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DOMESTIC NEWS

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Economy

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•The Food Price index increased 13.75 per cent in the week ended October16, sharply lower that the previous week’s annual rise of 15.53 per cent,mainly as vegetables continued to exert downward pressure on account ofa base effect.

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Power

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•Reliance Power Ltd has placed order for 30,000 MW capacity of Boiler,Turbine, Generator Packages (BTG) for its coal based power plants withShanghai Electric Group Co Ltd, the leading global supplier of powerequipments.

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Realty/ Construction

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•Nagarjuna Construction has bagged four projects worth 540 crore in thestates of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

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Capital Goods

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•BGR Energy Systems has bagged a 2,168-crore balance of plant (BoP)contract from Hyderabad-based Thermal Powertech Corporation of IndiaLtd. The project is funded by Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) as thelead lender with consortium of banks.

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Automobile

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•Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is planning to ramp up its service centres by amassive 1,500 outlets by 2015 in line with its expansion of productioncapacity to over 17 lakh units annually. This enhancement is expected toresult in additional employment of about 22,000 people by the servicenetwork operators.Information Technology

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•Wipro Ltd, India’s No 3 software services provider, secured an IT servicescontract from Electricity North West Ltd, which operates the electricitydistribution network in north-west England.

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•Tata Consultancy Services announced an ASP (application service provider)initiative with Strate, the licensed Central Securities Depository (CSD) inSouth Africa. This joint venture with TCS, for the TCS BaNCS SecuritiesProcessing solution, will provide best-in-class and leading-edgetechnology to mid-tier players in the South African market.

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Pharmaceuticals

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•Strides Arcolab has received tentative approval from US Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) for one new drug application (ANDA) for fixed dosecombination of Lamivudine and Zidovudine tablets 150mg/300mg underthe expedited review provisions of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDSRelief (PEPFAR).

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•Biocon will invest $161 million in a facility in Malaysia, joining a number ofIndian companies that have chosen to establish facilities in the South-EastAsian country.

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Oil & Gas

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•Petronet LNG plans to set up a 1,200-MW gas-based power plant linked toits Dahej terminal and will seek the approval of its board in a month. Theproject would be financed through internal accruals and debt. Thecompany has already acquired about 50 hectares of land for the project.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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•US third quarter GDP expanded at a 2.0 percent annualized pace, followinga 1.7 percent rise the prior quarter. The latest figure matched analysts’projections for a 2.0 percent gain. Year-on-year, real GDP in the secondquarter is up 3.1 percent, compared 3.0 percent in the second quarter.

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•US new home sales rose 6.6 percent to an annual rate of 307,000 inSeptember from an annual rate of 288,000 in August. hile new home salesremain at relatively low levels, the annual rate has moved well off therecord low of 282,000 set in May. Nonetheless, the annual rate of newhome sales in September is still 21.5 percent below the rate seen in thesame month a year ago.

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•US New factory orders for durable goods in September rebounded 3.3percent, following a 1.0 percent decrease in August. The gain inSeptember came in significantly above the consensus forecast for a 1.6percent boost. Excluding transportation, new durables orders fell back 0.8percent, following a 1.9 percent increase in August.

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•US initial claims fell steeply to 434,000 in an October 23 week that isn’tskewed by special factors. The level is the lowest since July as is the fourweekaverage of 453,250. Given that July’s data were distorted byadjustment problems tied to auto retooling, the latest batch of data isperhaps the best so far of the recovery.

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Equity News Round Up 11th – 15th October

DOMESTIC NEWS

Economy

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•Food inflation eased marginally to 16.24% for the week ended September 25, from 16.44% in the previous week, as improved supplies lowered prices.

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Capital Goods

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•BHEL has bagged a `3,700-crore from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd for setting up the 700 MW Bellary Thermal Power Station in Karnataka.

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•Lanco Infratech informed that its Vidarbha power project based in Maharashtra, has achieved financial closure. The company has raised debt to the tune of `5,549 crore to fund the project which has an estimated cost of around `6,936 crore. The rest of requirement is funded by equity of `1,387 crore.

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•Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has bagged `1,585 crore orders in July-September period from the construction segment. Of the `1,585 croreorders, `435 crore order is for construction of building projects fromleading developers while `781 crore orders is from “clients forconstruction of hotel, office building and add on orders from its ongoing airport and commercial building projects”.

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Automobile

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•Hero Honda has launched a limited edition of its 100cc motorcyclePassion Pro, priced at `46,300 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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Realty/ Construction

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•IVRCL Infrastructure and Projects said its various divisions have wonorders worth `1,120 crore from sectors including power and transportation. The company’s water division bagged the highest `451crore order, followed by `440 crore by building divisions,`136 crore by transportation division and `92 crore by power division.

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•Punj Lloyd Group has bagged a `539-crore contract from the state owned gas utility GAIL India for laying a natural gas pipeline from Dabholto Bangalore. The project will be executed over a period of 13 months.

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Pharmaceutical

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•Cadila has got approval from US health regulator to market high blood pressure treatment tablets, Losartan Potassium and Losartan Potassium and HCTZ in the American market. The US Food and Drug Administration approval has been granted to the firm’s subsidiary Zydus Cadila, for Losartan Potassium tablets in the strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg and for Losartan Potassium and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets in the strengths of 50/ 12.5 mg and 100/25 mg.

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Power

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•NTPC may invest over `10,000 crore to set up a 2,640 megawatt (Mw)thermal power project at Gidarbaha in Punjab. The Project shall be setup as regional power project by NTPC and would also be the company’s first in the state.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

•US Pending Home Sales Index jumped more than four percent for asecond straight month, to 82.3 in August (2001 = 100). The prior month was revised to 78.9, shaving July’s gain to 4.5 percent. The readings point to a second straight jump for existing home sales which surged nearly eight percent in August.

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•US non-farm payroll employment fell by 95,000 jobs in September following a revised decrease of 57,000 jobs in August. Economists had expected employment to come in flat compared to the loss of 54,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month.

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•UK output price index rose 4.4% annually in September, compared with a4.7% gain in August. The increase was a touch higher than the expected 4.3% rise. Output prices gained 0.3% month-on-month after stagnating in August. Excluding food, beverages, tobacco and petroleum, output prices increased 4.6% annually.

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•The Japanese Cabinet approved a 5.05 trillion yen ($62 billion) new stimulus package to boost the economy amid widespread concerns that it could slip back into recession. The new package, which will befinanced by an extra budget, is aimed at addressing labor market issues,social welfare and healthcare services. The government is trying to finalize this additional budget by the end of this month.

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STEEL … “ECONOMIC POINTER TO GLOBAL RECOVERY”

Steel, the backbone of infrastructure, has shown wild swings in its prices globally. Steel long prices in NCDEX have shown volatile movement from  January’10 till April’10 this year as prices which were trading around Rs 29000 per tonnes in January’10 plunged below Rs 24000 per tonnes in mid February’10 but it again jumped above Rs 29000 in the beginning of April and again melted nearly to Rs 25000 per tonnes tracking jittery stock market and European debt crises. Greek financial crisis is likely to impact the global economy and industry in Europe thereby denting the demand in this favorite destination of steel flat products.

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On the domestic front due to recovery in automobile, consumer goods and infrastructure sector finished steel registered a growth of 9.2% in March 2010 as against a negative result of 1.8% in March last year. The rise in input costs (iron ore prices shooting up by over 90% and coking coal prices rising by around 55%) coupled with steady demand is the prime reason for the prices recovery. But the rise in steel products prices, especially flat products is bound to affect the prices of the end user industries like automobiles, air conditioners, refrigerators and so on, leading to further inflation in India.

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The basic raw material of steel, the coking coal, has acute shortage of premium quality and the demand is mostly met through imports in India. Generally, India exports iron ore mainly to China but in recent days it has been seen that India is importing iron ore and the demand for Iron ore is increasing here. The share of total Chinese iron ore imports has decreased, from 22.92% in 2006, 20.73% in 2007, 20.51% in 2008, to 17.71% in 2009. Going forward, the increasing demand for iron ore in India will stimulate the Indian government and enterprises to invest in the steel industry.

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According to Indian Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh “Government is aiming to achieve a 120 to 125 million tonnes of steel production in the country by 2011-2012 with major chunk being provided by the public sector” India is both importer and exporter of steel. During the month of January and February 2010, India imported 510,000 mt of steel products from China, up 351.57 percent year on year basis. In the years 2006 to 2009, China imported 74.78 million mt, 79.53 million mt, 91.04 million mt and 107 million mt from India, marking respective increases of 9.08%, 6.36%, 14.47% and 18.08% respectively..

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Outlook: According to World Steel Association the apparent steel use will increase by 10.7% to 1,241 mmt in 2010 after contracting by -6.7% in 2009. This represents an improved figure over the Autumn 2009 forecast for both 2009 and 2010. With these projections, world steel demand in 2010 will exceed pre-crisis levels of 2007. In 2011, it is forecasted that world steel demand will grow by 5.3% to reach a historical high of 1,306 mmt. The resilience of the emerging economies, especially China, has been the critical factor enabling the earlier than expected recovery of world steel demand.

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The outlook of the global steel industry in 2010 looks positive based on the below written reasons:

First, Chinese steel production and demand are likely to continue their relentless rise. Government stimulus packages from China to increase consumer demand for cars and home appliances have supported the demand. Perhaps, more importantly, the state is funding massive construction in the West of the country and immense infrastructure projects for rail, road and bridges in the East. This could lift steel output to above 600 million tonnes in 2010.

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Second, Indian steel manufacturing will reach an “all time” high this year, after another peak outturn in the previous twelve months period. New record steel production rates are also likely to be set in several other countries, including, Turkey and several Middle Eastern countries.

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Most of the steel boom will come from the developing nations of the World. However, manufacturing activity in many of the industrialized countries is starting to improve. This will add to the rise in steel production this year.

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According to world steel association “Global steel output in 2010 is forecast at 1,350 million tonnes. This represents an 11.1 percent increase on the anticipated 2009 outturn, which in turn, will be 8.4 percent below the figure recorded in the previous twelve months”.

According to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee, the global steel industry is recovering faster than expected from the recession but the strength and timing of the upturn varies across regions and further improvements are expected in the short term although it may take years for some parts of the sector to fully recover.

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Finally steel long in NCDEX may remain sideways in near term considering the jittery situation in euro zone and tumbling stock markets. But it is expected to show recovery faster than expected as seen in recent past and the prices can scale higher towards Rs 28000 in third quarter of this year after taking support at Rs 22000- 23000 per tonnes.

STEEL…….. INDICATOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Due to most crucial necessity of steel in infrastructural and overall economic development, steel industry is often considered as an economic indicator of any country’s development. Steel seems to be heading for consolidation in the coming years as the global economic recovery is gaining momentum. In fact, China and India have reported huge rise in demand for steel with construction and auto sectors growing at a higher speed.

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Steel is not a single product. It is an alloy consisting mostly of iron, with a carbon content between 0.2% and 2.1% by weight, depending on the grade. There are currently more than 3,500 different grades of steel with many different physical, chemical, environmental properties. If the Eiffel Tower were to be rebuilt today the engineers would only need one-third of the amount of steel.

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Carbon Steel, Coated Steel (Galvanized & Color coated), billet, Electric Sheets, Flat Steel Products, Long Steel Products, slabs, Flat steel coil products(Strip) are the some of the finished steel.

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INDIAN SCENARIO

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According to the annual report 2009-10 by the Ministry of Steel, India is the fifth largest producer of steel in the world and it will become the world’s second-largest steel producer by 2012, more than doubling its capacity to 124 million tonnes (MT).

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Steel production rose 4.2 per cent to reach 60 MT in 2009-2010 and has an installed capacity of 72.76 million tones. According to the Ministry of Steel, Steel production in the 2010/11 (April-March) fiscal year is likely to be 65 million tones.

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The growth in steel consumption in any country is a positive sign for economic growth of that country. Due to improved demand from sectors like automobile, infrastructure and housing, India’s steel consumption rose 9.6 per cent to 4.14 million tonnes (MT) in April 2010. Exports continued to slide and dropped 34.8 per cent to 1.84 lakh tonnes in April, revealing the slow pace of recovery in main steel import destination–the US and the European markets.

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Some important facts

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?The domestic steel sector has attracted an investment of about US$ 238 billion.
This consists of nearly 222 MoU’s signed between the investors and state governments of Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

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?Due to some government initiative in the budget and higher spending on infrastructure development, steel demand is likely to increase by 10 percent inthe fiscal year to March 2011. In the Union Budget 2010-11, India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed to invest 1.73 trillion rupees on infrastructure sector, which will further promote the steel industry.

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Global Production and Consumption

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World production of crude steel in March 2010 rose by 31% to 120.3 million tonnes, the highest monthly total since May 2008. The total production in January to March is 342.4 million tonnes, 29% higher than the same period in 2009. This figures shows clearly that most countries are on path of rapid recovery from the recession. From January to March Chinese steel production increased by 24.5% to 158 million tonnes, Japan’s production jumped by 51% and South Korea increased by 29% .

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Current Scenario

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Steel makers in the country had increased their prices for the third time this year in April due to spiralling iron ore and coking coal prices. Iron ore prices in 2010 had almost doubled from last year’s levels to $120-160 a tonne. But the industry is hopeful that curbing exports would help reduce iron ore prices.

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Prices downgraded by around 13% in the month of April 2010, after hovering in broad range of Rs.25,130-30,150 per tonne. This is as compared to 2.06% gains in same month last year. Moreover, prices have fallen by around 4.50 percent since the year start SAIL had announced a price cut of Rs2,000 per tonne for its long products effective from 1st May 2010. However, this is not an indication of any future fall in steel prices. There is consumer resistance to further price increase but ultimately the pattern of global prices is still followed here and so we will also depend on the same.

Equity News Round UP

Economy

•The annual rate of inflation based on the wholesale price index of food articles shot up to 17.70 per cent during the week ended 27 March 2010 from 16.35 per cent during the previous week.

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•India’s automobile industry reported a 26.41 per cent growth in sales in 2009-10 riding on the government’s stimulus packages that perked demand, making it the second fastest growing market in the world after China.

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•India’s first-ever auction of spectrum for third generation (3G) telephony services began on a cautious note. For a pan-India licence, the highest offer was Rs 3,919 crore on the first day, just 12 per cent higher than the base price of Rs 3,500 crore. There are six companies in the race for a pan- India licence, which spans 22 circles. These are Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices and Aircel.

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Capital Goods

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•Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is setting up a centre of excellence for nanotechnology with an investment of Rs 8.27 crore to explore applications in power systems and products relevant to the company.

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•Suzlon Energy said its subsidiary REpower Systems AG has bagged a contract from an Italian company for supplying 18 wind turbines. RE power has concluded a contract for the supply of 18 wind turbines to Daunia Savignano, a subsidiary of Italian Tozzi Group.

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•Elecon Engineering Company has bagged an order worth Rs 49.90 crore from Sical Logistics for material handling equipment. The scope of the contract includes design, engineering and commissioning of material handling equipments for New Mangalore Iron Ore Terminal.

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•BGR Energy Systems has entered into an agreement with the Orissa government for setting up a 1,320-MW power project at an investment of Rs 6,287 crore. The company has signed a MoU with Orissa government for setting up a 1,320 MW independent power producer at Bhapur in Nayagarh district of the state at an investment of about Rs 6,287 crore.

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Pharmaceutical

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•Aurobindo Pharma announced that it has received final approval for Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Tablets 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg and 100 mg from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA).

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•Cipla Limited, among the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country, is understood to be closing in on a strategic investment in Bangalore-based Stempeutics Research, a stem cell company developing stem cell-based medicinal products. Stem cells are used to replace or initiate the production of other cells that are damaged or missing.

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•Biocon has fully acquired the joint venture Biocon Biopharmaceuticals from its Cuban partner CIMAB. Under the business restructuring plan, Biocon will pick up CIMAB’s 49% stake and will make Biocon Biopharmaceuticals (BBPL) a wholly owned subsidiary of Biocon.

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Media & Entertainment

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•PVR Ltd, a retail entertainment company, has earmarked around Rs 120 crore for setting up 60 multiplex screens across the country. Of this, 14 are already operational and the remaining will be opened by the end of this fiscal.

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Realty & Construction

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•IVR Prime Urban Developers has raised Rs 63 crore by selling land near Pune and Chennai. The company has sold 87.52 acres of land near Loanavala and 28 acres of land near Chennai.

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Oil & Gas

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•Reliance Industries (RIL) has announced that its subsidiary, Reliance Marcellus LLC has executed definitive agreements to enter into a joint venture with United Sates based Atlas Energy, Inc, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under which Reliance will acquire a 40% interest in Atlas’ Core Marcellus Shale acreage position.

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•Aban Offshore has bagged a contract valued at $159 million (about Rs 716 crore) from Brunel Shell Petroleum Sendirian Berhad for the deployment of the jack-up rigs.

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.

NEWS ROUND UP 22nd – 26th March

Hello Friends here we come up with the News Round Up from various categories.

Economy

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·The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unexpectedly raised interest rates from record-low levels for the first time since it began cutting in 2008, citing intensifying inflationary pressures and a steady economic recovery. The central bank raised the repo rate, the rate at which it lends to banks to 5.00 percent from 4.75 percent and reverse repo rate, the rate which it absorbs funds from the system to 3.50 percent from 3.25 percent with immediate effect.

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·India’s Wholesale price inflation accelerated to 9.89 percent in February from a year ago, above the Reserve Bank of India’s end March projection of 8.5 percent and higher than the 8.56 percent level recorded in January this year.

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·India’s food price index rose 16.30 percent in the 12 months to March 6, while the fuel index was up 12.68 percent. The rise in the food price index was lower than an annual rise of 17.81 percent in the previous week.

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Pharmaceutical

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·Elder Pharmaceuticals had increased its stake in Bulgarian subsidiary Elder Biomeda AD to 61 per cent from the present 51 per cent, as part of its strategy to strengthen its presence in the European market. The Rs 600- crore turnover Elder Pharma did not disclose the deal size. In April 2008, Elder had formed Biomeda AD in Bulgaria, to acquire three Bulgarian healthcare companies belonging to the local Biomeda group.

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Metal

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·Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren unit will acquire a 75 per cent stake in MSK Projects, marking its foray into infrastructure. Welspun will invest a total of Rs 400 crore, of which Rs 200 crore will be infused directly into MSK.

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Realty/ Construction.

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·Punj Lloyd has bagged a project worth $40 million (nearly Rs 181 crore) from Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (GASCO) for infrastructure related works.

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The company has secured a letter of award for engineering, procurement and construction works in UAE from GASCO.

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·Subhash Projects & Marketing has bagged two orders worth Rs 475.34 crore for infrastructure related works. The company, along with Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, has bagged a contract worth Rs 439.35 crore from Bangalore Water supply Sewerage Board for civil and electromechanical works.

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·· Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) acquired a controlling stake in Swiss real estate firm Karl Steiner AG in an all-cash deal for around Rs 150 crore (Swiss Francs 35 million), a move that will pave way for the company to enter the European and Gulf markets.

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·PT Madhucon Indonesia, a subsidiary of the Hyderabad-based infrastructure company Madhucon Projects Ltd, has been granted a new coal mining business permit for exploration of 30,970 hectares at Mauraduwa in south Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Oil & Gas

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·GAIL India plans to transit 21 per cent more natural gas through its pipelines at 114.8 million cubic meters per day in 2010-11 fiscal. The company in a press statement that it has set a target of transmitting 114.8 mmscmd of natural gas from domestic fields and imported LNG in 2010-11 fiscal as opposed to moving 94.8 mmscmd during current fiscal.

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Capital Goods

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·McNally Bharat Engineering Company has bagged an order worth Rs 173.2 crore for works at Mahanadi Coalfields in Sambalpur, Orissa. This is the third order that the company has bagged within a week, the first two being from NPCC and SAIL.

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·Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has bagged a project worth Rs 2,035 crore from ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd to set up an aromatics complex at Mangalore special economic zone.

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Automobile.

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·Mahindra & Mahindra has joined the long list of corporate houses looking to obtain a banking licence after the finance minister’s budget speech revealed that banking regulator RBI was planning to allow more players in the sector. A top executive of the $6.3-billion group that it was planning to seek a banking licence for its non-banking finance company Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (MMFSL).