INDUSTRY & ECONOMY
Customs waiver sought on oil field equipment
THE Petroleum Ministry has written to the Finance Ministry seeking waiver of customs duty on a retrospective basis on equipment imported for developing oil and gas fields at a few places such as Panna, Mukta, Tapti, Hazira and Ravva. The amount ...
US seeks enhanced trade as India raises BPO issue
INDIA has voiced its concerns over the backlash in the US on the issue of business process outsourcing (BPO) even as it reiterated its readiness to engage constructively with countries such as the US for bringing the failed multilateral trade ...
`Slovenia joining EU will open up opportunities for India'
SLOVENIA'S integration with the European Union on May 1 is expected to give a new momentum to its bilateral trade with India. Speaking at an interactive meeting at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here on ...
Bavarian team keen to strengthen ties
A HIGH-LEVEL team from the German State of Bavaria is on a visit to India seeking to widen and consolidate its ties in various sectors. Dr Edmund Stoiber, Bavaria's Minister President and Leader of the German Opposition, who started his ...
Govt AIDS project caught in drug price tussle
THE Health Ministry's ambitious HIV/AIDS programme scheduled to commence from April 1 seems to have got caught in the toss up between the Government and the pharmaceutical companies. Even as the programme is dependent on the availability of ...
Mosquito control drive at Kochi
KOCHI: The health authorities of the Kochi Corporation released guppy fishes to various drains of the 55th division of the Corporation as part of an integrated mosquito control programme. The authorities have also started spraying of ...
Private capital for 21 projects in Kerala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Department of Local Affairs has entrusted the joint venture ICICI-Kinfra with the task of assessing the feasibility of 21 projects proposed to be implemented using private investments, according to the Local Affairs ...
`Pharma industry poised for big leap'
THE pharmaceuticals industry in the country in general, and Andhra Pradesh in particular, is likely to witness phenomenal growth during the next two decades, Mr Gan Bhukta, project leader, Pfizer Inc, has said. At a meeting in the Dr N.S. ...
No need for tariff hike: APTransco
THE Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APTransco) envisages that the energy year 2004-05 will end with a surplus of Rs 444 crore and stuck to its stand of not increasing the tariff rates. The power utility presumes that there would be ...
Karnataka Govt begins acquiring land for apparel park
The government had already hiked the project cost to Rs 32 crore last year from original plan of Rs 20 crore.
ICT a boon to Rajasthan carpet weavers
FOR years now information and communication technology (ICT) has been touted to give a fillip to traditional sectors with international potential. In the case of the renowned carpet weavers of Rajasthan, it has not just upgraded skills and ...
Time Warner chief to visit India
THE potential of the Indian market place has led to frequent visits by Star Group Chief, Ms Michelle Guthrie. Now, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Inc, Mr Richard D. Parsons, is visiting the country to review the Indian ...
Call to facilitate affordable TV entertainment
THE Cable TV Equipment Traders & Manufacturers Association (CTMA) has stressed the need for a legal framework that would "regulate" the pricing policies of TV broadcasters. A formal suggestion in this regard would soon be made to the Centre, ...
ICFAI to build own campus in Chennai
THE Hyderabad-based Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) is to build its own campus in the city outskirts. The 40-acre campus will come up in the Old Mahabalipuram Road, the information technology corridor, in a couple of ...
Paediatric surgery wing
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Tourism Minister, Mr P. Sankaran, who held the health portfolio till the latest Cabinet reshuffle came into effect, has expressed himself in favour of granting autonomy to all existing medical colleges in the ...
REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION
`Hand over land to tribals'
KOCHI: Mr Dileep Singh Bhuria, Chairman of the Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes Commission, has said that the State Government should hand over 7,693 hectares of forest land to landless tribals as allowed by the Centre. The ...
Tile majors chart growth strategy
BUOYED by robust demand, ceramic tile producers in the country are pouring in an unprecedented Rs 500 crore of fresh investments to expand capacities. Companies that have planned expansion include H&R Johnson, Kajaria Ceramics Murudeshwar ...
CD on rural woman awarded
Srei Capital to be advisor for Idcol sell-off
SREI Capital Markets Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Srei International Finance Ltd, has been appointed advisor by Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa Ltd (Idcol) for the disinvestment programme pertaining to four of its closed ...
ILO to conduct survey on child labour in 4 States
TAMIL NADU is one of the four States in the country covered by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the conduct of a labour market survey for formulation of a specific action plan to eradicate child labour in hazardous ...
Indo-US project to rehabilitate child labourers
THE Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, on Monday inaugurated the Indo-US Child Labour Project along with Mr Arnold Levine, Deputy Under Secretary of the US Department of Labour. The project aims at rehabilitating child labour and ...
REGULATORY BODIES & RULINGS
`Insolvency practices must be reviewed'
TO meet the demands of the changing economic scenario, the concept of insolvency has to be looked afresh necessitating large-scale changes in the legal framework, the Secretary, Department of Company Affairs (DCA), Mr M.M.K. Sardana, said on ...
`Amazing India' exhibition in Dubai
A MULTI-product international trade exhibition presenting a variety of exclusive Indian products and services called "Amazing India 2004" will be held at the World Trade Centre in Dubai during March 5-8. Organised by Global Foundation, a ...
Meet on social empowerment
KOCHI: Equal wages for equal work should be enforced as mentioned in Article 14 of the Constitution and denying this to women would amount to violation of law, according to former Chairperson of the Kerala State Women's Commission, Ms ...
Dhanwanthari Vaidyasala opens Ayurveda centre
Tea garden trekking
KOCHI: As many as 42 participants from various parts of the country cruised through the Kochi backwaters in connection with the national level Munnar tea garden trekking and backwater voyage organised by the Kerala chapter of the Youth ...
New IIPA regional Chairman
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