Greenlam to make plywood and powder boards also

Greenlam, the country’s leader in laminates, said it decided to enter the category of plywood and particle boards by setting up new factories in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Plywood and particle boards are used alongside laminates — the multi-colored and shiny boards — in aluminium-based constructions in offices and commercial buildings. “Witnessing a spiral […]

Govt starts withdrawing retrospective tax on Vedanta

Government of India has taken the first step to withdrawn the retrospective tax demands imposed on Vedanta, the mining group said in a statement. Vedanta’s former subsidiary and oil producer Cairn Energy was hit with a retrospective tax bill of Rs 10,247 cr in January 2014, or Rs 20,495 cr including penalties and interest. Cairn […]

Kerala Vision broadband unveils Kerala’s cheapest fiber plan for new users

Kerala Vision Broadband, the ISP arm of Kerala Cable TV Operators’ Association, has announced what is arguably the cheapest fiber broadband offer for new customers in Kerala. The highlight of the new plan is that it comes without installation and modem charges, and is therefore ideal for a new customer. The current tariff for a […]

Textile firm offers Rs 4,000 discount to all shareholders

Trident, a prominent manufacturer of bedsheets, bathrobes, comforters (razai) and paper products in India, is offering a discount of 40% to all its shareholders on all items purchased from its website. To qualify for the 40% discount, the customers/shareholders have to add items worth Rs 5,000 to their cart, upon which they’ll get a discount […]

Vodafone Idea cracks the 4,000 Mbps barrier in 5G trials

Vodafone Idea said it achieved speeds of over 4,000 Mbps during its test deployment of 5G on the trial spectrum handed over by Department of Telecom. In comparison, in the early days of 4G, the maximum speeds achieved were in the range of around 200 Mbps. The company released two speedtest results — presumably using […]

Asian Paints issues detailed rebuttal of InGovern’s allegations on related party transactions

Asian Paints, India’s largest paint company and one of the largest listed manufacturing companies in the country, today issued a detailed and point-by-point rebuttal of proxy advisory firm InGovern. InGovern had, in a report brought out two weeks ago, alleged that Asian Paints was sourcing a considerable part of its raw material requirement from companies […]

Mukesh Ambani calls for subsidized mobile phones

India’s richest man and the chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani, has called for the use of universal obligation fund money to subsidize mobile devices. USO fund was set up during the early days of the mobile phone revolution as a tax or levy on existing phone users, to be used for extending telecom services […]

Biocon expands to Middle East with out-licensing deal

Biocon, one of most prominent Indian pharmaceutical companies focused on developing its own drugs and formulations, kicked off its expansion into the Middle East market with an out-licensing deal with Saudi Arabia-based Tabuk Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Co. Biocon did not list the products that are covered by the licensing deal, but said it would cover “select […]

Morepen Labs’ exports to get ‘major boost’ with FDA nod for Allegra

Morepen Laboratories said it expects its US export business to get a major boost now that the US FDA has given it the go-ahead to export allergy drug Allegra to that market. Fexofinadine, invented by Sanofi Aventis, is the most widely used, second generation antihistamine drug for the treatment of allergy symptoms and hay fever, […]

Survey says allergies may actually protect people from COVID

An interesting, observational study in the UK suggests that the overactive immune system associated with allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever may have a positive side-effect in the form of greater protection from COVID-19 in the initial stages. The 10-month study, involving around 15,000 people, was carried out between May 2020 and February […]

Maruti Suzuki denies demand problems, says rural demand intact

India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki today denied that it was facing problems with demand, and said the recent slowdown in sales is because of availability of semiconductor chips. Shashank Srivastava, executive director in charge of sales and marketing, denied that the company was facing any issues liquidating its inventory, and said stocks were well […]

NDTV rejigs Taboola deal, to get up to $100 mn over 10 years

NDTV, India’s oldest English-language broadcaster still in existence, said it signed a deal with content promoter Taboola that can generate as much as Rs 750 cr or $100 mn for the company over the next ten years, provided NDTV is able to maintain its traffic growth. Taboola is famous for its paid recommendation engine that […]

Navneet Education invests Rs 75 cr in sports management co

Navneet Education Ltd said it has agreed to invest Rs 75 cr in a sports management and services company known as SFA Sporting Services Pvt Ltd to pick up a 14.3% stake. Navneet Education is a developer and supplier of educational books and materials, and said the acquisition would help it offer “sports management” services […]

Bleak November auto sales: Bajaj Auto, Escorts report declines

With the pent-up demand getting exhausted and the overall economy reeling under the impact of rising inflation and the after-effects of two waves of COVID-19, auto sales seem to be coming under pressure post the festival period. Two of the earliest companies to report their November numbers, Bajaj Auto and tractor maker Escorts, have both […]

Reliance Industries ‘categorically denies’ any interest in BT

Reliance Industries said it wants to ‘categorically deny’ any plans to bid for British wired services operator BT. “We categorically deny any intent to bid for the UK telecoms group, BT, formerly British Telecom, as reported in the article titled “Reliance Mulling Bid for UK’s Telco BT Group” published in The Economic Times dated November […]

LIC gets RBI nod to continue buying Kotak Mahindra Bank shares

Life Insurance Corporation of India, a government-controlled insurance company that has the highest share of the market in India, can continue to increase its stake in private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank, having got the nod from Reserve Bank of India to increase its stake to 9.99%. LIC has been increasing its stake in Kotak Mahindra […]

Fearing crime, Police crack down on football in Kerala

An order by the district police chief of Wayanad, a hill district of Kerala known for its sports enthusiasts and academies, has riled sports lovers across the state. The order issued by District Police Chief Aravind Sukumar two days ago has made it illegal to operate flood-lit football turfs — scores of which have sprung […]