Mumbai: With an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections in four months, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday reshuffled his cabinet by dropping six Ministers and inducting 13 others. The 13 comprise 10 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from Shiv Sena and one from ally the Republican Party of India (A) (RPI-A). As expected, former Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the state Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joined as a Minister, and another long-time contender Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar was also inducted. All the ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C.V. Rao at a function in Raj Bhavan. Besides Vikhe-Patil and Shelar, the other Cabinet rank Ministers who were sworn-in are: Sanjay Kute, Suresh Khade, Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike and Tanaji Sawant (all BJP), and Jaydutt Kshirsagar (Shiv Sena). Five legislators were inducted as Ministers of State — Yogesh Sagar, Sanjay Bhegde, Parinay Fuke (all BJP), Atul Save (Shiv Sena) and Avinash Mahatakear (RPI-A). Six incumbent ministers – Prakash Mehta, Vishnu Savra, Ambarish Atram, Dilip Kamble, Pravin Pote and Rajkumar Badole – who were dropped for lacklustre performance, tendered their resignations which were accepted by Fadnavis. With this, on the eve of the Maharashtra Assembly’s monsoon session starting here on Monday, Fadnavis has consolidated the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena’s position before the upcoming elections.
Teck Cominco has launched its simplified name and brand, Teck, and the formed five new strategic business units specialising in copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. “Seven years ago when Teck Cominco was formed, two strong Canadian companies with a tradition of excellence in mining and metal refining were brought together. Since then, we’ve grown stronger through the acquisition and development of a diversified range of commodities,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “Today, under one simplified name and a new strategic business unit structure, Teck is well positioned to build on our strength as a diversified resource leader.” The new structure is designed to improve the company’s competitiveness by increasing Teck’s ability to analyse and act on available opportunities in each commodity segment. Each business unit is led by a senior executive with full responsibility for the unit’s performance including establishing a growth strategy, project identification and development, the safe and sustainable operation of the unit’s assets, delivering quality products to customers, and overall profit and loss accountability:Copper Business Unit – Roger Higgins, Senior Vice President, CopperMetallurgical Coal Business Unit – Boyd Payne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elk Valley CoalZinc Business Unit – Mike Agg, Senior Vice President, ZincGold Business Unit – Rob Scott, Vice President, GoldEnergy Business Unit – Ray Reipas, Vice President, EnergyIn support of these business changes, the company is updating its brand and logo to more accurately reflect Teck’s diversified portfolio of commodities. “Each of us at Teck is striving to build a company that is a special place to work: where everyone goes home safely every day, where we treat the environment with care, where we give back to communities, and where we take pride in what we do and the value our products bring to the world,” said Lindsay.The company’s legal name will remain Teck Cominco Ltd until the next Annual General Meeting in April 2009. At that AGM, subject to the approval of shareholders, the company proposes to change the legal name to Teck Resources Ltd. However, effective immediately, the brand of the company will be simply Teck.Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.