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Feb 22, 2015

Modi bets on GM crops for second green revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – On a fenced plot not far from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government’s reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops.

The GM mustard planted in the half-acre field in the grounds of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi is in the final stage of trials before the variety is allowed to be sold commercially, and that could come within two years, scientists associated with the project say.

Feb 22, 2015

Insight – Modi bets on GM crops for India’s second green revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government’s reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops.

The GM mustard planted in the half-acre field in the grounds of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi is in the final stage of trials before the variety is allowed to be sold commercially, and that could come within two years, scientists associated with the project say.

Feb 22, 2015

Modi bets on GM crops for India’s second green revolution

NEW DELHI, Feb 22 (Reuters) – On a fenced plot not far from
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home, a field of mustard
is in full yellow bloom, representing his government’s reversal
of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM)
food crops.

The GM mustard planted in the half-acre field in the grounds
of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi is in
the final stage of trials before the variety is allowed to be
sold commercially, and that could come within two years,
scientists associated with the project say.

Feb 19, 2015

Coal block auctions in India see aggressive bidding

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian metal and cement companies have bid aggressively for coal blocks in the country’s first auctions to sell mines as they look to cut imports and their dependence on inefficient government monopoly Coal India Ltd (COAL.NS: Quote, Profile, Research).

The auction follows a court cancellation of all previous licences and the initial bidding suggests companies are keen to secure supplies as the economy improves.

Feb 19, 2015

Indian coal block auctions see aggressive bidding on supply concerns

NEW DELHI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Indian metal and cement
companies have bid aggressively for coal blocks in the country’s
first auctions to sell mines as they look to cut imports and
their dependence on inefficient government monopoly Coal India
Ltd.

The auction follows a court cancellation of all previous
licences and the initial bidding suggests companies are keen to
secure supplies as the economy improves.

Feb 6, 2015

Companies set to back huge India solar expansion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India could start installing 20,000 megawatts of solar power capacity as early as April after companies pledged to support the government’s drive for clean energy, an official told Reuters.

Details of the plan, which has drawn commitments from U.S., German and Chinese companies, will be announced on Friday, said Upendra Tripathy, secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Feb 5, 2015

South Korea’s POSCO faces another setback in India

NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – South Korea’s POSCO (005490.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) will have to bid for an iron ore licence to feed its planned $12 billion steel plant in India, a minister said, in a setback for the company that was expecting the government to allocate it a mine without any competition.

The project to be set up by the world’s sixth-largest steelmaker has been caught up in a regulatory maze for the past decade, but the company had waited in the hope of getting preferential access to iron ore in Odisha.

Feb 5, 2015

India may cut iron ore export duty for Goa

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is considering cutting the export duty for the low-quality iron ore produced by the country’s biggest exporting state Goa, the mines and steel minister said, a move that could boost shipments to China and put more pressure on global prices.

The idea was welcomed by top private miner Sesa Sterlite Ltd, though some steel companies were critical.

Feb 5, 2015

India may cut iron ore export duty for Goa state

NEW DELHI, Feb 5 (Reuters) – India is considering cutting
the export duty for the low-quality iron ore produced by the
country’s biggest exporting state Goa, the mines and steel
minister said, a move that could boost shipments to China and
put more pressure on global prices.

The idea was welcomed by top private miner Sesa Sterlite
Ltd, though some steel companies were critical.

Feb 4, 2015

Around 12 mln tonnes of iron ore stuck at Indian ports -officials

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Around 12 million
tonnes of low-grade iron ore has been stuck at Indian ports for
months, stranded as hefty export taxes and plunging prices make
higher quality ore more appealing to buyers, said industry and
government officials.

Indian steel producers, many of which have been buying iron
ore overseas amid short supply at home, are unable to use the
low-grade material, which is typically shipped to top market
China.

    • About Krishna

      "I lead the India commodities team for Reuters in New Delhi. I cover the coal, metals and mining industries with a focus on government policy. Before coming to the capital in April 2013, I headed two teams of reporters covering small-and-medium-sized U.S./Canada-listed energy and resources companies."
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      August, 2009
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