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Coal Crisis: Delhi Warns Power Outage For Metro, Hospitals; Emergency Meeting Called

Coal Crisis: Delhi Warns Power Outage For Metro, Hospitals; Emergency Meeting Called

Amid coal shortage in the capital, the Delhi government has warned of a possible power outage for metro trains and hospitals. Satyendar Jain, the state power minister, has called for an emergency meeting to assess the power crisis situation, which may cause intervention in the uninterrupted electrical supply in the capital. A statement released by the state government read: “Due to disruption of power supply from Dadri-II and Unchahar power stations, there may be a problem in 24-hours power supply to many essential institutions, including Delhi Metro and Delhi government hospitals,” Mr Jain added that currently 25-30% of the electricity demand in the capital is being met through the power stations. The power minister has also written to the central government requesting to ensure adequate coal availability to power plants. The official statement read that the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Dadri-II and Jhajjar (Aravali) have very little stock of coal left and would not be able to meet the power requirement in Delhi. As per the All India Power Engineers Federation, not only the capital but thermal plants across the country are facing a coal shortage leading to a power crisis.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,777 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 3,777 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 17,801. Meanwhile, the nation has registered 2,496 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,25,30,622. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.71% and 0.63%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 83.69 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 188.65 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

IMD Issues Heat Wave Warning For The Next 5 Days; No Respite Till May

The Indian Meteorological Department issued a heat wave warning for the next few days as India continues to suffer from extreme weather. On Thursday, the temperature rose to an all-time high, with several places recording a temperature of over 45 degrees. As per IMD, the heat wave conditions are likely to be in Delhi, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and northern parts of Gujarat. Due to extreme heat and dry conditions, there have been instances of wheat crop shrivelling in the fields at several places. Director-General of IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, said: “The heat wave is likely to abate in east India by May 1 and in the northwest and central India by May 2. April this year is likely to be one of the hottest on record, although we would get confirmation of this only when the data comes in at the end of the month,” The Director-General added that the absence of rainfall was the main reason for the soaring temperatures over the regions. 

Russia-Ukraine War: Explosion in Kyiv After Ukraine President Meet With UN Secretary-General

After the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, visited Ukraine to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a large explosion was heard in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Rescue officials said that in one of the boldest attacks by Russia, at least 1 person was killed, and several people were injured who were trapped in the rubble when the target hit 2 buildings. The attack was made an hour after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a news conference with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Meanwhile, explosions were reported in multiple Ukrainian cities, including Polonne, Chernihiv, Fastav, Odesa, Donbas, and Kharkiv, among others. 

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