HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014


‘Clients can count on us to tackle issues’

WAPCOS Limited is a public sector enterprise under the ministry of water resources. WAPCOS has been providing consultancy services in all facets of water resources, power and infrastructure sectors. Its chairman and managing director RK Gupta spoke to HT on a range of issues. Excerpts: 

VK Singh row: my phone was tapped, says Omar

Former army chief, General VK Singh, stirred a hornet’s nest when he claimed that ministers in Kashmir were on army’s payroll since 1947. The J-K assembly will now summon him to the House for an explanation. Chief minister Omar Abdullah takes on Gen Singh in a hard-hitting interview with Harinder Baweja.

Diversification is key to making profit

Engineering Projects (India) Limited (EPI) is a central public sector enterprise with expertise in civil and structural work, material handling system, and defence-related projects, among others.

'Cong didn't stick to its word'

Srikrishna commission report is an idiotic, ambiguous report where one option favours united Andhra Pradesh with development boards, says TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao in an interview to Prasad Nichenametla.

I can’t be pure growthwallah in this job

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh has been under attack for raising environment concerns in implementing industrial projects, especially regarding coal mining. The minister explained to Chetan Chauhan, in an interview, reasons for his approach.

Got a Mini Ratna in service sector

National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a public sector undertaking under the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) was recently awarded Mini Ratna. The NSIC, with a current business turnover of over Rs. 7,000 crore, provides a host of services to small entrepreneurs. Its chairman-cum-managing director HP Kumar spoke to Debobrat Ghose on various issues. Excerpts:

‘Immunisation up, infrastructure better’

Listening to her mellifluent tones, it is easy to believe that states like Bihar and UP could become exemplars of how good governance can dramatically change health indicators. Over 12 years, Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has worked tirelessly to promote immunisation in India's poorest states like Bihar.

Small aberrations can't mar good work

Delhi Development Authority — the Capital's largest land development agency — has been in the news  recently for all the wrong reasons, notwithstanding some of the world-class facilities developed by the agency.

'Happy with new tiger estimation figure'

As the number of tigers in India increased from 1,411 to 1,706 in four years, Chetan Chauhan speaks with environment minister Jairam Ramesh on new figures.

'I need to get my life in order first'

Tuesday was his first full day at home in four months, but rights activist Binayak Sen hardly got any time to savour it. Less than 24 hours after being released on bail from Raipur Central Jail, Sen was finding life quite hectic. He spoke to HT on his future plans but refused to discuss his personal life. Excerpts:

'Health care delivery more convenient now'

Dr Vivek Desai, managing director, Healthcare Infrastructure Planning and Management Consultancy (Hosmac) India, told Hindustan Times that over time the higher costs of technology-enhanced health care will come down.

‘We plan to bring out the new tariff by August’

PD Sudhakar, a former special secretary to the ministry of corporate affairs, took over the reigns of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) as its chairman at a time when all the stakeholders in Delhi’s power supply scene were locked in a multi-pronged court battle over the issuing of a tariff order.

In their version, Lokpal isn’t accountable at all

Telecom and HRD minister Kapil Sibal emerged as the government’s pointsman on the Lokpal bill, when it was engaged in hard negotiations with the Anna Hazare’s team during the past two months. He spoke to HT about this unique experience and the road ahead :

No politics! Time to show the real UP

UP must sell its positives, suggests Bollywood’s prolific writer-poet Prasoon Joshi, who wrote his first book   ‘Main aur Woh’ at  17. He replies to  HT’s questions.  Some excerpts.

Adherence to ethics in business is a key governance issue

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex organisation of public sector enterprises (PSEs) has taken many initiatives to enable public enterprises to be globally competitive. SCOPE chairman, Arup Roy Choudhury, who is also the chairman and managing director of NTPC Limited, spoke to Hindustan Times on a range of issues.
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