Avinash Nair

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US bullish on wooing Indian firms; SelectUSA summit likely to see big contingent this year
Tue, May 31, 2016

Indo-US bilateral trade currently stands at around $107 billion and both President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have targeted to take it to $500 billion.

Scary…need to know someone in govt to do business in India: US Governor Nikki Haley
Sat, May 28, 2016

The Indian-American politician’s comments come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the US for a few days starting June 7.

Back Story: The story of GSPC, theme of the latest BJP-Congress joust in House and outside
Mon, May 16, 2016

In a report tabled in Gujarat Assembly in 2012, the CAG severely criticised GSPC’s operations in KG block, and said “numerous faulty investment and destructive administrative decisions” had led to a loss of Rs 7,000 crore to the company.

Maersk to send first two ships for recycling at Alang this month
Sat, May 14, 2016

Till now, the Maersk Group used to recycle its ships in limited number of yards in China and Turkey.

Solar Power: In Kheda village, farmer group makes hay while the sun shines
Sat, May 07, 2016

CM to present a formal letter of recognition to Dhundi Solar Urja Udpadak Sahkari Mandali in Anand on May 9

Gujarat: Green shoots visible again as more old ships beach at Alang
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Only 129 ships beached at Alang for recycling between April 2015 and December 2015, when the business witnessed one of the worst slumps. From January to March 2015, only 67 vessels had come to the yard.

Debal Deb, India’s rice warrior, finds rice species containing medicinal properties
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

A Fulbright scholar Deb spoke of several traditional rice varieties conserved by him that have high "nutraceutical value."

Maritime India Summit: Gujarat set to ink deals worth Rs 35,000 crore
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Deals will also be signed for the development of a jetty at Porbandar and Okha on the western coast of the state for the Indian Coast Guard at the cost of Rs 100 crore.

Gujarat: EC begins drive to rectify electoral rolls
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Panel to accept forms for enrolment, deletions and corrections on April 17.

Cartosat-2C to boost military surveillance capabilities
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, the Cartosat-2C — built at Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad — has been dispatched to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) at Bengaluru after successful rounds of tests and evaluation.

Industries that went for expansion in last 4 yrs have been caught in a trough: Union Bank CMD
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

"Did we know four years ago that the economy will not do well? Please do not forget that banking is a reflection of the economy," said Arun Tiwari.

Congress demands JPC in KG basin as CAG picks other holes in Gujarat’s development
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

The latest CAG report on Gujarat has highlighted many such gaps in PSU projects in the states as well as development schemes, raising doubts about the 'Gujarat model'.

Panama Papers: Have already ordered probe, says Justice Shah
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Shah said that while the documents looked authentic “prima facie,” the offshore companies needed to be probed to check if they were legal and set up as per RBI guidelines.

Jewellers struggle to continue strike, artisans give up and head home
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

In 2012, the union government had imposed a one per cent excise duty which it was forced to rollback after jewelers protested.

Rampant poaching at Nal Sarovar, no step taken to protect wetlands
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

As the bird sanctuary was spread over a large area, the CAG observed, the forest department should “use modern technology to curb poaching” because manual surveillance might not be enough.

Model bus ports: ‘Undue favours’ to pvt developers
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The state government’s six “model bus ports” being built in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat and Mehsana have been criticised by the CAG for providing “undue favours” to private developers involved in building these structures. “Transparent tender procedures require that conditions offered to the bidders at the time of bidding should not be subsequently changed at the […]

Surrender of 37 oil & gas blocks: GSPC rapped over its failure to assess risks
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Apart from the surrendered blocks, GSPC had 27 blocks in hand, of which 11 were under exploration and development and 16 blocks were under production.

Hardlook: Bumps on Nano speedway in Gujarat
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Patel’s and Rajput’s suspension triggered the suspension of 26 more employees on February 22 after they came out in support for the reinstatement of the two.

Budget 2016: Boost for GIFT-City, MSMEs; fresh tax on Ahmedabad Metro
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

The Budget also proposes that the gains arising from the transfer of such long-term capital asset shall be exempt from tax.

Union Budget benefit Gift City & MSMEs in Gujarat; taxes Ahmedabad metro
Mon, Feb 29, 2016

"The companies located in IFSC shall not be liable to dividend distribution tax.

Taxes on Ceramic Products Slashed: Big push to GIFT, ceramic sector; diamond industry ignored in Gujarat
Wed, Feb 24, 2016

Presenting a Rs 245-crore surplus Budget, state Finance Minister Saurabh Patel, in the tax proposals for the year 2016-17, slashed the taxes on ceramic products.

Gujarat Budget 2016-17: Anandiben Patel govt showers Rs 5,000 cr subsidies on Gujarat
Wed, Feb 24, 2016

In the state's annual budget for the year 2016-17, the biggest of the subsidies is the Rs 4,010 crore relief given for power consumption by farmers in the state.

Disaster risk mitigation: Rehab in Kutch model for rest of India, says World Bank
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

The plan of reconstruction followed while rebuilding homes in Kutch that were badly damaged and destroyed during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake has become a model for other disaster-prone coastal areas of the country, the World Bank officials said here Friday.

ISRO scientists in Ahmedabad use ‘spares’ for weather satellite to save cost and time
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

About 40 per cent parts of this 310 kg satellite, ScatSat-1, which is expected to be launched in July 2016, are literally “leftovers” from previous satellite missions that have been built at the SAC.

ISRO conducts 1st satellite-based warning system trial for Railways
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Of around 30,000 level crossings, as many as 11,000 are unmanned. Around 7,000 people die every year at these unmanned crossings

Hardlook: Incubating ideas
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

A policy and an ecosystem target to cultivate 2,500 start-ups in Gujarat in five years.

Ahmedabad: Housing projects surge 50% in 6 months, ahead of Real Estate Bill
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

The real-estate bill not only provides for a real-estate regulator but also puts pressure on developers to change the traditional ways of managing funds, seeking approvals and completing projects.

Flood of new homes in Ahmedabad before passage of Real Estate Bill
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

The report shows that over 7400 new housing units were launched in the six months between July-December 2015.

Gujarat: Shipbreakers at Alang criticise new policy as charges shoot up to 35%
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Shipbreakers are worried about the rise in charges levied by the state government on them through a new notification which is yet to take shape of a “gazette”.

Work to rehabilitate 1,000 affected families begins from Gyaspur
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

The R&R process has started at Gyaspur, where a depot is being built with heavy repair, stabling and light inspection facilities and test tracks.

Gujarat to announce new startup fund in state budget
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

Experts who spoke at the event said that there were over 110 start-up firms in incubations centres across Gujarat

ISRO works on 4 back-up satellites for IRNSS
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

IRNSS will provide services like terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, help in vehicle tracking and fleet management, disaster management and navigational aid for hikers and travellers among others.

NCB claims largest haul of narcotics over 4 years
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

The NCB in Gujarat has arrested 279 persons for drug trafficking from Gujarat between 2012-15. “We have a very high conviction rate of 90 percent,” adds Gandhi.

ISRO’s ability to build communication satellites in Ahmedabad to rise five-fold
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

This new facility which is coming up on 60 acres in Bopal locality of the city, will cater to ISRO's demand for building newer and more sophisticated communications satellites.

ISRO scientists at SAC to have trees named after them
Sat, Jan 02, 2016

Trees will be named after the employees or their nearest kin and will be part of a GIS map where the employees can monitor trees that bear their name.

Six farmers in Gujarat village join to trap sun — and power the grid
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Switch to solar panels to irrigate fields, sell excess power to state discom