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The Centre, he said, plans to come up with the second round of auction of blocks for commercial mining in January.(HT Photo (Representative Image))

Faster coal mine operationalisation to reduce import: Coal add secretary

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 04:01 PM IST
He said that fast operationalisation of coal blocks will not only reduce the import of fossil fuel but would also prevent the foreign exchange expenditure.
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Big trouble for coal fired power plants?

UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:19 PM IST
Many new chimneys will spit acid and power plants will have to reduce capacity to prevent environmental disaster.
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Black powder and chunks suspected to be coal particles that washed up on a beach in Goa.(HT PHOTO)
Black powder and chunks suspected to be coal particles that washed up on a beach in Goa.(HT PHOTO)

Black particles, suspected to be coal, washes up on Goa’s beaches

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 05:47 PM IST
Environmental campaigner Claude Alvares said that the primitive loading and unloading procedure at the Marmugao port could be responsible for the dispersal of coal into the sea.
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Laborers carry coal to load on a truck in Guwahati. The new rules state that no amendment will be required in the EC granted to the plant, even if the source of coal, and consequently, its distance from the thermal power plant changes.(AP)
Laborers carry coal to load on a truck in Guwahati. The new rules state that no amendment will be required in the EC granted to the plant, even if the source of coal, and consequently, its distance from the thermal power plant changes.(AP)

Govt eases norms for thermal power plants, allows coal to be sourced, moved without fresh approvals

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 05:08 AM IST
The change was made in an office memorandum issued by the ministry on November 11, and comes after demands by thermal power plants, who said that the constraints were leading to delays in obtaining coal from new domestic sources.
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A group of protesters who are opposing the expansion of a railway line in Goa.(HT PHOTO)
A group of protesters who are opposing the expansion of a railway line in Goa.(HT PHOTO)

Protests against railway expansion in Goa gather steam

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Activists claim the railway expansion is being carried out solely to facilitate the transportation of more coal between the port and steel plants in North Karnataka, for which Goa is the closest port.
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The Jharkhand government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to auction coal blocks for commercial mining.(HT PHOTO.)
The Jharkhand government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to auction coal blocks for commercial mining.(HT PHOTO.)

Jharkhand moves SC, challenges auction of coal blocks for commercial mining

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The chief minister said they had requested the Centre to put the exercise on hold in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but now they have decided to explore legal options as they did not get any adequate response from the Union government.
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An employee walks between front-end loaders which are used to move coal imported from North Korea at Dandong port in the Chinese border city of Dandong, Liaoning province.(REUTERS FILE)
An employee walks between front-end loaders which are used to move coal imported from North Korea at Dandong port in the Chinese border city of Dandong, Liaoning province.(REUTERS FILE)

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating coal’s demise

By Bloomberg | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Social distancing measures mean energy demand has fallen across the board. Some of the smallest declines, however, are in the electricity sector. That should have been good news for coal. But it hasn’t turned out that way.
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The Centre has also directed Coal India Limited (CIL) to produce 710 million tonnes (MT) of coal as the company’s coal offtake target will also remain at 710 MT for this fiscal.
The Centre has also directed Coal India Limited (CIL) to produce 710 million tonnes (MT) of coal as the company’s coal offtake target will also remain at 710 MT for this fiscal.

‘Allow construction activities in power projects’: Centre to states

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 06:32 PM IST
The power sector has been reeling under stress since the lockdown with a dip of 30% in demand due to the absence of commercial activity in the wake of lockdown.
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In a new development, North Korea has also been spotted sending coal into the ocean for pick-up on self-propelled barges that are easier to evade detection, the report said.(Reuters file photo)
In a new development, North Korea has also been spotted sending coal into the ocean for pick-up on self-propelled barges that are easier to evade detection, the report said.(Reuters file photo)

North Korea flouts sanctions through China’s shipping: Report

By Agence France-Presse | United Nations
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 10:19 AM IST
The annual report to the UN Security Council by sanctions experts went online and inexplicably disappeared later in the day, with the text itself noting China’s reservations about the findings.
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Brothers choked to death in sleep by coal fumes in Ludhiana

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2019 11:24 PM IST
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The Centre may spin off units of Coal India Ltd, the world’s largest coal miner, into separate listed companies to boost competition and raise government funds, according to people with knowledge of the matter.(Bloomberg File Photo)
The Centre may spin off units of Coal India Ltd, the world’s largest coal miner, into separate listed companies to boost competition and raise government funds, according to people with knowledge of the matter.(Bloomberg File Photo)

Government may consider breaking up Coal India to raise funds

By Bloomberg | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2019 11:50 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has sought to sell some state assets to raise funds, and these divestments will continue to remain a priority, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on July 5, setting a record target of raising Rs 1.05 trillion ($15 billion) in the current fiscal year.
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Coal miners pose with the last piece of black coal at at the Prosper Haniel colliery on December 21, 2018, in Bottrop, Germany(AFP)
Coal miners pose with the last piece of black coal at at the Prosper Haniel colliery on December 21, 2018, in Bottrop, Germany(AFP)

The closure of Germany’s last mine doesn’t mean the end of coal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 09:05 AM IST
The International Energy Agency forecasts that coal will remain among the largest single sources of electricity generation for another 30 years, with it currently accountable for 41% of global generation and 29% of all primary energy demand.
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The Delhi government has banned the use of coal in the national Capital to check pollution levels.
The Delhi government has banned the use of coal in the national Capital to check pollution levels.

Environment body exploring ways to stop entry of polluting Indonesia coal into Delhi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 03:58 AM IST
EPCA asked officials of Coal India Limited to suggest how the supply of coal to Delhi-based traders could be restricted.
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