• Coal India-arm SECL is executing eight ‘first mile connectivity’ projects with an estimated capital outlay of Rs 3,100 crore to evacuate dry fuel, especially incremental production under the proposed plan to scale up the maharatna firm’s output to 1 billion tonnes. The move will also help power plants at farther most locations in northern and western regions to avail recently notified rail concessions for distance beyond 1400 km.
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of highways projects worth Rs 15,592 in Andhra Pradesh, an official statement said. These include 16 highway projects stretching over 1,411 km.
  • India’s exports increased 5.99% year-on-year to $27.58 billion in September, according to the government data. Exports stood at $26.02 billion in September 2019. The country’s imports declined 19.6% to $30.31 billion in September. It was $37.69 billion in the same month last year. The trade deficit in September was $2.72 billion, compared to $11.67 billion in the year-ago month.
  • The government has invited proposals for installation of charging stations from entities that intend to build and operate charging infrastructure on major highways and expressways in the country.
  • Highway projects worth Rs 50,000 crore are being developed in Kerala as part of the Mumbai-Kanyakumari economic corridor under Bharatmala Pariyojana, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected India’s gross domestic product (GDP) to plunge in FY21 by 10.3%, revised down since its June forecast of 4.5% drop, reflecting a severe-than-anticipated contraction in economic activities in the first quarter as a result of the nationwide lockdown as well as the rapidly spreading pandemic.