Hindustan Media Ventures posts first profit growth after COVID-19

Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd, the publisher of popular Hindi newspaper Hindustan, revealed a financial performance that suggest that the company is bouncing back faster than expectations. In what could come as a surprise to many analysts, the company’s net profit for the Oct-Dec 2020 period was in fact higher than its net profit for the […]

Metropolis Healthcare buys Hitech Diagnostic for Rs 511 cr

Mumbai-based diagnostic services provider Metropolis Healthcare today announced that it has agreed to buy Chennai-based Hitech Diagnostic Center for a cash consideration of Rs 511 cr. Hitech promoters will invest in Metropolis as part of the deal. Metropolis did not specify the price at which it would allot the 4.95 lakh shares that it will […]

PVR Q3: Revenue starts inching up, rental waiver sought

PVR, the country’s biggest chain of multiplex cinemas by far, indicated that the worst was behind for the company, as customers started trickling back into theaters in November and December. Nevertheless, the pace of recovery continues to be very gradual. For the three months ended December, PVR’s operations generated revenue of Rs 45.40 cr. This […]

Strong demand for fiber broadband powers HFCL Q3

HFCL, one of India’s oldest telecom equipment and services companies, reported strong growth for the three months ended December, riding on burgeoning demand for fiber optic equipment and related services in India. The company’s revenue increased by a whopping 21% compared to the preceding three months ended September 2020, while net profit jumped by 60%. […]

Hero MotoCorp reshuffles distribution in Nicaragua, Honduras

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, announced new expansion plans for the Central American markets of Nicaragua and Honduras after appointing new distributors there. It said it has ‘aggressive expansion plans’ for the two countries, and plans to launch its range of premium motorcycles in both countries and expand its network in these markets. […]

Signal messenger down after heavy rush in India, US & Europe

Signal, the open source messaging platform, has become extremely slow and even unresponsive in several parts of India after a sudden rush of new users looking for a more secure alternative to WhatsApp. Global interest in Signal app has jumped by around 50 times since WhatsApp announced changes to its terms of use last week. […]

Tata Power gets Rs 488 cr solar plant order from Kerala SEB

Tata Power said it has won a Rs 488 cr order from Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd to put up a 110 megawatt solar power project in the southern Indian state. The power plant, which has the capacity to produce 110 million watts of electricity, is expected to generate about 274 million units of power […]

Govt delays 5G auction, internet speeds to remain low

In a move that can potentially derail Reliance Jio’s plans to launch 5G services in the second half of this year, Government of India has come up with a plan to auction only 4G spectrum in March this year. The move to exclude 5G airwaves from the auction is likely to further delay the growth […]

BEML gets mega truck order from MoD

BEML Ltd, formerly Bharat Earth Movers, said it received an order worth Rs 758 cr to supply ‘high mobility’ vehicles to the ministry of defence, Government of India. The vehicles would take the shape of armoured fighting vehicles, and trucks for moving troops, ammunition and stores to far-flung, difficult terrains in operational areas, the equipment […]

Reliance Industries says no plans to enter ‘contract farming’

Reliance Industries, India’s largest private company, today rebutted rumors that the company has purchased agricultural lands on a large scale and that it plans to carry out contract farming to take advantage of the new farming laws. The clarification comes in the wake of a online campaign targeting the company, as well as rival Adani […]

Auto sales limp back to normal in December 2020

Consumer-focused automakers, such as Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp, fared better than commercial vehicle makers, going by auto sales trends in December 2020. Maruti Suzuki, which accounts for around half the cars sold in India, was among the best performers, with a 20% jump in sales compared to December last year. The company sold 1.60 […]

NPCIL orders BHEL equipment for local-tech nuclear plants

As part of a plan to double India’s nuclear power capacity by setting up 10 nuclear plants using indigenous technology, a government agency has put in purchase orders for more ‘reactor header assemblies’. The order for the ten reactor header assemblies has been won by public sector unit Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. Reactor header assembly […]

Biocon, Lupin launch new drugs in USA

Bicon Ltd and Lupin Ltd, two India-based pharmaceutical manufacturers, launched two drugs in the US, separately. Bangalore-based Biocon launched an immunosuppressant, while Lupin launched a pain relief drug. Biocon’s drug is called Tacrolimus, and it is a calcineurin inhibitor. The company said the drug is used in organ transplant patients to reduce the body’s ability […]

As Jio slows, Airtel becomes India’s No.1 mobile operator again

Five months after first losing its crown as India’s No.1 operator to upstart Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel has again taken the top spot, aided by three back-to-back months of strong subscriber additions and slowing expansion on Jio’s side. As of October 2020, Bharti Airtel once again recorded the highest number of active mobile users in […]

TataCom buys France-based eSIM maker

Enterprise connectivity provider Tata Communications has acquired a 58.1% stake in France-based embedded SIM technology company for an undisclosed amount in an attempt to boost its portfolio of IoT offerings. Embedded SIMs are used in devices that don’t have enough space for housing a physical SIM, such as smart watches and small, medical devices. Besides […]

Wipro in billion-dollar deal with Germany’s Metro AG

IT and outsourcing major Wipro said it will take over the IT division of Germany-based wholesaler Metro AG in a deal that is expected to generate revenue of over Rs 1,000 cr per year for the Indian company. A total of more than 1,300 IT staff from Germany, Romania and India belonging to the wholesaler […]