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GAIL Gas, EESL ink pact for use of natural gas in industrial and commercial segments

 GAIL Gas Limited, a GAIL’s subsidiary and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) have signed an agreement for speeding up implementation of co-generation and tri-generation projects and use of natural gas in industrial and commercia

Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death: Study

Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India, and around eight women die from causes related to unsafe abortion each day, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, International Institute of Population Science

BHEL unveils hydro electric project in Telangana

With the commissioning of the fourth and final 30 MW hydro generating unit, BHEL has successfully commissioned the 120 MW Pulichintala Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Telangana. The other three units of the 4x30 MW Pulichintala HEP, commissioned e

SAIL chairman wants Rourkela plant`s new mill launch by next fiscal

SAIL chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary has directed officials to complete the new 3.0 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) hot strip mill (HSM) at Rourkela steel plant before the beginning of next fiscal.    The new mill is

Making sense of Modi’s counter-intuitive economics

Dhiraj Nayyar’s book, Modi and Markets: Arguments for Transformation (published in October by Westland) came a bit too early. The title would have made for seductive reading had it coincided with RBI deputy governor Viral Acharya’s r

A gender perspective on migration

Khohar, a village located in Alwar district of Rajasthan, nestled in the foothills of Aravalis, is home to 154 families, most of whom are farmers by profession. The village has a large adult population with 65 percent over the age of 18. The vil

For the sunset years

The New Pension Scheme (NPS), the government of India’s flagship pension scheme, has been subject to a number of important reforms in recent times. This is a welcome change from the norm wherein the government’s and the regulators&rs

Who will pay the price of overpopulation?

Olden days of civilisation experienced famines and natural disasters that caused human misery. While human population was limited, natural habitats were undisturbed and abundant; so calamities of nature were absorbed without any serious cons

Schooling change

Jhunjhunu, in northern Rajasthan, is known for its grand havelis and the frescoes on their walls. But they weren’t on prime minister Narendra Modi’s mind when he spoke of the desert town in his Mann Ki Baat radio talk of March 2018.

The road ahead

A fter mixed response from the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) and BOT-Annuity (build, own, transfer) model, the road sector in India is exploring the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) for roadways construction. In HAM, 40 percent of th

Safety in numbers

A building comes up based on a plan, which is based on discussions among the client, the architect and the builder. Can they draw a blueprint without basic information like measurements of land, location, market price of materials required and s

India’s CSR funding set to reach Rs 20,000 crore

The corporate social responsibility funding in India is poised to grow to Rs 20,000 crore over the next three years. That is the estimate made by a new report that also says CSR funding has been growing at the rate of 9 percent a year.

Railways Diwali gift: Flexi fare removed from 15 trains

In what could be seen as a relief to lakhs of passengers, Indian Railways has discontinued flexi or dynamic fare system in 15 trains having monthly occupancy of less than 50 percent. The decision would also be applicable for 32 trains, having mont

SAIL supplies 12,000 MT of steel for construction of Sardar Patel statue

SAIL has claimed that it has supplied 50 per cent steel for the construction of The Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue of Indian independence movement leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The 182 meters-tall statue was unveiled by Prime

BHEL pays highest dividend in the last four years on enhanced equity capital

BHEL has paid a final equity dividend of 51 per cent for 2017-18 fiscal. With this, the total dividend paid for the year stands at 91 per cent, on the enhanced equity share capital post bonus, including an interim dividend of 40 per cent, paid ear

Subsidised LPG cylinder price goes up by Rs 2.94

Indian Oil has increased the price of subsidised LPG cylinder in Delhi for domestic customers by Rs 2.94 per cylinder for the month of November.   A subsidised LPG cylinder which was being sold at Rs 502.40 in October is

Who’s to blame for Amritsar train tragedy

 The incident was not the railways’ fault. There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated. People should refrain from organising such events near tracks in future. I think if precaution had been taken,

What is rightfully yours

Had he not derided me, there would have been no article. His blunt question was, “If land records merely have presumptive value, then why examine them at all?” With his naiveté he stirred a hornet’s nest. It’s esta

The post office as a bank branch

Over the years, many of us have witnessed the rapid transformation in modes of communication; from the postman bringing letters, telegrams and money orders to our doorstep to telephones, cordless and mobiles phones ringing incessantly in our hom

Why Karnataka villages don’t get enough drinking water

The flagship scheme of the central government on rural drinking water supply – National Rural Drinking Water Programme (previously known as Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme) – has been audited by CAG of India. The performance a

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