State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ) may witness a marginal 0.10% drop in its net interest margin during the third quarter, a top official said. “We cut our base rate to 10.25% during the quarter, ahead of many other banks, and there was no climb down in deposit rates which will affect our margins,” said State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur managing director Shiva Kumar. He said the bank’s net interest margin (NIM), the difference between the interest earned and expended, stood at 3.9% in September quarter and “could drop by 0.10% in Q3”.
EPF rate meeting deferred to Feb 15
The meeting of central board of trustees to decide on the employees provident fund (EPF) rate for 2012-13 has been deferred to February from the earlier schedule of Jan 15. The delay comes amid speculation that Employees' Provident Fund Organisation was under pressure to raise the EPF rate to 8.5-9% for 2012-13 from the current 8.25%, to keep pace with public provident fund and bank fixed deposit rates even though it may not have accumulated enough surplus.
J&K Bank gives R85-cr cheques to J&K govt
Jammu and Kashmir Bank presented R85.34 crore dividends to the state government which is the major share holder of the bank. Bank's chairman Mushtaq Ahmad, on Thursday, presented two cheques worth over R85.34 crore to chief minister Omar Abdullah as dividends to the state government, which holds about 53% shares in the J&K Bank, official spokesman said here.
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