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Driving The Future: This Startup Is Already Powering India's Electric Vehicle Dream

Driving The Future: This Startup Is Already Powering India's Electric Vehicle Dream

Elon Musk may still be contemplating about entering the Indian market and car makers like Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Ford, and others talk about having their first electric car in India by around 2020, but a Hyderabad-based startup has raced ahead.

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Anti-Dumping Duty May Eclipse Solar Energy Potential In Rural India

Anti-Dumping Duty May Eclipse Solar Energy Potential In Rural India

Saur Gram’ - the small hamlet in Bihar’s Jehanabad district is indeed a study in progress. For nearly 70 years after independence, the village had remained powerless – figuratively as well as literally.

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Government Is On Its Way To Achieving 175 GW Target For Installed Renewable Energy Capacity By 2022

Government Is On Its Way To Achieving 175 GW Target For Installed Renewable Energy Capacity By 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken several steps to fructify Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's dream of a clean energy future for the 'New India'.

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45 Lakh Families To Get Power Supply In Mp Under Saubhagya

45 Lakh Families To Get Power Supply In Mp Under Saubhagya

State-run Rural Electricity Corp (REC) today said that Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) was launched in Madhya Pradesh to provide electricity connections to about 45 lakh families.

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Workmen Productivity At Coal India Doubled In The Past Decade

Workmen Productivity At Coal India Doubled In The Past Decade

Productivity of workmen at Coal India has doubled in the past ten years, a feat that has mostly gone unnoticed. The company now produces 50% more coalwith two-thirds of the manpower 10 years ago, thanks to higher utilisation of machines.

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Jaipur Discom Directed To Give Info On Banned Note Deposits

Jaipur Discom Directed To Give Info On Banned Note Deposits

The information commissioner (IC) of Rajasthan has directed Jaipur Discom (JD) to provide information on the number of banned currency notes of denominations Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 deposited by its Bandikui unit (Dausa) in the State Bank of Jaipur and Bikaner (SBJB) branch from November 8 to 10, 2016.

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Private Players Cry Foul As Coal India Steps Up Supply To State-Owned Plants

Private Players Cry Foul As Coal India Steps Up Supply To State-Owned Plants

Private power companies are crying foul as Coal India (CIL) has stepped up supply to state-owned power plants without a long-term fuel linkage at a time when former’s generating stations are seeing a shortage of the dry fuel, saying this is in contravention of the government policy.

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Respite To Thermal Power Plants Not Following 2015 Emission Rules

Respite To Thermal Power Plants Not Following 2015 Emission Rules

Thermal power plants across the country not following the 2015 environmental standards set by the Ministry of Environment for emissions of Sulphur dioxide (SO2), Particulate Matter (PM).

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ReNew Power Looks To Buy Waaree Energies’s Solar Power Projects

ReNew Power Looks To Buy Waaree Energies’s Solar Power Projects

ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd is exploring the acquisition of Waaree Energies Ltd’s solar power projects as it seeks to consolidate its position as India’s largest clean energy firm before a planned initial public offering (IPO), two people aware of the development said.

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Levy To Boost CIL Profit

Levy To Boost CIL Profit

Coal India has slapped a levy of Rs 50 per tonne as coal evacuation charges, which is set to earn the public sector miner Rs 2,500 crore every year.

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Coal Supplies At Power Plants Getting Better; Stocks Of Comfortable Nine Days

Coal Supplies At Power Plants Getting Better; Stocks Of Comfortable Nine Days

Coal stocks at power plants have reached a comfortable level of nine days which can be considered out of critical levels, according to power executives. This follows acute supply crisis for several weeks which forced several power companies to shut down units.

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Dear Pm Modi, Here's How Bureaucrats Are Planning To Scuttle Your Rooftop Solar, Employment Plans

Dear PM Modi, Here's How Bureaucrats Are Planning To Scuttle Your Rooftop Solar, Employment Plans

From the look of it, the bureaucracy seems bent on sabotaging Prime Minister Modi’s plan to create jobs, encourage solar and ensure power for all.

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State Asked To Submit Views On UMPP By Jan 1

State Asked To Submit Views On UMPP By Jan 1

The Centre has extended the deadline for States to submit their views on the draft standard bidding documents (SBDs) and guidelines for ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) to be set up under build, own and operate (BOO) basis.

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Government Unlikely To Scrap Customs Duty On Import Of Solar Panels

Government Unlikely To Scrap Customs Duty On Import Of Solar Panels

The government appears to have turned down a plea by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to scrap import duty on solar panels imposed last year, according to the minutes of a meeting held earlier this month.

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'Investment That's Going Into The Private Sector Is Increasingly Focused On Clean Energy Technologies'

'Investment That's Going Into The Private Sector Is Increasingly Focused On Clean Energy Technologies'

The US establishment under President Donald Trump made its intentions clear of moving away from their commitments made to the international community on climate change at COP21 at Paris.

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Why Renewable Energy Evacuation Demands A Decisive Push

Why Renewable Energy Evacuation Demands A Decisive Push

Up against a staggering renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022, India has its task cut out. Installing the new capacity has its due share of problems, but integrating it with a nascent grid poses a much more formidable challenge.

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For The First Time In 10 Years, Power Plants Show Load Factor Rising, Here Is Why

For The First Time In 10 Years, Power Plants Show Load Factor Rising, Here Is Why

Power plants across the country have shown that load factor is rising for the first time in 10 years. The uptrend is evident across Central, state and private generation capacities.

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MP Aims To Beat China, Build World’s Biggest Solar Park

MP Aims To Beat China, Build World’s Biggest Solar Park

Just a day after CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone for the 750MW Rewa Solar Park, Madhya Pradesh is aiming to pip China by setting up the world's largest solar power park with an installed capacity of 1050 MW.

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34 Power Projects In Distress; Centre Not To Bear NPAs

34 Power Projects In Distress; Centre Not To Bear NPAs

Almost a third of the distressed power plants unable to repay loans totalling crores of rupees are in Chhattisgarh, show data from the Power Ministry.

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Open Power Access Gets Dear With 52 Paisa Extra Surcharge

Open Power Access Gets Dear With 52 Paisa Extra Surcharge

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has levied an additional open access surcharge of 52 paisa per kWh on industrial consumers, a move aimed at promoting sale of electricity generated by its own plants and discouraging industrial units to purchase power from other generators.

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Power Ministry Seeks Faster Coal Supply to Shakti Auction Winners

Power Ministry Seeks Faster Coal Supply to Shakti Auction Winners

The power ministry has asked the coal ministry to issue directions to Coal India Ltd to start coal supply to the winners of coal contracts auctions without waiting for approval from the power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).

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After Pay Revision 3,000 UPCL Staff Call Off Strike

After Pay Revision 3,000 UPCL Staff Call Off Strike

The state government on Tuesday revised the pay scale of over 3,000 employees of Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) who had earlier threatened to go on strike from January 5.

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Solar Power Industry Welcomes Govt Move To Set Drone Regulations

Solar Power Industry Welcomes Govt Move To Set Drone Regulations

The solar power industry, particularly firms involved in the operation & maintenance (O&M) of solar plants, have welcomed a statement by minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha, that the government will come out with regulations for operating drones within two months.

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Suzlon Commissions Offshore Met Station Off Gujarat Coast

Suzlon Commissions Offshore Met Station Off Gujarat Coast

Suzlon Group has commissioned its first operational offshore Met (meteorological) station in the Arabia Sea, the country's largest renewable energy solutions provider said in a statement.

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Moody’s Lowers Oil India’s Credit Rating On Acquisitions

Moody’s Lowers Oil India’s Credit Rating On Acquisitions

Moody'sInvestors Service has lowered government-owned oil explorer Oil India's Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) saying increased acquisition and shareholder payments have weakened the company's credit profile.

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India Challenges China As World's Biggest LPG Importer

India Challenges China As World's Biggest LPG Importer

India is set to surpass China as the biggest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) this month as a drive to replace wood and animal dung fires for cooking boosts consumption.

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PM Modi's Ujjwala Scheme Set To Make India World's Biggest LPG Importer

PM Modi's Ujjwala Scheme Set To Make India World's Biggest LPG Importer

India is set to surpass China as the biggest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) this month as a drive to replace wood and animal dung fires for cooking boosts consumption.

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Diesel, Petrol Prices Soar Across States As Crude Oil Surges On Good Demand

Diesel, Petrol Prices Soar Across States As Crude Oil Surges On Good Demand

Diesel prices have soared in the country, peaking in Delhi and touching three-year highs in Kolkata and Chennai as crude oil surges on good demand and production cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

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Moody's Affirms Oil India's Baa2 Ratings; Lowers BCA To Baa3

Moody's Affirms Oil India's Baa2 Ratings; Lowers BCA To Baa3

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Baa2 issuer ratings and senior unsecured bond ratings of Oil India Limited (OIL).

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India Cuts 2017-18 Fuel Demand Growth Estimate To 4.5 Percent

India Cuts 2017-18 Fuel Demand Growth Estimate To 4.5 Percent

India has cut its annual fuel demand growth estimate to 4.5 percent for 2017/18 from 5.8 percent, government data showed, indicating slower economic activity.

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China Becomes World's No. 2 LNG Importer In 2017, Behind Japan

China Becomes World's No. 2 LNG Importer In 2017, Behind Japan

China will become the world's second-biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this year as it overtakes South Korea, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed.

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Essar Oil UK Posts 231% Jump In Profit

Essar Oil UK Posts 231% Jump In Profit

Essar Oil UK, which owns and operate the Stanlow refinery in the U.K., posted a 231% jump in its half yearly net profit to $169 million, aided by a forex income of $25 million, deferred tax liability and strong refining margins.

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Essar Oilfields Commences Drilling Contract With Mercator In Gujarat

Essar Oilfields Commences Drilling Contract With Mercator In Gujarat

Essar Oilfields Services (India) Ltd (EOSIL), on Tuesday, announced that it has commenced a contract awarded by Mercator Petroleum to drill two firm oil wells and one optional oil well in the Cambay Basin, Gujarat.

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Project 'Swarna': Jaipur-Agra Shatabdi Express To Have New

Project 'Swarna': Jaipur-Agra Shatabdi Express To Have New

Come 2018 and the Jaipur-Agra Shatabdi Express coaches, thanks to the Indian Railways project 'Swarna', will be equipped with new features.

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Pod Taxis Zoom Past Another Checkpoint, Speed Towards Delhi

Pod Taxis Zoom Past Another Checkpoint, Speed Towards Delhi

This will soon be a reality in Delhi-NCR with the much-awaited pod taxi project — India’s first — crossing another checkpoint.

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After 2 Yrs, Train Services Resume At The Station Managed By Villagers

After 2 Yrs, Train Services Resume At The Station Managed By Villagers

Train services resumed in Rajasthan’s Rashidpura Khori after a break of over two years after services were halted for work to broad gauge the track. The station is unique in its own way as it is perhaps the only one in India which is being run by villagers.

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Land Locks Metro Depot

Land Locks Metro Depot

Land acquisition for the maintenance depot of the Joka-Esplanade Metro corridor has been held up for four months, bringing uncertainty back to a project that has already missed several deadlines.

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Mumbai: Central Railway To Start Its Second Bombardier Rack On Tuesday

Mumbai: Central Railway To Start Its Second Bombardier Rack On Tuesday

Central Railway (CR) inducted its second Bombardier rake with a 6.03 am service from Vidyavihar to reach Kalyan at 7 am on Tuesday.

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Thirty Years Of Railway E-Booking

Thirty Years Of Railway E-Booking

The Eastern Railway celebrated three decades of the computerised passenger reservation system (PRS) on Tuesday.

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Suburban Rail Services Hit As Local Train Derails In Chennai

Suburban Rail Services Hit As Local Train Derails In Chennai

Suburban train services operating from Moore market complex (MMC) on Wednesday suffered cancellation following a derailment at Avadi here, officials said today.

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Sikkim’s Rail Link Project Faces Hurdles As GTA Sets Preconditions To Issue NOC

Sikkim’s Rail Link Project Faces Hurdles As GTA Sets Preconditions To Issue NOC

The project to bring Sikkim into the railway map of India is stuck due to a slew of demands raised by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) to give the mandatory no objection certificate for tracks to pass through forest land.

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NHAI Awards Contract For 58.2-km Ring Road Around Jammu

NHAI Awards Contract For 58.2-km Ring Road Around Jammu

The government today said NHAI has awarded a contract for construction of 58.2-km ring road around Jammu city. “The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued Letter of Award (LOA) for construction of 58.25 km long standalone ring road/bypass around Jammu city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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India Inks $318 Million World Bank Loan For Tamil Nadu Irrigation Scheme

India Inks $318 Million World Bank Loan For Tamil Nadu Irrigation Scheme

The governments of India and Tamil Nadu on Tuesday signed an agreement with the World Bank for the multilateral lender to provide a $318 million loan for modernisation of irrigation projects in Tamil Nadu, improve market opportunities for small and marginal farmers and their adoption of climate resilient techniques.

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Railways To Use Excess Water From Coal Mines To Make Bottled Rail Neer

Railways To Use Excess Water From Coal Mines To Make Bottled Rail Neer

In 2016, Rail Neer, which is the brand of bottled water provided by Indian Railways to its passengers, was awarded the title of ‘India’s Most Trusted Brand for 2016,′ in the packaged drinking water segment, by IBC Infomedia Private Ltd.

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Pilot Scheme: Nestle To Vend Ready-To-Eat Meals For Train Passengers

Pilot Scheme: Nestle To Vend Ready-To-Eat Meals For Train Passengers

Railway passengers will soon be offered ready-to-eat meals by the likes of Nestle. The move follows the transporter’s decision to introduce pre-packaged food, instead of freshly cooked food, for passengers on board its trains after several complaints on the quality of food being provided.

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