Tejas Mark 1A production to start in 2023, BEL gets 2.4k cr order

Plans to bring out a more improved version of India’s indigenous fighter aircraft, Tejas, have moved a step closer to fruition with the award of a Rs 2,400 cr contract by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL). The contract has been awarded for the supply of 20 types of airborne electronic systems […]

‘Gender neutral uniform’ leads to howls of protests in Kerala

A decision by a government school in Kerala to introduce trousers and shirt for both girls and boys has led to protests and demonstrations, especially from Muslim religious and cultural organizations. These organizations have alleged that the move amounts to imposing patriarchy and liberal values on women, and accused the school authorities of denying the […]

Padmaja Venugopal on election setback, Silverline project and Congress leadership

Padmaja Venugopal, daughter of legendary Congress leader K Karunakaran who was the chief minister of Kerala for several years is no new name in Kerala politics. She has been very active in KPCC over the past few decades and is known for taking strong stands on issues within and outside the party. In the recently […]

Survey says allergies may actually protect people from COVID

An interesting, observational study in the UK suggests that the overactive immune system associated with allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever may have a positive side-effect in the form of greater protection from COVID-19 in the initial stages. The 10-month study, involving around 15,000 people, was carried out between May 2020 and February […]

Fearing crime, Police crack down on football in Kerala

An order by the district police chief of Wayanad, a hill district of Kerala known for its sports enthusiasts and academies, has riled sports lovers across the state. The order issued by District Police Chief Aravind Sukumar two days ago has made it illegal to operate flood-lit football turfs — scores of which have sprung […]

Maruti Suzuki, Toyota’s scrapping factory starts operations

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Group’s have created the first major, scientific auto-scrapping unit in India at NOIDA near Delhi. The factory can disassemble and recycle 24,000 vehicles per year, and has been constructed at a cost Rs 44 cr. ““Till now there was no scientific, clean and healthy way to dispose a car at its […]

BEL gets biggest ever export order as part of IAF’s Airbus C-295 order

Government of India-controlled Bharat Electronics Ltd, a manufacturer of defence electronics, said it received its largest ever export order in the form of a Make in India offset-contract from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Defence & Space. In September this year, Indian Air Force had signed a Rs 20,000 cr contract with Airbus Defence and Space […]

Revolt bike network to expand to 75 cities by early 2022

RattanIndia Enterprises, led by IndiaBulls founder Rajiv Rattan, has announced plans to open Revolt electric bike showrooms in 60 new cities by early next year, which will take the total number of showrooms to 75. These new cities include Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow and the national capital. The current crop of showrooms are located in Bangalore, […]

Sabu Jacob’s Kitex Garments starts Telangana unit

Kitex Garments has incorporated a new company in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, with an initial capital of Rs 100 cr, in keeping with the company’s earlier announcement of shifting some of its expansion to the new South Indian state. The Kerala-based company had created controversy in its home state several months ago due to political statements […]

Dish TV says YES Bank cannot sell Dish shares

Adding another dimension to the legal battle over the impending extraordinary general meeting called by Dish TV’s largest shareholder YES Bank, the DTH operator said a local office of Uttar Pradesh Police has asked the company to ensure that YES Bank does not deal in or liquidate its Dish TV shares, pending an investigation by […]

L&T to build ministry offices under central vista project

Larsen & Toubro, India’s largest construction company, said it won a contract from the union government to build three 10-storeyed buildings that form part of the new central secretariat. The union government is current redeveloping the central vista — the hub of administration in India that houses most of the major ministries and departments of […]

Hindustan Times group to bid for IPL team

Hindustan Media Ventures, the HT Media subsidiary that runs Hindustan — one of India’s largest newspapers — said it has decided to bid for an IPL team in the ongoing auctions. With this, Hindustan Media Ventures joins a longish list of companies interested in owning the two new franchises. Companies who win the auction will […]

Kerala CPIM warns of Islamist, Christian extremism on campuses

Abandoning its long-held restraint when it comes to commenting on extremists originating from minority communities, the Kerala unit of CPIM has included warnings about ‘attempts to spread extremism’ among students belonging to Muslim and Christian communities in Kerala. The warning, contained in this year’s guidebook for student leaders, was in addition to the traditional instruction […]

Brickwork Ratings says telecom reforms not enough

Brickwork Ratings, a credit rating agency that gives advice on the ability of companies to service their debt, has hailed the slew of measures announced by the government yesterday to give relief to the telecom sector, but added they’re not enough to save the industry. FLIP FLOP The most import measure announced yesterday was a […]

COLUMN: Bitcoin – the most successful ponzi scheme of all times?

Someone like me would make an ideal bitcoin enthusiast – libertarian by political persuasion, open source enthusiast, early adopter of all kinds of technologies, hater of big government and possessor of what my wife calls a ‘mildly paranoid personality’.  Yet, try as I might, I just can’t see bitcoin as anything other than the most […]

Zen Technologies gets anti-drone system contract from IAF

Hyderabad based aviation equipment manufacturer Zen Technologies said it received a Rs 155 cr contract to a supply an anti-drone defence system to Indian Air Force. Details of the order were not disclosed, but the company said it would make the supplies over a 12-month period. Zen Technologies specializes in Defence Training Solutions, drones and […]