About 79,000 patent applications lying with government

New Delhi : About 79,000 applications are pending before the Indian government for grant of patents, with mechanical engineering and chemicals segment accounting for nearly a third of the requests, Parliament was informed on Monday, reports PTI.

The government has created 200 posts for examining the applications to expedite the work on patent requests.

"As on 30th June, about 78,792 patent applications are pending with the Indian Patent Office," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The requests are pending mainly due to the considerable increase in the number of patent applications filed with the office after 2003-04, he said.

"In order to dispose of the pending requests for examination, the government has created 200 new posts of Examiners of patents and designs...," Mr Sharma said.

In the mechanical engineering segment 14,134 patent applications were pending, followed by chemicals segment (11,633), electronics (8,192), communication (6,507) and pharmaceuticals (6,322).

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Maharashtra MPs meet PM for international airport at Navi Mumbai

New Delhi : A group of member of parliaments (MPs) from Maharashtra on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek his intervention in the developing of an airport at Navi Mumbai which has been stalled due to environmental concerns, reports PTI.

"Eight MPs from Mumbai and adjoining areas met the Prime Minister to seek his intervention on the Navi Mumbai airport project. His response was favourable," Congress MP Priya Dutt, who was part of the delegation, told reporters.

The project was earlier cleared by the Union Cabinet but ran into rough weather due to objections over a move to remove mangrove forests in the area.
"The Navi Mumbai airport is needed to decongest traffic at the Mumbai airport," she said.

Navi Mumbai MP Sanjiv Naik (NCP) led the delegation.
Ms Dutt claimed the Prime Minister has promised to get back to them after looking into the details of the issue and the problems afflicting the project.

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Mineral production in May rises 9%

Mumbai: Mineral production in May rose 8.69% compared to the corresponding period last year on account of a steady rise in demand from user industries, the Mines Ministry said on Monday, reports PTI.

"Mineral production in May 2010, was higher by 8.69% as compared to that of the corresponding month of the previous year," the ministry said in a statement here. However, the comparative figures in terms of the quantum of production were not given.

In value terms, mineral production (excluding atomic and minor minerals) in the country during May stood at Rs10,746 crore.

Coal output was the highest in value terms, at Rs3,716 crore followed by Iron ore production at Rs2,620 crore. While petroleum (crude) production stood at Rs1,640 crore, natural gas (utilised) at Rs1,403 crore, lignite at Rs398 crore and limestone at Rs264 crore in May.

"These six minerals together contributed about 93% to the total value of mineral production in May, 2010," it added.

In terms of output, about 405 lakh tonnes of coal was produced in May. Production of lignite stood at 36 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) at 4,483 million cubic metres, petroleum (crude) at 29 lakh tonnes and bauxite at 11.84 lakh tonnes, among others.

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