• Coal production from captive mines in the first nine months of the ongoing financial year was up 24% year-on-year (y-o-y) at 40.93 million tonne. However, about 53% of the output came from coal blocks, which were not cancelled by the Supreme Court in its September 2014 order.
  • Production by CIL declined 5.8% annually to 388.4 million tonnes in the first nine months of FY20, mainly due to excessive rainfall hampering mining operations during the monsoons.
  • 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.