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M Sarita Varma

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Kerala’s Silver Line semi-high speed rail project seeks Karnataka backing for Kolkata metro-model rail tunnel

K-Rail hopes to build the rail with a subterranean tunnel, roping in Karnataka government’s equity participation in SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle).

The proposed new rail plan reworks the earlier plan to connect Kadakola in Mysuru and Thalassery in Kerala with an underground tunnel on the model of Kolkata metro rail that crosses Hooghly river, leaving the Bandipur forest reserves undisturbed.

AI can lift aviation back to its high by 2023, says IBS chief VK Mathews

My take on Air India Express has always been that governments should retreat from the aviation industry, which calls for a lot of management efficiencies, VK Mathews, chairman, IBS Group says.

VK Mathews, chairman, IBS Group

Covid19: India’s cheapest emergency ventilator! Kerala PSU set to make affordable device

While currently the lowest-priced non-invasive ventilator costs around Rs 15,000, the model developed by NIT-Calicut, would be priced in the range of Rs 7,500 to Rs 8,000.

This donation delivers on President Donald Trump's generous offer of these critically needed supplies and supports Pakistan's urgent response to the pandemic, the embassy said. (Representative imnage)

Rubber Board readies online trading platform, but growers are worried – Here’s why

Rubber growers, however, are jittery that this would cause cartelisation among buyers, as it happened during tea e-auctions.

There are also fears that costs of maintaining the e-platform would add to the poor price-realisation on rubber.

Covid-pressed paper business ruffled by Chinese imports, calls for tariff wall

Farmers engaged in agro-forestry, those supplying wood to paper mills and several players in rural economy will be in trouble, besides the mills themselves if the present shocks in supply and demand continue.

Rubber upskilling gets back to business, riding glove, catheter demand

Less Covid-battered states like Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and North Eastern states have also been eager to have its return-migrants, upskilled and back to their wage-earning days, at the fastest.

Rubber plantations are also perked up that glove demand, which usually accounts for 25% of the 65,000 tonne annual non-tyre latex demand, is up.

What Kerala is doing for continuity of business in times of Covid

With a view to ensuring continuity of business for companies, primarily software firms, post-Covid -19 the state is looking to create at least 100 co-working spaces across 5,000 sq ft out of capacity lying idle due to the lul

Covid impact: Kerala considering work-near-home facilities for IT firms

The idea is to provide office arrangements within the neighbourhood of employees, so that office work flows can be maximized with minimum risk to the employee's health.

The net leasing or absorption of office space might fall to 25 million sq ft this year across eight major cities as against 45 million sq ft during 2019, he said.

Kerala liquor revenues wobble 40%, leaning on BevQ app

The state government takes its fall in revenue, following the use of the virtual queue app, seriously, especially since the data on the diversion to takeaway sales through private bars is yet to be available.

Brakes on NR imports will puncture tyre biz, ATMA tells rubber board

On Friday, UPASI had, in a statement, urged Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal to put a halt in NR imports for at least two years.

Covid crisis: Kerala borrows Rs 1,500-crore via RBI bond auction to pay salaries

The state has availed a loan of Rs 1,000 crore at an interest rate of 6.55% for 10 years and Rs 500 crore at 5.44% for four years through the central bank’s bond auction on Tuesday.

The rating agency said the “stable outlook” reflected its view that Kerala will continue to have strong access to domestic capital markets and liquidity support from the Reserve Bank of India.

Rubber producing countries roll back estimate of global production, consumption – Here’s why

“The recovery is likely to continue, albeit at slow pace and subject to a set of risk factors, said RB Premadasa, secretary general, ANRPC, in the foreword.

As per the revised outlook, the world production is expected to fall by 4.7% to 13.130 million tonne during 2020.

Covid-pushed business spike sends fintech ClearTax on hiring spree

At a time when most business giants are stuck in firing dilemmas, India's fintech bellwether player ClearTax is getting busier on its hiring spree.

Covid outbreak: Kerala elderly to go on reverse quarantine as over 4 lakh NRIs return

Kerala has decided to send people aged above 65 years on reverse quarantine during lockdown 3.0 as the magnitude of reverse migration to the state seems larger than what was anticipated.

Covid in India: Kerala swings to reverse quarantine as 4 lakh NRIs plan to return

Kerala has decided to place people aged over 65 under reverse quarantine in the third phase of lockdown, as the magnitude of reverse migration to the state seems larger than what was anticipated.

Rain guard shortage amidst lockdown may hit natural rubber production

Rain guard, which looks like a pleated skirt-like polythene, is a weather shield, that makes tapping possible during the downpour.

Nipah lessons helped; there is no one-stroke flattening of the curve: Kerala Health Minister

Covid-19 is a new virus, whose behaviour is yet to be unravelled. Mutations cannot be ruled out. It is no one-stroke flattening of the curve.

Ramadan glut, crude oil slump drag basmati paddy futures down 6%

Pusa 1121 paddy spot price has dropped from Rs 30 per kg to Rs 28 per kg. Traders feel it might hover in the Rs 23-25 per kg price band in coming days.

Rubber Board moots Rs 1000-crore package for COVID-19 lockdown-hit natural rubber business

However, nearly 10 lakh rubber growers are in trouble, as the lockdown season production losses has touched nearly 35,000 tonne.

Currently, Kerala government has initiated a price stabilisation fund for rubber.

FICCI panel seeks relief based on Dutch-model wage subsidy

The letter has urged, mainly for wage subsidy to large employers, on the lines of the Netherlands and Australia .

The letter to FM points out that in the Netherlands, firms can claim a compensation towards wages for three months.

Anti-COVID-19 disinfection tunnels may harm eyes, say alkali makers

The use of these chemicals on the face is even more harmful with chances of ingress into eyes, nostrils and mouth, according to New Delhi-based AMAI (Alkali Manufacturers Association of India).

The alkali industry has stepped up efforts to maintain adequate supply of disinfection chemicals during the current challenging times,” said Patel. (Representative image)

Kerala institute ready to transfer 3 gadget techs free, if firms use it against Covid

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) has expressed willingness to transfer the technology of its three newly developed life-saving gadgets to manufacturing firms which agree to use them t

April rubber futures go rosy, despite ANRPC’s grim forecast

Summer rain in the producing states like Kerala is one factor that could dampen the global bullish cues.

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Tenon invests Rs 40 crore to fight covid-19 pandemic

The first week of April also raises issues of paying the security people at far flung places in currency and even relieving the the more taxed ones of duty.

The first week of April also raises issues of paying the security people at far flung places in currency and even relieving the the more taxed ones of duty.

Covid-19 to shrink global natural rubber demand by 8.2%, drag Indian price below Rs 100: Experts

“Increasing worries about the global economic tsunami are expected to dominate the sentiments in NR markets during April,” said RB Premadasa, secretary general, ANRPC,in his foreword to the March-2020 bulletin.

The price of RSS-4 grade at Kottayam, the country's rubber hub, is influenced by domestic factors, besides the global trends.

Nepal to buy 200 E-Neem electric auto rickshaws from India that run at 50 paise per km

Besides Nepal's 200 vehicles order, Tamil Nadu has shown interest in buying 1,000 e-auto rickshaws, said Jayarajan, adding that there has been a spate of enquiries from Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

SIS deploys over 2 lakh personnel across 630 districts in wake of Covid-19

Speculations are rife that SIS may touch Rs 9,000 crore in turnover in the current fiscal, riding the colossal security demand.

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