Wind Is Emerging As A Leader In The Renewable Race

Good news is in short supply during any crisis, and this one has been no exception. The energy industry is being pummeled to the ground by low oil and gas prices, crippled demand for hydrocarbons, and unfriendly banks. But there is one part of this space generating good news: renewables. And, more specifically, wind power. Often in the shadow of cheap solar, which can be slapped up on a rooftop to generate electricity, wind power is now coming to the fore. Costs, as for solar, have fallen substantially over the years,…

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Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

United States President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for Covid-19 patients. As he left the White House, he told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital,…

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Amitabh, Abhishek Bachchan hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, his son and two other family members have tested positive for the coronavirus in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, a government minister said Sunday. The Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said that Amitabh Bachchan was in stable condition with mild symptoms in an isolation unit. Bachchan, 77, said in a tweet Saturday that he had tested positive and appealed to those who were in close proximity to him in the past 10 days to get themselves tested. His son, Abhishek Bachchan, 44, tweeted Saturday night that…

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Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new Covid-19 cases, bigger increase than most countries

Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened and anti-mask activists held a rally at a nearby restaurant. If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis. Florida’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic.…

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China economy rebounds in Q2 after virus hit

China returned to growth in the second quarter after the coronavirus pandemic handed the world’s second largest economy its first contraction in decades, according to an AFP poll of analysts. The survey of analysts from 11 institutions pegged China’s growth at 1.3 percent — a far cry from the 6.1 per cent expansion posted last year but in better shape than other countries still grappling with the contagion. The coronavirus, which first emerged in China’s industrial central province of Hubei late last year, has shut businesses worldwide and destroyed hundreds of millions…

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ML-1 project to employ 90% local workforce: Railways Minister

Pakistan Railways Minister, Sheikh Rashid said that Main Line-1 Project under CPEC to revamp entire structure of Pakistan Railways. Speaking at a press conference, Railways minister termed the project as ‘revolutionary’ and was of the view that project will significantly reduce railway accidents. He said that under the agreed terms, during construction phase total 150,000 people would work on project out of which 90% will be locals while rest 10% will be Chinese Engineers. Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Friday the Main Line (ML)-1 project under the China-Pakistan…

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Power ministry rejects KE’s statement on fuel shortage

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Energy (Power Division) on Sunday categorically rejected K-Electric’s version of not being supplied ample fuel to meet the energy demands of Karachi. Earlier this week, KE CEO Moonis Alvi during a public hearing held by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had said the company’s plants ran out of oil due to which it had to resort to load shedding. A spokesperson of the power ministry said that KE had acknowledged itself that it had been supplied 290mmcfd gas instead of 190mmcfd. He added that…

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PM to visit Diamer Basha Dam next week to review construction work

July 11, 2020: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit strategically important Diamer Basha Dam Project next week to review construction activities, as work on the project has commenced in the wake of swift mobilization of the Contractor to the site. Diamer Basha Dam was marred with delay of decades due to various contributing factors. However, the incumbent Government realigned the project while prioritizing the water and hydropower sectors in its development strategy. Following prompt decision making by the Government and an innovative financial plan by WAPDA to arrange funds for construction…

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Thar Coal Block-II mine & power projects complete 1st year of successful operations

KARACHI – July 10, 2020:  Engro Powergen Thar (Private) Limited (EPTL) – a majority owned Company of Engro Energy – and Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) – a joint venture  of the Government of Sindh and Engro Energy with other corporate partners – have successfully completed one full year of commercial operations of both Block II mine and power plant.  SECMC successfully unearthed the first layer of coal in June 2018, completed all steady state production of on-specification coal and commenced commercial operations for 3.8 million tons per annum…

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Before the virus, Asia’s ecosystems were buckling under overtourism. When the tourists return, it has to be different

Before the pandemic put a stop to most international travel, each year millions of people flocked to Southeast Asia’s white sandy beaches, ancient temples and diverse wildlife.Last year, 133 million tourists visited the region, spurred by an increase in arrivals from China, which is now the world’s largest market for outbound travel.In some places the crowds became so intense it caused locals, environmentalists and even governments to complain that overtourism was pushing the region’s fragile ecosystems to breaking point.Coral die-offs, vanishing marine life, damaged cultural sites and idyllic islands overflowing with plastic and…

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