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Artist's impression of the binary neutron star merger producing GW190425 | National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet

NASA discovers 240-year-old ‘newborn’ neutron star that’s twice the sun’s mass

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
Daily wage laborers shovel coal into baskets at a limestone quarry in Lower Cherrapunji in Meghalaya| Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Everyone around the world is ditching coal – except India, China

Appetite for coal is roaring back in Asia, which makes up three-fourths of global consumption & is expected to continue growing after Covid disruption.
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India’s lockdown sees clean energy sources gain at the expense of coal

Nuclear & hydropower made up 27% of India’s total generation, up from 22%, and coal shrank to 65% from 71%, as of 15 April.
CBI logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Adani Enterprises, 3 ex-NCCF officials booked for irregularities in coal supply contract

The CBI alleged that during the tendering process in 2010, NCCF officials favoured the Adani Group even though it had not given any trading margin.
Coal being loaded in Chandwa, Jharkhand | Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Coal India’s stranglehold will deter investors from commercial mining opened up by govt

Foreign companies may not rush to bid in auctions as state clearances take time & costs will have to be lowered to compete with Coal India.
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West should get China to drop veto rather than lecture India on cutting emissions

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A coal mine in Dhanbad | wikipedia

Modi govt formulating National Coal Index to bring in more FDI, open up sector

With the index, the govt will be able to benchmark coal price, cost of production and efficiency of operations, Coal India said.
Representational image of a coal mine | Source: Twitter/@coalindiahq

India is coal’s brightest star but it’s facing a burning question

Coal-fired power has long failed in terms of health & climate impacts, but now its raw economics are collapsing too. Even the govt can’t keep it going for long.
A coal wholesale market in Mumbai

India, world’s no. 2 coal buyer, plans to cut imports by a third

India plans to meet its coal demand by increasing domestic production and from a jump in renewables output over the next 5 years.
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Adani doubles down on controversial Australian coal mine, says India needs thermal power

Adani says Australia’s Carmichael coal mine is viable for his group and renewable energy is good but can’t meet India’s power needs.

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A participant at the 'Love World Peace Parade' in Berlin on 21 September

Why we’ll need masks even with a coronavirus vaccine

One study has shown that if everyone wears masks that are only 75% effective, the number of people infected by each coronavirus carrier will shrink fourfold.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.

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Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?