INDUSTRY & ECONOMY
CLIMATE & WEATHER
S-W monsoon likely to be on time
THE keenly awaited south-west monsoon rains are expected to hit the shores of Kerala on time this year and are likely to be five per cent below average in June, according to the Bangalore-based CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer ...
NALSAR at 10th spot in moot court contest
THE National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad has secured the 10th rank in the Memorial (written submission) scores in the 2004 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition World Finals, ...
Industry grows 7.4 pc in Feb
INDIAN industry continues to ride a buoyant wave, with the official Index of Industrial Production (IIP) recording a 7.4 per cent growth in February 2004, over and above the year-on-year increase of 7 per cent during the same month of the ...
India among 50 nations invited to Unctad XI in Brazil
AS many as 50 heads of state including India have been invited to take part in the eleventh session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) scheduled to be held in Sao Paulo in Brazil from June 13 to 18. Addressing a ...
Paras group launches `bactofuged' milk
Unlike pasteurisation and UHT treatment, bactofugation is a non-thermal process for removing bacteria, particularly the heat-resistant spores, using a high-speed centrifugal separator or `bactofuge'.
SCI bid to augment crude tonnage To consider plan to purchase 2 new VLCCs
THE board of state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will consider a proposal at its next meeting slated for April 15-16 to buy two new very large crude carriers (VLCCs) of 3,00,000 dead weight tonnes (dwt) each in a bid to augment its ...
`Check on rising input costs will help reduce steel prices'
"We understand the concerns of SSIs and are ensuring adequate supplies of flat products to them."
IIM-B defers decision on fee cut to early May
WITH four out of the six IIMs agreeing to slash their fees according to the HRD Ministry's order and IIM-Ahmedabad still fighting it out, IIM-Bangalore has decided to defer the decision by another month. Speaking to Business Line, Mr ...
St Joseph's College to set up rural, urban research chairs
ST. JOSEPH'S College of Business Administration will be setting up two research chairs in urban and rural management. The chair in urban management will be sponsored by Mr T.P.G. Nambiar, Chairman of BPL group of companies, while rural ...
GEMS & JEWELLERY
The gap between Indian jewellery and that produced in other countries has shrunk considerably due to the trained design talent that exists in the country today.
A sparkling scenario
Future growth in the gold and jewellery business is likely to be driven by increased exports to the US and other markets, apart from a rise in domestic consumption.
Increasing consumer awareness on the quality of diamond products and the trend of giving consumers more value for money have fuelled the growth of diamond certification in the country.
Reforms, infrastructure must be top priority for new Govt: CII
THE Confederation of Indian Industry has released a 10-point agenda for the new Government at the Centre, which it feels is imperative to sustain a 10 per cent growth rate and make India a developed nation by 2020. In a statement, the chamber ...
`Balasabhas intended for less affluent kids'
THE `balasabha' or children's group is an innovative attempt by the Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission or Kudumbashree to ensure the overall development of children from less affluent families, according to Mr T.K. Jose, Executive Director, ...
`Trust & trade'
The exporters' paradise that SEEPZ is, the thrust is `trust and trade,' says Mr V. Madhavan Nair, SEZ's Development Commissioner.
Manufacturers to the world
Fewer and fewer famous brands actually make what they sell. With protection laws in place, companies have begun to outsource. And it is here that Electronic Manufacturing Service companies are playing a stellar role, says M.L. Tandon, Head of Celetro n India.
EXPORTS & IMPORTS
In the success zone
The SEEPZ Special Economic Zone is attractive to new units as it offers fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, apart from a sound infrastructure base, writes Amit Mitra.
Vegetable exporters in Kerala to boycott foreign airlines
HIT by the high freight rates charged by foreign airlines on the Kerala-West Asia sector, vegetable and fruit exporters in the State have decided to launch a boycott of all foreign airlines that do not reduce air cargo rates from Kerala to West ...
Strong rupee not harming exporters, says Jaswant
THE Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, allayed fears that the rupee growing stronger (against dollar) by the day was any reason for worry even for the exporters. This was so as even the exports were growing, not to mention the benefits to ...
Foreign tourists arrival up 26 pc in Kerala
Tourists from Oman enjoying a panoramic view of the backwaters cruising in a houseboat in Kerala. The tourist arrivals in the State have increased during 2003 by 6.29 per cent to 61.66 lakh. Some 2.94 lakh foreign tourists visited the State ...
Economics of museums
LAST week The Hindu reported that the promise made by the State Government to build a memorial to Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai - amongst Kerala's greatest writers - at his ancestral home "Sankaramangalam" at Thakazhi in Allapuzha ...
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