Azure gets $70.35 million from Exim Bank for Rajasthan project

Azure Power received a long term financing of $70.35 million from US-based Exim Bank for expansion of its solar plant in Rajasthan

Mumbai: Azure Power on Friday said the US-based Export-Import Bank has approved $70.35 million for financing the company's solar power plant at Nagaur in Rajasthan, reports PTI.

"The company has received a long term financing of $70.35 million from Exim Bank for the solar power plant at Nagaur, Rajasthan," Azure Power said in a statement.

The plant is an expansion of Azure's existing 5MW Nagaur PV facility to 40MW, which is expected to be operational by February 2013.

"This investment enables the expansion of our Nagaur PV facility to 40MW, the largest solar PV project to be developed at a single location in India under the National Solar Mission. This is a great example of Indo-US cooperation in clean energy. With this project, we are committed to working towards meeting the grid parity objective of the national solar mission," company's Chief Executive Inderpreet Wadhwa said.

Azure Power is on track to complete investment of Rs1,000 crore in the Indian solar sector by March 2013, he said.

The company had commissioned the 5MW Nagaur plant in December last year.

"The 40MW solar plant, set up over 346 acres of wasteland, will have a positive impact on the social and economic development of the local community. It will generate reliable power as well as income for the community through local employment for construction, installation, security and maintenance of this facility," he said.

Once fully operational, the solar plant will reduce carbon emissions of up to 66,000 metric tonnes per year or in other words the equivalent of removing about 12,000 cars off Indian roads per year, Wadhwa added.


Bombay HC disapproves of pilots strike

IPG may have problems but first they should comply with the Delhi High Court order and then can go sort out their issues, but they cannot harass the general public like this, says the Bombay High Court

Mumbai: Deprecating the inconvenience being caused to people due to their agitation, the Bombay High Court on Friday asked the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) to first comply with the Delhi High Court order restraining them from continuing their 'illegal strike' before sorting out the issues with the management, reports PTI.

"You (IPG) may have problems but first comply with the Delhi High Court order. Then you can go sort out your issues. You cannot harass the general public like this," a vacation bench of justices SJ Kathawala and PD Kode observed while hearing an IPG petition challenging its derecognition.

IPG, the association representing pilots from the erstwhile Air India, have moved the Bombay HC against an order passed by the Air India (AI) management derecognising the body and sealing its premises.

"The defendant no 1 (IPG), its members, agents and its office bearers are restrained from illegal strike. The pilots are also restrained from reporting sick, holding dharnas, staging demonstrations or resorting to any other modes of strike in and outside the company's offices in Delhi and other regional offices," Justice Reva Khetrapal of Delhi HC had said in her 9th May order.

The pilots, under the banner of IPG, are agitating over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression.

The Bombay High Court bench has directed AI to file its response to the petition through an affidavit within a week and directed the management to permit the petitioner to remove documents from its sealed office.

According to IPG, the order dated 7 May 2012 derecognising their association was a "high-handed and draconian" measure undertaken by AI management. 

In its petition, IPG has contended that after the association took objection to training given to pilots of the pre-merger Indian Airlines (IA), Air India management had, as an "unlawful measure of retribution and punishment", derecognised it.

According to the petitioner, AI had neither issued any notice to them nor given them a hearing before derecognition.

"The order of de-recognition is in complete breach of the basic tenets of natural justice and is unsustainable under law," the petition states.

IPG has been at loggerheads with the AI management over its decision to let erstwhile IA pilots to train on advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. It had protested against the management's decision and demanded that pilots from IA not be allowed to train on the wide-bodied aircraft until a comprehensive career progression policy was put in place.

A total of 101 pilots owing allegiance to IPG have been sacked by the national carrier for going on "illegal strike" by reporting sick.

The strike is estimated to have caused a loss of over Rs250 crore to the cash-strapped airline in the last 18 days and forced it to curtail its international operations.


Kerala bans gutka, pan masala products

Kerala is the second state to ban the use of gutka and pan masala after Madhya Pradesh

Thiruvananthapuram: Citing increasing incidence of diseases like oral cancer, the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala on Friday announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of gutka and pan masala containing tobacco in the state with immediate effect, reports PTI.

Announcing the decision at a press conference, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the ban on gutka and pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine was enforced under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011.

Kerala is the second state to ban the use of gutka and pan masala after Madhya Pradesh.

The increasing incidence of gutka-induced diseases like oral cancer had prompted the government to ban the products, Chandy said adding the Commissioner of Food Safety (Kerala) had issued the notification banning these products on 22nd May.

The government would strictly enforce the ban and take strong action in case of any violation, he said.

Chandy said he had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a total ban on these products in the country. However, the Centre had replied last month that the states had the jurisdiction to ban gutka and pan masala under the Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011.

The notification issued by the Commissioner prohibits the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of these products that contain tobacco and nicotine, in whatsoever name it is available in the market today.




4 years ago

Congress led Kerala government is trying to be too good with this ban on Pan Masala. Ask them to ban liquor, which is creating worse health problems, nuisance to society and also eating into the common man's household income. They won't dare do it! Because it is bringing crores of revenue into the Government Treasury.

Then this ban on pan masala is just a show to fool the public.


4 years ago

I think the Government, going by the contents of the news, has underestimated the intelligence of Indian Citizens. And normally with the support of political and governments contacts, they become super intelligent. There should be a ban on purchase, , transporting, storing, possession, gifting and consuming these things too, unless it is already there and not mentioned in the news. When there is a ban on sale, it means it can not be sold in Kerala, though it can be purchased. One can buy it in some other state and bring it to Kerala.


4 years ago

The tobacco is a problem NOT paan and its masala, like katha, elaichi, saunf, laung, etc. Some strange concoctions (which have little to do with genuine paan) are filled with some horrible sweet paste, artificial flavours, dyes, aluminium wark and, god forbid, even a cherry on top or whatever that red decoration is.

As for spitting, those who eat tobacco feel a burning sensation, (I am told) and hence spit. Ordinary paan certainly dos not create this burn. Anybody spitting publicly should be whipped and then made to wash the street or wall: spitting would stop overnight.

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