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⇒ Bombay Stock Exchange’s India International Exchange (India INX) listed Indian Railway Finance Corporation’s (IRFC’s) Green bonds.

  • A Green bond is like any other regular bond but with one key difference: the money raised by the issuer are earmarked towards financing `green’ projects, i.e. assets or business activities that are environment-friendly. Such projects could be in the areas of renewable energy , clean transportation and sustainable water management.
  • Launched in- 2007
  • First bank to come out with a issue – YES Bank.

⇒ China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will issue its first US dollar-denominated bond .

  • Minimum size of issuance – 1 billion USD
  • Bond Maturity -> 3 – 5 years

 

⇒ Government launched Savings Bonds.

  • Bonds will be issued in multiples of INR 1000 (face value).
  • Interest on the Bonds will be taxable under Income-tax Act 1961.
  • Bonds will be exempt from Wealth-tax under Wealth Tax Act 1957.
  • Bonds will have a maturity of 7 years carrying interest at 7.75% per annum payable half- yearly (cumulative value of 1000 at end of 7 years will be 1703).

 

⇒ Indiabulls Housing Finance raised INR 1000 crores by selling India’s first Social Bonds.

  • Debt instruments issued to raise funds which is to be deployed in financing/re-financing eligible social projects such as affordable housing, water supply, sanitation, transport etc
  • sole investor -Yes Bank
  • Maturity-5 year

 

⇒ Government notified terms of Scheme of Electoral Bonds to curb flow of illegal money into political activities

  • With issuance of electoral bonds, donors can purchase electoral bonds from specific State Bank of India (SBI) branches, and receiving political parties can encash them only through a designated bank account.
  • Electoral bonds will be available at specified SBI branches for 10 days each in the months of January, April, July and October.
  • Electoral Bond shall be a bearer instrument in the nature of a Promissory Note (P-notes) and an interest-free banking instrument. Any Donor can buy bonds of any amount among INR 1000 / 10000 / 100000 / 1000000 and 10000000.
  • Electoral bonds will not carry the name of payee or buyerm and will have a life of only 15 days during which it can be used for making a donation to political parties.
  • To receive the electoral bonds, Political party must have secured over 1% of the votes polled in last general elections.

 

⇒ Britain’s Prince Charles launched a new 10-million-dollar Development Impact Bond (DIB).

  • are a performance-based investment instrument intended to finance development programmes in low resource countries, which are built off the model of social impact bond (SIB) model.
  •  first social impact bond was originated by Social Finance UK in 2010.

 

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