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Woman walk past a transmission tower in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir |Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Weak power demand indicates more slowdown pain ahead

Listless growth in electricity demand points to lack of appetite among factories & commercial firms who consume about half of India’s power.
Woman walk past a transmission tower in Jammu and Kashmir | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Poor electricity service quality plagues Modi’s Saubhagya scheme, but there are ways out

Modi's ambitious rural electrification scheme will work if it breaks away from the traps of power theft, non-repayment and low electricity demand.
A technician works on a transmission tower in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

As Rs 412 billion piles up in electricity dues, India could implement prepaid system

Power producers, among the biggest holders of soured loans in India, have cited mounting dues from retailers as a key reason for their financial stress.
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Railways plans to electrify more than 6,000 km of rail network in fiscal 2019, says Piyush Goyal

Huge investment in railways over the past five years had helped improve safety and complete long-delayed projects, said the railway minister.
Electricity transmission towers in Maharashtra

Modi govt scheme to cut discom debts makes little headway, targets unlikely to be met

The discoms haven't met or are on the verge of missing deadlines even as states, which took over their debts, grapple with increased fiscal deficits. 
A village in Palwal district, Haryana | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Modi’s Saubhagya scheme can create serious problems with electricity tariffs

Urbanisation and industrialisation—the two words that can solve India's power woes.
Electricity pylons | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

How India’s impressive electrification compares with South Asian nations

Modi’s flagship Saubhagya scheme is completing a decade of intense efforts started with Manmohan Singh’s aggressive policies.
Residents of Kanawani village | By special arrangement

This village near Delhi has had no power for 18 days and has to pay even to charge phones

The residents of Kanawani, who have been living in darkness since 25 August, say the transformers in their village keep blowing up because of excessive load. 
People gather outside a dairy shop in Fateh Nagla, Uttar Pradesh | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Power distribution companies are slowing down Narendra Modi’s Saubhagya scheme

The Saubhagya scheme is crawling as distribution companies lack both capacity and incentive to supply to poor households.
Achieving universal access to electricity is essential for solving many global development challenges| Pixabay

Here’s the solution for 1.3 billion people still lacking electricity

Geospatial analysis shows that 'mini-grids' would be the cheapest technology to provide universal electricity access by 2030.

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Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

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Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.