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28 Jun 2017 1:09 PM GMT

Northern Coalfields Limited Singrauli extends helping hand to a school for children with special needs

SampdaMahilaSamiti of CWS Jayant extends helping hand | Provides a month supplies of daily use items, stationery and groceries in a school for children with special needs.

The Mahila Mandal Team of Central Workshop Jayant NCL led by Radha Kotturi provided a month supplies of stationery, items of daily use and groceries in Vasudha Kalyan iDivyaang Vidyalaya, Ambedkar Nagar, Sonebhadra. The team spent time with children and had an elaborate conversation. The conversation frequented with words like dreams, aspirations, interests, goals and saw active participation of children.

Mention of Paralympic medallist, Deepa Malik brought even the quite ones onboard and they shared their interests in sports and games. RadhaKotturi, President, Sampda Mahila Samiti encouraged children to channelize all efforts and energies towards attainment of their goals. School management thanked Team MahilaMandal for their support and anticipated continued help on similar lines.

'Smt Sangita Goswami, President, Srishti Mahila Samiti, Nigahi motivated trained participants and asked them to use learned skills to achieve self-reliance.

Bhel launches new 270-mw thermal unit at Maharashtra

State-run power equipment maker BHEL has said it has commissioned a 270 megawatt (MW) thermal unit at Sinnar in Nashik district of Maharashtra. The newly commissioned unit is part of RattanIndia Nasik Power Ltd's 5x270 MW thermal power project.

"This is the fourth unit to be commissioned at this project. Significantly, the milestone has been achieved within 35 days of commissioning of the third unit," Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said in a BSE filing. BHEL said so far it has successfully commissioned 14 sets of 270 MW rating in the country, including nine sets for the RattanIndia group.

Sangini Mahila Samiti of Dudhichua Area of NCL organises tailoring competition, Motivates women to apply learned skills

Mahila Mandal of Dudhichua Area organised sewing competition in Tailoring Training Centre at Surya Kiran Bhawan. The competition witnessed active participation from girls and multiple design and fabric samples were sewn depicting the art of tailoring. First, second and third positions were secured by Renu Saket, Divya Rajak and Aabina respectively. All the three winners were awarded by Sangini Mahila Samiti. Going further, Team Mahila Mandal identified Ms.Ganga Saket as enterprising and talented participant in need of help and thus, a sewing machine was given to her. Smt.Pinki Prasad, President, Sangini Mahila Samiti assured the girls would be provided help on similar lines.

Hydropower to cost more in Uttarakhand

In a jolt to power consumers, the Uttarakhand government has cleared a hike in power tariff in the hill state, an official has said. He said the new government has given the green signal to change the parameters of royalty and cess levied on the nine big hydropower projects in the state which produce 1,252 mw of electricity.

The power tariff on electricity produced from these projects costing Rs 2 per unit till now will have a cess of 30 paise and a royalty of 10 paise per unit.

This is likely to affect over 20 lakh subscribers in the state. The government has said projects which can levy the new tariff have to be at least ten years old.

Nine hydropower projects come under this ambit while the nine-year-old Manerbhali project is out of it. The decision has been ratified by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat-led cabinet, an official said.

SAIL supplies 90% steel to India's longest Dhola-Sadiya bridge

State-run SAIL is the largest supplier of steel for the country's longest river bridge — Dhola-Sadiya — in Assam. The PSU has supplied around 90 per cent, or around 30,000 tonnes of steel, including TMT, structurals and plates, for the bridge, which has been built on the Lohit connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

"The product mix offered by SAIL was one of the major criteria for selection of the company for this prestigious project. The construction of this 9.15-km long bridge began in 2011 under the public-private-partnership, which is 3.55 km longer than Mumbai's Bandra-Worli Sea Link, making it the longest bridge in India," the company said.

SAIL is also supplying steel for several crucial projects in the north-eastern region. It has identified specific focus areas for increasing its presence and market share and has adopted a structured approach.

SAIL is now in a position to offer better and more value-added steel for such projects as it is almost completing its balance modernisation, the company said.

India needs to innovate for a better tomorrow: Goyal

India needs to innovate and work towards a better tomorrow rather than resting on the assumption that everything is good, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has said.

Goyal was reacting to remarks made by visiting Harvard Business School professor and economist Michael E Porter who said, 'Business environment in India is better but not good'.

"As (Michael) Porter said things are better but not good. And I am delighted that you said because the day you start thinking that things are good, I think that will be the end of all thinking about innovation on further improvements to the working of the government," the minister said.

He was addressing India's National Competitiveness Forum. "I think that it's important that we continuously be in a state of flux in a journey towards a better world.
I would think getting better than what we were is going to be the way forward," he said.

The good, he said, will always remain the long way ahead because the objective and style of this government have been to set very aggressive goals and very large targets.

"Look at things to scale, do your programmes skillfully and the important thing at the end of the day is economics of money which should be good for the people of India," he said.

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