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Lenders of debt-ridden dairy firm Kwality on Monday decided to carry out voting on extending the May 15 deadline for submitting the resolution plan by interested bidders, including Haldiram and Kotak group firm, sources said, Mint reported. The lenders would also vote on seeking extension of insolvency proceedings by 90 days, they said. As many as five companies -- Haldiram, Kotak fund, LVP Foods, Aion and TPG Capital -- have expressed interest to bid for acquiring Kwality.

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South Korea is making a last-ditch attempt to win an exemption from US tariffs on cars and auto parts, as the country struggles to shield its export-driven economy from rising US protectionism and the fallout from Donald Trump’s trade war with China, the Financial Times reported. Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s trade minister, will visit Washington this week to press Seoul’s case with White House officials, members of Congress and US trade representatives, before the US president pushes through a new tariff against one of its key allies in Asia.

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Pakistan and IMF negotiators have reached an agreement on a $6bn loan for the country, the finance ministry said last night. Speaking on state-run Pakistan Television, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, head of the finance ministry, said: “We have reached an agreement with the IMF staff for $6bn for the next three years. There will be adjustments involved but we will try to make certain that the extent of pain on low-income people is minimal.” The agreement is yet to be formally confirmed by the IMF’s management and its executive board, the Financial Times reported.

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The last stronghold in embattled tycoon Anil Ambani’s phone carrier-to-power empire is also developing fault lines. Reliance Capital Ltd., his financial services business that almost doubled its profit in five years, had largely remained insulated from the distress plaguing the wider conglomerate, Bloomberg News reported. Now, the company that controls India’s fifth-biggest mutual fund, is racing to close a planned $2 billion of asset sales to bolster its finances after cash dwindled to 110 million rupees ($1.6 million) as of March, according to CARE Ratings.

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Troubles among India’s non-bank financiers will persist for at least a year even if the danger of a full-blown financial crisis has passed, according to the head of the nation’s most valuable bank, Bloomberg News reported. Tighter regulatory oversight and asset sales have staved off the worst of the problems afflicting India’s non-bank financial firms following last year’s defaults by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd., according to HDFC Bank Ltd.’s Managing Director Aditya Puri.

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GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL) announced execution of resolution plan for its stressed GMR Rajahmundry Energy Limited (GREL) – 768 MW gas-fired power plant in Andhra Pradesh, Business Standard reported. The company informed the exchanges on Friday morning that it has paid a portion of the sustainable debt of the project. The resolution plan which has been approved by the lenders of the project consisted of reduction of total debt of Rs 2353 crore to sustainable debt of Rs 1412 crore.

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An insolvency professional (IP) may not find it easy to wriggle out of an existing transaction because of the difficult situations faced during the corporate insolvency resolution or liquidation process. This is because the insolvency regulator, IBBI, has advised the Insolvency Professional Agencies (IPAs) — who register the IPs with them — not to ordinarily accept ‘temporary surrender’ of professional membership of an IP while doing the CIRP or individual insolvency resolution and individual bankruptcy, The Hindu Business Line reported.

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China’s banking and insurance regulator has issued draft rules outlining tougher norms for risk assessment of banks, as part of Beijing’s efforts to rein in financial risks, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to the draft rules released by the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, banks will have to recognize not only nonperforming loans but also defaulted bonds, interbank assets and other investment as nonperforming assets.

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South Korea needs another economic overhaul like the one following the International Monetary Fund bailout in the late-1990s to stay competitive globally, according to a major global restructuring consulting firm, Bloomberg News reported. It’s as if Asia’s fourth-largest economy is being squeezed with a nutcracker, with China catching up to Korea and overtaking it in some sectors, while Japan is regaining its competitiveness as the economy recovers and it comes up with innovative technologies, said Yung Chung, Seoul-based managing director of AlixPartners LLP.

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