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Birla Corp to set up Rs 450 crore cement plant

Birla Corporation, the Rs 2,160 crore revenue flagship of the MP Birla group, announced the setting up a 1 million tonne cement plant. It has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Assam government, to set up a plant at Umransu in the North Cachar Hills district. The project cost will be Rs 450 crore and will be implemented through a joint venture.

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Rail freight rises: core sector in good shape

India’s goods traffic movement is a good lead indicator of how some core sectors are performing. Coal is shipped by rail. Steel plants transport ore and other raw materials to their plants, and transport finished steel back by rail. Other key commodities being transported by rail include fertilisers, foodgrains and crude oil. An increase in freight traffic either indicates higher demand for raw materials (coal is used by power and steel plants) or higher production because shipments are going up.

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Ultratech’s Q1 net profit up 58%, volumes up 24%

Ultratech Cement’s sales and profits during the June 2009 quarter grew handsomely. The company is a subsidiary of Grasim Industries, a Aditya Birla Group company. Its net sales grew by 31% to Rs 1953 crore, and net profit rose by 58% to Rs 418 crore. Several factors contributed to its good performance: volume growth (partly due to new capacity), firm prices, excise duty reduction, lower coal prices and power costs.

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