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CLIMATE & WEATHER


Weather observation network in Kerala fails to measure up: Study
AN assessment of the weather data observation network in Kerala, the first port of call for the southwest monsoon, has revealed that the existing infrastructure fails to measure up to standards prescribed by the World Meteorological Organisation ... More

NON-CONVENTIONAL ENERGY


Labland Biotechs to supply jatropha saplings to Saudi Arabia
A LOCAL bio-technology company will supply jatropha saplings, a source of bio-fuel, to Saudi Arabia under an agreement with the London-based bio-diesel supplier, D I Oils. Mr Sudheer Shetty, Managing Director of Labland Biotechs, said his ... More

Ethanol-blended petrol programme — We responded to Petroleum Ministry's draft MoU, says ISMA
THE Indian Sugar Mills Associaton (ISMA) has denied that it has not responded to the Petroleum Ministry's draft memorandum of understanding on long-term supply of ethanol for the blended petrol programme. Ms Rajshree Pathy, President, ISMA, ... More

AUTOMOBILES


Automobile sales top Rs 1,10,000 cr in value terms
WITH domestic and export sales driving growth, the Indian automobile industry registered a significant increase in value sales last year. According to official data, the value of domestic sales of automobiles and export put together was more ... More

ENVIRONMENT


Jadavpur varsity plans meet on waste management
THE Centre for Quality Management Systems of Jadavpur University plans to organise a national symposium on municipal solid waste management here in July. The symposium is being held to make the municipal authorities in West Bengal aware of ... More

FERTILISERS


Phosphoric acid pricing — Fertiliser cos, global suppliers to meet today
The country needs around 2.4 million tonnes of DAP during the kharif season. More

HEALTH


GlaxoSmithKline to meet meningitis vaccine demand in Delhi
IN order to combat the meningitis outbreak in and around Delhi, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals has decided to bring in 50,000 doses of vaccine from its plant in Belgium. Speaking to newspersons, Mr Sumer Dheri, General ... More

POWER


YSR dismisses comparison with Maharashtra on free power
DISMISSING any comparisons with Maharashtra, where the Congress Government has done away with free power to the farm sector, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has remarked, "Maharashtra is Maharashtra. Andhra Pradesh is Andhra ... More

TAXATION


Chidambaram inaugurates e-payment facility for Central excise, service tax
THE Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, while inaugurating the e-payment facility for Central excise and service tax today, said the Government intends to hard sell the newly launched facility to get as many big corporate assessees on ... More

EDUCATION


IGI sets up `School of Gemmology'in Mumbai
THE International Gemmological Institute (IGI) has set up `School of Gemmology' in Mumbai. Along with certification, the IGI has also focused on education with the intention of having uniform standards and terminology for various categories of ... More

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION


SC allows Mumbai mills to go ahead with construction — `NTC mill land can be developed as per BIFR plan'
`The construction of buildings for residential purposes in the land would be at the risk of the owners and would be subject to the result of the writ petition pending in the High Court.' More

Nod for construction activities — Mumbai Mill owners welcome SC verdict
THE Supreme Court's order allowing private mill owners to continue with construction after getting mandatory approvals was largely received with cheer by mill owners. Activists were pleased that the apex court had said that the Mumbai High ... More

DISINVESTMENT


CAG adopting double standards, says Shourie
FORMER Union Minister for Disinvestment Mr Arun Shourie has questioned the "standards" adopted by the Comptroller and Auditor-General while passing strictures. In an interview to The Hindu group of publications on Tuesday, Mr Shourie ... More

`Mud slinging is an occupational hazard'
FORMER Disinvestment Minister Mr Arun Shourie has been under attack over the sale of Juhu Centaur hotel in Mumbai. The Comptroller and Auditor-General has made critical remarks about the way the Ministry handled the sale. The winning bidder, ... More

SMALL SAVINGS


Growth in EPF coverage, recovery in Kerala
SEVEN hundred and thirty new establishments with 96,945 members had been brought under the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Act during the last fiscal in Kerala while around 79 per cent of the realisable arrears had been recovered, according to a ... More

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT


Talking shop
What do various players in the retail industry and trade think of the Government's intentions on FDI in retail? Catalyst reports. More

LABOUR REFORMS


Cabinet clears Bill to amend labour laws
THE Union Cabinet today gave its nod for introduction of a Bill in Parliament for simplifying the forms of returns and registers prescribed under certain labour laws. The Bill would amend the Labour laws (exemption from furnishing returns and ... More

INCOME TAX


Direct tax collections in Gujarat up by 32 pc
DIRECT tax collections in Gujarat have shot up by 32 per cent during 2004-05, but the State continues to be a laggard at the national level. "We stand at eighth or ninth in the all-India collections, way behind Mumbai and Delhi which are the ... More

EXPORTS & IMPORTS


Japan alert on banned antibiotics — Govt steps up vigil on shrimp shipments
THE Government authorities and seafood exporters have stepped up monitoring activities to detect presence of any banned antibiotics in shrimp after Japan has issued an alert. The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has ... More

TOURISM


Centre calls meet to rev up tourism drive
GIVING a major push to the Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is God) campaign, Union Ministry of Tourism is convening a national meet of nodal officers from different Union Ministries and State Governments in New Delhi on Thursday. "The basic idea is to ... More


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