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In Prague, Jaishankar meets Indians and discusses the state of bilateral relations
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In Prague, Jaishankar meets Indians and discusses the state of bilateral relations

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with members of the Indian community here on Sunday and briefed them on recent events in India as well as the health of the bilateral relationship. Jaishankar is in town on the final phase of a two-nation journey to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, where he hopes to bolster ties between the two Central European nations. Jaishankar sent out a tweet,  "Delighted to meet the Indian community in Prague. Good to see many of them doing so well. The expansion of the community has also been encouraging. Shared with their developments at home and the state of our bilateral relationship. Count on their continuing support," The minister of foreign affairs arrived in Prague on Saturday from Bratislava, Slovakia's capital. Jaishanakar met with the Cz...
Assam floods: 57,000 people impacted across seven districts; 202 homes destroyed
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Assam floods: 57,000 people impacted across seven districts; 202 homes destroyed

According to an official statement, the recent floods in Assam have affected almost 57,000 people across seven districts. Almost 222 villages and 10321 people are impacted by the floods in 15 revenue circles. Flood floods have flooded 44 hectares of farmed land. This natural disaster in Assam claimed the lives of three individuals, including a kid. A total of 1,434 animals have been harmed by the water, and 202 homes have been destroyed thus far. In flood-affected parts of the state, the Army, paramilitary forces, SDRF, and Fire and Emergency Services carried out rescue and relief operations. In the districts of Hojai, Lakhimpur, and Nagaon, several roads, bridges, and irrigation canals were destroyed. On Saturday, heavy rains caused landslides in 12 communities in the Dima Ha...
As electricity demand rises, the government orders all imported-coal facilities to operate at maximum capacity
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As electricity demand rises, the government orders all imported-coal facilities to operate at maximum capacity

To address India's ongoing power crisis, the Centre has invoked Section 11 of the Electricity Act, requiring all imported coal-based projects to generate power at full capacity, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Power on May 5. “All imported coal-based power plants shall operate and generate power to their full capacity. Where the imported coal-based plant is under National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), the Resolution Professional shall take steps to make it functional," the government-mandated. The order will bring at least seven gigatonnes of Essar Power and Coastal Energen power facilities online in states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, and it will also apply to units under NCLT. It will also aid in the reactivation of Adani Power and Tata...
Firefighting at the Bhalswa garbage site in Delhi has been going on for the past 36 hours.
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Firefighting at the Bhalswa garbage site in Delhi has been going on for the past 36 hours.

On Thursday, several portions of the Bhalswa waste site in Delhi were still burning. There are fire crews on the scene. More information is awaited. On Tuesday, a big fire broke out at the Bhalswa dump in North Delhi. According to Delhi Fire Service officials, smoke was reported around 5:00 pm that later spread into a massive fire. Following the incident, locals living near the Bhalswa landfill in Delhi have also been reporting breathing problems. Meanwhile, Gopal Rai, the Delhi Environment Minister, accused the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of incompetence in the Bhalswa dump fire on Wednesday. The minister told ANI that the Delhi government has requested a report on the fire occurrence from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). "The people of Delhi are faci...
 Power ministry: The total amount of power consumed in India has exceeded 201.
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 Power ministry: The total amount of power consumed in India has exceeded 201.

The central government said the greatest all-India power demand met on Tuesday was 201.066 GW, despite complaints of coal shortages at power facilities across the country. The demand exceeded last year's maximum demand of 200.539 GW, which occurred on July 7, 2021, according to the Ministry of Power. The country's economic expansion is reflected in the rising power demand. The increase in energy demand in March of this year was roughly 8.9%. In addition, during May and June, demand is predicted to reach around 215-220 GW. "The government and other stakeholders are working together to ensure unhindered power supply and efforts at all fronts are being made and measures are being taken for better utilization of various resources," said the Ministry of Power."The government and ot...
Massive fire breaks out at Ghazipur landfill site; Gopal Rai demands report
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Massive fire breaks out at Ghazipur landfill site; Gopal Rai demands report

A massive fire broke out at the dumping yard of east Delhi’s Ghazipur area on Monday leading to a huge cloud of smoke enveloping the region and neighboring areas. Nine fire tenders are at the spot to bring the blaze under control, an official of the fire department said. Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg said efforts are on to douse the flames, adding that it may take a few more hours. According to the fire department, a call was received at around 2.30 pm about the fire in Khaata at Ghazipur. Garg told PTI that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. A thick blanket of smoke was seen at a section of the dumping yard, where the fire broke out. Meanwhile, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to submit a report on the i...
Indian Oil no longer accepts Russian crude oil on free-on-board basis
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Indian Oil no longer accepts Russian crude oil on free-on-board basis

India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will no longer accept cargoes of Russian crude oil and Kazakh CPC Blend on a free-on-board (FOB) basis due to insurance risk, according to a tender notice and a source familiar with the matter. The letter was sent on Monday to traders who submit cargo offers into IOC’s regular crude oil buy tenders. It was in December 2021, during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India, that IOC renewed its contract with Rosneft to buy up to 2 million tonnes (MT) of crude oil in 2022 from the Russian major through the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. With operations in the Black Sea getting affected after several ships getting hit, insurers were hesitant to give cover to shipping majors in the region and were also charging an additio...
Earthquake felt in Jammu-Kashmir, parts of north India on Saturday
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Earthquake felt in Jammu-Kashmir, parts of north India on Saturday

Jolts of an earthquake were felt in parts of Jammu and Kashmir and other areas of north India including Noida on Saturday morning. The exact magnitude of the quake is yet to be ascertained. "That was a very strong earthquake. 7.3 on the Richter Scale, 189 KM WSW of Islamabad, Pakistan as per National Center for Seismology," tweeted Srinagar Mayor, Junaid Azim Matt. According to the National Center for Seismology, an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 Ritcher scale occurred today at 9:45 am on the Latitude 36.340 and Longitude 71.05, which is situated on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border region. Earlier in the day, Uttarakhand was jolted with a quake measuring 3.6 magnitude on the Richter scale. The National Center for Seismology informed in a tweet, "Earthquake of Magnitude:3.6, Oc...
Over 21,900 families who lost member to COVID-19 given Rs 50,000 ex-gratia: Delhi govt
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Over 21,900 families who lost member to COVID-19 given Rs 50,000 ex-gratia: Delhi govt

A total of 21,914 families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 in Delhi have received a one-time ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 from the Delhi Disaster Response Fund (DDRF), officials said on Sunday. This amount is in addition to the financial aid of Rs 50,000 being provided by the city government under the 'Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana’. "A total of 25,586 people have died due to Covid in Delhi so far. Families of 21,914 of them have received one time ex-gratia of Rs 50,000. The remaining applications are being processed,” a government official said. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Saturday released an additional amount of Rs 100 crore to 11 districts for the payment of ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to kin of people who have died of Covid in Delhi, off...
Delhi govt to deregister all diesel vehicles that complete 10 yrs on Jan 1
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Delhi govt to deregister all diesel vehicles that complete 10 yrs on Jan 1

By Administrator_India Capital Sands  Delhi government will deregister all diesel vehicles which will complete 10 years on January 1, 2022, and issue no objection certificate so that they can be re-registered in other places In compliance with the National Green Tribunal's directions, the Delhi government will deregister all diesel vehicles which will complete 10 years on January 1, 2022, and issue no objection certificate (NOC) so that they can be re-registered in other places. However, no NOC will be issued for diesel vehicles, which have completed 15 years or more on the date of applying for it, according to an order issued earlier this week by the Delhi transport department. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued directions relating to restrictions on registration and pl...