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Students still love IT

Indian information technology (IT) companies may no longer be queuing up at campuses for fresh graduates but engineering students continue to rank this sector above all others, according to the latest Nielsen Campus Track T-Schools study. Chemicals, not surprisingly, does not figure on the list although oil and gas was seen as the ‘industry of […]

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Will a new broom sweep clean?

It is good to be back to some good news. The election is finally over and the UPA has been voted back to power with promises of stability and more reforms. But the chemicals industry will have to deal with a new minister as Ram Vilas Paswan was not be voted back to parliament. This […]

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Chemicals and mangoes don’t mix

I love mangoes but news reports such as this one make me want to give up this king of fruits. Traders looking to make a quick buck are using calcium carbide to ripen mangoes It appears that the practice of using calcium carbide has been going on for quite a while and is quite widespread […]

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Target Tamil Nadu

I have often talked about the resistance that new chemical projects are likely to face in certain parts of the country. Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu is also on the list. I recently came across the SIPCOT Area Environmental Monitors website that lists out environmental problems in Cuddalore which allegedly are the result of chemical manufacturing […]

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EU FTA hurdle

The EU has included many chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics in the negative list that is part of the FTA discussions. Products on the list would not get any duty concessions. The move is a major obstacle for Indian companies eyeing the European market for future growth. But it is early days yet as discussions on […]

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Need for innovation

India takes great pride in its large pool of scientists – said to be the largest in the world. But did you know that domestic R&D spending has never exceeded 1% of GDP. And 75-80% of the country’s R&D spend comes from the public sector. A thought provoking report from the World Bank highlights the […]

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Future shock

Ever since the sub-prime crisis broke out in the US, questions have been raised on whether India can safely ride out the storm. We have already seen the impact on the stock market and it is hard to imagine that India escaping unscathed if the crisis deepens. However, some economists believe that the impact will […]

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Gas, gas everywhere

Gas dominates Indian headlines these days be it new finds or the price at which it will be made available to end-users. If you are short of time and would like to get to the heart of the matter fast, here is the Indian gas situation for dummies. The finds, by private companies such as […]

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Can exports drive chemicals demand?

It is encouraging to read that Samsung Electronics is setting up a major export hub in India. A new plant, its second in India, is being built to produce 1.5m colour TV sets, 200 000 LCD Tvs and 300 000 LCD monitors with output targeted at Europe, the US and the Middle East. Currently, China […]

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Dow’s latest India move

Looks like Dow Chemical is set to boost its presence in India. Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) announced yesterday that it has signed a MoU with Dow for business cooperation in chlorinated organics. It is not yet clear if the cooperation involves manufacturing products in India and the scale of Dow’s investment. What is […]

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