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Single-window portal launched in Jharkhand
A single-window portal was on Tuesday launched by Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das for ease of doing business in the state.
 
The portal -- www.advantage.jharkhand.gov.in -- will allow seamless integration with portals of various government departments by eliminating the need to sign in multiple times, as well as creating separate login credentials for different departments.
 
The feature is currently available for using services of the industries department, commercial tax department, labour department, industrial area development and the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board. Other departments shall be included soon.
 
Chief Minister Das said there was a need to provide time-bound facilities to attract investors to the state and generate employment for the prosperity of the people of Jharkhand.
 

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JSW Energy acquires Himachal Baspa Power for Rs.9,275 crore
JSW Energy on Tuesday said it has completed the acquisition of 100 percent of the securities of Himachal Baspa Power Company from Jaiprakash Power Ventures for an asset value of Rs.9,275 crore.
 
The acquisition has given JSW Energy it complete control over the 300 MW Baspa II and 1091 MW Karcham Wangtoo hydro electricity projects.
 
The company, in a statement, said an additional consideration of Rs.300 crore may become payable upon receipt of certain additional consents and approvals related to the Karcham Wangtoo project before September 6, 2020.
 
"This acquisition helps in diversifying the power generation portfolio with high quality hydro power assets, besides increasing the share of long-term PPA (power purchase agreement) in our basket," JSW Energy chairman and managing director Sajjan Jindal said in a statement.
 
The company claimed to become the largest private hydro-power generator in the country following this acquisition.
 
Part of the JSW Group, the company has also entered into an initial agreement with Jaiprakash Power Ventures to acquire 100 percent stake in the 500 MW Bina thermal power plant located in the Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh.
 
"The plan to acquire the Bina power project will further strengthen the business model as also enhance our capacity to over 5,000 MW," he said.
 
The company has targeted to generate 10,000 MW of power by 2025.

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Haryana bans gutka, pan masala
The Haryana government on Tuesday announced that manufacturing and sale of gutka, pan masala, and other similar products containing tobacco has been completely banned in the state.
 
Health Minister Anil Vij said that the decision had been taken in view of health of the people.
 
"The manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned. Other products containing tobacco which are available in market are also included in it," he said.
 
The Food and Drugs Administration has issued notification in this regard, under which, sale and purchase of tobacco products have been prohibited for one year from September 3 in the interest of public health, Vij said.
 
The ban also includes mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals and anti-caking agents, except to the extent of specifically permitted ingredients, silver leaf, binders, flavours, scents and fragrances.
 

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