India short of coal, accepts power minister; politicos from rival parties slam govt

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): India's power and coal minister Piyush Goyal has admitted that the country is running dangerously low on coal that has led to a shortage of power supply in many parts in the country. Even though Goyal passed the buck onto the previous UPA government, Congress leader Ambika Soni said that rather than blaming the UPA, the current government should take action to solve the problem. Last week Goyal urged power companies to raise thermal coal imports after saying that 26 out of 100 coal-based power plants in India had "super critical" stocks. However, opposition parties are urging the government to use up saved coal in India rather than importing it to provide cheap electricity to people. Jul 17, 2014

Israeli attacks on Gaza spark protest in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Members of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday took to streets in their protest against Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip that have killed at least 160 Palestinians. On Thursday, CPI (M) members came out in droves and protested outside Israel Embassy in New Delhi. CPI (M) leader, Nilotpal Basu, slammed the governments of American and western European nations for not protesting against the air strikes. Echoing similar views, a leader of CPI (ML) Liberation, Kavita Krishnan, urged the Indian government to take a tough stand against Israeli attacks. Jul 17, 2014

AAP targets BJP over power tariff hike in Delhi

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday assailed the Modi government after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a tariff hike of 8.32 per cent for the three electricity distribution utilities (discoms), BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd for the fiscal 2014-15. Tariff in the New Delhi Municipal Corporation area has also been hiked by 9.52 per cent. Jul 17, 2014

Home Minister launches youth info portal on world population day 2014

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday inaugurated World Population Day 2014 celebrations in New Delhi, jointly organised by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Singh launched Youth Info India, Census Info India and Census Digital Library on the occasion. The theme of World Population Day 2014 was _Investing in Young People in India_ as it is the best way to develop the competitive advantage for the country and there is an urgent need to address their concerns. Singh who was the Chief Guest said that there is also a need to create an atmosphere where they are able to pursue their goals and excel in their chosen fields. Jul 17, 2014

DERC approves power tariff hike

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved a tariff hike of 8.32 per cent for the three electricity distribution utilities (discoms), BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd for the fiscal 2014-15. Tariffs in the New Delhi Municipal Corporation area has also been hiked by 9.52 per cent. Jul 17, 2014

BSE closes points 11.44 up on July 17

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 11.44 points up to stand at 25,561.16. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 16.05 points up to stand at 7,640.45. Crompton Greaves and TTK Prestige were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 13.45% and 9.11% along with CRISIL and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 7.32% and 6.92% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mahindra and Mahindra and Cadila Health with a decrease of 3.18% and 2.67% along with Prestige Estates and Bajaj Auto with a decrease of 2.53% and 2.27% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 25.24 points at 15,716.27 while the banking sector is down 2.42 points at 17,477.50 and the realty sector is down 15.60 points at 1,998.91. The Indian currency is 0.04 % up at Rs 60.15 per dollar. Jul 17, 2014

Telangana CM Clears 43 Decisions in One Day

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) on Wednesday held a five-and-a-half hour meeting of cabinet ministers and cleared 43 decisions, including farm loan waiver up to Rs 1 lakh. Jul 17, 2014

Israeli shelling continues overnight in Gaza

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to briefly halt hostilities Thursday on humanitarian grounds, after an Israeli strike killed four Palestinian children on a beach. Duration: 01:10 Jul 17, 2014

'Ninja' bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

Japan's biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches -- a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai. Duration: 00:33 Jul 17, 2014

Electricity Will Continue to Become Costlier in India?

India is not only facing shortage of coal at power plants, it's domestic production of the fuel has also declined. It will now have to depend on the imported raw material which is likely to hike the power tariff sharply. Jul 17, 2014