India advances 20% ethanol blending in petrol to 2025: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, said the target date for achieving 20% ethanol-blending with petrol has been advanced by five years to 2025 to cut pollution and reduce import dependence. The E100 pilot project related to the production and distribution of ethanol was also launched in Pune today. Ethanol extracted from sugarcane and damaged food grains is less polluting and its use will also provide farmers with an alternate source of income. 

Last year, the Central government had set a target of reaching 10% ethanol blending in petrol (10% ethanol mixed with 90% diesel) by 2022 and 20% doping in 2030.

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VA Tech Wabag Q4 Results: Net profit at Rs 32 crore

VA Tech Wabag Ltd reported a standalone net profit of Rs 32.82 crore for the quarter ended March 2021 (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net profit of Rs 1.38 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). Total income rose 39.2% YoY to Rs 701.09 crore in Q4 FY21. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit rose 24.3% YoY to Rs 73.03 crore. VA Tech Wabag is a water treatment company based in Chennai.

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IOL Chemicals Q4 Results: Net profit declines 16% YoY to Rs 75 crore

IOL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd reported a 16.63% YoY decline in net profit to Rs 75.25 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 35.5% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 4% YoY to Rs 467 crore during the same period. Net profit for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21) rose 23.05% YoY to Rs 444.46 crore. The company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Rs 2 per share.

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GST collection declines in May; still holds above Rs 1 lakh crore mark 

The gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue collected in May 2021 stood at Rs 1,02,709 crore, as per data released by the Ministry of Finance. This marks the eighth month in a row that GST revenue has stayed above the Rs 1 lakh crore mark. GST collection took a severe hit in May due to lockdowns and other restrictions imposed by states to curb the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The total GST revenue in May 2021 stands 65% higher than the corresponding month last year. GST collections in April 2021 stood at a record high of Rs 1.41 lakh crore.

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PNB targes 3-fold rise in profit at nearly Rs 6,000 crore in FY22 

Punjab National Bank (PNB) announced that it is expecting a nearly three-fold jump in net profit to Rs 6,000 crore during the current financial year (FY22). The lender said this target will depend on credit growth and overall demand in the economy. It projects a loan growth of 8-10% for the banking industry on the assumption that the economy will grow at 9.5% in 2021-22. PNB has also identified bad loans (NPAs) worth Rs 8,000 crore, which will be transferred to the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL).

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REC subsidiary transfers two project specific SPVs to PowerGrid

REC Power Distribution Company Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of REC Limited, has handed over two project-specific Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) to Power Grid Corporation of India. The SPVs include Fatehgarh Bhadla Transco Ltd and Sikar New Transmission Ltd. The selection of PowerGrid was carried out through Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) conducted by the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

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Dynemic Products Q4 Results: Net profit declines 27% YoY to Rs 5.8 crore

Dynemic Products Ltd reported a 27.72% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 5.79 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 30% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 29.43% YoY to Rs 56.56 crore during the same period. Net profit for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21) rose 17.87% YoY to Rs 28.49 crore. Dynemic Products is a leading manufacturer of food colours.

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IPO-bound Paytm reports loss of Rs 1,701 crore in FY21

One97 Communications Ltd, the parent company of Paytm, reported a consolidated loss of Rs 1,701 crore for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21). It had posted a loss of Rs 2,942 crore in FY20. Its total revenue declined by 10% YoY to Rs 3,186 crore. Expenses fell 22% YoY to Rs 4,782.95 crore. Last week, Bloomberg reported that Paytm is planning to raise ~Rs 21,800 crore via an initial public offering (IPO). The digital payments provider is targeting a valuation of $25 billion to $30 billion.

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NHPC to lease electric vehicles, fast charging devices from EESL

NHPC Limited has signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) for leasing 25 electric vehicles (EVs) and three fast-charging devices to be used by its officials. With the induction of these EVs, NHPC will have the biggest fleet of zero-emission cars among all major public sector undertakings (PSUs). EESL has been procuring EVs from automakers such as Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and supplying them to different ministries and PSUs.

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IFGL Refractories Q4 Results: Net loss at Rs 2.53 crore

IFGL Refractories Ltd reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 2.53 crore for the quarter ended March 2021 (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net loss of Rs 13.93 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). Its revenue from operations rose 27.66% YoY to Rs 283.52 crore in Q4 FY21. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit jumped 237.22% YoY to Rs 65.59 crore. The company’s board has approved a total dividend of Rs 10 per share.

IFGL Refractories is a manufacturer of specialised refractories (materials that can withstand very high temperatures) used in steel plants.

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