Kalpana Pathak / Mumbai July 9, 2009, 0:00 IST

The biodiesel industry has welcomed finance minister

Customs duty cut from 7.5% to 2.5%.
THE FINANCE minister has announced that Customs duty on bio-diesel will be reduced from 7.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent and duty-paid high-speed diesel blended with up to 20 per cent bio-diesel will be fully exempted from excise duties.

Suman Sahai

BHUBANESWAR: As the oil from the jatropha seeds is now used for making biodiesel, the State Government has decided to take up jatropha plantation on a massive scale under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Commercial production unlikely in next two years.

The Centre sees potential to cultivate jatropha in 13 million hectares with further cultivation possible in another four million hectares

M.R. Subramani

Gurgaon: Nearly 12 kids were taken to various hospitals of the city after they consumed seeds of Jetropa plant here today. Children of Basai Enclave colony were playing in the garden of their colony and swallowed the seeds by mistake. They are between seven and 10 years of age. The kids started vomiting and were taken to different hospitals.

Mangalore, DH News Service:
Though several companies grow jatropa on large scale, farmers are still sceptical over its market. There is a need to remove the suspicion among them.


Heike Lipper. Picture by Shahnawaz Akhtar

Giridih, Feb. 23: India

Chandigarh: In times of depleting energy resources, the Railways have chosen the greener way with plans afoot to boost bio-diesel.

FOR ENVIRONMENT: S. Chandrasekaran, General Manager of the Indian Overseas Bank, Coimbatore, speaking at a workshop on