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PNB sanctions debt worth Rs689 crore to 1,600 MSMEs
Posted on 11th March 2019
State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans worth Rs689 crore to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through the psbloansin59minutes.Com portal as part of its effort to promote such industries.

Under the Mudra Yojana, the bank has offered loan to over 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs this fiscal (till February 14, 2019).

Fraud-hit PNB ranks highest in ‘reforms agenda’ in 2018: Study
Posted on 3rd January 2019
Fraud-hit Punjab National Bank has been ranked first among public sector banks in the implementation of ’reforms agenda’, followed by Bank of Baroda and State Bank of India, said a report on Thursday.

The BCG-IBA report – EASE Reforms for Public Sector Banks — measures performance of each PSB on 140 objective metrics across 6 themes, including customer responsiveness, credit off-take and digitalisation.

Not just PNB, Mehul Choksi conned Wells Fargo, Gordon Brothers, too
Posted on 28th February 2019
It is not just Punjab National Bank (PNB) that was a victim of fraud. Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi and an international web of co-conspirators used his US company Samuels Jewelers and a series of puppet vendors, including a psychologist, to fraudulently induce Samuels's primary lenders.

Punjab National Bank in better state, but momentum is still soft – reduce holdings
Posted on 18th February 2019
Punjab National Bank (PNB), post three quarters of muted profitability (losses), reported PAT of `2.5 bn in Q3FY19. This was led by better-than-expected asset quality even as business momentum continued to remain soft.

(a) slippages were restricted at sub-Rs 40 bn (3.7%). This, with better recovery, led to dip in GNPL; (b) that said, business momentum continued to be soft (albeit improving), which with sustained NIM pressure restricted core operating profitability; and (c) improved coverage led to dip in NNPL & sequential traction in domestic growth was encouraging.

PNB to e-auction 4,000 properties to reclaim loans
Posted on 14th February 2019
New Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB), one of the leading public sector banks on Wednesday has stated that it has chosen to put more than 4,000 properties on e-auction all over India as portion of its loan recovery effort, reported by IANS.

As per the bank, activity under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act (SARFAESI) will offer assistance in accomplishing recovery of Rs 26,000 crore amid current Financial Year 2018-19.

Big bank theory: Modi govt may merge PNB, OBC and PSB to create giant PSU lender
Posted on 7th February 2019
The government is weighing the possibility of the next phase of consolidation in the public sector banking space by amalgamating three lenders —Punjab National Bank (PNB), Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and Punjab & Sind Bank (P&SB), sources told FE.

“An inter-ministerial group (called Alternative Mechanism) under Union minister Arun Jaitley will take a final call on this plan.

PNB fraud: Mehul Choksi surrenders Indian passport to Antiguan government
Posted on 21st January 2019
Mehul Choksi, one of the key architect of the Rs 14,000 crore PNB fraud has surrendered his Indian citizenship. Absconding Choksi is currently in Antigua where he took citizenship last year. He has deposited his Indian passport to the Antiguan authorities. Passport number Z. 3396732 has been deposited with cancelled pages. He has also deposited the mandatory $177 dollar for leaving Indian citizenship.

Centre removes two PNB executive directors for lapses in Rs 13,500-cr fraud
Posted on 19th January 2019
The Central government has removed two Punjab National Bank (PNB) Executive Directors -- Sanjiv Sharan and K.Veera Brahmaji Rao -- for the lapses in the Rs 13,500 crore fraud allegedly perpetrated by absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi.

The PNB has intimated the action to the stock exchanges on Friday.

PNB scam a civil transaction, being blown out of proportion: Nirav Modi
Posted on 5th January 2019
Nirav Modi, a prime accused in the multi-crore PNB fraud case on Saturday said that he has done nothing wrong and that the scam was a "civil transaction" which is now being blown out of proportion.

Modi, on Saturday, filed a response before the PMLA court opposing the Enforcement Directorate's complaint to have him declared a "fugitive economic offender" under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.

PNB decides national anthem will be sung at every Annual General Meeting
Posted on 26th December 2018
After being ravaged by the Nirav Modi scam earlier this year, public sector lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) has decided that the national anthem will be sung in its Annual General Meetings (AGM) and Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM), which are held for discussing and approving key decisions by shareholders.

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