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Automatic ticket vending machines in MTC buses soon

The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) has proposed to install automatic ticket vending machines in buses.

The new system, as part of MTC’s modernisation drive, is likely to be introduced along with the Global Positioning System (GPS) by the end of March. The modalities for installing the automatic ticket vending machines, on the lines of the ones fixed in buses abroad, are being finalised, sources told this website’s newspaper.

The GPS is likely to be introduced in 100 buses in three routes 15 B (Koyambedu to Parry’s Corner), 70 (Avadi-Tambaram) and 21G (Tambaram-Parry’s Corner). The GPS will provide two-way communication from driver to MTC control room and control room to driver. A display board at the bus stops will show the arrival time of the buses.

The MTC is also in the process of introducing new routes following the state government’s decision to extend the MTC’s jurisdiction from 40 km to 50 km from Parry’s Corner.

While three new routes from Padappai, Maraimalai Nagar and Tiruporur have been introduced in the last two weeks, another new route from Sriperumbudhur will be operated from January 19. A total of 10 buses will be operated to five destinations including Koyambedu, Vadapalani and T Nagar. The next such route is expected from Tiruvallur.

The MTC has also decided to set up new depots in Kunrathur and Sunguvarchattiram in addition to the existing 24 depots. The state government has decided to allot funds for the replacement of 1,100 old MTC buses with new ones for the next financial year.

“The Finance Secretary has already cleared the proposal. We expect the government to announce it in the budget next month,” official sources said. The government has given the nod for buying 480 buses of which the 200 of them have been replaced so far.

“The MTC has embarked on a massive drive to replace old buses. We are awaiting a Central Government scheme under which we will get funds for purchasing 5,000 buses in five years of which 500 old buses will be replaced every year while the remaining will be inducted as new services,” an official said. The Centre has sought a detailed project report from the MTC.
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Two sites for desalination plant identified

CHENNAI: Nemili and Thiruvidanthai, about 40 km south of Chennai, are among the sites identified by Metrowater for establishing a Central Government-supported seawater desalination plant. The sites are on East Coast Road. Metrowater wants to set up the plant on the southern outskirts of the city, say sources. The capacity of the plant is 100 million litres a day (MLD). Metrowater's other desalination project, to be executed on design, build, own, operate and transfer mode, is to come up at Minjur, on the northern outskirts.

For the preparation of a detailed project report and bid documents for the Centre-aided project, Metrowater has invited tenders for the appointment of a consultancy agency again. In September, it issued a notice inviting tenders (NIT). But there was no response. One of the reasons was the condition that prospective consultants should have worked for a 20-MLD project. This was found to be restrictive. Hence, Metrowater relaxed the rule.

The applicants should have prepared a detailed project report for at least one 10-MLD seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant and it should have been commissioned and functioned satisfactorily, according to the fresh NIT.

As for the other desalination project, the deadline for the company to achieve financial closure was extended from January 2 to January 25, say the sources.
http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/17/stories/2007011719260300.htm
 

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Port Trust, Hyundai to sign MoU today

Port will offer tariff concessions

CHENNAI: The Chennai Port Trust and Hyundai Motor India Limited will sign a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, under which the port trust will offer tariff concessions to ensure that the car major continues to patronise it for at least 12 more years. The MoU, according to senior port trust officials, was important. The port focussed on attracting and retaining clean and valuable cargo such as car exports. It was imperative as other ports in the neighbourhood were luring Hyundai.
Chennai Port Trust chairman K. Suresh and HMIL managing director H.S. Lheem are scheduled to sign the agreement in the presence of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the inauguration of the 125th year celebrations of the Chennai port. Mr. Suresh said the port would be extending concessions on the wharfage and vessel related charges to Hyundai. The more the number of car units exported, the greater would be the concessions. On wharfage charges alone, the concessions would be up to 50 per cent.
Car exports by Hyundai, through the port, last fiscal were one lakh and is expected to cross 1.20 lakh in 2006-07. On commissioning of its second manufacturing plant, Hyundai was expected to export three lakh cars, he said. Under the agreement, the minimum volume of exports by Hyundai every year through the port was fixed at 50,000 units. The port trust, Mr. Suresh said, proposed to develop a multi-level car parking to accommodate 6,000 units, a cruise terminal, and shopping and allied facilities on a build-operate-transfer basis.

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/17/stories/2007011719550500.htm
 

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CM to lay foundation for projects at Chennai ports

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi will lay the foundation stones for five projects in Chennai Port Trust and Ennore Port Limited in Chennai on Wednesday, to mark the 125th anniversary of Chennai Port.Announcing this at a press conference here on Tuesday, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T R Baalu said that those projects would cost about Rs 1550 crore.
The projects include the second container terminal at a cost of Rs 492 crore and super speciality hospital for diabetic employees at a cost of Rs 2 crore at Chennai Port Trust. The other three projects are coal and iron ore berths at a cost of Rs 350 crore and Rs 500 crores respectively and a Liquid Terminal at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
‘‘At national level, about 276 projects at a cost of Rs 60,000 crore in the ports sector and 111 projects at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore in the shipping sector are being implemented, of which the ports sector projects would be completed before the end of the Eleventh Plan period and the rest by the year 2025,’’ Baalu said.
No privatisation
Baalu said that the second container terminal to be set up on a build operate and transfer (BOT) basis in Chennai Port Trust at Rs 492 crore was not a part of privatisation, but it was sharing of the benefits with the investor for 30 years. Once the project was completed Chennai Port’s capacity would be enhanced to 18 lakh tonnes per year, from the existing 8 lakh tonnes per year.Chennai-Ennore road connectivity was being implemented with an investment of Rs 309 crores.
The elevated corridor from war memorial to Mathuravoyal had been redesigned in such a way that the route went parallel with the Cooum river. Accordingly, the estimate had also gone up to Rs 1050 crore now, he added. While setting up the elevated corridor, the Centre would ensure the rehabilitation of the people living there. The State Government had assured acquisition and handing over of the lands required for the project, the work on which would begin very soon, he said.
Reclamation works are to be undertaken in major ports of Chennai and Thoothukudi so that bigger vessels can come inside the port. Multi level car parking facility for the cars to be exported would be created in Chennai port, which had an arrangement with Hyundai car company, he said.
The State Government had also given a no objection certificate (NOC) for developing the Colachal Port. The project would be started by next December, he said.

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IE920070116134323&Page=9&Title=Chennai&Topic=0&
 

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Krishna water project achieves a milestone

CHENNAI : The Krishna water supply project has achieved a significant milestone as water realised at the Poondi reservoir is being released simultaneously to the other two major city reservoirs for the first time since the inter-State project was implemented.

This also spells another comfortable year of water supply to the city.

The project, on which Tamil Nadu Government has spent about Rs.214 crore towards the Kandaleru-Poondi canal and for which it has given Rs.512 crore to Andhra Pradesh as its share, has reaped the most benefit after a decade, said a Public Works Department official.

Poondi reservoir


The Poondi reservoir, which started receiving water from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh since mid-December, now has 2,851 million cubic feet of water. As it has only one foot of space available, the water received from the neighbouring State was distributed to Red Hills and Cholavaram reservoirs in order to step up the storage.

Another PWD official said this was the first time in the project's history that the water realised at the entry point in Uthukottai, which sets the State border, was transmitted for filling up city reservoirs simultaneously. The entry point of the State received about 500 cubic feet per second of water on Wednesday.

He said that inflow into the Poondi reservoir was 450 cusecs.

Surplus water diverted


As the Red Hills reservoir was fast filling up with water carried through the 500-cusec-capacity feeder canal, surplus water was diverted to Cholavaram through baby canal for a week now.

Another highlight this year was that the Chembarambakkam reservoir received about 35 mcft water through link canal for the first time since its construction a decade ago as part of the project.

A PWD official recalled that the reservoir realised water only from its catchment areas so far. Water transferred to Chembarambakkam on trial basis last week has been stopped to facilitate filling up of the Cholavaram reservoir.

This year also marks maximum realisation of Krishna water in short span from the neighbouring State. Though Tamil Nadu realised about 6.5 tmc of water in 2000, it was spread across nine months.

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5 tmc of water'


"We have almost realised about 5 tmc of water within four months this year, which sets a new record," the official said. About 1.9 tmc was realised in about a month since the water release during December. The State could have realised 12 tmc of water, which was the quantum assured by Andhra Pradesh as per the agreement in 1983. But, the release from the Kandaleru reservoir was requested to be stopped in view of northeast monsoon rain, the official added.

The officials expect the city reservoirs to be filled up by the end of February if the same rate of inflow continued.


http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011809170400.htm
 

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GE arm's hi-tech unit
CHENNAI: Momentive Performance Materials Inc., (formerly GE Advanced Materials), a specialty materials company, has decided to invest $20 million to set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and a world-class technology centre for global research at Oragadam in Sriperumbudur on the outskirts of Chennai.

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011804042000.htm
Momentive Performance Materials is a premier specialty material company, providing high-technology material solutions to silicones, quartz and ceramics markets.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the former GE Advanced Materials management team, said the new facility, which would come up on 15 acres, would manufacture a full range of silicon products in all product lines. The company had also applied to the State Government for another 15 acres, he said. The plant would go on stream in the second half of 2008 and the groundbreaking ceremony would be held during May or June this year.
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An other big name in town in the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) domain!!
 

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More textile cos to float shops in Sipcot apparel park

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=152060

CHENNAI, JAN 17 : A slew of companies including international players are planning to house their manufacturing units within the Irungattukottai apparel park in Chennai. Over 30 units are moving into the apparel park being promoted by State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamilnadu (Sipcot) in association with the Apparel and Handloom Exporters Association (AHEA).
According to industry sources, of the 30 units which are moving into the park, as of now seven units have started construction activities and three players have started their production process. Textile houses from the international and also domestic market are also putting up their facilities there. A big textile house from Sri Lanka and one from Dubai are coming into the park. Most of the textile units are preferring the park as the Central government offers help for purchase of land, infrastructure and training facilities. The Irungattukottai apparel park is coming up within the industrial complex of Sipcot in association with AHEA. The cost of the project was estimated at around Rs 24 crore.
The government, with a view to boosting exports, has decided to set up apparel parks to put apparel manufacturing units in the state on par with international standards. One park has been set up in Tiruppur and is already operational and the other one is the Irungattukottai apparel park near Chennai.
According to sources, the apparel park is a good concept and would work wonders for the industry. "The only issue we have is the delay in setting up the training facilities within the park. We have been asking the government to give priority for the training facilities being planned at the apparel park but unfortunately, the government is not moving on fast track. Already the industry has high delinquency rate. Only if we train people we will be able to manage the work load in each of these new units. With every new unit coming into the park or into the state, the demand for skilled workforce will only go up. These days, textile units run only at 65%-70% capacity due to shortage of skilled workforce," they explained.
 

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I had the opportunity of attending the Luncheon meeting with the Malaysian Delegation recently through CII Forum. Datto Siri Sami Velu praised the present Govt to the skies when someone asked him about the obstacles for the NAZA car project.

He was sad that his pet projects - Admin City off ECR / OMR, Marina Development and Muti Modal Transport System all had to bite the dust. He also said that the Malaysian Govt is nterested in doing INFRA projects in Tamil Nadu and Malaysian companies are ready to partner Indian companies for infra projects abroad esp in third world countries / mainly Africa.

His team was trying to woo the indian investors esp IT to Malaysia. As far as India development is concerned, I think that Malaysia has lost its edge to Singapore and Korea ( even China & Taiwan of late). Corruption and higher input costs may be the reasons.
 

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I had the opportunity of attending the Luncheon meeting with the Malaysian Delegation recently through CII Forum. Datto Siri Sami Velu praised the present Govt to the skies when someone asked him about the obstacles for the NAZA car project.
He was sad that his pet projects - Admin City off ECR / OMR, Marina Development and Muti Modal Transport System all had to bite the dust. He also said that the Malaysian Govt is nterested in doing INFRA projects in Tamil Nadu and Malaysian companies are ready to partner Indian companies for infra projects abroad esp in third world countries / mainly Africa.
His team was trying to woo the indian investors esp IT to Malaysia. As far as India development is concerned, I think that Malaysia has lost its edge to Singapore and Korea ( even China & Taiwan of late). Corruption and higher input costs may be the reasons.
Malaysia's Astro eyes DTH market in tie-up with Sun TV
Kuala Lumpur, Jan. 18 (PTI): Malaysian pay TV operator Astro All Asia Networks plc, owned by the country's richest man Ananda Krishnan, is eyeing entry into the Indian Direct to Home (DTH) satellite television market through an alliance with the Kalanidhi Maran promoted Sun TV group.
http://www.hindu.com/holnus/006200701181321.htm
Ananda Krishnan co. is the richest in Malaysia, popular image is that he owns half of twin towers of KL. Ananda Krishnans recent attention to TN is a beginning, many such moves are coming from other Tamil biggies from Malaysia.
 

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100 seats vacant in Corporation Council

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Chennai Mayor, 97 councillors submit their resignation


Actually they can abolish the Mayor post. The post is jinxed.
Another election= more tax money down the drain.
 

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INOX opens its 13th multiplex in Chennai

CHENNAI: INOX Leisure Ltd on Thursday announced the launch of its four-screen, 909-seater multiplex here. INOX Chennai, the company's 13th multiplex, has been set up at an investment of around Rs 12 crore, Mr Alok Tandon, Chief Operating Officer, INOX Leisure Ltd said.

The multiplex at the Chennai Citi Centre, will be thrown open to the public from tomorrow, he said. To a query, he said the company was looking at setting up multiplexes in Tier-II cities of the state adding that talks were on with a few developers. He also said that the company would have a 'major part' in the 38 multiplexes coming up at the 41 malls by the Pantaloon group across the country.
The company is also planning to open multiplexes in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and add three more properties in Bangalore, apart from the five-screen multiplex operational at Garuda Mall there. - PTI

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Port Trust, Hyundai to sign MoU today

Port will offer tariff concessions

CHENNAI: The Chennai Port Trust and Hyundai Motor India Limited will sign a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, under which the port trust will offer tariff concessions to ensure that the car major continues to patronise it for at least 12 more years. The MoU, according to senior port trust officials, was important. The port focussed on attracting and retaining clean and valuable cargo such as car exports. It was imperative as other ports in the neighbourhood were luring Hyundai.
Chennai Port Trust chairman K. Suresh and HMIL managing director H.S. Lheem are scheduled to sign the agreement in the presence of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the inauguration of the 125th year celebrations of the Chennai port. Mr. Suresh said the port would be extending concessions on the wharfage and vessel related charges to Hyundai. The more the number of car units exported, the greater would be the concessions. On wharfage charges alone, the concessions would be up to 50 per cent.
Car exports by Hyundai, through the port, last fiscal were one lakh and is expected to cross 1.20 lakh in 2006-07. On commissioning of its second manufacturing plant, Hyundai was expected to export three lakh cars, he said. Under the agreement, the minimum volume of exports by Hyundai every year through the port was fixed at 50,000 units. The port trust, Mr. Suresh said, proposed to develop a multi-level car parking to accommodate 6,000 units, a cruise terminal, and shopping and allied facilities on a build-operate-transfer basis.

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/17/stories/2007011719550500.htm
The ruling party VIPs have special relationship with Hyundai and that is the reason for this concession. For public consumption it is projected as an acheivment. What a legal and scientific way of doing things!
 

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Pacifica launches Tech Park in Chennai

The US-based, Pacifica Companies today announced the launch of its first IT project in India here.

Pacifica Tech Park is spread over 7.29 acres measuring 1.1 million sq.ft and is an integrated information technology park at Navalur on the main stream IT corridor of Chennai, old Mahabalipuram road.

Vikram Agnihotri, regional head – South, Pacifica Companies, said, “Pacifica Tech Park offers one of the largest floor plates and will be ready for commencement in February 2007 and for occupation in April 2007.”

Pradeep Kshatriya, director – Marketing, Pacifica Companies, said, “Our strategy in India is to capitalize on opportunities in key high growth emerging markets like Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore. We started off with Chennai as there is demand for quality commercial space particularly for IT companies and old Mahabalipuram road has become the epicenter for IT and ITes activity.

Outlining the future plans of the company, Kshatriya said that Pacifica has invested over $200 million in India during 2006 and will be investing $400 to $500 million next 2 years.

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INOX Leisure Ltd on Thursday announced the launch of its four-screen, 909-seater multiplex here. INOX Chennai, the company's 13th multiplex, has been set up at an investment of around Rs 12 crore, Mr Alok Tandon, Chief Operating Officer, INOX Leisure Ltd said.

The multiplex at the Chennai Citi Centre, will be thrown open to the public from tomorrow, he said. To a query, he said the company was looking at setting up multiplexes in Tier-II cities of the state adding that talks were on with a few developers. He also said that the company would have a 'major part' in the 38 multiplexes coming up at the 41 malls by the Pantaloon group across the country.
The company is also planning to open multiplexes in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and add three more properties in Bangalore, apart from the five-screen multiplex operational at Garuda Mall there. - PTI

just visited citi centre and i must say.....that's one heck of a place they've got going there......certainly one of the best in the country...........

hope chennai gets more of these.........
 

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Swedish sailing ship to dock at Chennai

The Swedish ship Gotheberg, described as the world's largest sailing wooden replica of a historic vessel, will dock here on January 31 to coincide with a "Sweden comes to Chennai" programme.

The ship, a full-scale model of the 18th century East Indian merchant vessel Gotheberg, will berth here for 11 days, said Harald Falth, charge d'affaires of the Swedish Embassy in New Delhi.

"The city will witness a bonanza of Swedish events when Gotheberg is here, which will include a dialogue on cooperation between Sweden and India on the trade and cultural fronts," Falth told reporters here today.

Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson will call on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and officials of the foreign ministry in Delhi, before landing in Chennai to meet the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister," he said.

The 10-day "Sweden comes to Chennai" programme, to be held in connection with the ship's visit to India, will begin with a seminar on sustainable city planning organised by IIT- Madras and the city of Gotheberg.

"Gotheberg's Mayor Goran Johansson, a popular local politician and the best local administrator in Sweden, will share his views with the Tamil Nadu government on city development and planning," Falth said.

The programme will include a Sweden-India Business Day aimed at providing an opportunity for interaction between Swedish and Indian companies in the fields of IT, automobiles and bio-medicine.

Swedish majors like Volvo, SKF and Ericsson will be here to collaborate with Tamil Nadu to further their business prospects, while several other companies from Sweden will arrive on a fact-finding mission
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PMK opposes land acquisition plan

Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss on Friday pledged his support to the residents of Pozhichalur, Pammal, Anakaputhur and Gowl Bazaar areas, who are protesting against the land acquisition scheme for expanding the Chennai airport.

Such an airport could be built on several hundred acres of vacant land, classified as `poramboke,' available in the Oragadam and Sriperumbudur areas.
http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/20/stories/2007012007220100.htm
 

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Another good news which I have to share with the forumers!!!

The TN Govt ( Urban Dev Ministry Officials) have asked me to give suggestions for traffic management at each important junction within Chennai city and the crucial junctions within the CMA. They have made it very clear that this is not an official assignment and they will not pay any money.

They were very impressed that a bunch of guys are so much interested in Chennai development and spending so much time in discussing the finer points. One official passed a comment that if the suggestions given by the forumers are good and acceptable to them, they may arrange a Felicitation Meeting at Chennai for the forumers, who contributed and the Chief Minister can be invited for the same.

I have the following suggestions, which our forumers may decide collectively.

We will start a separate thread - CHENNAI TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT or similar.

Let us have a few forumers (Voulanteers) who will act like moderators and remove the unnecessary / unwanted details.

First we will list all the crucial junctions and number / name them. Each relevant suggestion should be quoted with the reference no / name.

We may start with city first and then go to the suburbs, unless they are very crucial and needy.

We will submit the final approved reports at a seminar / conference to be arranged by SSC Forum at Chennai.

If the Chennai based Forumers can help me by giving support, I will arrange a gala meeting - may be one day seminar / conference at a city hotel on a convenient date when most of the forumers (incl ones from abroad) are available. (may be Summer Hols, Puja Hols, Deepavali Hols or Christmas hols - 2007). I will try to rope in CII or any other similar agency as co partners. I will also try to get sponsorships by giving advt space. I will use our influence and try to get the TN CM / Urban Dev Minister or Union IT Minister to preside over the conference. We can also invite the top notch guys from Infra Dev field who can also participate in the deliberations.

We at SSC Forum will have the satisfaction that all our efforts and time spent will not go waste and we can showcase the fruits to those who matter. Implementation of our suggestions is another BIG issue and lets hope for the best.
 

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Crew Mag Exports new plant in Mahindra SEZ

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Crew B.O.S. Products Ltd, a New Delhi-based leather products company, plans to set up a footwear and accessories manufacturing unit near here in a joint venture with the Chennai-based Leather Crafts (India) Pvt Ltd.

In an announcement to the stock exchange, Crew B.O.S. said that it has entered into an agreement with Leather Crafts to set up the joint venture, Crew MAG Exports Pvt Ltd.

According to sources in the know, the footwear manufacturing unit is to come up at the Mahindra World City, the SEZ near Chennai on NH 45.

The joint venture company also plans to set up another full-shoe unit at Manesar, Gurgaon.

However, the details of the partnership and the project are in the process of being finalised, they said.

The facility here will initially have a capacity to manufacture 5,000 pairs of shoes a day involving investments of about Rs 20 crore.

The final size of the project will depend on the market demand - the company will cater to the markets in the US and Europe, the sources said.

Leather Crafts is a leather products manufacturer which has been in the business for over three decades. It is now looking at diversifying into full shoes and shoe uppers for the export market.

Crew B.O.S. is a manufacturer and exporter of fashion accessories and home decoration products of fabrics and leather.

Its products include belts, bags, business cases, footwear and home furnishings.

The company shares of face value of Rs 10 opened on the BSE at Rs 254.90 and closed at Rs 253.80.
 
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