Sikkim Acts A Key Performer In Energy Market - Shyam Saran

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam SaranGangtok: Shyam Saran, special representative of Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh stated that Sikkim can play a key role in cross-border energy trading with bordering countries including Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh by harnessing its hydel power prospective to the full.

P-Sec: Sell Acc, Target Of Rs 816

Broking houseACC Cement, P-Sec is bearish on ACC and has recommended sell rating on the stock with a target of Rs 816.

P-Sec report on ACC:

ACC reported 19% yoy increase in operating profits. PBIT before exceptional was higher due interest income. Higher tax rate is due to adjustment is a one off and tax rate is also expected to settle down to 27%.

Stock trades at PE 16x CY08E and EV/EBITDA of 9.7x CY08E that makes it an expensive scrip.

Gas Prices Drop, Oil Retreats Below $76

Oil prices dangled on Monday (July 23) as exports to Angolan oil facility commenced once more and on expectancy that US gasoline demand will decrease in place with the end of peak summer demand.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), light, sweet crude for next month delivery slipped 38 cents, at USD 75.41 per barrel.

On the other hand, gasoline rates came down 2.06 cents to USD 2.1440 per gallon on NYMEX. Oil price slid further.

The next month Brent crude delivery dipped 18 cents to USD 77.46 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

NYMEX heating oil futures vanished 0.22 cents to USD 2.0922 per gallon, whereas natural gas rates fell 27.6 cents, to settle at USD 6.170 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Market Opens Above 15,800 Mark

The 30-share index opened at 15,802.19 and is presently trading sturdily. It also touched its all-time high of 15,828.98. The stocks from telecom, auto, IT and banking led the advancements.

Asian markets gained in the early trading session on suppositions that the companies will declare better than expected earnings. Investor’s sureness and the market assumption took the regional benchmark to an all-time high.

Rahul Agarwal, VP, institutional sales, LKP Shares stated that market is likely to remain optimistic on Tuesday also. He is bullish on Reliance Group and UB Group companies.

He also said that some fresh buying can be seen in banking as well as telecom sector.

Abdul Kalam To Address Nation On His Last Day As President

A.P.J. Abdul KalamNew Delhi: On his last day in office as the Head of State, President Abdul Kalam will lecture to the country today.

An official release stated that Kalam’s speech would be broadcast on all Doordarshan channels from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast his lecture from 7.30 p.m onwards on all its English channels that will be followed by translation in Hindi.

Soft Drinks are Fatal To Life - Report

Soft DrinksResearchers have proved that soft drink, diet drinks and regular drinks can affect your heart and cause diabetes.

The researchers said, “The results were surprising since so little soda increased the risk and because diet drinks, noteworthy for their lack of calories, had the same effect as sugary beverages. The research report informed that the people who drink a can of soft drink daily can at the 44 percent higher risk of Metabolic Syndrome.”

Market ends the day Optimistically, Up 32.39 Pts

After openingBombay Stock Exchange on a strong note at 15,560.57, the 30-share index is trading in the positive territory. Select stocks from engineering led the advancements, whereas IT and auto stocks turned down.

Asian markets slumped in the early trading session as Caterpillar, the world`s biggest maker of heavy-duty diesel-truck engines declared a diminution in its earning that brought up worry among investors about US economy.

In the opening times, there were 1, 056 progressions as against 784 declinations on the BSE.

Ramadoss Seeks Query Into Non-Filling Of Vacancies

Dr. S. RamadossTirunelveli: Pattali Makkal Katchi initiator S. Ramadoss said that
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should order an upper-level query into
non-filling up of positions in the Directorate of Collegiate Education
and the confusedness persisting over the move of college teachers.

Dr. Ramadoss stated the Department of Higher Education had preserved six key positions in the Directorate of Collegiate Education unfilled for the last several months.

Various teaching positions in colleges were not made known when teachers opted for transfer that led to protestations, including road roko in Madurai.

Bhel Reaches All-Time High With Large Order On Its Back

Bharat Heavy Electricals LimitedOn securing a Rs 1,829-crore order today, Bharat Heavy Electricals galloped about 8.61% to Rs 1,790.

Nearly 3.06 lakh shares had traded on the BSE counter.

In intra-day trade today, the Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) stock also struck an record high of Rs 1,798 after it secured a Rs 1,829-crore order for fabricating and establishing three 500-MW thermal power units in Haryana.

Weak Q1 Result Turns Cipla Down

Cipla dippedCipla 4.4% to Rs 192 after declaring a 30% fall in net earnings for the first quarter ended June 30, 2007.

The stock hit an intraday low of Rs 191.70 and an intraday high of Rs 199.85 during the day.

The scrip turned down on high volume of 21.1 lakh shares on the BSE counter.

The company recorded a 30% fall in its net profit to Rs 120 crore in Q1 June 2007 as against in the corresponding period (Q1 June 2006) of the last year.

Ansari Files Papers For Vice Presidential Elections

New Delhi: Mohammad Hamid AnsariUPA-left applicant Hamid Ansari has filed his papers for the Vice Presidential elections.

The first applicant to file the nomination was Rasheed Masood, sitting Samajwadi Party MP from Uttar Pradesh on July 20. He has been fielded by the multi-party United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA). The elections are to be held on August 20.

Ansari has wealth of knowledge as a famous diplomatist, educational and a writer in a career spanning over four decades.

He has carved out a distinguishable position for himself as a diplomat, academician and a writer specializing in international issues.

Adequate Q1 Performance Encourages UBI Stock Value

Union Bank Of IndiaUnion Bank of India advanced 4% to Rs 155.15 in afternoon trading after declaring a 35% increase in net profit in Q1 June 2007. The results were declared during trading hours today, 23 July 2007.

In BSE’s ‘A’ group shares, it was placed on the ninth position.

Peres Congratulates Pratibha On Her Victory

Pratibha PatilJerusalem: Israel’s recently appointed President Shimon Peres has complimented freshly elected Indian President Pratibha Patil on her victory.

Peres also stated his country’s desire to fortify bilateral ties with New Delhi.

Peres phoned Ms. Patil last afternoon to congratulate her on becoming the first woman Indian President.

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India Gets First Female President

New Delhi: Pratibha PatilUPA-Left candidate Pratibha Patil won the presidential election to be India's first woman president.

Ms. Patil, who will be sworn-in as president on July 25 won by three lakh margin overcoming NDA-backed independent applicant Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

“This is the victory of the principles which our Indian people uphold,” she said.

In the final counting, Ms. Patil got 6,38,116 total votes whereas Shekhawat secured 3,31,306 in an electoral college of 10.98 lakh.

ICICI Bank Net Jumps 25% On Strong Investment Banking

ICICI BankICICI Bank registered 25% growth in net profit to Rs 7,750.80 million for the first quarter ended June 2007 as against Rs 6,200.1 million in the same quarter of the last year (2006).

The operating income of the India’s biggest private sector lender ascended 50.16% to Rs 75,661.30 million for the quarter from Rs 50,386.30 million in the corresponding quarter, last year.

In comparison, total income for the same period also climbed 46.94% to Rs 92,814.20 million from Rs 63,161.9 million. The earnings per share (EPS) for the same period arose 23.7% to Rs 8.61.

Cipla Q1 Profit higher by 29.73%

CiplaMumbai: Drug manufacturer Cipla posted a 29.73 percent enhancement in its net earnings at Rs 119.76 crore for the quarter ended June 30 as against Rs 170.43 crore for the same period of the last year.

The company’s total income (net of excise) augmented 4.34 per cent to Rs 920.37 crore for the June quarter against Rs 882.05 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2006.

At the board meeting, the company’s directors also recommended a dividend of Rs 2 per equity share for the year 2006-2007 amounting to Rs 155.46 crore.

Shares of Cipla last traded at Rs 200.90, down 2.21 per cent on the BSE.

Williams Eyes Travel To Red Planet

Sunita WilliamsNew Delhi: Now Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams has set her eyes on the Red Planet ‘Mars.’

Sunita, who came back to earth on June 22 after spending 195 days at the International Space Station told that she would love to fly to Mars, if not the moon.

“I would love to go to Mars ... just because it is a different planet,” she told through a videoconference from Houston.

India Desperate To Get Into Russian Construction Business

Moscow: India is desperate to get into the profitable construction business, chiefly to build up world-class hotels, in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi that will host 2014 Winter Olympics.

Indian ambassador Kanwal Sibal allged, “Ahead of the winter Olympics in Sochi we are keen to build world class hotels here and would like to pick local contacts for this.”

Mr. Sibal was speaking at a business gathering during his visit to the Krasnodar Territory in south Russia, which is also called the country’s breadbasket and seaside resort land.

UP’s CM Favors Quota For Poor Among Upper Castes

UP's CM MayawatiNew Delhi: Apparently setting schedule for the forthcoming elective politics at national level, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati proposed reservation for poor amongst Upper castes as also quota in private sector and ‘other sectors’ for SC and ST.

While addressing a press conference, the BSP chief required the Prime Minister to alter the Constitution to set reservation policy in the 9th Schedule, actually in a bid to put a stop to judicial inquiry.

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