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Tata, Singapore Air deal gets investment approval

Reuters  New Delhi, October 24, 2013
First Published: 12:57 IST(24/10/2013) | Last Updated: 12:59 IST(24/10/2013)

Singapore Airlines has won the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board's approval to set up a full-service airline in the country in a joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, a senior finance ministry official said.

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Economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram, who was speaking to reporters after a meeting of the FIPB on Thursday, did not give further details.

Singapore Airlines will make an initial investment of $49 million for a 49% stake in the joint-venture company, while the Tata Group will initially invest $51 million for the remaining stake, the companies have said.

The JV airline needs a slew of other regulatory approvals before it can start operations.

Mayaram also said the FIPB approved a foreign direct investment proposal by a unit of SingTel, but did not elaborate.

The SingTel unit wants to increase its stake to 100% in a long-distance phone business in India by buying out stakes held by its local minority partners, after the government removed a 74% foreign holding cap in telecom companies.


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