Adani Ports cargo volumes rise 24% in September

Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) handled total cargo volumes of 23.08 million metric tonnes (MMT) in September 2021, registering a growth of 24% year-on-year (YoY). The company’s container segment grew 18%, other bulk cargo by 22%, coal by 16%, and crude by 9% during the same month. During the first half of the financial year 2021-22, APSEZ handled an overall cargo volume of 160 MMT, which is a growth of 64% YoY.

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CEAT acquires 26% stake in Cleanwin Energy

CEAT Ltd has signed a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) agreement with Yellowstone Clean Energy LLP to invest up to Rs 60 lakh in Cleanwin Energy Five LLP. Cleanwin owns, operates, and maintains a captive wind power generating plant in Maharashtra. The renewable energy unit will supply 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity on a captive basis to CEAT plants in Bhandup and Nashik. The tyre manufacturer will hold a 26% stake in Cleanwin Energy Five.

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Tata Communications, Cisco expand global strategic partnership

Tata Communications has extended its longstanding global strategic partnership with Cisco. The new agreement will empower enterprises with simple and easy to deploy, manage, and analyze IT infrastructure for delivering anywhere, anytime access. Cisco’s Meraki solution will enable Tata Communications to offer cloud-managed Wi-Fi services based on Wi-Fi 6 and Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services across various industries.

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Man Infra’s board approves issue of bonus shares

The Board of Directors of Man Infraconstruction Ltd has approved the issue of bonus shares in the ratio 1:2. One equity share of the face value of Rs 2 each will be issued for every two equity shares of Rs 2 each held by shareholders of the company. The board has also declared an interim dividend of Rs 1.26 per share for the financial year 2021-22. Man Infra’s board has fixed October 14 as the record date for the interim dividend.

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KPIT Tech to boost investments in software-defined vehicle solutions

KPIT Technologies Ltd will make significant investments in middleware technologies and infrastructure to accelerate clients’ transformation to software-defined vehicles across both passenger and commercial vehicle segments. The company intends to develop and enhance technologies and infrastructure to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It aims to address the emerging challenges through solutions in software integration and architecture consulting to help OEMs accelerate the stitching of diverse components together.

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UPL threatened with criminal probe after South African pollution

According to a report from South Africa’s environment department, UPL Limited illegally stored hazardous chemicals that were released into a residential area and a river system after its warehouse in Durban was looted and set ablaze in July 2021. The report further states that UPL did not have any appropriate permits. A criminal investigation is likely to be initiated on the company and the owners of the land where the warehouse is situated. UPL has denied any wrongdoing and said it was “disappointed” by the release of the report.

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Max Healthcare plans Rs 1,600 crore investment to add 1,000 beds in Gurugram

Max Healthcare Institute Ltd (MHIL) plans to invest ~Rs 1,600 crore to expand its capacity in the National Capital Region (NCR) by adding 1,000 beds over the next 4-6 years in Gurugram. The expansion plan is proposed to be funded by internal accruals, borrowings, and other modes. Two land parcels have been allotted to MHIL by Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSPV) to set up two hospitals in Gurugram.

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Welspun India partners with Dupont Biomaterials to launch home textile range

Welspun India, in collaboration with DuPont Biomaterials, has launched a new home textile collection. It includes bath towels and bed sheets made with bio-based materials to meet the growing demand for sustainable home textile products. The collaboration brings together cotton and DuPont Sorona fibres to create home textile fabrics. The fabrics used in the new range provide comfort and moisture management.

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JK Lakshmi Cement halts production at Chhattisgarh plant due to strike

JK Lakshmi Cement has suspended production at its plant in Durg, Chhattisgarh, due to a strike called by Chhattisgarh Cement Transport Association. Dispatches from the Durg cement plant have completely stopped. Industry-wide negotiations are being held with the state government, and the company is hopeful of an amicable solution soon. The Durg plant has a production capacity of nearly 2.7 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

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Divi’s Labs hits record high on Merck’s positive data for Covid-19 drug 

Shares of pharma company Divi’s Laboratories surged 10% today. The stock is in focus as the company is MSD’s authorised manufacturer for Molnupiravir API. As per a planned interim analysis of data from Phase-3 clinical trials by Germany-based Merck, Molnupiravir drug is found to reduce the risk of hospitalisation or death by approximately 50% of those most at risk of contracting Covid-19. The drug also demonstrated consistent efficacy across SARS CoV2 variants Gamma, Delta, and Mu.

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