Reliance to spin-off Oil-to-Chemicals segment with $25 billion loan

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced that it has initiated the process of carving out its Oil-to-Chemicals (O2C) business into an independent subsidiary. RIL will retain 100% management control in the subsidiary. It has also extended an interest-bearing loan of $25 billion (~Rs 1.81 lakh crore) to the O2C business. RIL expects to receive necessary approvals for the reorganisation by the second quarter of FY 2021-22.

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Cochin Shipyard secures Rs 10,000 crore order from Indian Navy

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has been declared as the lowest (L1) bidder by the Ministry of Defence for the construction of six next-generation missile vessels for the Indian Navy. The estimated value of the order is Rs 10,000 crore. The final announcement of the contract will be subject to the satisfactory completion of necessary formalities.

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Amazon India partners with Mahindra Electric to deploy 10,000 EVs for delivery

Amazon India has partnered with Mahindra Electric to deploy 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in its local delivery fleet by 2025. Mahindra’s electric three-wheeler, Treo Zor, is already used by Amazon’s delivery service partners in seven cities, including New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. This is part of Amazon.com Inc’s commitment to having 100,000 EVs in its global delivery fleet by 2030.

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Fire breaks out at UPL’s Jhagadia plant in Gujarat

UPL Limited announced that a serious fire broke out at its Jhagadia plant (in Gujarat) in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The company’s emergency team and the local fire brigade brought the massive fire under control. UPL confirmed that two people were killed and around 26 have been injured. It was reported that the fire may have been caused due to an electric short circuit.

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Adani Enterprises forms joint venture with EdgeConneX to develop data centres in India

Adani Enterprises has formed a 50:50 joint venture with US-based data centre operator EdgeConneX to build data parks in India. AdaniConneX JV has started the development of hyperscale facilities in Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag, and Hyderabad. It will also develop scalable edge data centres across India.

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Bharti Airtel partners with Qualcomm for 5G rollout in India

Bharti Airtel has partnered with US-based Qualcomm Technologies for accelerating 5G services in India. The telecom company will utilise Qualcomm 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) platforms to roll-out virtualised and Open RAN-based 5G networks. Recently, Airtel became India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a live commercial network in Hyderabad.

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Bharat Forge receives order worth Rs 178 crore from Defence Ministry

Bharat Forge has received an order worth Rs 177.95 crore from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the supply of Kalyani M4 armoured vehicles to the Indian Army. As per reports, the contract from MoD entails the production of 200 Kalyani M4 vehicles under emergency procurement protocols. On Monday, Bharat Forge had signed an agreement with South Africa-based Paramount Group to manufacture Kalyani M4 vehicles in India.

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Heranba Industries IPO subscribed 85% on first day of bidding

The Rs 625-crore initial public offering (IPO) of Heranba Industries was subscribed 85% on the first day of bidding. The issue received bids for 58.76 lakh equity shares against an offer size of 69.81 lakh shares. The portion reserved for retail investors was subscribed 1.64 times. The portion set aside for non-institutional investors (NIIs) witnessed a subscription of 9%. 

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Zuari Agro Chemicals to sell Goa unit to Pradeep Phosphates for $280 million

Zuari Agro Chemical’s board has approved the sale of the company’s fertilizer plant in Goa and associated businesses to Pradeep Phosphates Ltd. The unit will be sold on a slump sale basis for an agreed enterprise value of $280 million (~Rs 2,030 crore). The business transfer agreement will be executed by the end of February 2021.

Gayatri Projects receives LoA for NHAI road project worth Rs 1,323 crore

Gayatri Projects Limited has received a Letter of Award (LoA) from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a road project worth Rs 1,323.5 crore. The order includes the development of six-lane access-controlled roads in the Uttar Pradesh portion of the Delhi-Saharanpur Highway. The project comes under the Economic Corridor in Phase-1 of the Bharatmala Pariyojana.

Sun Pharma to launch complete range of generic anti-epilepsy drug

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said it plans to launch a complete range of anti-epilepsy drug- Brivaracetam in India. The drug is indicated for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in patients 16 years of age and older with epilepsy. Sun Pharma introduced Brevipil (Brivaracetam) tablet in the strengths of 25 mg/50 mg/75 mg/100 mg on Feb 21. 

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