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Ash dam damaged, NTPC's production from plant hit

KORBA: For nearly a month, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh , Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa are coping with reduced power supply after a damaged fly ash dam in Korba grounded power generation at four units of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

In Dhanras village, not too far from the NTPC's Korba power station, a bleak wasteland of grey extends in an endless and forbidding expanse above the village. Here, a maze of pipelines disgorges slurry saturated with fly ash over 4.5 sq km of raised ground enclosed within high embankment walls.

NTPC to invest Rs 3,300 crore to expand capacity at Chhattisgarh

SIPAT, CHHATTISGARH: Country's largest power producer NTPC plans to invest about Rs 3,300 crore to expand capacity of its existing power project at Sipat in Chhattisgarh. The company is exploring possibility to set up a 660-mw power-generating unit at the site, its regional executive director for western region II SN Ganguly told reporters on Thursday.

The proposal, if implemented would increase the generation capacity of the Sipat power station to 3,640-mw. NTPC is undertaking capacity expansion at most of its power stations for optimal utilisation of land.

NMDC in striking range of buying coal mines in US, Russia

State-owned NMDC, which today struck a deal to acquire 50% in Australia's Legacy Iron Ore for AUD 18.89 million, is within the striking distance of acquiring one coking coal mine each in the US and Russia.
"It is in the final stages...We are almost there (of reaching an agreement for the two mines in US and Russia), NMDC Chairman Rana Som told reporters here.
He added that "for the mine in US, we will decide in maximum three weeks, while for the Russian mine, it would take about 3-4 weeks."

ABB secures $71m substations contract in India

Power and automation technology group ABB has secured an order worth $71m from Steel Authority of India to supply a substation package for the Bhilai Steel Plant located in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

The company will design, supply, install and commission these new high voltage substations, which will enable the additional power supply needed to support a planned increase in the steel plant's annual production capacity.

Chhattisgarh govt slams legal notice to Jindal Group on coal royalty

Jindal Group, the single largest private investor in Chhattisgarh, had been served notices by the state government to pay the due royalty on coal that it had been mining in Raigarh district.

While the Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) had to pay about Rs 10.64 crore, the government had to recover Rs 7.48 crore from the Jindal Power Limited (JPL).

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Petrol pumps in Chhattisgarh shut down to protest hike, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Petrol pumps across Chhattisgarh shut down on Sunday, in response to the call of the youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protest the latest hike in petrol price.

All pumps remained shut in capital Raipur. Reports from other parts of the state confirm that petrol pump owners have joined in the shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).

The central government had raised petrol prices by over Rs 3 per litre on Thursday, triggering protests countrywide.

Sen airs views on fasting, unveils plan against sedition laws, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Pune While over 47 per cent of children below the age of five in India are malnourished, as per the Sachar Committee report, the figures for minority communities go beyond 50 per cent, said human rights activist Binayak Sen, addressing a gathering of students here. Addressing the lecture organised by Lokayat, Pune, Sen and his wife also gave their views on fasting by leaders like Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and activists like Anna Hazare and Irom Sharmila. He also spoke of his campaign against several provisions of sedition under Section 124(A) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In Chhattisgarh, a cement grinding unit grows in a greenbelt, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

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A silhouette of upright silos and inclined conveyor belts has arisen amongst the tall chimneys that dot the skyline of this industrial township built around the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh. The new structure is a cement grinding unit, and the subject of vociferous protests from a section of Bhilai residents and public representatives.

Mangalore beedi industry gasping, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Beedi contractors in Dakshina Kannada say that the Mangalore beedi industry may survive only for three more years. “It will go the Mangalore tiles way,” according to J. Ibrahim, General Secretary, Karnataka State Beedi Contractors' Federation. He was addressing presspersons on the sidelines of a press meet here on Monday.

The industry is facing a severe crunch of workers, according to beedi contractors, who source raw material from companies and get them rolled into beedis by workers, who are usually women.

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