New Delhi, Dec 8 () Cargo volume handled by the country's top 12 ports was marginally up by 0.34 per cent at 463.07 million tonnes during the April-November period this year, according to the Indian Ports Association (IPA). The ports had handled 461.48 MT of cargo during the corresponding period of the last fiscal. The ports are Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V.O. Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia). While the handling of iron ore saw a 30.24 per cent jump to 33.95 MT to during the period, thermal coal shipments declined by 17.82 per cent to 58.17 MT, the IPA data showed. The 12 ports had handled 26.07 MT of iron ore and 70.79 MT of coal during the April-November period of the previous fiscal. Handling of coking and other coal rose by 1.95 per cent to 37.17 MT during the eight months as compared with 36.45 MT of coking coal handled in the corresponding period last … [Read more...] about Cargo volume of 12 major ports marginally up at 463MT in Apr-Nov
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A caring young wife’s decision to pack healthy homemade snacks for her husband to take to work spawned a business idea.Purvi Pugalia would prepare her version of granola for her husband Rohit Mohan Pugalia, who worked at a stockbroking firm in Kolkata back in 2012. Today, their enterprise, Soch Food LLC, supplies healthy snacks to supermarkets, upscale stores and even the Marriott Hotel in Coimbatore, which has opted to serve health food for breakfast.“While I was working, I needed to eat mid-meals every two to three hours. Purvi used to pack lots of healthy snacks in my tiffin box, such as salads and sandwiches. Executives tend to eat samosas, bhel or vada pav at work, which makes them lethargic,” said Mr. Pugalia, founder and CEO, Soch Foods LLC.When the couple decided to return to Mumbai in 2015 they thought of starting a business that could provide snacking options for health-conscious Indians on the move.“We felt snacks between meals should energise … [Read more...] about Raising the bar for snacking
Top celebrities like Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio have raised concern about Amazon fires.A massive fire has been blazing through the Amazon rainforests in Brazil for days, causing immense loss of rich flora and fauna that abound the region. Not just that, the skyline in cities in and around the forests have been engulfed in smoke due to consequent air pollution. Several environmentalists and researchers have pointed their fingers at cattle ranchers and woodcutters for starting the fire while the government had blamed NGOs for the inferno.The fires have stirred people across the world, who have since been clamouring for donations from big corporates to douse the flames and restore the delicate ecological balance of the forest. Several A-list celebrities are among those who have been talking about ways to prevent and stop the potential global catastrophe that can spell doom for way too many people.Close Some of these superstars have even sought accountability from the country’s … [Read more...] about Amazon fires: Top celebrities like Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio speak out
The writer is an Islamabad-based TV journalist and tweets @FarrukhKPitafi On Tuesday, December 3, the tech world was rocked by an interesting news. Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced that they were stepping down from the posts of CEO and president, respectively, of Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company. While Brin’s post was to be abolished, the current Google CEO, Pichai, was to assume Page’s job. Alphabet Inc was created as a holding company in October 2015 as a broader push for Google’s restructuring. That was when Pichai, the company’s product chief, was elevated to the post of CEO and the two founders were relegated to the role of overseers with more leeway in more quixotic projects. Meanwhile, Pichai’s consolidation of power, based primarily on his ability to deliver for the stockholders, has continued unabated. It is likely that now that the CEO of the two companies is the same man, Alphabet Inc will … [Read more...] about Coincidences?