Paytm Now Has 122 Million Active Users, Claims Investor

Paytm, one of India’s largest electronic payment platforms, has seen over five-fold rise in active users in one year, a senior company official said on Thursday. Ant Financial Services Group, an Alibaba Group affiliate, took 25 percent stake in One97, owner ofPaytm, as part of a strategic agreement in 2015. Peng Yijie, director of international business at Ant Financial, the financial arm of Internet commerce giant Alibaba, said that Paytm reached 122 million active users by the end of March. “About 5.6 times the figure in the beginning of 2015,”…

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Who’s Next? Asia Investor Activism Set to Grow After BlackRock Public Campaign

Hong Kong: Following a rare public campaign, BlackRock Inc voted against a deal planned by a Hong Kong firm that the world’s biggest asset manager partly owns, revving up investor activism in Asia after it roared ahead in 2015. In a ballot on Tuesday, BlackRock rejected G-Resources Group Ltd’s plan to sell its main asset, an Indonesian gold mine, saying it didn’t have confidence G-Resources would use the proceeds in investors’ best interests. Owning 8 percent of G-Resources, BlackRock urged other shareholders to follow suit. G-Resources, which has said it…

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