• The government is planning to amend the Coal Bearing Act (CBA), 1957 to allow land acquisition for commercial coal mining by private sector players. The proposal is currently in the consultation stage in the ministry.
  • India’s crude steel output fell 24.6% to 7.150 million tonnes (MT) during July 2020. The country had produced 9.485 MT crude steel during the same month in 2019, World Steel Association (worldsteel) said.
  • JSW Group said it is committed to commence its proposed integrated steel plant project in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district. JSW chief Sajjan Jindal assured Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that the 13.2 MTPA project would be started soon.
  • The inland waterways Sonamura-Daudkandi route connecting Tripura to Bangladesh will have its first trial run in September, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.The 93-km-long Sonamura-Daudkandi waterway route was included in the list of Indo-Bangla protocol (IBP) routes in May this year.
  • The government is implementing a Rs 1,200-crore project to hook up Nubra valley in the country’s northern tip, and Zanskar, among the least-explored regions of Kargil, with the national power grid, casting one of the first building blocks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to make Ladakh carbon-neutral.
  • Given the excessive coal stock available with Coal India (CIL), the ministry of coal has approved the company’s plan to supply 100% of the normative requirement to thermal power units.The ministry has recommended increasing the ‘annual contracted quantity’ (ACQ) of coal to 100% of the normative requirement of a non-coastal plant. It was 90% earlier. For coastal plants, the ACQ has been increased to 70%.