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Microsofts conversational speech recognition system — designed to accurately recognises the words in a conversation like humans do — has reached a 5.1 per cent error rate, its lowest so far. This milestone means that, for the first time, a computer can recognise the words in a conversation as well as a person would. “Our research team reached that 5.1 per cent error rate with our speech recognition system, a new industry milestone, substantially surpassing the accuracy we achieved last year,” Microsoft said in a blog post late on Sunday.

 
State-owned power giant NTPC has sought shareholders’ approval to raise Rs 15,000 crore via non-convertible bonds on private placement basis domestically for capex, working capital and other corporate purposes. The special resolution is listed on the agenda of the annual general meeting scheduled for September 20, NTPC said in a BSE filing today. According to the statement, the company intends to raise Rs 15,000 crore through non-convertible debentures (bonds) up to Rs 15,000 crore in one or more tranches or series not exceeding 30, through private placement, in the domestic market for capital expenditure, working capital and other general requirements.

 
State Bank of India (SBI) has announced waiver of up to 100 percent of processing fee on car loans, personal gold loans and personal loans for the festive season. The public sector lender had previously waived off processing fee on the takeover of home loans.

The bank has waived the entire processing fee on car loans till December 31, 2017 and half of the processing fee on personal gold loans till October 31, 2017. Customers can also avail 50 per cent waiver on processing fee on Xpress Credit, a personal loan offering by the bank, till September 30, 2017.


 
German luxury carmaker Mercedes- Benz on Monday launched AMG GT R in India with prices starting at Rs 2.23 crore (ex-showroom).

The company also introduced AMG GT Roadster at a starting price of Rs 2.19 crore.


 
Homegrown auto major Tata Motors said on Monday it will invest Rs 4,000 crore in the current fiscal to bring new passenger and commercial vehicles to the market as part of its turnaround strategy.

The company also expects to save over Rs 1,500 crore and add to the bottom line in its domestic business through various cost optimisation exercises and hopes return to the black in 2017-18.


 
South Korea’s new antitrust chief said he has been in talks with the autos-to-steel conglomerate Hyundai about overhauling its complex ownership structure, which critics say gives too much power to its controlling family at the expense of shareholders. Kim Sang-jo, appointed to head the Korea Fair Trade Commission by President Moon Jae-in, told Reuters that Hyundai’s web of cross shareholdings among its group affiliates has resulted in a “big governance risk” for South Korea’s second-largest conglomerate, which is run by its 79-year-old chief, Chung Mong-koo.

 
Punjab National Bank accounts for a staggering 13.2% of the total amount owed to public sector banks by wilful defaulters. As per PTI reports, the bank had 1,120 wilful defaulters having outstanding non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans of Rs 12,278 crore in FY 2016-17. These numbers may be jaw dropping, but that has not deterred the Punjab National Bank’s stock to post returns of 23% in the year so far. This is despite the recent correction which has caused the stock to shed more than 8% in the last one month.

 
MUMBAI: Three creditors of Reliance Communications and Aircel could challenge the dismissal of their right to call for a lenders’ meeting by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), people familiar with the matter said.

The key operational creditors — those who have dues because they provide a service, not because they lent money — are Ericsson, GTL Infrastructure, and Bharti Infratel.


 
In the past few weeks, two major themes have played out in markets. Firstly, trend toward monetary policy normalisation among developed countries. Secondly, the geo-political tensions on the Korean peninsula, following new UN sanctions on North Korea.

Markets now parse every policy maker-speak and economic data release to gauge influence on the slowing of ECB asset purchases, reduction of the US Federal Reserve (Fed)’s balance-sheet size among others.


 
After two failed attempts, Air India is back with its plan to auction some of its prime properties in Mumbai. The properties being re-auctioned are worth Rs 299.7 crore with the carrier increasing prices of the flats and hiring a marketing firm.

The 14-flat building in Bandra, which was being sold at Rs 122 crore in the last auction in July, is now priced at Rs 200 crore. Similarly, prices of other flats have also gone up including those in Malad. Flats which were priced at Rs 85 lakh are now close to Rs 1 crore.


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