DHL Express Scoops 24 Top Employer Awards in Africa

DHL Express (www.DHL.com) has been recognized as a Top Employer in Africa for the sixth consecutive year by the prestigious Top Employer Africa Institute. Paul Clegg, VP Human Resources for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, said that being recognised as a Top Employer yet again is a massive point of pride for the company, especially in a year where DHL celebrates its 50th anniversary. “Having been in business for 50 years is a huge milestone, and we could not have reached our current success without the scores of passionate employees that have…

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Over Rs 13,000 cr investment for port capacity augmentation

The government has awarded port capacity augmentation projects amounting Rs 13,308.41 crore in the last three years. In a written reply submitted in Lok Sabha last week, Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya informed that these investments are directed towards construction of new berths and terminals, mechanization of existing berths and terminals, capital dredging for deepening of drafts for attracting large vessels, development of road and rail connectivity etc. These projects are monitored regularly at various levels in the concerned ports as well as in the Ministry to ensure…

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Government’s green signal for Ship Recycling Bill

The Union Cabinet in its meeting last week gave green signal to the enactment of Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019. The implementation of the new bill is in alignment with the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 and paves the way for adoption of advanced mechanism ensuring environmental safety for recycling of ships in the world’s largest ship recycling market. The bill restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous material for the recycling process. It has also provisioned for ship recycling facilities…

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Sufficient capacity for agri-warehousing

The country has developed sufficient capacity for the storage of foodgrains. This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao in Rajya Sabha last week. Against total stocks of 642.32 LMT (as on 01.10.2019), the total storage capacity available with   Food Corporation of India (FCI), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and the State Agencies (both owned and hired capacity), was 753.93 LMT (as on 30.09.2019) comprising 624.13 LMT in covered godowns and 129.80 LMT in Cover and…

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India’s sugar output declines 64% till mid- November

ndia’s sugar production declined 64 per cent to 4.85 lakh tonnes till November 15 in the current marketing year that started last month as mills in Maharashtra have not yet begun their operations, industry body ISMA said. Sugar marketing year runs from October to September. Maharashtra is set to start its crushing season from 22 November, 2019. “As on November 15, 2019, 100 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane, as compared to 310 sugar mills last year on November 15, 2018. During the current 2019-20 sugar season, sugar production as on…

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Indian shrimp exports set to nearly double by 2022

CRISIL expects shrimp exports from India to nearly double to $7 billion by 2022, driven by strong demand, high quality, improved product mix, and an increase in aquaculture area in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha and West Bengal – even as its Asian rivals battle structural issues and rising domestic consumption. In fiscal 2016, India became the biggest exporter of shrimps, pipping Vietnam by just $100 million. A year on, the country has decisively pulled ahead, racking up $3.8 billion exports even as Vietnam flatlined at approximately $3 billion. Since 2010,…

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Railways to formulate guidelines for e-Commerce consignment

Indian Railways is keen to tap on the opportunity of adding e-commerce consignments to its freight portfolio and is expected to formulate a specific guideline soon. It had recently initiated a pilot project to examine the feasibility of using Railways’ parcel service for e-commerce players. Under the pilot project, Amazon India has been provided 2.5 tonnes space in the SLR/Break Van under Guard’s charge for loading/unloading of consignments, in New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express and  New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express trains. Railways is expected to come out with the guideline after completion…

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Gadkari directs NHAI to use best technology for FASTag success

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari has directed NHAI to ensure that all major efforts including deployment of best technology are adopted for ensuring success of the FASTag project. Reviewing the progress of implementing National Electronic Toll Collection (FASTag) mechanism at NH toll plazas across the country from the 1st of December this year, the Minister desired that all efforts may be made on war footing to address any issue arising at the daily trial run initiated by NHAI. The minister directed that regular review at…

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Udan 4.0 to pave the way for connectivity at Bilaspur and Ambikapur airports

Hardeep S Puri, Minister of state(I/C) for Civil Aviation, in a review meeting of UDAN last week discussed demands received for connectivity of Bilaspur and Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and said that the Ministry is committed to connect these airports at the earliest. UDAN 4.0 would  focus on routes connecting these airports, he added. UDAN scheme focuses on states having unconnected regions. Chhattisgarh is one of the focus states for Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Ministry will soon be starting bidding for UDAN 4.0 under which prescribed priority routes in Chhattisgarh…

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