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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


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India is perennially short of electric power. The generating capacity in 1997 was 76,700 MW which, it was estimated, would have to be doubled in the next 10-15 years, requiring an addition of some 7,000 MW of new capacity per annum.

Given the gaping disparity between demand and supply, the Indian power sector is being chased by the world's most prominent independent power project developers, generation equipment suppliers and project financiers from all over the world. Coal is the most important fuel for India 's power sector. It is the source of more than 70% of generating capacity. But, coal shortages, delays in coal transportation and the low thermal quality of coal supplies cause disruptions in power generation and result in lower plant load factors.

Transmission and distribution losses in India are high, in the range of 20-23 percent. State Electricity Boards (SEBs) generate and distribute power, set tariffs and collect revenues. However, they suffer from chronic

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financial problems because of rising generating costs accompanied by eroding revenues due to pilferage, bad debts and supply of power at subsidized rates for the agricultural sector.

The most famous foreign company involved in India's power sector is the US-based Enron Corporation.  India needs foreign investment in the power sector and multinational giants such as Enron need the Indian market.


It appears it is the Americans who most fear that the proposed civil nuclear cooperation deal will collapse, if you look at their recent actions. (Us Needs Deal More Than Us, Pioneer, Rajeev Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

When India blasted its way out of nuclear ambiguity on May 11-13, 1998, and caused a major setback to the US non-proliferation policies, the US reaction was immediate and severe. (Strategic Aspect Of N-Deal, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

The U.S. imposes draconian sanctions on Iran while preparing the ground for a military attack on the Islamic republic. (Warmongering Against Iran, Frontline, JOHN CHERIAN, Nov 07, 2007)

Battling a stiff Left resistance, an apparently confident Congress-led UPA government declared today that the civil nuclear cooperation with the United States of America and other countries, as and when it succeeded, would strengthen the . . . . (‘N-Deals Will Boost Energy Security’, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Oil price hit $84 a barrel a few days ago, amidst fears that the Kurdish rebel problem would lead to the snapping of Iraq’s supplies. (Are Indian Oil Companies ‘Bidding On The Riskiest Properties’ Overseas?, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 07, 2007)

India’s green energy proponents are looking for a major policy boost to the sector, one that will significantly increase the use of renewable sources for energy generation, including in the transportation sector. (Giving Green Power A Policy Boost, Business Line, N. Ramakrishnan , Nov 07, 2007)

In all the blinding electrical lights and Diwali discount sales, the spirit of the festival is missing. (The Natural Light , Deccan Herald, Kanchi Kohli , Nov 07, 2007)

When it comes to Pervez Musharraf and his Pakistan, one cannot decide which of the two descriptions — predictably shocking or shockingly predictable — fits better. (Man At Arms, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Nov 06, 2007)

North Korea and South Korea have decided to establish a jointly operated hog farm in the North's capital as part of an attempt to alleviate the communist nation's chronic food shortages, a South Korean official said on Tuesday. (North And South Korea Join Hands To Alleviate Food Shortage, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Space shuttle Discovery was undocked from the International Space Station on Monday to end an eventful 11-day stay that included delivery of a new room for the space outpost and a risky repair to a power-producing solar panel. (Discovery Ends 11-Day Stay At Space Station , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Just as thousands of saffron-clad Buddhist monks hit the streets of Rangoon to protest against the military junta, India's oil minister was in the Burmese capital negotiating greater involvement for Indian gas companies. (India's Foreign Policy Pragmatism , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Noting that Pakistan is in a “major crisis” following imposition of Emergency, senior US senators have called for international pressure on President Pervez Musharraf, and said he should not be allowed a “free pass” this time around. (Us Senators Call For Strict Action Against Musharraf, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

That it has purchased the Indian motors and fans business of French transportation and energy company Alstom. (Regal Beloit Buys Alstom Unit, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The UN Human Development Report's core message is that climate change could cause reversal of human development in the 21st century, particularly in developing countries. (Q&a: 'The Un Does Not Expect India To Reduce Emissions', Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The rapidly growing appetite for fossil fuels in China and India is likely to help keep oil prices high for the foreseeable future threatening a global economic slowdown, a top energy expert said. (Fossil Fuel In Great Demand , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

India needs a thoroughgoing debate about the future of the Left. (Communism Is Dead, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 05, 2007)

Atomic Energy Regulation Board’s former chairman A.G. Gopalakrishnan on Sunday opposed the Indo-US nuclear deal, as it was not in the country’s interest. (Aerb Ex-Chief Opposes N-Deal , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The CPI(M) has announced that it is set for a debate, but not voting. But what will its argument be based on? (Debating Points, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

NINETY years ago this month, a British diplomat wrote a letter that has since then been the single biggest cause of political instability, massacres and wars in the Middle East. (Ninety Years After Balfour, Dawn, Muhammad Ali Siddiqi, Nov 03, 2007)

When the government announced a council headed by the prime minister to look at land reforms, was it just an attempt to pacify the sheer numbers who walked from Gwalior to Delhi? Or does the government actually think that there . . . . . (The Ground Beneath Their Feet, Indian Express, Sonu Jain, Nov 03, 2007)


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