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INDUSTRY & ECONOMY

ANTI-DUMPING


Dumping duty on mica pearl pigment mooted
Upon examination of firms exporting from the US and the EU, the Authority found that subject goods have been exported to India below its normal value and the domestic industry has suffered material injury due to dumping. More

ECONOMY


India Inc upbeat on economy: CII poll
A SNAP poll of CEOs conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) suggests that 57.5 per cent of them felt the current fiscal would end with a GDP growth rate of 6-6.5 per cent. Another 31.8 per cent of the respondents felt that the ... More

ENVIRONMENT


ASCI bags two clean environment projects
THE Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) has bagged two globally funded projects to promote clean environment and institutionalise environment impact assessment. Under the Global Opportunity Fund of the UK, ASCI has been granted 1.24 ... More

EXCISE AND CUSTOMS


Govt clamps excise duty on interesterified oil
THE Finance Ministry has clamped an excise duty of Rs 1.25 per kg on interesterified fats on par with that currently charged on vanaspati. The Government had, with effect from April 30, 2003, levied a specific excise duty of Rs 1.25 per kg on ... More

PETROLEUM


MRPL seeks higher prices for Euro-III grade fuel
MANGALORE Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), which recently upgraded its facilities to produce Euro-III grade fuel, has demanded a higher price for such value added products from the petroleum retailing companies. An ONGC subsidiary, MRPL ... More

Petrotech to pave way for more Indo-Russian ventures
DR A.K. Balyan said that Petrotech 2005 would pave way for more Indo-Russian joint ventures along the hydrocarbon value chain. One of the major collaborators with India in oil and natural gas sector, Russia will participate in this year's ... More

TEXTILES


`Spot audits' by US textile buyers begin as quotas go
"Bigger retailers in the US and the EU are extremely conscious of any adverse publicity, especially with quotas having been phased out." More

SIMA decries DEPB rate cut
THE Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) has deplored the slashing of duty entitlement passbook (DEPB) rates on cotton textile products saying the downward revision in the rates is ill-timed and defied logic when import duty on inputs remained ... More

COAL


Nitro glycerine-based explosive ban hits Singareni Collieries
THE naxal attack on the life of the Telugu Desam Party President and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, at Tirupati on October 1, 2003 strangely had its repercussions on the State-owned Singareni Collieries Company ... More

EDUCATION


US Biz school team for AP
AROUND 35 students from Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, US is visiting Hyderabad to get an overview of the development of industry and economy of Andhra Pradesh. Led by Prof Sherwood C. Frey, the biz school ... More

Amrita research centre plans course in modern medicine, Ayurveda at Kochi
The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) plans a foundation course for six months for experts in modern medicine and Indian system of medicine — Ayurveda — to build up a proper communication between the ... More

IPR


`New patent regime provides for pre, post-grant opposition'
POINTING out that the new patent regime provides for an effective pre-grant and post-grant opposition avenues in a cost-effective manner, the Government on Sunday said that the procedures for the same have been laid out in the revised rules ... More

NATURAL CALAMITIES


Tsunami: Chennai Port escapes major damage
"THANK God, the Chennai port was saved from a major catastrophe," was the reaction of Mr K. Suresh, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, when assessing the impact of last Sunday's tsunami that hit the country's ... More

IGCAR to put in place early warning system
"WE are lucky that the nuclear installation is safe. We need to have a robust information gathering and dissemination system and cannot afford to have a radiation leak," said Dr Baldev Raj, scientist and Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic ... More

Kerala to provide temporary housing for tsunami-affected
WITHIN a two-month period, the State Government will provide temporary housing to all those who have lost their homes in the tsunami and are living in relief camps, according to a official press release quoting the Kerala Revenue Minister, Mr ... More

Tsunami and fishing communities
THE fact that fishing communities forever exist in the margins of society — even as "developed" a society as Kerala, which has supposedly delivered the blessings of a superior physical quality of life to its myriad citizens— comes ... More

Unicef relief vans for tsunami-hit districts
UNICEF is launching a fleet of mobile vans across three tsunami-hit districts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry over the weekend to help families in relief camps prevent and treat any outbreak of diarrhoea, specially among children. The 40 Unicef ... More

Victims not getting what they need, say relief workers
CLEAN drinking water, medicines, shelter and communication are among the list of priorities for the tsunami victims. But what the victims are getting is not always what they need, according to those involved in relief and rehabilitation work. ... More

Salvage work begins at fishing harbour
SALVAGE operations at the Royapuram fishing harbour, where more than 60 trawlers have been damaged, is in full swing with the Chennai Port Trust deploying cranes to recover boats sunk or run aground after the tsunami that hit the coast on ... More

A dark side of the rehabilitation process
LADY Macbeth said, "It is too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way." But the problem with many good-hearted people is the "overflow of kindness," as in Much Ado About Nothing even as "there are no faces truer than ... More

Kerala Govt's sops for loan repayment
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government has announced that the repayment of loans taken by fishermen in the tsunami-hit coastal areas of Kerala will be put off by six months, says an official press release. Repayment of loans taken by ... More

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    TOURISM


    Nayak Mahal reopened
    ONE of the major tourists spots in the city, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, has been reopened to the public after renovation. Built in 1523 by the Nayak dynasty and located about one km from the renowned Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, this ... More


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