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Warehousing: The truck stops here

Warehousing: The truck stops here

How do you organise a largely unorganised industry? India´s storage industry has lagged behind the transportation industry that it so heavily depends on. With cold chains now being an industry and FDI in retail entailing huge investments in storage, can we expect some movement?

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Thermal coal imports via major ports up

Thermal coal imports via major ports up

The major ports in the country handled around 5.5 million tonne (mt) of imported thermal coal, which is up by 10 per cent on the year, while coking coal imports rose 21 per cent to 3.4 mt, says latest data by Indian ports Association (IPA). The 12 ports handled 47.8 mt of imported thermal coal during April-November, up 35.7 per cent from 35.2 mt from the same period a year ago.

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Oil and gas: Good policy foundation

Oil and gas: Good policy foundation

Hindsight: This was a reasonably good year for O&G in general, in particular for India. The government has performed very well. For the first time, it took some concrete and bold steps, and ensured deregulation of transportation and petrol, distinguished bulk from retail transport. There is some disparity there, needing some practical solutions.

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Reform agenda: Hoping for relief

Reform agenda: Hoping for relief

Hindsight: The rising interest rate is a grave concern for infrastructure companies. The beleaguered funding situation have seen a number of projects already been put on hold in the planning stage itself.

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Setting quality and innovation benchmarks in plastic piping

Setting quality and innovation benchmarks in plastic piping

Supreme is credited with pioneering several products in India. uPVC SWR drainage system, Aqua Gold high pressure plumbing system, Indo green PPR hot and cold water system, Eco-drain structured wall pipes and Nu-drain underground drainage and sewer system with ready-made inspection chambers and manhole are some of the path-breaking plastic piping products introduced by the company.

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Taking stock: Domino effect  – Too late to stop?

Taking stock: Domino effect – Too late to stop?

Is the worst over for infrastructure? The fact that this question lingers is perhaps testimony to the uncertainty that prevails. Unrealistic bids, bureaucratic slowdown, social groundswell, coal scam, mining scam ... the list of factors that has created seemingly unstoppable negativity seems daunting. The government mainly the Prime Minister´s Office had to repeatedly intervene to address frustratingly sticky problems confronting the infrastructure sector.

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Increased prices have enthused us to explore more gas fields

Increased prices have enthused us to explore more gas fields

It´s been a good year for O and G, setting the right agenda for reforms and increased private participation in exploration, says LK Gupta, MD and CEO, Essar Oil, in a conversation with Shashidhar Nanjundaiah.
Will you participate in the upcoming 10th round of NELP?
We have not yet taken a call. If we find value, we will consider it. We are currently more focused on completing our Ranigunj CBM fields and running our Vadinar refining plant optimally. This is a period where we are preparing for f

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Re-igniting the spark

Re-igniting the spark

With government taking initiative to de-bottleneck the energy sector growth and boost country´s economy, oil and gas majors are busy addressing risk factors and multitasking to integrate their business model in order to ensure future growth, says Pradeep Pandey.

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Land Acquisition Act 2013 | Towards a participatory model

Land Acquisition Act 2013 | Towards a participatory model

Land Acquisition for major economic projects has shot to national attention lately and captured media space and informed discourse. DK Ojha explains the salient features of the new Land Acquisition Act and recommends that land requirement should be indicated in advance for speedier implementation.

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Our growth engine will be exploration overseas

Our growth engine will be exploration overseas

ONGC´s CMD Sudhir Vasudeva is a man in demand even ministers would like him to stay awhile in his chair. In a freewheeling interview with Shashidhar Nanjundaiah, Vasudeva looks back in satisfaction at the accomplishments of his top-ranked PSU, and tells us what to expect.