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World Bank sanctions $500 million loan to SIDBI for MSME sector

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

World Bank has approved a loan of $500 million to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)  which will be used to improve access to finance of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in manufacturing and service sectors, Minsitry of Finance  said.

The loan agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 500 million to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for MSME Growth Innovation and Inclusive Finance Project was signed here today between Government of India and the World Bank.

The objective of the project is to improve access to finance of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in manufacturing and service sectors from early to growth stage, including through innovative financial products. The project also aims to support growth and employment creation through unlocking opportunities for firm growth that the financing would provide.

Funded MSMEs will be the primary beneficiaries. MSMEs for the purpose of this project will be firms that are considered as MSMEs under the MSME Act. The project specifically benefits SIDBI by enhancing its financial and institutional capacity in the areas of early stage, service and manufacturing sector financing, and also supports other Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).

The project will have three components which are: (i) Spurring Early Stage and Risk Capital Finance, (ii) Supporting service sector financing models and (iii) Supporting finance to manufacturing MSMEs.

It is a loan with an implementation period of 5 years. Small Industries Development Bank of India is the implementing agency.

The Guarantee Agreement was signed by Mr. Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Onno Ruhl, Country Director (India) of World Bank on behalf of the World Bank. The Loan Agreement was signed by Mr. Kshatrapati Shivaji, CMD, SIDBI and Mr. Onno Ruhl, Country Director (India) of World Bank on behalf of the World Bank. Representative(s) from Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and officials from the World Bank, among others, were present.

 

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TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

TikTok remained unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday – a day after the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video-sharing app.

Sources in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive.

The IT ministry had earlier asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Madras HC’s call for ban on the app on April 3.

Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench on Wednesday vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

A search for the app on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday did not yield any result.

While Google and Apple refused to share any official statement, the companies would be able to reinstate the app only when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.

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TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday.

“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity,” TikTok had said. (IANS)