WPI inflation rises to 11.39% in August

India’s wholesale inflation, measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), spiked to 11.39% in August 2021. WPI grew 11.16% in July and 12.07% in June. The food articles segment witnessed a (-)1.29% change in August, as prices of vegetables and fruits contracted. Inflation in the fuel and power segment stood at 26.09% in August, compared to 26.02% in July. The manufactured products segment registered inflation of 11.39% in August. The data was released by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

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Invesco calls ZEEL EGM for removal of MD, directors

Invesco and OFI China, which together hold a 17.88% stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), have called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of shareholders to pass resolutions, including the removal of current CEO Punit Goenka and the appointment of new independent directors. The move comes on the back of institutional proxy advisory firm IIAS calling for investors to reject the resolution for reappointment of certain directors to ZEEL’s board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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Tata Motors signs pact with Tata Power for rooftop solar project in Pune

Tata Motors has signed a solar power purchase agreement with Tata Power to install and operate a 3 megawatt (MW) solar rooftop project at its passenger vehicle plant in Pune. The project will generate nearly 45 lakh kilowatt-hour (kWh) per year and reduce carbon emission by ~3,538 tonnes per year. Tata Motors said it will continue to introduce measures to conserve energy at its manufacturing facilities, optimise the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels, and lower operating costs.

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Escorts partners with IndusInd Bank to provide affordable loans to farmers

Escorts Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IndusInd Bank to provide affordable financial offerings to the farming community. Both entities will jointly launch various financial programs to help customers invest in modern farm machinery to enhance their productivity and income. IndusInd Bank will utilise its understanding of rural customers and penetration throughout India to help Escorts achieve its goals of supporting the farming community.

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Gravita starts operations at aluminium recycling unit in Mozambique

Gravita India’s step-down subsidiary in Mozambique has commenced commercial production of aluminium from its new recycling plant. The unit has an aluminium recycling capacity of 4,000 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). It also has a lead recycling facility with a capacity of 4,500 MTPA. Gravita’s subsidiary is in the process of setting up a plastic recycling unit in Mozambique (East Africa). The company expects to achieve additional revenue of ~Rs 50 crore per annum and gross margins of 18% from the new recycling plant.

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HCL Tech enters into strategic partnership with HANCOM

HCL Technologies Ltd has signed a strategic partnership with South Korea-based HANCOM Inc. The two companies will share advanced software technology solutions and establish a mutual bridgehead for overseas expansion. HCL Tech will support training for software development at HANCOM’s research & development (R&D) center in India. The IT firm will also share its development studio and provide HR support to meet demand and development capacity at the R&D center.

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BLS International partners with NHA to process Ayushman Bharat cards across India

The National Health Authority (NHA) has selected BLS International Ltd for processing Ayushman Bharat cards under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). The scheme offers financial security against medical treatment costs, medicines, diagnostics, and pre-hospitalisation expenses. BLS International Services is an outsourcing service provider for government and diplomatic missions worldwide

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Laurus Labs partners with Unitaid, CHAI to develop pediatric HIV drug

Laurus Labs has partnered with Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to develop, commercialise, and register the second and third-line HIV treatment darunavir boosted with ritonavir (DRV/r) for children. Unitaid and CHAI will work with Laurus Labs to ensure Children Living with HIV/AIDS (CLHIV) have access to the generic, fixed-dose combination version of DRV/r.

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Tata Steel commissions India’s first-ever carbon dioxide capture unit

Tata Steel Ltd has commissioned a carbon capture unit at its plant in Jamshedpur. The unit can capture up to five tonnes of carbon per day. Tata Steel has become India’s first steel company to adopt such a technology that extracts carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the blast furnace gas. The steel company will reuse the captured CO2 on-site to promote a circular carbon economy. The project has been executed with technological support from Carbon Clean, a global leader in low-cost CO2 capture technology.

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HG Infra declared lowest bidder for Rs 448 crore road project in Rajasthan

HG Infra Engineering has been declared as the lower (L-1) bidder by Public Works Department (PWD), Rajasthan, for a road project. The project involves the development and maintenance of the Bewar Masuda Goyala section of SH-26A, Arian Sarwar section of SH-7E and NH-12, and Laxmipura Dora Dabi Ranaji ka Gudha Section of SH-115. The total length to be constructed is 160.63 km. HG Infra’s bid project cost is Rs 448.11 crore. The project has to be completed within 550 days.

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