Hindupur, July 7: The minister for tourism and major industries, Ms J. Geeta Reddy, claimed that the state is progressing on industrial front in a never before manner under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy. "I can declare that it was a golden time for the industries in the Congress regime. Already the state stood in the second place in the entire country in industrial development and in no time it would reach the top slot." The minister conducted a review meeting on the situation of industries at Toomukunta industrial estate near Hindupur of Anantapur district.

BS Reporters / New Delhi July 04, 2008, 0:11 IST The Union Cabinet today relaxed norms for setting up industrial units in the country, by doing away with a restrictive clause in the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951, which prohibits location of factories near urban settlements. The decision is unlikely to lead to setting up of factories near cities and towns, as the projects will still have to be cleared by the respective state pollution boards and the environment ministry.

Exports double, while jobs and investments show robust growth rate. In data that may lay to rest all doubts of sceptics, special economic zones (SEZs), which its supporters backed by arguing that they will boost exports, investments and employment, delivered on all these three counts during 2007-08. They are expected to improve their performance in the current fiscal.

Villagers from the Bhiwandi taluka staged a

Power shortage in neighbouring States has turned out to be a boon for the Bhiwadi industrial area in Alwar district of Rajasthan, with the entrepreneurs making a beeline to establish their new units at one of the popular destinations for industrialists. The industrial area, falling in the National Capital Region, has been exempted from load-shedding by Jaipur Vidyut Vitaran Nigam in view of its proximity to Delhi. This has especially attracted industrialists looking for prolonged manufacturing hours.

The new industrial policy of the State government has been framed in such a manner that there is industrial development in all districts, Electricity Minister N.Veeraswami said here on Saturday. Presiding over a seminar at the First World Tamil Economic Conference and Tamil Diaspora Meet, organised by the Madras Development Society, he said new industries were being set up in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, neighbouring Chennai. In future other districts would also get units. This would pave the way for all-round development of the State.

WITH the formal inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on the outskirts of Hyderabad on March 14 by United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, India will have its first gree

West Bengal proposes land acquisition, ruling Front riven

the Orissa government has drawn up a new comprehensive draft policy on rehabilitation and resettlement (r & r) to address the increasing anger of the state's rural and tribal people over being displaced by industries setting up shop on their land.

The Supreme Court has directed the government of Andhra Pradesh not to locate new industries in the industrial estates of Patancheru, Bollarum and Jeedimetla in Medak district, The existing units are