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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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Apps displayed on a phone | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Chinese apps ban doesn’t end user data theft. There is bloatware you can’t even uninstall

Considering India doesn’t have a dedicated law on data protection, regulators should either ban these pre-installed apps or make them more accountable.
A deserted road during the 'triple lockdown' strategy in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 July | ANI Photo

Kerala’s $14-15 bn 2019 remittances could see $2 bn drop this year – World Bank expert

Fall in remittances can hurt Kerala’s finances seriously. World Bank is working with state govt on ‘diaspora bonds’, to mobilise savings of expats.

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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.