India's coal efficiency drive risks ire of powerful unions


NEW DELHI Plans by India's coal monopoly to buy billions of dollars of new machinery and outsource work are facing resistance from powerful unions worried about job losses, in a potential blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise to bring electricity to all.

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Italian marine Salvatore Girone can return home - India 12:00am IST

NEW DELHI Italian marine Salvatore Girone, one of two sailors under investigation over the killing of two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012, can return home, the Indian foreign ministry said on Monday.

U.S. tells Pakistan it will have to fund F-16s itself 11:31am IST

WASHINGTON The United States has told Pakistan it will have to finance the purchase of U.S. F-16 fighter jets itself after members of the U.S. Congress objected to the use of government funds to pay for them.

Aviva takes an extra 23 percent stake in India JV partner Dabur Invest 12:17pm IST

Insurer Aviva said on Tuesday it had purchased an additional 23 percent share in Aviva Life Insurance Company India Limited from joint venture partner Dabur Invest Corp.

Newly discovered planets may boost search for life beyond Earth 11:21am IST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The discovery of three planets that circle a small, dim star could bolster the chances of finding life beyond Earth, astronomers said on Monday.

Amazing Leicester celebrate fairytale title success 8:47am IST

LONDON Leicester City's Premier League title dream became reality on Monday when one of the greatest sporting fairytales reached its conclusion in west London where chasing Tottenham Hotspur were held 2-2 by Chelsea.

India amends mining law in boost to cement mergers and banks 6:14am IST

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI The Rajya Sabha on Monday approved an amendment to the mining law, allowing the transfer of mines from sellers to buyers in a victory for the State Bank of India (SBI) that had lobbied for the change.

China's AIIB to co-finance first project with ADB in Pakistan 10:58am IST

SHANGHAI China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will jointly finance a major new highway in Pakistan in its first co-financed project with the Asia Development Bank (ADB), the two policy banks said.

N. Korea capital gears up for congress; South fears nuclear test 11:28am IST

SEOUL North Korea has started welcoming delegates from around the country to its first ruling party congress in 36 years, state media reported on Tuesday, as rival South Korea expressed concern that Pyongyang could conduct a nuclear test before or during the event.

Fire destroys 50 shelters in Myanmar camp for displaced - witness 12:03pm IST

YANGON A fire destroyed about 50 shelters on Tuesday in a camp for internally displaced people in Myanmar's western Rakhine State, a witness said.