Experts feel there is definitely more activity on the ground now compared to a year ago. Public sector enterprises have started spending on projects and are also ordering equipment

Amid signs of a revival in the industrial cycle, the capex plans of large companies such as Reliance Industries are creating traction in the infra space. The company’s petcoke gasification project will see investments of $4 billion over the next three years. The company is also setting up a petrochemical cracker for an investment of $8 billion. The project management firms for these have been finalised and ground work has started in Jamnagar. Analysts say the project site could require at least 1,000 cranes and companies such as Sanghvi Movers could finally see business improving two quarters down the line when work commences.

For most of us, Goa stands for fun and frolic, but there is a lot more to India's smallest state than its tropical beaches and casinos. While a coastline of almost 30 km helps the state attract over 2.5 million tourists a year, the state also has thriving industrial and mining activities.

Goa has utilised its tourism potential and resource base.

The 2009 Budget is a politically powered effort to counter the effects of the global slowdown. Higher allocations across schemes for rural India are expected to trigger demand at the bottom of the pyramid and drag the economy out of the trough. The idea, though, is a big gamble. Already fiscal deficit is 6.8 per cent and borrowings at a record high.

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For seven-year-old Gopal Tanaji Vanwe, home is not one place. With his parents, migrant farm labourers, Gopal moves from district to district.


As the head of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been caught like a doe between covert economics and overt populism. No surprise then that the Government chose to issue a press release with blank spaces, on the "marginal" hike effected on petrol, diesel and cooking gas. Clearly, the Government is finding it tough to do its math in a manner that it can convince consumers already hard hit by 8.1 per cent inflation. It has no qualms making the aam aadmi pay more for everything, rather than lose out on its own revenues.

Green is in as Indian corporates race to compete for a share of the fast-growing Rs 35,250-crore global market for climate-friendly technology and carbon credits