• Germany could close its last coal-fired power plant long before a 2038 deadline as the dirtiest fossil fuel gets squeezed out of the energy mix by clean electricity.
  • Secondary metal producers have asked the government to cut customs duty on imported metallic scrap and curb cheap imports. The industry says metal recycling should be treated as a priority sector.
  • Going ahead with reforms in the coal sector, the centre government now plans to establish a Coal Regulator on the lines of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
  • The Minister for Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi, said that supplies from commercially auctioned mines will help meet Coal India’s production shortfall.
  • He said, the broad idea is to limit the import of coking coal to 100 million tonnes at present consumption levels. “ For the coming 5-10 years, it is expected that the supplies from commercially auctioned mines will meet the demand that Coal India is not able to,” he added.
  • Just like IRCTC which pays compensation for delays in its Tejas trains, railways’ freight customers could soon be compensated for late arrival of their goods, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal indicated, demanding a commitment of timely delivery.
  • Goyal said that it should make a commitment to its customers with a timetable for its freight trains.