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Feb 14, 2014

In election year, Romania debates giving human rights to dolphins

CONSTANTA, Romania (Reuters) – Armed with an iPad and a letter of support from an Oscar-winning film director, Remus Cernea is pushing a cause that he acknowledges few of his fellow Romanian lawmakers care about: giving dolphins the same rights as humans.

The 39-year-old activist politician introduced a bill in parliament last week that would recognize the marine mammals as “non-human persons”, on account of their highly developed intelligence, personalities and behavior patterns.

Dec 2, 2013

IRB urges India to offer up new highways for bidding

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The chairman of India’s largest road construction firm IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd (IRBI.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) urged the government to invite companies to bid to build and operate dozens of new highways, a step regarded as crucial to economic growth.

India sees ramping up the construction of new roads, power plants and ports as crucial to making its businesses more internationally competitive and lifting economic growth out of its worst slowdown in a decade.

Dec 2, 2013

Road builder IRB urges India to offer up new highways for bidding

NEW DELHI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The chairman of India’s largest
road construction firm IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd
urged the government to invite companies to bid to
build and operate dozens of new highways, a step regarded as
crucial to economic growth.

India sees ramping up the construction of new roads, power
plants and ports as crucial to making its businesses more
internationally competitive and lifting economic growth out of
its worst slowdown in a decade.

Nov 26, 2013

Tata Power eyes more purchases in wind and solar push

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Tata Power (TTPW.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) is looking for more acquisitions as part of a $260-million-a-year investment push into renewable energy, following last month’s purchase of a wind farm in western Gujarat from AES Corp (AES.N: Quote, Profile, Research), a senior official said.

Part of the tea-to-telecoms Tata group, the firm is India’s third-largest listed utility by revenue in the Thomson Reuters India Index.

Nov 26, 2013

India’s Tata Power eyes more purchases in wind and solar push

NEW DELHI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – India’s Tata Power
is looking for more acquisitions as part of a
$260-million-a-year investment push into renewable energy,
following last month’s purchase of a wind farm in western
Gujarat from AES Corp, a senior official said.

Part of the tea-to-telecoms Tata group, the firm is India’s
third-largest listed utility by revenue in the Thomson Reuters
India Index.

Nov 10, 2013

India PM likely to skip Sri Lanka summit amid war crimes row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka this week marred by long-running accusations that Colombo has failed to address the issue of war crimes against minority Tamils.

Singh’s move is seen as bowing to pressure from India’s own large Tamil population, with an eye to a general election that must be held by May 2014.

Nov 10, 2013

PM likely to skip Sri Lanka summit amid war crimes row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka this week marred by long-running accusations that Colombo has failed to address the issue of war crimes against minority Tamils.

Singh’s move is seen as bowing to pressure from India’s own large Tamil population, with an eye to a general election that must be held by May 2014.

Nov 5, 2013

Tariff dodging takes its toll on highway developers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Flashing lights on the roof, tailgating politicians’ motorcades, smashing up toll booths, and beating up toll collectors.

Welcome to India’s network of privately run highways, where endemic toll dodging is a drag on the finances of road operators such as GVK Power and Infrastructure (GVKP.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) and Reliance Infrastructure (RLIN.NS: Quote, Profile, Research), and a deterrent to private investment in a country where poor infrastructure shaves an estimated 2 percentage points from economic growth each year.

Nov 5, 2013

Tariff dodging takes its toll on India’s highway developers

NEW DELHI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Flashing lights on the roof,
tailgating politicians’ motorcades, smashing up toll booths, and
beating up toll collectors.

Welcome to India’s network of privately run highways, where
endemic toll dodging is a drag on the finances of road operators
such as GVK Power and Infrastructure and Reliance
Infrastructure, and a deterrent to private investment
in a country where poor infrastructure shaves an estimated 2
percentage points from economic growth each year.

Oct 30, 2013

Bharti Airtel Q2 net falls 29 pct; operating performance boosts outlook

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bharti Airtel Ltd’s(BRTI.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) better-than-expected operating performance and higher margins reinforced expectations that India’s long-suffering mobile phone services market is turning the corner even as the market leader reported its 15th consecutive quarter of declining profit.

Bharti shares were trading up 3.5 percent at 353.70 rupees in morning trade after rising as much as 5.5 percent on the BSE Sensex that was up 0.2 percent.