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After 3 scandals in 3 years, PNB plans an image makeover, expects profits

Fraud-hit PNB is clearing a backlog of provisions and expects to post net income in every quarter of fiscal 2020-21.
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Nirav Modi begins legal battle to stop his extradition to India from UK

On second day of week-long hearing in London, Modi’s lawyer sought to cast doubt on allegations the jeweller fraudulently procured guarantees from PNB.
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Nirav Modi, wanted in India for loan fraud, remanded to judicial custody till 19 Sept in UK

Diamond merchant Nirav Modi has been lodged at London's Wandsworth prison since his arrest this March in connection with the PNB fraud and money laundering case.
Bhushan Steel plant

‘Need a stadium, not a courtroom’ — 70,000 page Bhushan Steel chargesheet names 284

Bhushan Power and Steel had defaulted on a Rs 47,700-crore loan in 2017. Last week, PNB alleged it had also committed a Rs 3,815 crore scam.
Punjab National Banks South Mumbai branch. | PTI / Shashank Parade

PNB reports another NPA scam of Rs 38 billion, after the massive Nirav Modi fraud last year

Punjab National Bank reported the new fraud to the Reserve Bank of India. The fraud took place at its Chandigarh branch, and in its Hong Kong and Dubai offices.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar at Parliament House

‘Modi’s ouster on 23 May will be India’s fitting reply to the most foul-mouthed PM’

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Smaller banks to be merged with PNB & Canara Bank in next round of consolidation

Finance ministry officials say mid-sized and small government lenders have been identified for separate merger processes with PNB and Canara Bank.
Punjab National Bank, Rohtak branch

PNB finally emerging from Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi’s shadow, reports profit

Punjab National Bank reports Rs 247 crore profit for December quarter, first since being afflicted by the Modi-Choksi scam in January last year.  

Union Bank of India pulls out of ‘fraud-hit’ diamond hub Antwerp

The viability of the branch isn't established because of low business, particularly from the diamond sector, says CEO Rajkiran Rai Gundyadka.
Former PNB MD Usha Ananthasubramanian | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Former PNB MD Usha Ananthasubramanian granted bail in Nirav Modi fraud case

A special CBI court approved her bail plea after the President had granted sanction to prosecute her. 

On Camera

A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?