Makeover For World’s Oldest City Drives India Steel Recovery

Makeover For World’s Oldest City Drives India Steel Recovery

Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest site on the Ganges River in northern India, is one of 100 places earmarked to receive trillions of rupees to transform their aging infrastructure and become ‘ Smart Cities,’ replete with affordable housing, improved sanitation, and better transportation. To build it all, India plans to triple its steel-making capacity, making it the world’s second-biggest producer, trumping Japan, and reviving an industry that a year ago was on its knees.
“India is one of the bright spots for the global steel industry,” said Bijoy Thomas, a senior analyst at India Ratings & Research, the local unit of Fitch Ratings, by phone from New Delhi. “We have a very low base of per-capita consumption and the nation is on the path to development.” India used about 63 kilograms of steel per person last year, compared with 493 kilograms in China, according to the World Steel Association. That low consumption base, and the promise of a government-backed boom in construction, has prompted a flurry of expansion plans as steel prices recover from a slump in 2015.

Dera Ripple In Delhi: Train, Buses Torched

Dera Ripple In Delhi: Train, Buses Torched

Hours after Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape charges by a CBI court in Haryana, at least six cases of violence and arson were reported in Delhi and Ghaziabad. While no casualty was reported, at least nine buses and two train coaches were set ablaze, fire department officials said. […]