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NCLT approves NHPCs Rs 907 cr bid for Lanco Teesta Hydro Power project

The Hyderabad bench of the NCLT approved the recommendations of the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power PTI | July 27, 2019, 07:40 IST NEW DELHI: The National Company Law Tribun ......

  • India
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 29 Jul 2019
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Description The Hyderabad bench of the NCLT approved the recommendations of the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power PTI | July 27, 2019, 07:40 IST NEW DELHI: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Friday approved state-run hydro giant NHPCs Rs 907 crore bid for the debt-ridden Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd. The Hyderabad bench of the NCLT approved the recommendations of the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power, which had in its meeting in December last year voted in the bids favour. "Resolution Plan submitted by the NHPC Ltd for Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd has been approved by NCLT Bench, Hyderabad," NHPC said in a BSE filing. As per the resolution plan, NHPC would pay Rs 877.74 crore to the financial creditors and Rs 11.12 crore would go to the operational creditors of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power. "Resolution Plan submitted by NHPC, which is approved by members of CoC having 100 per cent voting share and subsequent revision of bid amount by the NHPC is approved by members of CoC by 97.34 per cent stands approved," NCLT said in its order issued on Friday. NHPC will fund the project through a debt-equity ratio of 70:30. The project had a liquidation value of Rs 132.08 crore. The NCLT had started insolvency proceedings against Lanco Teesta Hydro Power after admitting a plea by its lead lender ICICI Bank on March 16, 2018 and a resolution professional was appointed on April 24, 2018. Besides NHPC, another PSU Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) had also bid for the debt-ridden company. Earlier on September 5, 2018, the NCLT had extended the insolvency period by 90 days and the last date of conclusion of the corporate insolvency resolution process was December 12, 2018. Earlier in March this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the proposal for NHPC to take over Lancos 500 MW Teesta hydro-electric power project in Sikkim for Rs 907 crore. The government had said that the project will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 5,748.04 crore (at July 2018 price level), which includes a bid amount of Rs 907 crore for acquisition and estimated cost of balance work of Rs 3,863.95 crore, which includes interest during construction (IDC) and foreign component (FC) of Rs 977.09 crore. Teesta Stage-Vl is a run of river (RoR) scheme in Sirwani village of Sikkim to utilise the power potential of Teesta river basin in cascade manner. The project also consists of construction of a 26.5 metre high barrage across river Teesta. The project would generate 2,400 million units of electricity in a 90 per cent dependable year with an installed capacity of 500 MW (4x125MW).
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/nclt-approves-nhpcs-rs-907-cr-bid-for-lanco-teesta-hydro-power-project/70404761
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NHPC to complete Teesta VI hydropower project in Sikkim

The run of the river project in Sirwani village is aimed at utilising the power potential of Teesta river basin. Debasis Sarkar | ET Bureau | March 12, 2019, 16:20 IST SILIGURI: State-owned NHPC L ......

  • India
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 22 Mar 2019
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Description The run of the river project in Sirwani village is aimed at utilising the power potential of Teesta river basin. Debasis Sarkar | ET Bureau | March 12, 2019, 16:20 IST SILIGURI: State-owned NHPC Limited has bagged the responsibility to complete Teesta VI hydropower project years after the initial builder – Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd (LTHPL) – went into insolvency and the 500 mw project hit a roadblock. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by the Prime Minister has approved the investment sanction for acquisition of LTHPL and execution of the remaining work by NHPC. “It is a big responsibility that we are happy to shoulder. With only around 30 per cent job done, the project will now require new planning and execution including situation analysis and fresh tendering,” said Debajit Chattopadhyay, executive director, NHPC. According to officials, the project will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 5,748.04 crore, which includes the bid amount of Rs 907 crore for acquisition of LTHPL. The run of the river project in Sirwani village is aimed at utilising the power potential of Teesta river basin. It envisages construction of a 26.5 metre high barrage across the river, two horse shoe shape head race tunnels of 9.8 metre diameter and 13.76 km length, and an underground power house with four generation units of 125 mw each. The project is expected to generate 2,400 million units of power in a year when the annual generation has the probability of being equal to or exceed 90 per cent of the time on annual basis during the expected period of operation of the scheme. While 12 per cent of this output will go to the host state Sikkim as royalty, the rest will be taken to the national power field. NHPC has set a deadline of five years for the completion of project. “We do not apprehend any chance of cost or time overrun on this. But geological surprises and natural calamities may alter the scenario,” said Chattopadhyay.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/nhpc-to-complete-teesta-vi-hydropower-project-in-sikkim/68375043
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour vs. the Single Market

If the next Labour government is to be truly transformative, it has to free itself from the constraints of the single market. In recent weeks there has been intense debate in Britain about the Labour ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Services
  • 31 May 2018
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Description If the next Labour government is to be truly transformative, it has to free itself from the constraints of the single market. In recent weeks there has been intense debate in Britain about the Labour Party and the ongoing Brexit process. Advocates of the European Union have sought a range of concessions from the party leadership ranging from another vote on Brexit, to continued membership of the single market and Customs Union, and focusing on Brexit at party conference. Underpinning this campaign to change Labour’s position on Brexit has been a barrage of articles arguing that European Union or single market rules would not impinge on Jeremy Corbyn’s program for government. These have come from a wide range of sources including the journal Renewal, the New Statesman, the Fabian’s website, the New European, LabourList, Open Labour, OpenDemocracy and Open Britain. But are they correct in their assertions? In three interrelated areas EU rules would place severe restrictions on a future Corbyn government: State Aid, public procurement and nationalization. These are not minor issues. They lie at the heart of any attempt to transform Britain’s economy in a socialist direction, especially when it comes to industrial policy. As the debate over Brexit rumbles on it is clear that the EU would place unique barriers to a Corbyn-led Labour government—making even a reversal to WTO rules more advantageous than either EU or Single Market membership in these respects.
Industry Services
Source https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/corbyn-labour-eu-single-market-economic-policy
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Canadian Sovereignty Depends on Public-Private Cybercollaboration

Patrick Searle is an executive with the Council of Canadian Innovators. Federal governments budget has proposed spending of more than half a billion dollars over the next five years to battle cybercr ......

  • Canada
  • Public Private Partnership
  • 06 Mar 2018
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Description Patrick Searle is an executive with the Council of Canadian Innovators. Federal governments budget has proposed spending of more than half a billion dollars over the next five years to battle cybercrime and update Canadas aging digital-security strategy. The strategy will aim to improve the security and resilience of computer systems and will put an emphasis on improving collaboration and leadership across the various levels of government. This new funding is also an opportunity to position Canada as a global leader in cyberinnovation. The rising effects of cyberattacks, cybercrime and cyberterrorism are becoming top-of-mind for elected officials and private-sector leaders alike. Last fall, the Government of Canada revealed that its networks are the target of an average of 2,500 state-sponsored cyberactivities each year. A newly released report by Scalar Decisions Inc. found that nine in 10 Canadian companies suffered at least one cybersecurity breach in 2017. These trends are a pressing concern for those tasked with securing and defending our critical public and private infrastructure, such as government agencies, power grids, academic institutions and private-sector entities, against the barrage of cyberattacks they face on a daily basis. But its not all doom and gloom when it comes to Canadas cyber-readiness. Canada has a little-known but formidable strength in the cybersecurity industry, as some of the worlds best cybercompanies are located here. Annual global rankings regularly put Canadian cybercompanies in the lists of world-leading innovators. They provide their advanced, innovative technologies to public-safety agencies outside Canada, as well as large swaths of private-sector institutions around the world. For example, eSentire, a plucky cybersecurity scale-up from Cambridge, Ont., secures more than US$5.7-trillion of Wall Street financial assets. Despite these potential hometown advantages, the tools being adopted by Canadian firms and our various levels of government are largely provided or enabled by foreign vendors. Our largest banks frequently use tools and services provided by foreign cyberfirms, even when their own customers, Canadas cybercompanies, provide the same or better solutions. Outdated and inflexible procurement processes, as well as a lack of public-private framework for domestic, innovative businesses, have made it difficult for Canadian cybersecurity firms to do business with their own government and large enterprises. This is a strategic miscalculation. Recently, Canadas Chief Information Officer wrote in an internal memo that Canadas IT procurement processes "favour incumbents and dont foster enough new entrants into the process." This is especially true in the cybersecurity realm. Canadas current approaches lack strategy and have a direct impact on the economic opportunities for domestic innovators who wish to help their own governments defend their digital borders. This also has a negative impact for both our national prosperity and sovereignty. Domestic capability in cyber is a key precondition for countries remaining safe and sovereign in the age of digital threats. If we are not suppliers of cyber solutions, Canada is wholly reliant on external actors – vendors and countries which have no public accountability to Canadian citizens – to design the systems that protect us. Furthermore, the technology our government uses to keep its citizens safe should reflect our Canadian values of data privacy and protecting civil liberties. Technology is reflective of the values of the society that develops it, so if Canada is left to procure from countries that, for example, are more comfortable with constant surveillance on their own citizens, we need a different approach. There is a strategic advantage for governments to work hand in hand with their domestic private sector to develop armaments for traditional warfare that meet their needs, as we see with the procurement and development of fighter jets. For 21st-century cyberwarfare, the government should be as invested, if not more, in the domestic cybersecurity and offensive capabilities business. Canadian cybertechnology firms and our policymakers would benefit from closer and more strategic relationship because the nature of cybersecurity innovation hits at the core of a governments responsibility – to keep its citizens safe – and cuts across multiple sectors driving our prosperity and quality of life. In light of Canadas current Group of Seven presidency, as well as the national cyber-review that Public Safety Canada is soon to release, two paths forward stand out. One practical solution that would help expand Canadas cybersecurity capacity would be to create more public-private partnerships between government and Canadian innovators. The government should introduce more opportunities for joint research and development projects between the public sector and private industry. By doing so, Canadas elite group of cyberinnovators would be able to work hand-in-glove with public-sector IT professionals, enabling our public defenders to understand the full abilities of the digital solutions they are deploying. The Canadian Armed Forces are understood to be developing a nationwide cyber-reservist program that allows private-sector talent to flow through their cyberoperators force. Public-sector institutions across Canada should develop similar programs that would allow private- and public-sector talent to be shared across their respective domains. Both government and domestic, high-growth companies must invest in regular exchanges at the most senior levels to achieve these strategic outcomes. Last Thursday at the CyberCanada Senior Leadership Summit, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told an audience of Canadian cyber, government and business executives that shoring up Canadas cyber-readiness "cannot be a government-owned initiative, it has got to be an all-of-Canada initiative that engages people and institutions and companies." By focusing on developing new technologies, and in parallel, marketplace frameworks that allow Canadas innovators to scale up globally, Canada will not only secure our digital future. We can also become a supplier of high-margin cyber solutions that our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G7 and other forums need to procure. Newly announced initiatives, including the Canadian Cyber Security Centre, which will become part of the Communications Security Establishment, and a new RCMP National Cybercrime Co-ordination Unit, present a big opportunity to deal with challenges that both the public and private sector have identified to date. These are the types of outcomes Mr. Goodale and his fellow cabinet members are aiming for, and Canadians need, in our interconnected world.
Industry Public Private Partnership
Source https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/canadian-sovereignty-depends-on-public-private-cybercollaboration/article38214323/
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Plunder of Public Money necessitates Audit Reforms

ISLAMABAD: The modern state has to be smarter in dealing with economic issues in an environment of cut-throat competition. Gone are the days when ruling forces could compromise financial and economic ......

  • Pakistan
  • Services
  • 04 Dec 2017
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Description ISLAMABAD: The modern state has to be smarter in dealing with economic issues in an environment of cut-throat competition. Gone are the days when ruling forces could compromise financial and economic status of the state for vested interests. Now, market forces decide limits of modern day ruling forces within the state and in their respective regions. This authority depends on how the ruling forces treat the resources and the scope of political activity. These two spheres are now constantly determined by the balance between resource management and state spending. States that ignore this mechanism are either categorised as primitive or failed. These states cannot become market competitor and are discarded. Pakistan appears to have passed seven decades since independence in complete disregard to the danger of such categorisation. Traders demand civic amenities in markets That is why all the performance data in the economic and financial spheres speaks of decadent trends in the country. Social and physical infrastructure, taxation, fund allocation, market development policy and regional as well as global relations are awkwardly managed. Lately, sociopolitical tensions have intensified and the feeling of primitive statehood deepens after watching the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that regularly seeks explanations from the Auditor General and government departments for turning a blind eye to the plunder of public money. Last week, PAC members lost their temper over the explanation given by the federal petroleum authorities. MNA Mian Abdul Manan asked a federal secretary to explain the outsourcing of government tasks and how funds at his disposal were dealt with. Manan pinpointed to the corrupt methods that caused losses of billions to the public exchequer. The statements of federal secretaries given in response to the Auditor General’s objection to unauthorised spending were unacceptable. Such spending by the federal and provincial organs is so huge and the channels of spending are so diverse that identifying them will be a hugely tough task for an ordinary journalist. While listening to the barrage of questions and the dodgy answers at the PAC meeting, I thought that I should list areas where smart audit should be the prime focus to avoid being categorised as a ‘failed’ state. These areas include the Ministry of Finance, revenue and taxation departments, public procurement, budget of state-owned organisations and the Auditor General of Pakistan. Once the government decides about conducting this audit in an honest manner, the state apparatus may find a way out. At present, as officials of the Auditor General explained in the PAC meeting, the department conducts a random audit of 25% of the inflows and outflows without particularly targeting major spending. Its staff selects only the spending which is agreed between audit officials and the targeted organisation. It is incomprehensible in a country where leakages in the inflow and outflow of funds have gone on without any significant check. Recent remarks on certain cases of pilferage and money-laundering by Supreme Court judges have indicated that they might propose restructuring of the audit system in the country.
Industry Services
Source https://tribune.com.pk/story/1575180/2-plunder-public-money-necessitates-audit-reforms/
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Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is on the spot over allegations of opaque multibillion-dollar procurement processes in the roads sector.

Uganda: Discontent Over Chinese Contractors Domination Rocks Ugandas Roads Sector UNRA team took over in April 2015 after an overhaul of the authority following the multimillion-dollar Katosi Road sc ......

  • Uganda
  • Construction
  • 27 May 2017
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Description Uganda: Discontent Over Chinese Contractors Domination Rocks Ugandas Roads Sector UNRA team took over in April 2015 after an overhaul of the authority following the multimillion-dollar Katosi Road scandal in which, on the urging of then minister for works Abraham Byandala, a fake US firm, EUTAW, was awarded a contract without due diligence, got paid in record time, and subcontracted a Chinese company contrary to the law. The minister was arrested and later redeployed, the entire management of UNRA fired and a representative of the US firm arrested and charged. The latest allegations of opaque procurement at UNRA were brought to light by a whistleblowers petition to the Presidents Office, the Inspectorate of Government, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), intelligence agencies and a host of other government entities, detailing questionable dealings involving Chinese companies and the UNRA management. The EastAfrican has seen documents contained in the petition, and at the heart of the matter, outside the barrage of allegations of corrupt dealings, is the place of Chinese contractors in the countrys lucrative roads sector. Ugandan and other foreign companies are questioning the preferential treatment accorded Chinese firms. Legal protection Only a few weeks ago, Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde was forced to issue a press statement to calm tensions in downtown Kampala, where small-scale businesspeople were protesting encroachment on their territory by Asian traders. The unwritten rule, they argued, "is that small businesses be left to Ugandans." Ms Kyambadde said there was no such provision in law. It is this lack of legal protection for the Ugandan business community that comes out in the whistleblowers petition demanding scrutiny of UNRAs dealings with Chinese firms. Specifically, the whistleblower -- who going by the detailed report presented appears to be an insider at UNRA -- points out the inflation of costs, unscrupulous dealings with Chinese companies recommended for blacklisting by parliament, ring fencing contracts to the Chinese, misappropriation of funds by contractors under the watch of UNRA and preferential treatment of Chinese companies in the procurement process. According to the Auditor Generals 2014/15 report, Chinese companies is appropriated Ush47.7 billion ($13 million) in connivance with UNRA officials. The money was meant to compensate individuals and communities affected by the infrastructure projects, but was paid out and received by six Chinese companies, who put it in fixed deposit accounts to earn interest. "The money hadnt been accounted for by December 2016. Neither the old and new UNRA management acted as this fraud was being committed, an indication that they were part of the scam," the whistle blower says in his petition. The six companies are China 18th Group (Ush12.9 billion [$3.5m]), China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Ltd (Ush12.9 billion[$3.5]), Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd (Ush6.5 billion [$1.8m]), Chong Qing Inter Construction Co. (CICO) (Ush7 billion [$1.9m]), China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Ltd (Ush8.4 billion [$2.3m]) and China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Uganda Ltd. Compensation The funds were advanced to five Chinese companies to reduce delays in payments but the firms used them for profit as they awaited a validation report from the government chief valuer. The special accounts where the funds were to be deposited were opened after some time or not opened at all. Ush32 billion would later be returned to the UNRA account after pressure from parliament. The parliamentary committees findings were adopted by parliament on December 21, 2016. According to the Hansard, "This House do adopt the report of the committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises in the Auditor Generals report for the selected entities for FY 2013/14, 2014/15." Despite the committee recommending blacklisting of the companies cited in the Auditor Generals report, UNRA has defiantly gone on to carry out business with them. "Why is the same UNRA that was directed to blacklist now purporting to award a tender to one of the affected companies for the Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishaha/Kanungu road projects as the best evaluated bidder out of the nine bidders?" the whistleblower asks, adding, "Unless officials have been bribed, what other reasons can they tell Ugandans as to why they cannot halt new dealings with such a sham company?" UNRA posted on its notice board on March 1, 2017 that Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd was their best evaluated bidder (BEB) for the Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishaha/Kanungu road project funded by the Africa Development Bank. The BEB notice R4(3)(b) under procurement reference number UNRA/WORKS/2016-17/00035 -- for civil works for the upgrading of the said road to bituminous standard under open international bidding for the contract price Ush220,105,788,039.31 ($60.7m) -- was displayed on March 1, 2017 for two weeks. Intervention The unsuccessful bidders were M/S Al Mayehu Ketema General Contractors and Dott Services Ltd whose evaluated price was higher than that of the best evaluated bid price, according to reasons advanced by UNRA for selecting the blacklisted Chinese company. Last week, President Museveni wrote to UNRA, Attorney General William Byaruhanga, the Ministry of Finance and PPDA ordering a freeze on government of Uganda doing business with Dott Services which he accused of manipulating the court system to evade investigation after he received credible information pointing to unscrupulous dealings by the company. Dott Services had been recommended for blacklisting by a commission of inquiry report into the mismanagement at the roads agency but got a High Court order quashing the committees findings. In another development, civil works for upgrading the 69km Kigumba-Bulima road from gravel to paved bituminous funded by the Africa Development Bank was first advertised and cancelled in 2014 and in December 2015. Twelve bidders participated in bid submission. Later, the tender was awarded to China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Ltd, one of the five companies that parliament recommended to be blacklisted over the Ush47.7 billion ($13m) compensation scandal. The petition asserts, "UNRA evaluated China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Ltd in spite of the fact that it ranked third in prices and was Ush6 billion, above the lowest bidder, who was Dott Services Ltd. Dott challenged this at the PPDA tribunal, which ruled in their favour. UNRA disqualified Dott for not meeting turnover of $45 million." Suspected cost inflation UNRA challenged the ruling in the High Court on July 22, 2016 before withdrawing it. On August 23, 2016 China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Ltd was declared best evaluated bidder, this time disqualifying Dott for misrepresenting its key personnel. "The matter was taken to PPDA tribunal which ruled against UNRA for using selective criteria but the entity said it had no money for due diligence," reads the whistleblowers petition. The petition also brings to the fore the oft-raised concerns about UNRAs suspected inflation of road construction costs. "It caused financial loss to the government by inflating the cost and quantities of hardcore/rock fill on Gulu-Acholi Bur road from 500 tonnes to 74,293 tonnes and inflated the cost from Ush30,000 ($8.3) to Ush458,313 ($126) per tonne hence an inflated cost of Ush824,963 ($227) per cubic metre. The cost of hard core rose from Ush229 million ($63,175) to Ush34 billion ($9,380)," the petition says. For the upgrading of Hoima-Butiaba-Wanseko road to paved bituminous standard (55 kilometres), the bids were opened on January 22, 2016 and UNRA posted the BEB notice on January 16, 2017, indicating China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) was their best evaluated bidder, "albeit with the highest price of $2 million per kilometre. Ironically UNRA cost estimates are $960,000 per kilometre. When it got to the media, it was withdrawn because it was too high. The other red flag raised in the petition is the restriction of oil roads pre-qualification to Chinese companies because the roads are to be funded by China Exim Bank.
Industry Construction
Source http://allafrica.com/stories/201705190135.html
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British Airways computer failure causes big delays at multiple airports

British Airways is struggling with a major computer system failure as passengers at airports around the world complain of delays and long lines. "Our IT teams are working as hard as they can to quick ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Airports & Aviation
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description British Airways is struggling with a major computer system failure as passengers at airports around the world complain of delays and long lines.
"Our IT teams are working as hard as they can to quickly fix a problem with our check-in system," the airline said in a statement. "We're sorry for the delays some customers are experiencing as they check-in for their flights."
The company's official Twitter account fielded a barrage of complaints from travelers at airports including Atlanta, Chicago and Boston late Monday. Others reported problems in the Bahamas and Mexico.
As Tuesday morning arrived in Europe, customers there also began to flag issues. The airline said checking in passengers at major London airports Heathrow and Gatwick was taking longer than usual.
Travelers in the U.S. said British Airways representatives had told them the system failure had been going on for hours and was global.
"Apparently computers are taking the #LaborDay2016," tweeted Alex Kintzer, posting a photo of a long line at San Francisco airport.
It wasn't immediately clear how many flights have been affected.
Some people shared images of hand-written boarding cards that BA staff had given them.
The disruption comes about a month after Delt was hit by a global computer outage that caused days of travel chaos, including about 2,000 flight cancellations.
Less than three weeks before that, Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights following a system failure.
British Airways, the U.K.'s flag carrier, is owned by International Airlines Group, whose other businesses include Ireland's Aer Lingus and Spain's Iberia.
Marilia Brocchetto and Ruairi Casey contributed reporting.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the day of the week when passengers reported problems.
Industry Airports & Aviation
Source http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20160906/NEWS02/309069993/british-airways-computer-failure-causes-big-delays-at-multiple-airports
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DTPC to expedite tourism projects

The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is planning to speed up the work of the new projects and there are eight new projects coming up, said the officials. "The work at Palakkayam thattu is al ......

  • India
  • Travel & Tourism
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is planning to speed up the work of the new projects and there are eight new projects coming up, said the officials.
"The work at Palakkayam thattu is almost complete and we are awaiting the date of its inauguration by the tourism minister," said the DTCP secretary Saji Varghese. The work of the reconstruction of the garden at Pazhassi dam near Mattannur is also in the final stage and would be ready for inauguration after Onam, he said.
"We have set up solar lights, sitting arrangements and walkway in Palakkayam thattu, and once this is ready we will have a tourism circuit connecting the place with Paithalmala and Kanjirakolly so that it would attract more tourists," said the DTPC secretary, adding that it would also help to improve the local economy. If marketed properly it can be developed as a hill station like Ooty, according to the officials. Since the project is developed in an eco-friendly manner, it will not affect the environment of the place and the DTPC's aim is to execute the tourism projects in the district in the similar manner so as to not create any damage to the ecology, he added.
At Pazhassi dam, the garden is being reconstructed after it was washed off in the flood in 2012, and the new project is coming up near the reservoir instead of the previous location near the barrage."We have built a road to the garden, a steel bridge, cafe, walkway and a toilet complex and the work is progressing fast now," said the DTPC secretary.
Industry Travel & Tourism
Source http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/DTPC-to-expedite-tourism-projects/articleshow/54024351.cms
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British Airways computer glitch causes delays

British Airways says it has fixed a computer problem that caused delays and long lines at numerous airports. The company's official Twitter account fielded a barrage of complaints from travelers at ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Airports & Aviation
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description British Airways says it has fixed a computer problem that caused delays and long lines at numerous airports.

The company's official Twitter account fielded a barrage of complaints from travelers at airports including Atlanta, Chicago and Boston late Monday. Others reported problems in the Bahamas and Mexico.

Customers in Europe faced delays early Tuesday. But the airline later said it had overcome the difficulties.

"We had a problem with our check-in systems which affected check in for some flights from the U.S., but this was not a worldwide issue and there were no cancellations," BA said. "The check in system is now working and customers are being checked in as normal in London and overseas."

Travelers in the U.S. said British Airways representatives had told them a system failure had been going on for hours and was global.

It wasn't immediately clear how many flights were affected.

Some people shared images of hand-written boarding cards that BA staff had given them.

The disruption comes about a month after Delta was hit by a global computer outage that caused days of travel chaos, including about 2,000 flight cancellations.

Less than three weeks before that, Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights following a system failure.

British Airways, the U.K.'s flag carrier, is owned by International Airlines Group, whose other businesses include Ireland's Aer Lingus and Spain's Iberia.

-- Marilia Brocchetto, Stephanie Halasz and Ruairi Casey contributed reporting.
Industry Airports & Aviation
Source http://www.abc17news.com/news/business/british-airways-computer-problem-causes-delays-at-multiple-airports/41527094
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Operations set to start at Chanju-I, India

The 36MW Chanju-I hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is set to commence operations, I A Energy and Entura announced today. News that the project work had concluded was confirm ......

  • India
  • Energy & Power
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description The 36MW Chanju-I hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is set to commence operations, I A Energy and Entura announced today.
News that the project work had concluded was confirmed during a hydropower roundtable hosted by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in New Delhi, attended by Tasmania’s Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom; representatives of the Ministry of Power, Government of India; and members of the private sector.
The project involved construction of a 16m high barrage, a 4.1 km head race tunnel, two underground desilting chambers, underground pressure tunnels, pressure shafts and a surface power house.
The participation of the private sector in generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in India was approved in 2005. Chanju-I was awarded to I A Energy through a competitive bidding process and the business engaged Entura in 2007 to provide technical expertise in optimising design and construction, costing, contract packaging, selection of equipment, scheduling and project management.
“This is a very important moment for us at I A Energy as Chanju-I was our first step towards diversifying into the renewable energy sector,” said I A Energy Managing Director Narendra Goel. “We’re very pleased to have worked with Entura to develop a safe, cost-effective and sustainable run-of-river hydropower station that will support India’s need for new renewable electricity supply.”
Entura’s involvement over the full cycle of the project helped I A Energy ensure the right location, access and water availability for a viable project, they said in a statment. The firm developed an effective design for the project, ensured its progress through development approval, and played an ongoing role during construction.
“Chanju-I is a very special project as we have been involved with it since its inception, and today we are delighted to be celebrating its completion,” said Ajay Sharma, Entura India’s Managing Director. “We are very proud of having supported the successful entry of a private sector player in India’s hydropower market, which will certainly inspire others that might be considering renewable energy but don’t have the expertise.
“Chanju-I demonstrates the extensive hydropower experience and skills of our teams in India and Australia, which enabled I A Energy to overcome a number of challenges throughout the different phases of the project, delivering valuable outcomes such as increasing the asset capacity from 25 MW to 36 MW.”
Industry Energy & Power
Source http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/news/newsoperations-set-to-start-at-chanju-i-india-4996186

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