Coal block auction to start shortly; mines auctioned 4 years ago still behind production target

Union minister Pralhad Joshi Wednesday said the auction of coal blocks would commence “very shortly”. The coal minister also said that major policy changes would also be notified very shortly and expressed hope that the auction would be successful. However, coal mines, which were awarded through flagship e-auction during the BJP’s first term, are still […]

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Indian aluminium producers’ seek import duty hike ahead of budget


Ahead of the budget, aluminium producers in India have sought steps from the government to hike import duty on primary aluminum, scrap and downstream products and rationalise costs of raw materials. Industry bodies such as the Aluminium Association of India (AAI) and FICCI have informed the government that the aluminium sector of the country is […]

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Australia finally clears Adani to mine one of the world’s largest coal reserves

The most divisive mining project in recent Australian history can finally break ground after the state of Queensland cleared the final regulatory hurdle on Thursday for Adani Group’s Carmichael coal mine. The approval of the project’s groundwater management marks the end of an almost 10-year wait, during which the proposed mine faced steady resistance by environmental groups. Local […]

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COMMENTARY – Help clean up the air, Mr. Prime Minister


One of the brightest spots in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s tenure has been India becoming the world’s fastest-growing energy market, fuelled in no small measure by an ambitious renewable energy program. Yet, the conundrum is that 15 of the world’s country most-polluted cities are also in India—a dubious distinction that can only become […]

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NTPC of India aims for 10.4 million tonnes of captive coal production during 2019/20

India’s largest power producer, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), has set a target of mining 10.4-million tonnes of coal from its captive mines during 2019/20. According to a company statement, NTPC had set the coal production target in its memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the Power Ministry, which also stipulated that the utility would […]

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