Gireesh Chandra Prasad NEW DELHI

THE government is putting the finishing touches on a new regulatory regime for the country

Allaying all apprehensions, Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that there was no plan to close down production of Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Company Limited (BVFCL) until a revamp plan is finalized.

New Delhi, Feb. 20: The Union cabinet is likely to clear the Nayachar project next week, but only about a fifth of the 250sqkm chemical hub will be located on the island.

The rest will be carved out of the existing industrial zone on mainland Haldia.

NAMRUP, Feb 10

Prabha Jagannathan NEW DELHI

Dow Chemicals may run into trouble with its Indian investments. On August 8, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizer Ram Vilas Paswan met some of the victims of the Bhopal gas leak disaster at their protest site in New Delhi and promised them action against the company. An empowered committee would be formed within two months to oversee the cleanup work at the Union Carbide site, heavily

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government blamed the Centre for not supplying required quantity of fertilisers even as Congress demanded an impartial inquiry by an Assembly Committee into the artificial scarcity created for blackmarketing it and the failure of the administration to check this.

The issue cropped up in the Assembly on Thursday through an adjournment motion of the Congress.

Alleging that adequate quantity of fertilisers was available with the State Government, deputy Congress leader Narasingh Mishra said the problem arose because of the absence of a supply channel.

The government has decided to release Rs 22,000-crore subsidy in cash to the fertiliser industry this fiscal, apart from the budgetary allocation of Rs 32,000 crore, chemicals and fertiliser minister Ram Vilas Paswan said here today.

"Total fertiliser subsidy is estimated to be Rs 1.19 lakh crore in 2008-09 while we have made available Rs 54,000 crore cash payment to the industry,' Paswan told reporters here.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the Centre has made additional allocation of 40,800 tonnes of chemical fertilisers for July, the State is still facing a shortage of 30,000 tonnes of complex fertilisers.

The additional allocation was made following a request from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ram Vilas Paswan.

The Department of Fertiliser of the Ministry has communicated to the State Government about additional allocation of 8,800 tonnes of diammonium phosphate (DAP) as against a requirement of 25,500 tonnes for July and August.

THE government is discussing a proposal from 22,000 plastic processing units in the country to import a cheap raw material alternative