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1.Oil Ministry to allow private firm in CBM mining

After allowing Coal India Ltd (CIL) to produce coal-bed methane (CBM), the Oil Ministry is proposing to give licence to other public and private sector firms to produce the natural gas from their existing coal mines.


Looks like blue skies ahead for the Airport Authority of India (AAI) with RK Srivastava as its next Chairman.

3.Affordable housing for EPFO subscribers

The Ministry of Labour & Employment will come up with a mega housing scheme to offer affordable houses for over 5 crore Employees´ Provident Fund Organization( EPFO)

4.2014: The Year That Was....

India´s infrastructure kings share their experiences of the past year and recommendations for a smooth way forward. Fiscal years come and go, but FY14 has been different.

5.Quick Fix

The Rapidwall technique comprises a superstructure of glass fibre-reinforced gypsum construction that is entirely based on prefabricated panels. IIT-Madras is playing host to a house on campus made with Rapidwall technology. Such panel-made houses have been adopted by many countries

6.Odisha to invest Rs. 8,000 cr

The state has plans to spend Rs 8,000 crore through PSU Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd for constructing extra high voltage sub-stations and transmission lines during the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period (2012-17).Also, an additional amount of Rs 1,500 crore will be spent for augmentation of transmission infrastructure.

7.Govt supports solar projects

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and the Union Cabinet has given a nod to key proposals for the solar power sector including setting up of solar photovoltaic

8.Rail Vikas Nigam to hold 10% in new ports infra entity

Government-owned Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) will have 10 per cent equity stake in the proposed Port Infrastructure Vikas Nigam Ltd.

9.India plans 30% stake in Russian potash project

India is planning to buy 30 per cent stake in Russian fertiliser producer ACRON´s potash project through a consortium of three PSUs

10.Inter-ministerial task force on coal

An Inter-ministerial task force would be set up to undertake a comprehensive review of existing coal sources and rationalisation of these sources with a view to optimising transportation cost given various technical constraints.