IPA Special

Government To Kickstart Coal Block Auction By June: Sriprakash Jaiswal

NEW DELHI: Following furore over an initial CAG report that estimated huge losses to the exchequer in the allotment of mines, the government has said it is ready with the list of coal blocks to be bid and the auction process will kickstart by June. “The work of identification...

Apr 6 · >

CIL To Continue With E-Auction

NEW DELHI: Coal India won’t discontinue the lucrative business of e-auctioning of the fuel in order to be able to comply with the presidential directive to sign fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with power companies to meet 80% of the latter’s needs. Despite a suggestion made by the power ministry...

Apr 6 · >

Sahara Group in talks to buy 'The Plaza' hotel in New York for Rs 3,000 crore

NEW DELHI: Little over a year after he snapped up London’s iconic Grosvenor House hotel, Subroto Roy is about to do a similar deal across the Atlantic. The Sahara Group is in exclusive talks to acquire The Plaza, a 105-year-old landmark property in New York whose guests have included...

Apr 6 · >

IIFCL To Launch $1-Billion Infra Fund Through MF Route

NEW DELHI: State lender India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL) is set to announce a $1-billion infrastructure debt fund through mutual fund route on April 10. With the funding of R1,350 crore, IIFCL will own 26% stake in the fund while IDBI Bank will have 14% and Life Insurance Corporation...

Apr 6 · >

Investment A Hurdle To Trade Pact With EU

NEW DELHI: The proposed India-European Union (EU) broad-based trade and investment agreement (BTIA) is expected to set new standards on issues related to investment, which has emerged as a bone of contention between both sides. While the EU has demanded the chapter on investment be negotiated before the trade...

Apr 6 · >

Coal India May Take U-Turn On Imports In New Regime

Kolkata: Close to two months after Coal India Ltd (CIL) said it was not in the business of imports, the chairman designate of the world’s largest coal mining company is looking to revisit the option. S Narsing Rao, who takes charge as CMD in two weeks, will do what it...

Apr 6 · >

DoT Moves Cabinet Note On 2G Presidential Reference

NEW DELHI: After getting the approval of Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati for seeking a Presidential Reference on the Supreme Court’s February 2 orders cancelling 122 mobile permits issued in 2008, the telecom department has moved a Cabinet note on the issue and sought the inputs from all ministries....

Apr 6 · >

Insurance Companies May Defer IPO Plans

MUMBAI: The government’s move to defer the easing of foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance will hit IPO plans of large companies and, possibly, push consolidation. TOI had on Tuesday reported that the proposal to increase FDI cap in insurance to 49%, introduced in the 2004-05 Budget, had been...

Apr 6 · >

Indian Defence Industry Depends On Imports

By Nantoo Banerjee Is the country’s national security in foreign hands? One would shudder to even imagine such a possibility. Yet, the unpalatable truth is: India’s defence forces are 70 per cent foreign dependent on armament supplies – from Russian nuclear subs, aircraft carriers, US and French fighters, Swedish...

Apr 6 · >

Akhilesh Plans For Massive Investment

From Pradeep Kapoor LUCKNOW: Young and socialist chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is establishing a  dialogue with different sections of society and working to create a climate for investment in Uttar Pradesh. In order to show the people that he was an ordinary person like others he scaled down his...

Apr 6 · >