India hastens hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir

In a bid to utilise the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty to the full, India is planning speedy construction of eight hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir. They will have a total installed capacity of 6,352 MW at a projected cost of Rs 56,700 crore (about $9 billion). These projects are Sawalkote (1,856 MW),


Coal India invites power producers for linkage auction

State-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) has invited applications from independent power producers to take part in the auction of coal linkages under the Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala Transparently in India (Shakti), a notice said on Monday. The miner asked “interested entities” to register on the website of auction firm MSTC Ltd “on or

Oil & Gas

NCLT appoints IPR for insolvency of Nagarjuna Oil Corporation

The National Company Law Tribunal’s (NCLT) Chennai bench has appointed an Insolvency Resolution Professional (IRP) for Nagarjuna Oil Corporation (NOCL) based on an application filed by one of its creditors, the company informed BSE on Wednesday. The insolvency petition was filed under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Oil Refinery (NORL) holds 46.78

Civil Aviation

China plans space-based, solar-powered telecom drones for emergency support

China is planning to build a space-based, solar-powered drone telecommunications network capable of providing week-long emergency assistance on the ground, according to a state media report on Wednesday. A research institute affiliated with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp is developing the project “Feiyun,” which means “flying cloud,” the Global Times reported, citing another report


Govt may lease out infrastructure projects to private operators: Niti CEO

The government needs to exit infrastructure projects and even look at handing over jails, schools and colleges to the private sector as happens to be the case in countries like Canada and Australia, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said today. At the same time, he was highly critical of India’s private sector, terming it as