WPI inflation hits five-month high of 12.54% in October

India’s wholesale inflation accelerated to a five-month high at 12.54% in October 2021. The wholesale price index (WPI) grew 10.66% in September and 1.31% in October 2020. The high rate of inflation is primarily due to the rise in prices of mineral oils, basic metals, food products, crude petroleum & natural gas. Food inflation contracted 1.69% in October, compared to a 4.69% contraction seen in September. The inflation in manufactured products stood at 12.04% in October from 11.41% a month ago.

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HCC-KEC JV wins Rs 1,309 crore Chennai Metro order

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), in consortium with KEC International Ltd, has secured a Rs 1,309 crore order as a part of the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail. The order entails the construction of an 11.61 km elevated viaduct section and 11 elevated stations on corridor-5 of the second phase of Chennai Metro. The order is scheduled to be completed in 36 months.

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Vodafone Idea clarifies on reports of getting SBI loan after govt’s relief measures

Debt-ridden Vodafone Idea Ltd issued a clarification on a Bloomberg report that suggested that the company may get fresh loans from State Bank of India (SBI) after the government’s relief measures. “The company keeps discussing with various banks its funding and other requirements in the ordinary course of its business, including with SBI who is one of our main bankers. As of now, there is no development, which would require disclosure under the SEBI Listing Regulations,” Vodafone Idea informed in an exchange filing. 

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Power Mech Projects secures orders worth Rs 725.17 crore

Power Mech Projects Ltd (PMPL) has secured two orders worth Rs 725.17 crore. The company has bagged an order worth Rs 645 crore from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The order is for four-laning of NH-365A from Kodad to Khammam in Telangana under the Centre’s Bharatmala Pariyojana project. PMPL has received another order worth Rs 80.17 crore from Howe India to design and build a coal handling plant in Odisha.

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Ashok Leyland in talks with investors to raise funds for EV arm

Ashok Leyland Ltd is in talks with strategic and financial investors to raise funds for Switch Mobility, its newly formed electric vehicle (EV) subsidiary. The trucks and bus manufacturer has hived off its EV division to better tap growth opportunities through the onboarding of partners.  The company also plans to roll out CNG-fitted commercial vehicles during the later part of this financial year.

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Dixon Tech partners with BSH for manufacturing of fully automatic washing machine

Dixon Technologies (India) Ltd has commenced production of fully automatic washing machines for BSH Household Appliances Manufacturing Pvt Ltd. The product will be manufactured at Dixon’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Tirupati. Germany-based BSH is the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe.

Bharti Airtel forms ESG Committee to strengthen its focus on sustainable business

Bharti Airtel has formed a Committee of Board of Directors, called the ESG Committee, to sharpen the company’s focus towards its Environmental, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG) agenda. The committee will provide strategic guidance and oversight to the company’s progress on ESG targets, initiatives, and best practices. The telecom operator has named Manish Kejriwal, Lead Independent Director on the Board, as the Chairman of the ESG Committee.

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Delhi HC rules in favour of Britannia over Good Day brand

The Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of Britannia Industries after it had challenged oral care maker Good Day over its brand name, which is identical to one of Britannia’s mainstay biscuit brands Good Day. The court has directed the oral care maker to stop manufacturing, selling, and advertising Good Day toothpaste. ‘Good Day’ is a known trademark of Britannia and protected across all product categories.

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Parliamentary panel stresses on cryptocurrency regulation in meeting: Report

A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, led by former union minister Jayant Sinha, held a meeting today with industry associations and experts on cryptocurrency. During the meeting, there was a consensus that crypto can’t be stopped, but must be regulated, news agency ANI reported. The meeting saw the participation of representatives of crypto exchanges, Blockchain and Crypto Assets Council (BACC), among others.

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Tata Steel revives plans to sell its Thailand business

Tata Steel Ltd (TSL) has revived plans to sell its Thailand business. The company looks to exit less profitable overseas units in the ongoing supercycle. The proposed sale, coming on the heels of TSL’s move to offload its Singapore business NatSteel Holdings, will aid the company cut its debt further. Bangkok-listed Tata Steel Thailand has a market value of over $410 million (~Rs 3,049 crore).

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