomerate was set to be listed on November 5 after raising a record-breaking $37 billion in the public sale of shares. However, the stock exchanges said they had to halt the IPO due to changes in the “financial technology regulatory environment” and other major issues, which could result in the company failing to meet the issuance and listing conditions or information disclosure requirements. The action came just one day after China’s top financial regulators held supervisory interviews with Ma and other Ant Group executives.

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Winvesta offers 3,000 US stocks to Indian investors

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QuEST Global, Microsoft to set up CoE in Pune

Product engineering company QuEST Global said it has partnered with Microsoft to launch a Centre of Excellence (CoE) at its facility in Pune. The CoE will be used by QuEST to tap into Microsoft Azure technologies and achieve next-level expertise in research, strategy, and creation/refining of innovative solutions for customers in industrial and healthcare sectors, the company said. It will also use the centre for training and upskilling of engineers and the development of new initiatives around upcoming technology domains such as quantum computing and Azure Media Service, the statement added.

BharatPe appoints ex-Union Bank chairman as independent director

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