Services PMI falls to 3 month low in December

India’s services sector activity fell to a three-month low in December but remained in the expansion zone. The IHS Markit India Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood at 55.5 in December 2021, compared to 58.1 in November. PMI is a month-on-month calculation, and a value above 50 represents an expansion when compared to the previous month. The increase in new orders was centered on the domestic market, while new business from abroad fell further due to Covid-related restrictions.

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Adani Transmission to transfer certain assets, liabilities to new unit

Adani Transmission Ltd (ATL) intends to transfer certain of the company’s assets and liabilities to a newly incorporated subsidiary— Adani Transmission Step-One Ltd. The assets and liabilities include ATL’s shares in Adani Transmission India Ltd (ATIL) and Maharashtra Eastern Grid Power Transmission Ltd (MEGPTCL). It also includes inter-corporate debt provided by the company to ATIL and MEGPTCL.

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Coal India’s April-December capex rises 37% YoY to Rs 10,717 crore

Coal India Ltd (CIL) incurred a capital expenditure (capex) of Rs 10,717 crore till December of the current financial year, registering a 37.4% year-on-year (YoY) growth. CIL’s capex spend during the period marks 86.3% of the target achievement. Construction of coal handling plants, silos with Rs 1,344 crore, and rail sidings and rail corridors at Rs 1,785 crore made up 29% of CIL’s entire capex during the period.

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L&T Heavy Engineering secures significant orders in Q3

Larsen & Toubro’s Heavy Engineering arm has secured significant contracts for its various business segments in the third quarter (Q3 FY22). The modification, revamp, and upgrade (MRU) business of the company has received a contract from a key hydrocarbon sector customer in the Middle East. The MRU business has also won a project for RFCC (residue fluid catalytic cracking) revamp as part of the expansion of the Barauni Refinery (BR-9) by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

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HFCL partners with Apercomm to power its network offerings with AI

HFCL Ltd will integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into its entire IO products portfolio in partnership with Apercomm, an AI-powered Wi-Fi analytics tech provider. The telecom company’s wireless solutions will be able to monitor customer experience in real-time and calibrate Wi-Fi network through its cloud management platform. HFCL plans to offer this AI solution to its existing customers for over 100,000 existing deployments. 

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Nelco secures contract worth Rs 40 crore from ONGC

Nelco Ltd has secured a contract from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to provide satellite communications at offshore sites. The contract is worth Rs 40 crore. The scope of the project includes the supply, commission, and maintenance of ONGC’s captive very small aperture terminal (VSAT)-based network. This network will be used to enhance the communication infrastructure of ONGC’s Western India offshore sites. 

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ABB India launches flameproof low voltage motors for explosive atmospheres

ABB India Ltd, an engineering services company, has unveiled a new range of flameproof (FLP) motors. The motors are a safe choice for applications in potentially explosive environments. The FLP motors offer considerable benefits, including low vibration levels with increased reliability for an extended lifetime and reduced maintenance requirements. The product will be manufactured at ABB India’s facility in Faridabad, Haryana.

Arbitration between Amazon, Future put on hold by Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court halted Future Group’s ongoing arbitration with, Inc. in light of an Indian antitrust agency’s suspension of a 2019 deal between the two sides. The e-commerce giant successfully used the terms of its 2019 investment in a Future unit to block the Indian retailer’s attempt to sell retail assets to rival Reliance Industries Ltd, alleging breach of certain contracts.

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JSL supplies 2,000 tonne stainless steel for Kanpur Metro Project

Jindal Stainless Ltd (JSL) has supplied 2,000-tonne steel for the Kanpur Metro Project, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi last week. The company provided high-quality stainless steel in various tempers (strength levels) to rolling stock manufacturer Alstom. The first train set was handed over to Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) by Alstom on September 18, 2021. The scope of the metro project included the design and development of 201 coaches.

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