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Maruti to recall A-Star for faulty fuel pump

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

It seems to be a season of recalls for the automobile industry with Maruti Suzuki now deciding to call back some 100,000 A-Star cars from the Indian market for a faulty fuel pump.

“In November 2009, we came across an anomaly reported in the fuel tank in some of the vehicles and by December 2009, we started contacting the customers through letters,” the company said in a statement.

“These vehicles belonged to a lot made till Aug 22, 2009 only. In case fuel is filled to the brim, beyond the fuel auto cut off position, a possible fuel leakage from the fuel pump mounting area may take place. No problem has been reported by customers.”

But as a matter of caution, the company said it decided to check all vehicles from the lot and the fuel pump gasket and ring were being replaced for around 100,000 cars including those exported overseas.

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Maoists give Taliban justice, behead cop

Maoist rebels have beheaded Jharkhand Police officer Francis Induwar, who they had abducted a week ago to force the release of their leaders.

“He (Induwar) has been beheaded. His body and head were recovered near Raisha Ghati under Namkom Police station on Tuesday, about 12 km from Ranchi,” said Superintendent of Police (Rural) Hemmant Toppo.

A poster was seen pasted on a tree saying the body was that of the police officer. Induwar, who was with the state police’s Special Branchwas kidnapped on September 30 by the Maoists from Hembrom Bazaar in Khunti district, about 70 km from Ranchi.

Samarj, the Maoists’ South Chhotanagpur Committee secretary, had on Saturday called a local newspaper and said the Inspector would be released only after the police set free Ghandy

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Vijayawada, 200 villages threatened by floods

October 5, 2009 1 comment

Andhra Pradesh geared up for more floods as a swollen Krishna river on Monday inundated parts of Vijayawada city and threatened to swamp 200 villages in Krishna and Guntur districts, while the overall flood situation continued to be grim in the rest of the state.

The authorities are constantly monitoring the level at the Prakasam barrage across the Krishna river and they said if Monday night passed without much damage to the 200 villages downstream in the two districts the threat would be averted.

Officials are describing it as the worst floods in Krishna river in 100 years.

The focus of the flood threat has now shifted to the coastal areas.

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Mittal set to exit $20 bln Indian steel project

Steel company ArcelorMittal (ISPA.AS) is close to pulling out of a $20 billion plan to build two steel plants in India due to difficulties buying land, its chairman and main owner, Lakshmi Mittal, told The Financial Times.

Delays in persuading farmers and others to sell land for the development in the states of Jharkand and Orissa were holding up the project, Mittal said in an interview with the FT.

“If we cannot make progress in these two sites we will have to abandon the idea of starting the projects there and look for other places in India for our expansion,” the FT reported Mittal as saying.

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PM, Sonia to visit flood-hit Andhra, K’taka

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram will visit flood-hit Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Monday and Tuesday to assess the havoc wreaked by heavy rains there and meet the affected people.

“Sonia Gandhi will undertake an aerial survey of the worst-affected districts of Kurnool and Mahboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh for a spot assessment of the death and destruction caused by heavy rains and flood waters,” a party spokesperson said on Sunday.

She will also visit Bellary, one of the 10 worst flood-hit districts in north Karnataka, to assess the damage and meet the affected people. The Home Minister will accompany her during the trip to both states.

original post @ IBNLive

Burma court rejects Suu Kyi’s appeal

A court in Burma on Friday rejected the appeal of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democratic opposition to the country’s military government, against an extension to her house arrest.

Ms Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 14 of the past 19 years since her National League for Democracy won an overwhelming victory in general elections, was sentenced to an extra 18 months’ confinement in August.

She can still appeal to the supreme court to have Thursday’s verdict overturned.

The Nobel laureate was accused of allowing John Yettaw, an American, to spend one night in her house when he arrived uninvited in May after swimming across the lake that backs onto her house. Mr Yettaw was sentenced to seven years of hard labour, but was released last month after an appeal by US Senator James Webb.

original post @ FT.com

Maruti, Hyundai Boost September Car Sales on Festive Demand

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Hyundai Motor Co. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Thursday reported higher September sales as easing loan rates and the ongoing festival season in India lifted demand for cars and sport-utility vehicles.

Sales at Maruti, the local unit of Suzuki Motor Corp., surged 17% from a year earlier to 83,306 vehicles in September, boosted by higher demand in both local and overseas markets.

Maruti’s local sales grew 11% to 71,594 vehicles while exports surged 85% to 11,712 vehicles.

Demand for automobiles generally rises during the festive season, when it is considered auspicious to buy new products in many parts of India. The two-month season usually begins in October, but started in late September this year.

 

original post @ WSJ