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October 15, 2018, Monday

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India opens biggest city gas licensing round

India opens biggest city gas licensing round

India today opened for bidding the biggest city gas distribution licensing round, offering 86 permits for selling CNG and piped cooking gas in 174 districts in 22 states and union territories.

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Three companies express interest in NTPC’s agro-residue tender

Three companies express interest in NTPC’s agro-residue tender

State-owned power generator NTPC Ltd has received interests from three companies so far for its maiden tender for procuring 1,000 tonne per day (TPD) of agro-residue based fuel to help cut air pollution and address the issue of crop burning by farmers.

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Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 megawatt (MW) solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to ration power supply to the mines, the biggest consumers. The $60 million project in Lusaka is …

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Jobs in global renewable energy sector grew 5.3 per cent to 10.3 million in 2017

Jobs in global renewable energy sector grew 5.3 per cent to 10.3 million in 2017

The total number of people employed in the renewable energy sector including large hydropower grew 5.3 per cent to 10.3 million globally from 9.79 per cent in the previous year, according to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Power ministry, RBI meet on NPA norms postponed, says RK Singh

Power ministry, RBI meet on NPA norms postponed, says RK Singh

Power ministry’s meeting with Reserve Bank of India on the revised RBI norms for bad loans scheduled for today has been postponed. “It (the meeting) has been postponed. (The meeting will take place) some other day,” Power Minister R K Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function

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RBI Not In Favour Of Forbearance For Stressed Power Assets, Says Power Secretary

RBI Not In Favour Of Forbearance For Stressed Power Assets, Says Power Secretary

The Reserve Bank of India is not in favour of giving any special forbearance for stressed power projects, Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said. The regulator rarely makes allowances for specific sectors and that priniciple will extend to the power sector as well, Bhalla told BloombergQuint in an interview.

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Environmentally Healthy And Clean India Is At The Core Of The Government’s Long Term Goals: Power Minister, R K Singh

Environmentally Healthy And Clean India Is At The Core Of The Government’s Long Term Goals: Power Minister, R K Singh

Environmentally Healthy and Clean India is at the core of the Government’s long term goals, the Minister of State (I//C) Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said on Tuesday while inaugurating NTPC’s two day conference on Agro Residue and Municipal Solid Waste to Power.

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Don’t wait for PRAGATI to resolve issues: PM Modi to ministries

Don’t wait for PRAGATI to resolve issues: PM Modi to ministries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all states and ministries not to wait for the monthly PRAGATI review meetings chaired by him to resolve issues over projects and schemes, stressing that they should happen as a matter of habit while PRAGATI has helped in breaking the tendency of working in silos.

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Nearly 10,000 MW Coal-Based Capacity Remains Unviable, Power Secretary Says

Nearly 10,000 MW Coal-Based Capacity Remains Unviable, Power Secretary Says

Nearly one-fourth of India's coal-based power capacity assessed by the government remains unviable, Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said.

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Narendra Modi orders his team to do the math on new jobs to showcase success

Narendra Modi orders his team to do the math on new jobs to showcase success

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his team to crunch numbers and figure out how many jobs were created in the four years of his rule -- a key factor watched by the nation headed for elections in 2019.

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Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha gets extension till 2019

Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha gets extension till 2019

The Narendra Modi government has given a one-year extension to top IAS officer Pradeep Kumar Sinha as the Cabinet Secretary. He will now be in the chair till June 12, 2019, around the time the country goes to polls.

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Coal shortage in 32 power plants due to rise in capacity utilisation

Coal shortage in 32 power plants due to rise in capacity utilisation

As many as 32 power plants out of 114 in India have coal stockpiles that will last for seven days or less, a situation not seen in several months, as generating stations unexpectedly stepped up capacity utilisation following a rise in demand for electricity.

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Naidu seeks PM's intervention on MSP, free power, crop insurance

Naidu seeks PM's intervention on MSP, free power, crop insurance

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has sought the Prime Minister's intervention to 'quickly address' MSP, free power and crop insurance that have a 'deep and immediate bearing' on welfare of the farm sector, which if left unaddressed, would badly hit farmers.

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Solar power & digital classrooms combo: Zilla Parishad schools to get a facelift

Solar power & digital classrooms combo: Zilla Parishad schools to get a facelift

Almost 300 Zilla Parishad schools in Nagpur will be upgraded under the new ‘Integrated Digital Classroom’ (IDC) project for which a tender is expected to be floated this month. What makes this IDC project unique is that not only will it have digital classrooms but also an integrated solar power set up that will take care of all power needs of the school.

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Wind farms boost tax base for local U.S. governments -Moody's

Wind farms boost tax base for local U.S. governments -Moody's

Wind farms have boosted local tax bases and generated new revenue as they expand across the United States, especially for rural areas, Moody's Investors Service said in a report on Monday.

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UN experts fear Polish clampdown on dissent at climate talks

UN experts fear Polish clampdown on dissent at climate talks

U.N. human rights experts urged Poland on Monday to ensure that peaceful protests can take place at this year's global climate talks amid concerns that new laws in Poland could stifle dissent.

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Essar denies any links with NuPower, DH Renewables

Essar denies any links with NuPower, DH Renewables

The Essar Group has denied it has any links with the Deepak Kochhar-promoted NuPower Renewables, the Mauritius-based DH Renewables or First Land Holdings.

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Siemens plans Power & Gas shutdowns due to power weakness

Siemens plans Power & Gas shutdowns due to power weakness

Siemens said weakness in the power generation market is forcing it to temporarily shut down its Power & Gas (PG) sites around the world.

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Puerto Rico to rebuild power grid using US national standard

Puerto Rico to rebuild power grid using US national standard

The new CEO of Puerto Rico's power company announced Monday that the public agency will immediately adopt a U.S. national standard to design and rebuild the island's power grid following Hurricane Maria.

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Bangladesh signs deal with China to set up coal-based power plant

Bangladesh signs deal with China to set up coal-based power plant

The state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and China Huadian Hongkong Company Limited (CHDHK) have signed an agreement to form a joint venture company to set up a coal-based power plant with a capacity of 1,320 megawatts, a senior BPDB official said on Monday.

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Government scraps plan to privatise oilfields

Government scraps plan to privatise oilfields

The government has shelved the plan to privatise several key ageing fields of ONGC and Oil India following strong opposition from the state-run companies and consultations between the oil ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office. The two companies will now draw up their own proposals to boost output from the fields.

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Global crude oil prices fall as market awaits Trump decision on Iran

Global crude oil prices fall as market awaits Trump decision on Iran

Oil prices retreated from 3-1/2 year highs on Tuesday as investors waited on an announcement by President Donald Trump on whether the United States will reimpose sanctions on Iran.

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UN experts fear Polish clampdown on dissent at climate talks

UN experts fear Polish clampdown on dissent at climate talks

U.N. human rights experts urged Poland on Monday to ensure that peaceful protests can take place at this year's global climate talks amid concerns that new laws in Poland could stifle dissent.

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Sudan in talks with Saudi Arabia on five-year oil aid agreement

Sudan in talks with Saudi Arabia on five-year oil aid agreement

Saudi Arabia would supply Sudan's energy needs for five years on credit under an agreement being discussed by both governments, Sudan Oil Minister Abdulrahman Othman said on Monday.

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Shell trading arm protests proposed program for Marketlink oil pipeline

Shell trading arm protests proposed program for Marketlink oil pipeline

Shell's U.S. trading arm on Monday urged regulators to deny a new program proposed by TransCanada Corp for its Marketlink oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Gulf Coast markets, saying it violates sections of the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA):

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China's crude oil imports hit record in April, fuel exports jump on year

China's crude oil imports hit record in April, fuel exports jump on year

China's crude oil imports reached record highs in April on a daily basis, according to customs data, with independent refiners shipping in backlogs of cargoes from the previous month and making new purchases amid steady refining margins.

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China Oil Imports Rise to Record as Refiners Stock Before Summit

China Oil Imports Rise to Record as Refiners Stock Before Summit

China bought record volumes of crude last month as some refiners made purchases anticipating disruptions to being able to transport oil during an international summit next month.

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Indian Railways Introduces More Humsafar Express Trains: 10 Things To Know

Indian Railways Introduces More Humsafar Express Trains: 10 Things To Know

Indian Railways is introducing a new Humsafar Express train between Anand Vihar Terminal, Delhi and Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. This was said by the Northern Railway in a press release on Monday. Northern Railway caters to one of the zones served by Indian Railways, the largest employer in India.

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70% Train Coaches under South Western Railway get a clean makeover with bio-toilets

70% Train Coaches under South Western Railway get a clean makeover with bio-toilets

With 70% of coaches fitted with bio-toilets, the South Western Railway (SWR) is set to eliminate toilets with open discharge system in its passenger trains.

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Western Railway to attach Extra Coaches in Four Pairs of Trains on Temporary basis

Western Railway to attach Extra Coaches in Four Pairs of Trains on Temporary basis

For the convenience of the passengers and to clear the rush, Western Railway has decided to augment extra coaches in the following pairs of trains on temporary basis. The details are as under:-

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AADHAAR may become mandatory to book Train Tickets on IRCTC

AADHAAR may become mandatory to book Train Tickets on IRCTC

On Monday, senior officials from the Centre for Information Railway System (CRIS), Delhi, arrived in the city to interrogate Salman Khan, believed to be the mastermind behind one of the biggest railway ticket rackets to emerge recently.

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700-800 km Long Hyderloop Transportation System Proposed in Andhra Pradesh

700-800 km Long Hyderloop Transportation System Proposed in Andhra Pradesh

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies on Monday proposed to set up the Hyperloop transportation system in Andhra Pradesh connecting Anantapur-Amaravati-Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as part of a 700-800-km-long integrated public transit system.

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UPA-Era National Highways Created Quite A Mess, Nitin Gadkari Needs To Fix This First

UPA-Era National Highways Created Quite A Mess, Nitin Gadkari Needs To Fix This First

In 2014, during the run up to the general elections, the Congress government launched a series of videos in an attempt to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) ‘development agenda’.

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