Ready to roll out Covid-19 vaccine by January 13: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that it is prepared to roll out the coronavirus vaccine by January 13. “Based on the feedback of the dry-run, the government said it is ready to introduce the Covid-19 vaccine within 10 days from the date of emergency use authorisation,” said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. On January 3rd, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had announced approval for two vaccines- Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield (manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. The vaccine will be first offered to one crore healthcare workers and two crore frontline & essential workers. 

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Work in progress to set up 16,000 km of new gas pipeline network: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that work is in progress to set up 16,000 km of a new gas pipeline network in the country, which will be completed over the next four to six years. He stated that this would help set up 700 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and 2.1 million people to avail piped natural gas (PNG). He further said that India plans to spend $60 billion in creating gas infrastructure till 2024, which would include pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and city gas distribution (CGD) networks. PM Modi inaugurated the 450-km Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline via video conferencing today.

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Gravita India secures contract to supply lead products to Luminous Power

Gravita India Ltd has signed an annual agreement with Luminous Power Technologies for supplying 12,000 million tonnes (MT) of refined lead and lead alloys. The contract will be executed in the calendar year 2021, which at current lead prices would be an approximate contract value of Rs 180 crore. Yogesh Malhotra, the CEO of Gravita India, stated that this agreement will help the company to boost sales and strengthen its presence in the domestic market. 

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Dilip Buildcon incorporates SPV for road project worth Rs 882 crore

Dilip Buildcon Ltd has incorporated a special purpose vehicle (SPV) as a wholly-owned subsidiary for a new Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) project. The SPV will be used for four laning of Dhrol-Bhadra Patiya section of NH-151A and Bhadra Patiya-Pipaliya Section of NH151A in Gujarat, through public-private partnership on a design, build, operate and transfer basis. The HAM project is worth Rs 882 crore and will be completed in 2 years.

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Tata Power partners with SIDBI to offer affordable financing for MSMEs in rooftop solar segment

Tata Power Ltd has announced its partnership with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to offer an easy and affordable financing scheme for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the rooftop solar segment. The companies have joined hands to design a solar financing solution to help MSME customers with financial aid without any collateral, at an interest of less than 10%. Tata Power stated that this scheme will empower MSMEs to adopt sustainable energy for their businesses and promote greener tomorrow.

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L&T emerges as lowest bidder for Uttarakhand Railway Project

The Heavy Civil Infrastructure business of L&T Construction has emerged as the lowest bidder for Package 4 of the new broad-gauge line between Rishikesh and Karnaprayag. The scope of the engineering and construction project includes completing tunnel work, construction shaft, and ancillary works in Uttarakhand. The order, which is worth about Rs 3,338 crore, is a contract from Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL). 

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HCL Tech completes acquisition of Australian IT solutions firm DWS

HCL Technologies Ltd announced that it has completed the acquisition of Australian IT solutions firm DWS. In September 2020, HCL Tech had announced that it will acquire DWS, a move that will help the Noida-based company to strengthen its position in the Australian and New Zealand market. The IT company had said that the total equity value pay-out will be AUD 158.2 million (~Rs 850.33 crore). The DWS Group provides a wide range of IT services including digital transformation, application development & support, and consulting.

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Tech Mahindra partners with College of Military Engineering to build defence solutions

The research and development (R&D) arm of Tech Mahindra Ltd, Makers Lab, has collaborated with the College of Military Engineering (CME), Pune to address challenges in the field of defence through technological innovations. CME will leverage the partnership to address critical military problem statements and be future-ready using next-generation technologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. As a part of this partnership, Tech Mahindra will establish a Makers Lab at CME to utilise their diverse set of capabilities and promote R&D to provide cutting-edge technology solutions for defence forces.

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RBI imposes Rs 2.5 crore penalty on Bajaj Finance for violation of norms

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 2.5 crore on Bajaj Finance Limited for violation of rules pertaining to recovery and collection methods. The lapses were linked to risk management and a specific fair practice code. RBI stated that Bajaj Finance had failed to ensure that its recovery agents did not resort to harassment or intimidation of customers as part of its debt collection efforts.

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Salasar Techno’s subsidiary secures contract worth Rs 252 crore from Texmaco

Salasar Adorus Infra LLP, a subsidiary of Salasar Techno Engineering Ltd, has entered into a work contract with Kolkata-based Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd. The order consists of carrying out a portion of the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of ‘Ballastless Track of Standard Guage’ in the elevated viaduct section and an underground section for the Bangalore Metro Rail Project. The company stated that the value of the contract is around Rs 252 crore.