NEWS ROUND UP 29th March – 02nd April

Economy

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·India’s annual food price index stood at 16.22% as on week ended March 13, slower than the 16.30% growth recorded last week. A year ago, food prices were up 7.46%. At the same time, primary articles inflation rose to 13.88% from 4.91% last year, while fuel, power, light & lubricants prices climbed to 12.68%.

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Power

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·NTPC, the state owned power generator, has evinced interest to set up solar and wind projects in Orissa with aggregate generation capacity of 500 Mw.

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The company has sent a draft MoU for approval of the Orissa government in this regard.

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·GMR Energy will soon raise over Rs 1,600 crore from a group of private equity players led by Singapore-based Temasek Holdings and banks to fund its expansion. The company is a subsidiary of the G M Rao-led GMR Infrastructure that has interests in highways, airports, agri-business and urban infrastructure.

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Oil & Gas

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·ONGC has approved investing Rs 3,240 crore ($712 million) for the first phase development of three marginal fields located in Mumbai offshore on the western coast.

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Capital Goods

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·L&T has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defense for the design and construction of 36 high speed interceptor boats for the Indian Coast Guard. The contract is valued at Rs 977 crore. The design is being carried out in house by the Company and its ship design center, that is a part of the Company’s Heavy Engineering division. The boats are planned to be constructed at the Company’s existing shipyard at Hazira and at its new shipyard coming up at Katupalli near Ennore.

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·L&T bagged six orders worth Rs 1,181 crore for construction of power transmission line and sub-station works. Three of these six orders worth Rs 741 crore have been secured from the Gulf markets and the other orders worth Rs 440 crore are for domestic projects. These orders will be executed by electrical and gulf projects operating company, a part of L&T’s construction division.

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Automobile

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·Tata Motors, India’s largest vehicle manufacturer by revenue, is selling a third of its stake in the construction equipment-making subsidiary, Telcon, to its joint venture partner, Hitachi, for Rs 1,000 crore.

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·Tata Motors had signed an agreement with the Myanmarese government for setting up a heavy truck plant in the South-East Asian nation, with an installed capacity of up to 5,000 units annually.

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·TVS Motor Company has announced the launch of its new model TVS Jive, India’s first auto-clutch motorcycle, in Chandigarh. With this launch, the company expects that it sales in Punjab will grow significantly from 2,000 motorcycles to 3,600 motorcycles per month.

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Realty/ Construction

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·Patel Engineering has been awarded the contract to develop the largest waterfront project in the southern hemisphere. The project, an integrated township in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is valued at $1 billion.

Spread over more than 24 hectares, the project involves residential, commercial, entertainment and real estate.

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·Punj Lloyd plans to sell its 19.4 per cent stake in Pipavav Shipyard to co-promoter Skil Infrastructure through an inter se promoter transfer. The stake is valued at Rs 825 crore at the company’s current market
capitalisation of Rs 4,251 crore. The Nikhil Gandhi-promoted Skil Infrastructure has an 18.27 per cent stake in Pipavav Shipyard.

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Telecommunication

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·Kuwait-based Zain Telecom’s board cleared Bharti Airtel’s proposal to buy its African assets for $10.7 billion (around Rs 48,600 crore), marking the Indian company’s first successful attempt to acquire operations in Africa after two failures.

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Cement

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·Shree Cement has got the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) approval to start inter-state trading business in power it produces at its merchant plant. The company has 260 MW installed captive power generation capacity and is in the process of putting up additional 300 MW merchant capacity, which is set to go on stream in a few days.

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