• Construction, transport and chemical manufacturing sectors are likely to be the worst-affected by the coronavirus pandemic in China, says a report. However, India’s top imports, crude oil and gems and jewellery, which collectively account for 46% of total imports are relatively insulated from the public health crisis in China, according to the report by ICICI Securities.
  • The transport and logistics industry should gear up for stricter pollution norms and adopting liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a future fuel, according to Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari.
  • PNC Infratech Ltd said it has bagged orders worth Rs 3,582 crore from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for widening of road projects in Uttar Pradesh. 
  • Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) said it has won Rs 1,546-crore project from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for building a stretch of NH-16 in Andhra Pradesh under Bharatmala Pariyojana. The project will be undertaken under the hybrid annuity mode and likely to be completed in 2.5 years.
  • Power demand in the country grew 2.1% in April-February this fiscal to 1190.74 billion units (BU) from 1166.08 BU in the same period a year ago. During 2018-19, the power demand grew 5% to 1274.59 BU from 1213.32 BU in the previous fiscal, Power Minister Mr R K Singh said. 
  • The Minister informed that there has been no decline in electricity demand as a whole and the overall energy requirement has been growing with commensurate growth in energy supplied also. 
  • Coal-fired power plants achieved the prescribed level of fuel stock of 22 days last week after a gap of three and half years. The combined stock at pitheads and power plants is almost 88 million tonnes, the highest ever.