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What channel is Kansas vs. Villanova on today? Time, schedule for top 25 college basketball clash

first_imgWhat channel is Kansas vs. Villanova on today? TV channel (national): FoxLive stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTVKansas vs. Villanova can be seen on Fox and live streamed on Fox Sports Go as well as on fuboTV.Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Jim Jackson (analysis) and Andy Katz (sideline) will handle the announcer duties.Kansas vs. Villanova: What time is tipoff?Date: Saturday, Dec. 21Start time: Noon ETKansas vs. Villanova is the first of two in Fox’s Saturday college basketball doubleheader. Following the conclusion of the game in Philadelphia, Texas will take on Providence at approximately 2 p.m. ET. Will No. 1 go down again? That’s the question everyone is asking as No. 1 Kansas heads to Philadelphia to take on No. 18 Villanova on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.Given how the season has unfolded to this point, one of two things will be true following Kansas vs. Villanova: The Jayhawks will establish themselves as the nation’s elite team or the constant changing of the guard will continue at the AP poll’s No. 1 position. MORE: Watch Kansas vs. Villanova live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Kansas lost on opening night in a 68-66 decision to Duke at the Champions Classic but has been perfect since. Bill Self’s team captured the Maui Invitational title with wins over BYU and Dayton and has also took down Colorado earlier this month.As for Villanova, the Wildcats are still searching for their first signature win of the season. Jay Wright’s squad was blasted by Ohio State last month and dropped a close one to Baylor but remains unbeaten at home. The Villanova frontcourt will have its hands full against Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike. The preseason Big 12 player of the year is averaging 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and forms one of the nation’s best guard-big duos with Devon Dotson (19.6 points per game, 4.8 assists per game). Defense has been a concern for the Wildcats to this point, and if they hope to knock off the nation’s top team, keeping Azubuike and Dotson in check will be key.Below is all the info you need to watch Kansas vs. Villanova on Saturday, including tipoff time, TV channel and how to stream.MORE: Jalen Brunson: Sporting News college basketball Athlete of the Decadelast_img read more

GBI agent: Man who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery used a racial slur as he stood over Arbery’s lifeless body

first_imgDuring a preliminary hearing in the Ahmaud Arbery case, Georgia special agent Richard Dial testified that Travis McMichael, one of the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery, allegedly stood over his lifeless body and called him a “f**king n*****” which was heard by his neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who is also facing charges.Dial also testified Thursday that Bryan, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory, repeatedly “boxed in” Arbery while he was jogging to prevent him from escaping.Georgia family demands arrests 2 months after son shot deadlast_img read more

Planting soybeans in 2017 for agronomic and economic reasons

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Matthew Stroud’s territory of Clark, Madison, Fayette and Green Counties, stalk rot issues in many corn fields may have farmers considering putting soybeans in those fields for 2017. As Stroud mentions in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, that decision may be easier to make from an economic standpoint as well. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

SXSW: Examining the Mobile App Landscape with GetJar’s Patrick Mork

first_img“Android is now the leading smartphone in market share in the United States,” noted GetJar’s Patrick Mork, beginning today’s session at SXSW on the topic of apps vs. the mobile Web. Mork provided other interesting stats about the state of the mobile application industry during this afternoon’s talk, including figures like this: there were over 8 billion downloads last year, there will be an estimated 50 billion downloads by 2012 and an estimated $30 billion in revenue by 2015. And there are over 600,000 apps between Apple, Android and GetJar, the large third-party mobile application store where Mork serves as Chief Marketing Officer.The keynote speech was limited to only 15 minutes, unfortunately, as this is a topic that could be explored for hours. However, Mork made good use of the time, and presented some great slides which mobile developers may find useful. These are embedded below.Benefits of Apps vs. WebSpeaking about the benefit of mobile apps, Mork said they are always “on,” offer deeper engagement than what you get on the Web (although HTML5 is beginning to change this), they can leverage device power features (touchscreen, accelerometer), and, of course, they’re viral and “sexy.”But the Web also has advantages too, mainly: reach. There are 140 million devices that run apps, but over a billion that can access the Web. Web apps are also cheaper to develop, easier to distribute and offer instant updates. But the downside is that Web apps generally require connectivity to work, except in the case of the offline caching provided by HTML5.Strategy Questions for Mobile DevelopersWhen developing for mobile, there are several questions related to strategy that a developer needs to ask, said Mork, like: what is installed base, what OEMs are using this platform, is billing available, what’s the ease of distribution (how many app stores are there), how big is the catalog and how many versions of the OS are out there (i.e., fragmentation issues)?Mork then touched on a few sample cases studies regarding how large companies promote their mobile applications, including Facebook, Fandango and Yahoo.The slides from Mork’s presentation are below – note especially the 8th slide, which has some great stats regarding the current mobile app landscape, including number of apps, number of stores and number of OS versions.Sxsw app vs. webView more presentations from Patrick Mork. sarah perez Tags:#apps#mobile Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Broadway reviews of Canadian 911inspired musical Come From Away

first_img– Ben Brantley, The New York Times – Linda Winer, Newsday One can see why. Landing on Broadway at this famously divided and fear-stoked moment, the warm-as-toast show functions as a shrewdly timed commercial for Canada’s growing brand as the most welcoming North American host for international refugees (no wonder Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to attend in coming days). Sunday night marked the official New York opening for “Come From Away” following several weeks of previews. Prior to its arrival on Broadway, the show received raves during engagements in La Jolla, Calif., Washington, D.C., Seattle and Toronto. Here are a few excerpts of reviews from American critics sharing their thoughts on the Canadian stage show: Advertisement “The show’s accomplishments seem all the more surprising considering that the only previous theatrical credit for the Canadian husband-and-wife team responsible for the book, music and lyrics is something called ‘My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.’ This musical, based on interviews with many of the real-life participants, features a savvy mixture of humour and emotion in its fast-paced story, expertly staged by (director) Christopher Ashley.” ——— Advertisement “Come From Away … reflects a triumph of the human spirit and an honourable mention of the theatrical. It’s by no means the best musical on Broadway, but it’s surely the goodest. If that sounds cynical, perhaps New Yorkers may be permitted a bit of side-eye about a work that borrows our local tragedy as background for 100 minutes of Canadian civic boosterism.” — Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune “We’ve been exposed of late to impressions of Canada as an inordinately decent place. One has only to read about terrified immigrants, fleeing across the United States’s northern border in search of sanctuary, or to reflect on Canada’s vigorous and civilized prime minister, Justin Trudeau, to become sentimental about a place where generosity still seems to be a growth industry. (Irene) Sankoff and (David) Hein’s portrait of Gander will only intensify that longing.” ——— Facebook – Peter Marks, The Washington Post LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment And, beyond both its patriotism and celebration of small-town folks, the show makes the proud declaration that ordinary people, when faced with the other walking right into their kitchen, live and in person, can be counted on to do the right thing.” – Allison Adato, Entertainment Weeklycenter_img The production is set in the remote town of Gander, N.L., which provided refuge to thousands of passengers and crew from planes diverted after U.S. air space was closed following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. – Jesse Green, New York Magazine NEW YORK — The reviews are in and Canadian 9/11-inspired musical “Come From Away” appears to be Broadway’s newest critical hit. Login/Register With: “Well, ‘Come From Away’ may not be Broadway’s first feel-good musical about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but it is a feel-pretty-nice musical. Think of the simple 100-minute show as psychological training wheels, perhaps a way to ease us into the unbearable stories our playwrights might someday ask us to confront.” Twitter “The show’s creators, the Canadian husband-and-wife team of David Hein and Irene Sankoff, have set for themselves a unenviable challenge — to make engaging musical numbers from the following situations: Idling on a tarmac; stocking up on toilet paper, tooth brushes, diapers and tampons at a chain store (‘Shoppers,’ which again made those seated near me titter in regional recognition); and experiencing the unsettling sensation of wearing strangers’ donated clothing when your own is stuck in the hold of a 737. Hummable tunes aren’t really the point here, but the music is confident and lively, and the direct, if not necessarily poetic, lyrics keep the character-based story moving at a pleasant clip.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter “You might think of this populist musical, which was written by the Canadian team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley with breathless, intermissionless bonhomie, and that features one of the older casts ever seen in a Broadway musical, as an idealization of human selflessness. For the record, it was received with atypical warmth and affection on the night I saw the show. Truly atypical. “‘Come From Away’ — set, you should know, on and after the world-shaking date of Sept. 11, 2001 — pushes so many emotional buttons that you wind up feeling like an accordion. That does not mean that you’ll leave thinking you have been played. ——— Advertisement ——— ——— ——— For this Canadian-born production, written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and directed by Christopher Ashley, is as honourable in its intentions as it is forthright in its sentimentality. And it may provide just the catharsis you need in an American moment notorious for dishonourable and divisive behaviour.”last_img read more

BC grapples with future of Site C as Premier Horgan sends ministers

first_imgVICTORIA – The fate of the largest public project in British Columbia’s history, the Site C hydroelectric dam, will be the focus of intense scrutiny this week as provincial cabinet ministers travel north for last-minute consultations.The New Democrats promised to decide Site C’s fate by the end of the year after a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the province’s independent energy regulator, concluded the dam is over budget and behind schedule.Construction work on the $8.3-billion project began near Fort St. John in the northeastern part of the province more than two years ago.The heat is on, said Premier John Horgan, who is sending his ministers of Indigenous relations and energy to the region for consultations with First Nations and community representatives this week.Horgan said he will continue to crunch numbers and try to decide what’s best for rate payers.“This is not an easy choice. This is not an easy decision,” he said. “We’re going to be grappling with it for the next couple of weeks. I’m not underestimating the challenge ahead of me.”Deciding the project’s future is the first major test of the minority New Democrats, who have said it will impact the entire province. Site C has been marked by environmental, economic, technological and Indigenous rights concerns that have become the front lines of political battles in the province.“I, now as the leader of the government, have to look at what the consequences are of what our decision will be going forward,” Horgan said.Environmental studies expert Karen Bakker said the utilities commission’s recent report shows the project’s cost could grow to $12 billion, all to provide energy that isn’t required.“It’s a very expensive project,” said Bakker, who led a team at the University of British Columbia that produced five reports on Site C. “That’s the conundrum the province is facing. This could be a huge money sink for the province.”The utilities commission was asked by the NDP government to confirm whether Crown-owned BC Hydro is on target to complete construction of Site C on budget and by 2024. It was also asked to provide advice on three possible outcomes: proceeding with the project, suspending construction until 2024 or terminating it.The commission concluded suspending and restarting the project in 2024 is the least attractive option, and would add at least $3.6 billion to the price tag.The review didn’t make a recommendation on whether the province should proceed with or cancel the dam, but said terminating Site C would cost $1.8 billion while completing it could cost more than $10 billion.The commission also said there are viable alternative energy sources, including wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment, that could provide similar benefits with an equal or lower cost.“The commission’s report is very clear that there are high economic risks,” Bakker said.She said the project also faces potential lawsuits from Indigenous groups.But Liberal Mike Bernier, who represents the Dawson Creek area near the dam, said killing Site C would result in the province losing $4 billion, with nothing to show for its investment.He said more than 2,000 people are currently working on the dam and their jobs are now under threat.“Site C is a generational opportunity to help the province grow, give us cheap renewable power and have opportunities for my kids and everybody else’s kids,” Bernier said. “To me that’s why this project is something I’m fighting for because I see the opportunities of building our province.”He said six of eight Indigenous groups near the dam site have signed benefits agreements with BC Hydro.Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said he will speak with supporters and opponents of Site C when he visits northeastern B.C. this week.“We will be meeting with all of the nations regardless of their take on the project or their involvement in any benefits agreements or their opposition,” he said. “It’s to listen because we don’t know what we are going to do.”Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation, which is opposed to the dam, had a message for the government during a recent protest at the legislature.“It’s not this government that approved this project, but it is this government that has the ability to stop this thing,” he said.last_img read more

First Nations seeking injunction to stop Site C have first day in

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there’s no remedy besides taking the project “out of the ground” in northeastern British Columbia.Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations’ way of life has already been disrupted by a reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.The First Nations are seeking an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court to stop Site C while BC Hydro and the provincial government claim the project has already cost billions of dollars. Mogerman says the First Nations have put “a ton of resources” into getting displaced caribou back after the animals dispersed following the completion of the W.A.C. Bennett dam in the late 1960s.The First Nations say Site C would flood parts of the of the Peace River Valley, the traditional territory of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, violating constitutionally protected treaty rights.Mogerman says what used to be river a moose would cross is a reservoir an animal would die in and the project must be stopped because it has not gone past the point of no return.Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations says Site C would introduce mercury-laden fish into Moberly Lake and disrupt the longest fresh-water fish migration in North America.“The river had a cultural significance to us because it was a gathering spot,” he said of the Peace River. The NDP had been against the controversial project while in Opposition but said the province risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project that started in 2015 was cancelled.BC Hydro has said the Site C dam would flood 5,500 hectares of land, of which at least 3,800 hectares is agricultural. The project would also flood Indigenous heritage sites.center_img “What we have said right from the beginning is that we’re not opposed to the creation of energy,” Willson said.He said alternative forms of power, including geothermal, solar and wind, have not been adequately explored.“We’re fighting for the survival of who we are as a people and the Peace River Valley is a significant piece of that.”British Columbia’s New Democrat government announced last December that it would back the completion of Site C though it would cost nearly $11 billion, up from an estimated $8.3 billion.last_img read more

2 killed in Chinese naval plane crash

first_imgBeijing: Two Chinese navy pilots were killed Tuesday when their plane crashed during a training mission in the southern island province of Hainan, the military said. The crash happened during a training exercise over rural Ledong county in the southern island province. There were no casualties on the ground and an investigation is underway to ascertain cause of the accident, the navy said in a statement. The Peoples Liberation Army’s (PLA) official statement did not specify the type plane that crashed, although unverified witness account online said it was a twin-seat Xian JH-7 “Flying Leopard”, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe JH-7, which entered service with the navy and air force in the 1990s, has been involved in a number of fatal accidents over the years, it said. China’s worst military air accident in recent years happened in January 2018. At least 12 crew members died when a PLA Air Force plane, believed to be an electronic reconnaissance aircraft, crashed in Guizhou in the southwest of the country. Military commentators have previously said that China’s drive to improve its combat readiness, which includes the building of new aircraft carriers and warplanes, has resulted in a serious shortage of qualified pilots. To fill the vacancies the Chinese military has started a major recruitment drive and intensive training programme for pilots, the report said.last_img read more

Unemployment: Claims and Puzzles

first_imgThe issue of employment creation has been a challenging task for all the governments at the Centre. Recently some researchers and newspapers have highlighted very high unemployment rate (UR) in 2017-18 in the country, based on an unpublished periodic labour force survey (PLFS) report. In India, the main sources of data on employment are NSSO, Economic Census, Registrar General of India and Labour Bureau. NSSO is considered as the main source of employment and unemployment situation as it provides quinquennial household surveys. For the first time, NSSO has conducted a PLFS for 2017-18 on a quarterly and annual basis. Apart from these sources, CMIE has also started conducting household surveys on EUS since January 2016. Because of the first high-frequency data on EUS, it has also been reported in newspapers very frequently. The recent CMIE figure shows that UR in India increased to 7.2 per cent in February 2019, highest since September 2016. Mahesh Vyas, chief of CMIE in his interview to Livemint on 8 March said: “7.2 per cent unemployment rate is a disturbing figure and it shows a situation of discouraged unemployment in the economy”. However, on analysing this data, one will come to know that the latest figure reported in the newspaper and claims made by Mahesh Vyas are partly incorrect and they require closer observation of such data set. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn this context, it would be appropriate to first understand the difference in the definition of unemployment used in CMIE data and NSSO. CMIE collects following information to capture unemployment- i) a person is willing to work but may not have a job; ii) a person is available for a job but not actively seeking a job; iii) a person is not willing for work and also not looking for a job. However, the UR given in CMIE unemployment reports presents the first criteria to capture the unemployment rates. In contrast, NSSO uses two major approaches to capture unemployment figures: Usual status approach (US) and the current weekly approach (CWS). The US approach includes both, those who are unemployed and actively looking for a job and those who are unemployed and not actively looking for a job. The CWS approach includes only those who are unemployed and actively looking for a job. From the above differences in the definition of the two data sources, it is evident that UR reported in CMIE report is not directly comparable to NSSO’s UR figures. Also Read – Insider threat managementRegarding unemployment data at all India level, it shows that between January and September 2016, the overall UR was more than 8 per cent but thereafter, it declined consistently and reached the lowest point of 3.9 per cent in July 2017. It slowly started rising in subsequent months and crossed the 6 per cent figure in August 2018. This trend continued and UR reached to a level of 7.2 per cent in February 2019. However, it is evident that despite a consistent increment in the UR, it is still lower than the UR in the first 6-7 months in 2016. As compared to rural areas, the unemployment rates were always higher in urban areas. In 2016, the gap between the UR of rural and urban areas was high which has narrowed down after July 2017. The quarterly URs show a similar trend of high unemployment rates in the initial months of 2016 and then continuous decline up to May-August, 2017. It started increasing in the subsequent quarters but still seen to be low as compared to the first two quarters of 2016. Here, significant changes have been noticed in female unemployment rates. It was very high in the first two quarters of 2016 and then declined sharply in the subsequent quarters up to May-August, 2017. Thereafter, female unemployment rates increased in each subsequent period. In the entire period, the male unemployment rate was not more than 6 per cent. Unemployment rates across the educational groups: Unemployment rates are relatively very high in the last two categories of 10th to 12th passed person and for those who have educational attainment above undergraduate level. The first category shows the labour forces that have no education at all. In this category, UR was comparatively very high in the first quarter of 2016. In the third quarter of 2016, UR was 1.90, which increased to 2.33 per cent in the subsequent quarter but declined in the next quarter. In fact, comparison of September-December 2016 and September-December 2017 indicates that UR in these periods increased marginally by 0.40 per cent. Overall, there has been very small fluctuation in UR figures after the second quarter of 2016 in this category. In the next education category also unemployment rates fluctuate between 2.6 per cent and 1.2 per cent and UR declined from 2.1 per cent in September-December 2016 to 1.6 per cent in January-April 2017 and 1.0 per cent in September-December 2017. Overall, UR, according to CMIE data shows a general trend of decline in UR in post-October 2016 up to July 2017. The rise in UR started after this or from the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2017, which is still continuing, but not at the rate as it was in the initial months of 2016. Usually, it is expected that UR declines when labour force participation increases, which is not happening according to CMIE data set. If both LFPR and UR are declining, then it is assumed that the further decline in UR will come only slowly and the expectation is that with the improvement in labour market, many participants who have left the market will return and contribute to the pool of unemployed. Again this situation does not exist because LFPR, according to CMIE is continuously declining in both post demonetisation and GST regime. An ILO (2016) study outlines four key drivers of the decline in FLFPR: First, increase in enrolment in secondary schooling; second, rising household income that pulled women out of the low paid informal jobs; lack on employment opportunities for women and fourth, mismeasurement of women’s participation in the labour force. In my view on the basis of above monthly and quarterly unemployment data of CMIE, it cannot be argued that what factors exactly lead to a decline in UR in post-October 2016 and what led to an increase in UR after 2017. Recently NIPFP has published a report on PMAY (U) and it has shown that this program has made a significant impact on employment generation. The report shows that between June 2015 and January 2019, a total of 18.92 lakh direct and 45.57 indirect lakh indirect jobs have been created in the country. The CII projection based on its survey has shown that every year in India around 13 to 14 million jobs have been added by the MSME sector in India in the last four years. Therefore, a strong argument of discouraged employment situation is incorrect and seems to be motivated one. Providing sufficient and gainful employment is, of course, an issue but the current government cannot be solely held responsible for this situation. (The author is an Assistant professor at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

IOC sets up trading desk at Delhi office to buy crude on real-time basis

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has set up a trading desk at its office here to buy crude oil from international market on a real-time basis, helping it cut import price by locking in best price and quality, its Director (Finance) A K Sharma said. IOC, which buys 30 per cent (15 million tonne) of its oil requirement from spot or current market, had set up a trading office in Singapore in 2017 but has now developed in-house software and trading team to buy crude oil on a real-time basis. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt made the first purchase through the desk on March 25 when it bought one million barrel of Nigeria’s Agbami crude, he said. While private sector firms like Reliance Industries have had a local trading desk for buying of crude and exporting fuel it produces, IOC would be the first state-owned refiner to set up such a desk. Sharma said the Singapore desk was used to buy crude oil on a short-tender basis where the purchase was decided in two-hour time after receipt of offers from an international seller. This is compared to 10 hours taken to decide on purchase in traditional tenders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut with a trading desk at its office in the national capital, IOC is deciding on purchases on a real-time basis, he said. “This helps us get the best price and most suitable, value giving crude,” he said. In traditional tenders as well as short tenders floated through the Singapore office, IOC would seek quotations from international sellers for a particular grade and quantity of crude oil. It would decide on the price based on the lowest bid rate with no scope of any negotiations on the offer. However, with the trading desk now, it on a real-time basis negotiates with crude traders, often pitching price of one with another to get the best rate. “We have set up a compliance process,” he said. “We have established an in-house process where four traders, without interacting with one another, lock in best available price. A supervisor, who does not have the benefit of the identity of the seller, then instructs for further negotiations on an offer based on offers from other sellers. The traders then negotiate with the seller to bring down the price.” IOC plans to transfer the trading desk once it stabilises in Singapore to do the real-time purchase of quantities of crude oil it buys from the spot market. Also, it could trade on fuel its refineries would export, he said. The company buys about 70 per cent of its crude needs from oil companies such as Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia and SOMO of Iraq on annual term contracts. The rest is bought from the spot market through tenders. Sharma said ultimately most of the spot purchases would be done through the trading desk. He, however, did not give a timeframe for moving to that. Currently, one cargo of 1 million barrels are bought through trading desks at Singapore or at New Delhi. Sharma said IOCL Singapore Pvt Ltd – the company’s Singapore subsidiary – will ultimately handle the trading desk. IOCL Singapore has two officers as compared to four traders plus supervisor and compliance officer at the trading desk in the national capital, he said adding the company will gradually increase its workforce in line with transactions. Singapore is the trading hub for the world’s biggest consumer region and an office there will help it have better access to information and speedier decision making. Before 2017, public sector oil companies would often lose out on opportunities to buy cheaper crude from the international spot markets as their sourcing policies required them to float a tender and obtain approvals from the oil ministry before they could place an order. The process used to take up to two months. While these companies had board approvals to set up offices abroad, they could not go ahead due to policy constraints and concerns over transparency in the public procurement policy. The trading desk is part of progression IOC has seen in crude procurement policy since 2016 when the government gave flexibility to state refiners to devise their own crude import policies. Prior to that, IOC used to take 26 hours to decide on a tender for import of crude oil from spot or current market. In April 2016, after the Cabinet gave state-owned oil refiners freedom to devise their own crude import policies, the time has been shrunk to 12 hours. Time for deciding on tenders for export of petroleum products or fuel was cut to just 9 hours from the previous 35 hours. “Earlier, we had a three-member committee comprising two company executives and one senior official of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas to decide on awarding tenders for import of crude oil from the spot market. Now we have an internal committee which can take decisions quickly,” he said.last_img read more

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