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Oil PSUs to spend 2% of net profit on CSR

The petroleum ministry announced that public sector units in the oil sector –like Gail, HPCL, ONGC, BPCL and IndianOil- have resolved to spend at least 2% of their net profits on corporate social responsibility projects. There was a joint meeting of the Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Murli Deora, chairmen of oil PSUs and the petroleum secretary, RS Pandey.

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Wipro barred from World Bank contracts

“Wipro discloses vendor status with World Bank”. That’s the headline of the release issued to the Bombay Stock Exchange. But for Satyam’s run-in with the World Bank, few would have opened the attachment. Its contents are a shocker The World Bank has declared Wipro ‘ineligible’, in June 2007, to bid for direct contracts for four years ending in 2011. Ineligible is a mild term for a ban, which is what it is. Wipro’s disclosure shows a can of worms waiting to be prised open in several parts of corporate India. Continue Reading →

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Satyam’s board dismissed, government nominated board to step in after a week

The government acted in time to stop tomorrow’s board meeting of Satyam Computer Services. Otherwise, a 3-member board would have met tomorrow, to consider the resignations of its chairman and managing director and discuss options before the company. This is the same board, down from its original strength of nine, which has presided over the worst corporate scam in the new millennium in India. Any decision of this board would have been viewed with suspicion.

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