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20% of Shipping Corp of India up for grabs

Mumbai: Shipping Corp. of India Ltd., the nation's biggest marine transport company, approved a plan to sell up to a 20 percent stake, Chairman S. Hajara said. India revived its plans to sell Shipping Corp. shares as Asia's third-biggest economy seeks funds to narrow its budget deficit from a 16-year high. The government aims to raise as much as 400 billion rupees ($8.6 billion) this year by selling stakes in companies including Coal India Ltd. and Steel Authority of India Ltd. ?Shipping Corp., which said profit increased 60 percent in the first quarter, seeks to raise funds as the company adds 14 ships in the financial year that started in April. The government, which owns an 80 percent stake in Shipping Corp., had in 2005 planned to sell a 15 percent stake in the company. [12/08/10]

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