71 anti-Vedanta protesters charged for 2018 Sterlite Copper violence in Tamil Nadu

The police have charged 71 people for rioting and arson during the deadly protests over environmental concerns at Vedanta Ltd’s copper smelter in Tamil Nadu three years ago.   Police had opened fire to beat back the protesters in the southern seaside town of Thoothukudi where 13 people were killed, causing national outrage and the subsequent […]

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Indian Oil‘s profit doubles to Rs 4,917 crore in third quarter: new Rs 31,500 crore refinery set for Tamil Nadu

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Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) reported a net profit of `4,916.6 crore on a standalone basis for the quarter ended December 31, recording a 110% rise from the same period a year ago. The state-run oil refining and marketing company attributed the increase in profit to inventory gains, stemming from fluctuations in global oil prices and rising […]

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Peak power demand in India touches new high

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India’s peak power demand touched a record 1,85,280 MW this week, signalling a rise in commercial and industrial activities as businesses go through a “reset” phase after the lifting of lockdown curbs in recent months. Wednesday’s demand breached the previous high of 1,82,888 MW recorded on December 30, 2020. Power minister RK Singh said on […]

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Indian government procures paddy worth Rs 1.06 lakh crore so far this kharif season, 25% above normal

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The government has procured 25 per cent more paddy so far in this kharif marketing season at 564.17 lakh tonnes for Rs 1,06,516 crore amid farmers’ protest against three new farm laws. Kharif marketing season runs from October. “In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP […]

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IMD warns of heavy rainfall in southern states; “deep depression” in Bay of Bengal

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An alert has been issued from the Meteorological Department‘s Chennai office that the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal will change to ‘Deep Depression’ in the next 24 hours which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm. Due to the effect of this cyclonic storm, there will be heavy rainfall in South Kerala […]

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On World Fisheries Day, UP wins best performer tag in inland fisheries; Odisha the best marine state

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On the occasion of World Fisheries Day on 21 Novemeber, 2020, Uttar Pradesh was awarded as best performing state in inland fisheries sector while Odisha got the award of the best Marine state by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India. Addressing the gathering, the Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and […]

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Discoms’ outstanding dues to power companies rise by 37% to Rs 1.33 lakh crore in August 2020

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The total dues owed by distribution firms to power generating companies rose by over 37 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1.33 lakh crore in August 2020, reflecting stress in the sector. Distribution companies (discoms) owed a total of Rs 96,963 crore to power generation firms in August 2019, according to the portal PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification […]

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Procurement season begins: paddy worth Rs 10.53 crore procured in two days at government-approved MSP

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Amid widespread farmers’ protest against the new farm laws, the Centre has come out with the latest data of paddy procurement in the last 48 hours to allay any apprehensions over the minimum support price (MSP) buying. “About 5,637 tonnes of paddy at MSP of Rs 1,868 per quintal has been procured from farmers of Haryana and Punjab till September 27. […]

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India increases loan windows to state-run electricity distribution companies to Rs 1.2 lakh crore

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The union government has proposed to increase the total loans being offered to state-run electricity distribution companies (discoms) by Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 1.20 lakh crore from the Rs 90,000 crore announced earlier to cover the additional dues of these entities to power generators for the April-June period. The Centre had announced the scheme […]

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