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Now, pollution check is mandatory before renewal of insurance

NEWDELHI: The Supreme court ruled on Thursday – Vehicle owners in Delhi-NCR will have to mandatorily furnish a valid pollution-under control (PuC) certificate to renew their annual insurance papers.

A bench of justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta pronounced this order while hearing a case pertaining to rising air-pollution levels in the national capital. Continue reading

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IRDAI approved SBI life’s IPO worth 6000-7000 cr.

MUMBAI/CHENNAI: The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has approved SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd’s application for an initial public offering (IPO), which is likely to be worth rs.6,000-7,000 crore, the largest public share sale thus far in the life insurance business. An IRDAI official said on condition of anonymity that the insurance regulator approved SBI Life’s IPO a few days back.

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HDFC Life, Max carve out new structure for merger

MUMBAI: HDFC Life Insurance Co Ltd and Max Life Insurance Co Ltd have carved out a new structure for their proposed merger after the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India rejected the original threestep union, said two people with knowledge of the discussions.

The two companies have decided to extend the deadline for completing the merger, they said, declining to be identified citing the sensitivity of the discussions. Meanwhile, HDFC Life has also informally asked its bankers to start preparing for an initial public offering.

The deadline for the original merger plan expires on June 30. HDFC Life and Max spokespersons did not respond to emails seeking comment.

The first step of the original plan involved the merger of Max Life with Max Financial Services. However, Section 35 of the Insurance Act prohibits the merger of an insurance company with a non-insurance company. The new structure is much simpler, the people cited above said.

“The new structure is something that satisfies Section 35 of the insurance norms, is in compliance with Sebi rules and in accordance with existing taxation norms. We can’t share anything more at this stage. Once a decision on the merger (under the new structure) is taken, we will inform the exchanges and will be in a better position to explain the new route planned for the merger,” said the first of the two people cited earlier.

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