Sumit Khanna

Five COVID-19 patients killed in Gujarat hospital fire

27 Nov 2020

AHMEDABAD, India Five patients were killed in India on Friday in a fire that broke out in a COVID-19 ward, the fourth blaze in a novel coronavirus hospital since the outbreak began, which drew angry questions from the Supreme Court.

India's GSPL says new pipeline to boost FY22 gas supply by a quarter

03 Nov 2020

AHMEDABAD Gas transmission by India's Gujarat State Petronet Ltd will rise by about a quarter in the next fiscal year starting from April as it links northern regions to an existing grid in the western state, a company official said on Tuesday.

India's new Mundra LNG terminal ramps up utilisation as demand rises

23 Oct 2020

SINGAPORE/AHMEDABAD Having begun operations earlier this year, India's new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Mundra is expected to boost utilisation from 45% currently to 55% within four to six months, a senior company official said on Friday.

Hindustan Zinc to set up smelter in Gujarat state

14 Oct 2020

Ahmedabad India's Hindustan Zinc Limited plans to set up a smelter in the western state of Gujarat, it said on Wednesday, potentially increasing the company's zinc refining capacity by a third.

Tata Group pulls ad featuring Hindu-Muslim family after outcry

14 Oct 2020

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD, India A subsidiary of India's tea-to-telecoms Tata Group has withdrawn a jewellery advertisement featuring a Hindu-Muslim family celebrating a baby shower, following threats to one of its stores and wide criticism on social media.

Virus sows dread in India's festival season as infections cross six million

28 Sep 2020

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD, India India reported on Monday that novel coronavirus infections had topped 6 million, nowhere near the number required for herd immunity in country of 1.3 billion people, and raising anxiety going into the peak period for Hindu religious festivals.

ONGC douses fire; gas supplies to industries hit

24 Sep 2020

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD A fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) plant caused by a pipeline rupture has cut gas supplies to customers including power and fertiliser companies, gas marketing firm GAIL (India) Ltd said on Thursday.

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

31 Aug 2020

KATHMANDU/AHMEDABAD, India A landslide and floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said on Monday, as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asia.

Eight COVID-19 patients die in hospital fire in Ahmedabad

06 Aug 2020

AHMEDABAD, India Eight COVID-19 patients died in a fire that broke out in the intensive care ward of a private hospital in Ahmedabad early on Thursday, officials said as they launched a probe into the incident.

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Brexit negotiations restart in person as clock ticks down

Face-to-face negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal restarted earlier on Saturday as the two sides make a last ditch attempt to reach an agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.