A new programme allows Kerala’s elderly to check out with dignity
Vayogen, a unique programme, allows people to pre-secure their final days, by extending total care for 700 days in the last stages of life. Besides rent, food, laundry and medical care, it includes free assistance for will creation, property and funeral management.
Smoke from Kochi dumping ground fire hangs over the city, suffocating residents
The incident has invited the wrath of the Kerala State Pollution Control Board, which has fined Kochi Corporation Rs 1.8 crore for failing to take measures to prevent and control the fire.
Joyalukkas IPO deferred due to poor market conditions, ‘several small factors’; says MD
The change in plan was due to poor market conditions, shifting of offices, and better performance of the company in 2022.
Asian, European buyers step in to purchase Indian seafood; compensate for decline in shipments to US
Southeast Asian economies Thailand and Vietnam used to dominate shrimp supply several years ago until the widespread outbreak of diseases caused their output to dwindle. Vietnam now buys a huge quantity of seafood from India, mostly for re-export to Europe and other countries.
After setbacks in the US market, India’s seafood industry mulls alternative strategies to boost exports
Oversupply and high inflation have curtailed the buying power of US consumers. Besides, Ecuador, which has become the largest aquaculture shrimp producer, has emerged as a serious threat to India in the US market.
Lab-grown diamond industry has a three-star formation in Surat
Greenlab Diamonds , Limelight Lab Grown Diamonds and Cupid Diamonds are the three major companies powering India to excel in the international LGD market. Greenlab was in the news last year for making the largest LGD of 27.27 carat, labelled Om.
Indian lab-grown diamonds set for a bigger sparkle after import duty removal, govt push
The domestic industry expects that the awareness created by the government about the quality of such diamonds will lead to a huge shift in consumer preference towards them in India.
Exports hit, but cashew industry gets support from domestic market
Rising cashew consumption in the country, following the heightened health awareness after COVID-19, is helping the industry to make up for the dwindling exports.
Kerala fouses on raising depleting revenue in budget for next fiscal year
The major project announcements include `Make in Kerala’ to increase domestic production, employment and investment opportunities in the state and an industrial township at Vizhinjam, where one of the largest container transshipment facilities is coming up.
Union Budget 2023: Sops to marine products cheer up the seafood industry
A sub-scheme of the PM Matsya Sampada Yojana will be launched with a targeted investment of Rs 6,000 crore to further enable activities of fishermen, fish vendors, and micro and small enterprises, improve value-chain efficiencies, and expand the market.
FM statement on denatured ethyl alcohol confuses sugar barons
Sugar mills are ramping up their ethanol production capacity as India plans to blend petrol with 20 percent ethanol in an attempt to reduce its petrol import bill.
Budget 2023: Import duty hike of compounded rubber to benefit rubber farmers
The increase will plug a loophole that enables natural rubber to be imported at a lower duty by passing it off as compounded rubber.
18% GST on air freight leaves bad taste in the mouths of Indian betel leaf exporters
Say, the move could see Bangladesh, India’s main competitor, gaining. Betel leaf, used in making paan and as mouth fresheners, is mainly exported to the UK, Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.
Exporters hope for a sea change with Australia, UAE trade pacts
Australia and the UAE are currently minor markets for India’s seafood shipments, the industry reckons that it would help export prospects in the future as the major markets such as the US, China, and Europe continue to be dogged by problems of inflation
Gold price touches record high, wedding season loses some shine
Though the number of weddings have gone up after COVID, and there are more walk-ins into outlets, sales are not picking up, says a jeweller. Record prices and general sluggishness in the economy to be blamed.
Rubber prices sink to two-year lows on weak demand, high arrivals
This could see waning tapping interest among growers
Cake makers expect roaring business this New Year season after 2-yr lull
As they are expecting good sales after a gap, most cake makers are reluctant to hike the price of cakes proportionate to the increase in the price of inputs. In fact, they are willing to absorb the cost.
Demand slump in US, Europe hits Indian garment exporters; target likely to be missed
The impact of the global slowdown is beginning to show on credit demand from Indian exporters, with export credit by banks shrinking by nearly a quarter year-on-year at the end of October by 25 percent.
High prices see migration of farmers to wheat from other crops
Wheat acreage is up by over 400 percent in several states. Prices are not falling despite export restrictions. The buffer stock for domestic use is down by almost 60 percent and prices may not decline in the short term, say industry insiders.
Synthetic rubber prices drop, but demand not picking up
One reason, industry insiders say, is that tyre sales by original equipment manufacturers have been weak and the replacement tyre segment for commercial vehicles has also not done well. One industry veteran expects an improvement in sales only by the last quarter of FY23.
Spice oil, oleoresins exports dip, but companies go ahead with expansion plans
Recessionary trends and high inventory in importing countries, particularly in the US, have dragged down Indian exports. However, Synthite Ltd, the biggest exporter, which accounts for 30% the global share, sees bright prospects ahead and is going ahead with expansion plans. So does Plant Lipids.
Higher crops fail to dampen chilli prices
Retail prices, in the Rs 250-Rs 500 per kg range in November, are 150-200 percent higher, YoY. Low inventory in cold storages is not helping either. High prices have already hit exports.
Welcome to the Promised Land: Kochi’s Jew Town rolls out red carpet for occupiers
Jose Dominic, the brains behind the revival of Jew Town in Kochi, on converting the tiny pocket into a tourist hotspot that reflects the culture and flavour of its Jewish history.
No cheers: Kerala hikes tax on IMFL by 4%
Move will push up prices for liquor, already among the highest in the country.
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