Govt wants private money for coal plants despite opposition
The Indian government on Tuesday asked private firms to ramp up investments in new coal-fired power plants to meet a dramatic rise in electricity demand, despite international pressure to stop building such facilities.
Renewable Energy Minister R.K. Singh asked private companies to invest in coal projects and “not miss the growth opportunity”.
The government’s meeting with private investors comes weeks before a UN climate conference.
Financial crime-fighting agency issues notice to Byju’s
India’s federal financial crime-fighting agency has issued a show-cause notice to education tech company Byju’s for alleged violations of foreign exchange rules.
The agency alleged violations by the company worth over Rs93 billion ($1.5 billion) under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema), and has sent notices to founder Byju Raveendran and parent company Think & Learn.
Byju’s violated Fema norms by not submitting documents of imports against advance remittances made outside India, and failing to realise proceeds of exports, the Enforcement Directorate said.
Man strangles son for switching off TV during World Cup final
Ganesh Prasad, a resident of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, allegedly strangled his son Deepak with a mobile charger when the boy turned off the TV while they were watching the cricket World Cup final on Sunday.
According to the police, Deepak asked his father to stop watching the match and cook dinner.
When his father ignored the request, the boy switched off the TV.
The father and son got into a fight. Ganesh then got hold of the charger and choked his son, who died.
The man fled, but the police nabbed him on Monday.
‘Fake’ doctors performed operations on ‘outdated’ table
Investigators have made shocking revelations about the Delhi-based Agarwal Medical Centre, where surgical operations were allegedly performed by fake doctors.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chandan Chowdhary said the operation table was “second-hand and outdated”, and eight people died during or after surgery at the hospital.
The police have since taken three persons from the management staff into custody.
Former student opens fire in Kerala school
Police in Thrissur, Kerala, on Tuesday arrested a man who walked into the Vivekodayam school there and opened fire.
The suspect, named Jagan, is said to be a former a student of the school.
“He was a bit unsteady and used his pistol and fired two or three rounds,” said district collector Krishna Teja. No one was injured.
T20 series with Afghanistan in January
India will host Afghanistan for three Twenty20s in January, the first time the two sides will meet in a multi-match white-ball series, the Afghanistan Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
The series will begin on Jan 11 in Mohali before moving to Indore for a match on Jan 14. The final match will be in Bengaluru on Jan 17.