Steel-makers urge government to extend relief package

Steel-makers urge government to extend relief package

By Promit Mukherjee and Sankalp Phartiyal   MUMBAI, February 16 (Reuters) – India’s largest steel-makers’ association has urged the government to extend a relief package to the iron and steel sector, as most companies are likely to default on their loans.   The Indian Steel Association (ISA), which represents India’s biggest private steel producer JSW […]

India’s target to import GMO-free corn: mission impossible?

India’s target to import GMO-free corn: mission impossible?

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE | By Mayank Bhardwaj and Naveen Thukral February 16 (REUTERS) As India prepares to import corn for the first time in 16 years, at least one stipulation in its international tender has become much tougher to meet – that shipments of the crop are completely free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).   The […]

Students protest in thousands as government cracks down on dissent

Students protest in thousands as government cracks down on dissent

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Rupam Jain   NEW DELHI, February 15 (Reuters) – India’s biggest nationwide student protests in a quarter of a century spread across campuses on Monday after the arrest of a student accused of sedition, in the latest battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over freedom of expression.   Outrage over […]

India’s wholesale inflation marginally down in January

India’s wholesale inflation marginally down in January

New Delhi, February 15 (IANS) Thanks to a seasonal softening in food prices and a sharp drop in fuel costs, India’s annual wholesale rate of inflation declined marginally to (-)0.90 percent for January from (-)0.73 percent for the month before, official data showed on Monday.   The anual inflation, however, stood higher at (-)0.95 percent […]

Huge fire engulfs venue at “Make in India” event

Huge fire engulfs venue at “Make in India” event

By Promit Mukherjee   MUMBAI, February 15 (Reuters) – A huge fire engulfed the venue of a cultural event in Mumbai on Sunday that was being held at the opening of a “Make in India” week launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to drum up foreign investment.   Television pictures showed fire breaking out at […]

JNU protesters got support from Hafiz Saeed, says Rajnath

JNU protesters got support from Hafiz Saeed, says Rajnath

New Delhi, February 14 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the demonstration on the JNU campus to mark the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru received “support” from Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed. His remark sparked a political uproar with opposition leaders asking him to furnish evidence.   Communist Party of India-Marxist leader […]

Modi urged to make reality match ‘Make in India’ hype

Modi urged to make reality match ‘Make in India’ hype

By Promit Mukherjee and Rafael Nam   MUMBAI, February 14 (Reuters) – Thousands of people and mascots of lions swarmed the weekend opening of a “Make in India” drive to attract foreign direct investment, pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “the biggest brand that India has ever created”.   The week-long event, the boldest […]

5.5 million people die from air pollution world-wide annually

WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 13 (IANS): More than 5.5 million people world-wide die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution, and India and China together account for 55 percent of these deaths, new research has found.   About 1.6 million people died of air pollution in China and 1.4 million died in India in […]