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Greater South-South cooperation needed to address climate change: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India would be happy proposing initiatives for greater South-South Cooperation on addressing the issue of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 14th Conference of Parties to the 14 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, at Greater Noida on September 9, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 14th Conference of Parties to the 14 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, at Greater Noida on September 9, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India would be happy proposing initiatives for greater South-South Cooperation on addressing the issue of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.
 
Addressing the 14th Conference of Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Modi pointed out that desertification affects more than two-thirds of the countries of the world.
 
"This makes a compelling case for action on the land front. Combine this with the water crisis facing the world. Because when we address degraded lands we also address water scarcity issue.
 
"Augmenting water supply enhancing water recharge, slowing down water runoff and retaining moisture in the soil are all parts of holistic land and water strategy," he said.
 
"I call upon the leadership of UNCCD to create a Global Water Action Agenda which is central to the land degradation neutrality strategy.
 
"Restoring the health of the land is critical for sustainable development. Today, I was reminded of the India’s Indices that were submitted at the Paris COP at the UNFCCC.
 
"It highlighted India's deep cultural roots of maintaining a healthy balance between land, water, air trees and all living beings.
 
"Friends, it would make you happy that India had been able to increase its tree cover. Between 2015 to 2017 India’s tree and forest cover had been increased by 0.8 Mn Hectares," he said.
 
In India, any diversion of forest land for development purposes has to be compensated by making an equivalent landmass available for afforestation. It is also required that a monetary payment of the value of timber which such forest land would have yielded, he pointed out.
 
"I am happy to share that only last week funds amounting to nearly 6 Billion USD, that is, 40 to 50,000 crore rupees have been released to the provincial governments in lieu of such diversion for development of forest lands," he said.
 
"My government has launched a program to double the income of the farmers by increasing crop yield through various measures. This includes land restoration and micro-irrigation.
 
"We are working with the motto of per drop more crop.  At the same time, we are also focusing on zero budget natural farming. We have also introduced a scheme to determine the soil quality of each of the farms and are issuing soil health cards to the farmers. This enables them to grow right type of crops, fertilisers, and use the right quantity of water.
 
"So far about 217 million Soil Health Cards have been distributed. We are increasing the use of bio fertilisers and reducing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers," he added.
 
"Water management is another important issue. We have created Jal Shakti Ministry to address all water-related important issues in totality. Recognizing the value of water in all forms we enforced Zero liquid discharge in many industrial processes.
"The regulatory regime provides for treatment of wastewater to a degree that it can be put back into the river system without harming life in water," he added.  
 
Another form of land degradation which if not prevented could be impossible to reverse is the menace of plastic waste. Apart from having adverse health implications, this is going to render lands unproductive and unfit for agriculture, he said.
 
"My government has announced that India would put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years. We are committed to the development of environment friendly substitutes and also an efficient plastic collection and disposal method.
 
"I believe the time has come for even the world to say goodbye to single-use plastic," he added.
 
"Human empowerment is closely linked to the state of the environment. Be it harnessing water resources or reducing the usage of single-use plastic, the way ahead is behavioural change.
 
"It is only when all sections of society decide to achieve something we can see the desired results.
 
"We may introduce any number of frameworks but the real change will be powered by teamwork on the ground. India saw this in the case of the Swachcha Bharat Mission, people from all walks of life took part and ensured sanitation coverage, which is up from 38% in 2014 to 99% today.
 
"I am seeing the same spirit when it comes to ensuring the end of single-use plastic, youngsters, in particular, are more supportive and are taking the lead to bring positive change. The media is also playing a very valuable role.
 
"I would like to make a further commitment to the global land agenda, I also offer India’s support to those countries who may like to understand and adopt some of the LDN (Land Degradation Neutrality) Strategies that have succeeded in India.
 
"From this forum, I would like to announce that India would raise its ambition of the total area that would be restored from its land degradation status from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares between now and 2030.
 
"This will support India’s large commitment to achieve an additional Carbon Sink between 2.5 billion MT to 3 billion MT through tree cover.
 
"We in India take pride in using remote sensing and space technology for multiple applications including land restoration. India would be happy to help other friendly countries develop land restoration strategies, through cost-effective satellite and space technology," he said.
 
"In order to further develop a scientific approach and facilitate induction of technology to land degradation issues, we have decided to set up a centre for excellence in India at the Indian Council for Forest Research and Education.
 
"This will actively engage, to promote South-South cooperation with those who wish to access knowledge, technology and training of manpower to address land degradation related issues.
 
"Friends, I understand that an ambitious new Delhi declaration is being considered. We are all aware that the Sustainable Development Goals have to be achieved by 2030 of which attainment of LDN is also a part. I wish you well as you deliberate further towards proposing a global strategy for Land Degradation Neutrality," he added.
 
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Woman killed in Greater Noida, pushed off 18th floor

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A woman was found dead in suspicious circumstances in Greater Noida's AVJ Heights society, the police said on Monday.
 
The police suspects a man living on the 18th floor to have murdered the unidentified woman.
 
The suspect, who lives in a flat on the 18th floor of the building, is missing ever since.
 
A police official told IANS that the incident happened on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The body of the woman was found at the base of a tower on Sunday morning by the society guards.
 
It is suspected that the woman was first murdered in the flat and then her body was pushed down from the 18th floor to make it look like a case of suicide.
 
The police is examining the CCTV footage and a case has been filed in the Surajpur police station.
 
According to the police, the investigation so far has revealed that the suspect had brought the woman to the flat two or three days ago. He hails from Bihar and his relatives also are living in a separate flat in the society. The police is questioning them.
 
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Say goodbye to single-use plastic: PM at UN event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a global boycott of single-use plastic at a United Nations event here on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 14th Conference of Parties to the 14 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, at Greater Noida on September 9, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 14th Conference of Parties to the 14 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, at Greater Noida on September 9, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a global boycott of single-use plastic at a United Nations event here on Monday.
 
"I think the time has come for the world to say goodbye to single use plastic," said Modi as the hall resonated with claps.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) being held in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
 
Talking about India's commitment to protecting forest land, Modi reminded global leaders that india has increased its forest cover by 0.8 million hectares between 2015 and 2017 alone. He said, any chopping of trees in India due to developmental projects are compensated by planting more trees.
 
PM Modi told global leaders in attendance at COP 14 how India has 'soil cards' to help the farmers understand the health of the soil.
 
PM highlighted India's Swachh Bharat mission for sanitation, and water conservation efforts.
 
Making a huge commitment from the international forum, Prime Minister Modi committed that India would increase the land cover that would be recovered from land degradation from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares, between 2019 and 2030.
 
Prime Minister Modi also also appealed for global water action agenda to fight climate change.
 
Proposing a south-south cooperation, he recited sanskrit shlokas reminding the audience of India's ancient commitment to holistic and inclusive prosperity which includes climate.
 
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4 dead, 10 hurt as two houses collapse in Greater Noida

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Four people, including three children were killed, and 10 others injured in two house collapse incidents due to heavy rain in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida, police said on Tuesday.
 
In the first incident in Rabupura village, a two-storeyed house collapsed killing two minors identified as Soniya (4) and Preety (7) and leaving nine of their family members injured.
 
"We received a call about a house collapse on Monday night. A team reached the spot to find 11 people trapped inside. All of them were rescued and rushed to the hospital, where two kids were declared brought dead. The others are still undergoing treatment," said a senior police officer. 
 
According to the police, in the second incident in Site 5 area, two people were killed and one injured when the shed of a house, under which they were standing to save themselves from rain, collapsed. "The deceased have been identified as Vinod (22) and Vishwakarma (7). The injured Harwati (50) is out of danger," he said.
 
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8 dead, 24 injured in accident near Greater Noida on Yamuna Expressway

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Eight persons, including a woman, were killed and 24 others injured on Friday when a speeding bus rammed into a truck from the rear on the Yamuna Expressway here, police in Uttar Pradesh said.
 
The accident occurred at around 5 a.m. near Karauli village, some 29 kilometres from the Expressway Zero point. 
 
The bus, packed with passengers, was headed to Noida from Agra when its driver apparently missed seeing the truck in the dark and hit it from the rear.
 
The impact of the collision was such that the front part of the bus was completely damaged. 
 
Villagers from nearby informed the police and also helped in the rescue efforts.
 
"Teams were immediately rushed to the spot. The injured were pulled out of the badly damaged bus and admitted to Kailash Hospital in nearby Jewar," SHO Rabupura, Sunil Kumar Singh told IANS.
 
The bus driver is among those killed. The bodies have been sent for autopsies, Singh added.
 
The police is trying to establish the sequence of events and trying to record eyewitness accounts.
 
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8 killed as bus rams into truck on Yamuna Expressway

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Eight persons were killed and over three dozen injured in a road accident on the Yamuna Expressway here in Uttar Pradesh on Friday when a bus rammed into a truck from the rear, police said.
 
The incident occurred at around 5 a.m. at Rabupura in Gautam Buddha Nagar district. 
 
The injured have been pulled out of the badly damaged bus and rushed to nearby medical facilities, an official told IANS.
 
The condition of more than a dozen passengers is said to be critical.
 
Prima facie, the police said, the bus driver may not have seen the truck in the dark and hit it from the rear. 
 
The impact of the collision was such that the front part of the bus was completely shattered.
 
People from nearby villages informed the police and also helped in the rescue efforts.
 
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Ridhima cards third straight 3-under 69, completes start-to-finish win

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Ridhima Dilawari shot a third successive under par round of three-under 69 and completed a start-to-finish win in the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Jaypee Greens here on Friday.
 
The 20-year-old Ridhima finished the tournament with 10-under 206, thus winning the title by a whopping 10 shots and in the process became the first multiple winner of this season. It was also the first time this year that any player had shot three straight rounds in under-par scores.
 
This was Ridhima’s second win in three starts. However, her victory margin was the second biggest after Tvesa Malik’s 15-shot win in the third leg earlier in the season.
 
Last week’s winner Gaurika Bishnoi added a second successive 73 to reach 216 and finish second to keep up the momentum.
 
Amandeep Drall, after two average rounds of 73-75, shot three-under 69, which equaled the best card of the final day, to finish a close third at 217.
 
Anika Varma showed the strength in Indian women’s amateur section and finished fourth despite a disappointing 77 on the final day.
 
Ridhima, who led by four after two rounds, opened in style with three birdies in the first four holes as she gained shots on the first, third and fourth. She dropped a shot on Par-3 fifth but turned in two-under 34.
 
On the back nine she birdied 11th and then landed an eagle on Par-5 13th, the second time she did it this week – she had an eagle on the same hole on the first day – and despite bogeying 15th and 16th she was a big winner.
 
Gaurika also started with a birdie but her hopes of challenging Ridhima sank when she dropped shots on second and third.On the back nine, she hit a birdie on 14th but dropped shots on 10th and 15th.
 
Amandeep had four birdies against one bogey in her 69, while Anika had two bogeys and two doubles against just one birdie in her 77.
 
Neha’s front nine was an eventful card with two birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys against one eagle, which came on par-4 seventh. Her back nine had two birdies and seven pars. She finished seventh, but is still on top of the Hero Order of Merit.
 
Siddhi Kapoor (74) was fifth at 220, while another amateur Asmitha Sathish (73) was sixth at 223. Anisha Padukone (78) fumbled on the final day and ended seventh at 225.
 
Neha Tripathi (72), who had an eagle-two on Par-4 seventh hole, was tied eighth with Ananya Datar (76), while Afshan Fatima (76) and yet another amateur Nayanika Sanga (77) were tied for 10th place.
 
Neha Tripathi leads on the Hero Order of Merit with earnings of Rs. 5,03,800, and is followed by Gaurika Bishnoi with Rs.4,72,800.
 
Lying third is Gursimar Badwal, who on Friday ended Tied-12th. Gursimar has Rs. 4,32,400 and Amandeep Drall with Rs. 4,24,000 is fourth. Ridhima Dilawari moves up to fifth with Rs. 3,36,400 which includes two winners’ cheques.
 
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Ridhima emerges sole first round leader with superb 66

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Ridhima Dilawari carded a super six-under 66 to emerge sole leader on the opening day of the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida on Wednesday.
 
Riding on an extremely eventful back nine that included an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys between the 11th and 17th holes, Ridhima took the 2-shot lead in a very strong field.
 
Overall, the leader's 66 had seven birdies, four of them in the front nine, three bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 13th.
 
That gave her a handy two-shot lead over amateur Asmitha Sathish, who impressed with her four-under 68 that included five birdies and a bogey.
 
Last week’s winner, Gaurika Bishnoi had just two birdies and missed many more, but like Ridhima, she too had an eagle on the Par-5 13th, besides bogeys on second and 12th holes as she shot two-under 70.
 
Amateur Anika Varma and Anisha Padukone were tied for fourth position at one-under 71, as five players brought home under par scores on a rather good day. 
 
Amandeep Drall (73) was sixth, while Siddhi Kapoor and Afshan Fatima carded 74 each to be Tied-seventh, as amateur Nayanika Sanga and rookies Ananya Datar and Anousha Tripathi shot 75 each.
 
However, experienced golfers Neha Tripathi (77), Gursimar Badwal (81) and Smriti Mehra (83) had a very rough day. Vandana Agarwal withdrew because of medical reasons after shooting 86 in the first round.
 
Ridhima, who already has a win this season, was in excellent form as she birdied first, sixth, eighth and ninth holes to make the turn in four-under. But she suffered a lapse on the back nine as she bogeyed back-to-back holes on 11th and 12th. 
 
She, however, recovered superbly with an eagle on Par-5 13th, but that was followed by a bogey on 14th. Yet again, she recovered quickly and played aggressively to land three birdies in a row from 15th to 17th to finish strongly at 66.
 
Asmitha, who reached the quarter-finals of All India Ladies Amateur last year, birdied second and fifth and parred the rest to reach the turn in two-under. 
 
She added birdies on 11th and 13th to get to four-under before making her first and only blemish of the day with a bogey on Par-3 16th, which yielded only two birdies for the round.
 
She finished with a birdie to make up for that lapse for an aggregate of 68.
 
Gaurika, always steady in her play, showed the same character with one bogey on second and a birdie on sixth on the front nine. She gave away a shot on 12th, but shot an eagle on 13th. A birdie on 15th and pars on the rest gave her a 70, as she was four behind the leader Ridhima, and two behind second placed Asmitha.
 
Two amateurs, Asmitha Sathish and Anika Varma, shot under-par scores indicating their potential. Anika may well have been under 70 but for two late bogeys on 16th and 17th.
 
Anisha Padukone with 71, including four birdies and three bogeys, was the fifth player to shoot in red numbers.
 
Smriti Mehra, Tavleen Batra and Gursimar Badwal will tee off first on the second day, followed by Komal Chaudhary, Ayesha Kapur and Jyotsana Singh. The third group has Suchitra Ramesh, Mehar Atwal and Sifat Alag, while the fourth three-ball will feature Khushi Khanijau, Ishvari Prasanna and amateur Natalii Gupta. 
 
Neha Tripathi, Anousha Tripathi and Ananya Datar make up the fifth group, while the sixth has amateur Nayanika Sanga, Afshan Fatima and Siddhi Kapoor.
 
Amandeep Drall, Anisha Padukone and amateur Anika Varma are in the penultimate group, to be followed by Gaurika Bishnoi, amateur Asmitha Sathish and Ridhima Dilawari in the lead group.
 
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Gaurika starts favourite in sixth leg of Hero WPG Tour

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Gaurika Bishnoi, who claimed her first title of the season last week, starts strong favourite as the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour tees off on Wednesday at the Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida. 
 
The sixth leg will carry a purse of Rs. 8 lakhs and has 21 professionals and four amateurs in the  fray.
 
With the Hero WPG Tour having five different winners in the five legs so far, Gaurika will have to battle it out with Amandeep Drall, who returns to the domestic tour after a superb Top-20 performance at the NSW Open in Australia. 
 
Interestingly, Amandeep, considered one of the strongest and consistent players on the home Tour, is yet to win in her four starts this season.
 
Neha Tripathi, current leader on the Hero Order of Merit, and Gursimar Badwal have already registered one win each this year and both will be looking at becoming the first multiple winner of 2019. Ridhima Dilawari will be playing with similar ambitions.
 
As many as four young amateurs are in the field, along with veteran Vandana Agarwal, who makes an appearance after a long time.
 
Of the five winners this season, only Tvesa Malik's name is missing. Diksha Dagar who had a Top-5 finish last week at NSW Open and Astha Madan are also not in the field. Their names are featuring in the Investec SA Women’s Open in South Africa from March 14.
 
On Wednesday, Vandana Agarwal and Siddhi Kapoor are paired in the opening two-ball, followed by amateur Nayanika Sanga in her maiden appearance and Ayesha Kapur in the second. The first three-ball features Ananya Datar, Amandeep Drall and Khushi Khanijau, while the fourth group has amateur Anika Varma, Gaurika Bishnoi and Smriti Mehra.
 
Amateur Natalii Gupta, Sifat Alag and Gursimar Badwal will play together in the fifth group, followed by Neha Tripathi, Ishvari Prasanna and Mehar Atwal in the sixth.
 
The seventh group comprises Suchitra Ramesh, Tavleen Batra and Anousha Tripathi. Ridhima Dilawari, Jyotsana Singh and Afshan Fatima make up the penultimate group, followed by the final grouping of Anisha Padukone, amateur Asmitha Sathish and Komal Chaudhary.
 
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Modi launches various development projects at Greater Noida

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology, flagged off the Noida City Centre–Noida Electronic City section of Metro rail service and laid the foundation stones of two 1320 MW thermal power plants at Khurja in Uttar Pradesh and Buxar in Bihar through video link on Saturday.
 
The Prime Minister unveiled a statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in the campus of the institute and paid floral tributes. He also visited the Deendayal Museum on the premises. The institute will provide modern amenities for research scholars and students from India and all over the world.
 
Present at the inauguration were Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma.
 
The state-of-the-art institute, built at an estimated cost of Rs 289 crore, is spread over 25 acres. A green building with a three-star rating, it has an auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 people, an open-air theatre and an Archaeological Museum. 
 
The Institute of Archaeology (IA) is an academic wing of ASI under the Ministry of Culture. The students will experience a supportive, enthusiastic and challenging academic atmosphere to enable them to achieve their full potential in the field.
 
Addressing a gathering, Modi said Noida has been completely transformed. It is now known for its development and creating employment opportunities for the youth. It was also being developed as a Make in India hub.
 
In this context, he referred to the presence of various electronic companies in Noida, including the world’s largest mobile factory.
 
Modi said the country’s biggest airport was being built in Jewar near here. Once completed, the airport will not only bring ease of living but also will be economically beneficial to Uttar Pradesh. The Union Government was committed to providing air connectivity to smaller cities through UDAN Yojana, he said.
 
On the power sector, he said the government was focused on all four aspects of power generation-- Production, Transmission, Distribution and Connection. Such an approach has completely transformed the power sector and One Nation- One Grid has now become a reality. The Government has also given the right impetus to the renewable energy sector also. He added that his dream was ‘One World, One Sun, One Grid’.
 
The thermal power plants launched at Buxar and Khurja will accelerate India’s growth and will transform the power availability in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other neighbouring states. He spoke about the huge jump in power generation in the past four and a half years.
 
He said a new India was being created on the strength and support given by 125 crore people. He reiterated the Union Government’s commitment towards eliminating corruption in the country.
 
Saluting the bravery of the soldiers in giving a befitting response to terrorists, Prime Minister said that the Government will continue to take strong decisions against terrorism.
 
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Modi calls for responsible pricing of oil and gas, transparent markets

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering the inaugural address at Petrotech 2019, in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on February 11, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering the inaugural address at Petrotech 2019, in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on February 11, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the world needed to move to responsibile pricing of oil and gas, which balances the interests of both the producer and consumer, and also towards transparent and flexible markets for the two commodities.
 
"Only then can we serve the energy needs of humanity in an optimal manner," he said in his inaugural address at Petrotech 2019, the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition at Greater Noida, near here, in Uttar Pradesh. "For too long, the world has seen crude prices on a roller-coaster."
 
The event, India's flagship hydrocarbons conference, has been organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
 
Modi said another key issue that needs the world to come together is climate change. "Together, we can achieve the targets we set for ourselves at COP-21 in Paris. India has made rapid strides in meeting its commitment. We are on our way to reaching the target," he said.
 
Energy Ministers and top officials from more than 60 countries are attending the event that will feature more than 80 speakers and has about 7000 delegates, , including technologists, scientists, planners, policy-makers, management experts, entrepreneurs, service-providers and vendors.
 
The event is an opportunity for India to schowcase the market and investor friendly developments that have taken place in recent times in its oil and gas sector.
 
Modi noted that, over the last quarter century, Petrotech had served as a platform to discuss solutions to challenges that the world faces in the energy sector.
 
"In each of our respective countries, we seek to deliver affordable, efficient, clean and assured energy supplies to our citizens. The presence of over sixty countries and seven thousand delegates here, is a reflection of that common quest," he said.
 
The Prime Minister said that several decades of public life had convinced him that energy is a key driver of socio-economic growth. "Suitably priced, stable and sustainable energy supply, is essential for rapid growth of the economy. It also helps the poor and deprived sections of society, to partake of economic benefits," he said.
 
"At the macro level, the energy sector is a pivot and key enabler of growth," he stressed.
 
"As we gather here to discuss the present and future of global energy, winds of change are evident in the global energy arena. Energy supply, energy sources and energy consumption patterns are changing. Perhaps, this could be a historic transition.
 
 "There is a shift in energy consumption from West to East. The United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution. 
 
"Solar energy and other renewable sources of energy have become more competitive. They are emerging as sustainable substitutes for traditional energy forms. Natural gas is fast becoming one of the largest fuels in the global energy mix.
 
"There are signs of convergence, between cheaper renewable energy, technologies, and digital applications. This may expedite the achievement of many sustainable development goals.
 
"Nations are coming together to tackle climate change. This is visible in global partnerships, such as the International Solar Alliance, promoted by India and France," he said.
 
Modi said that the world was entering an era of greater energy availability but more than a billion people across the globe still did not have access to electricity. Many more do not have access to clean cooking fuel, he said.
 
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"India has taken a lead in addressing these issues of energy access. In our success, I see hope for the world that problems of energy availability can be suitably addressed. People must have universal access to clean, affordable, sustainable and equitable supply of energy. India’s contribution in the onset of an era based on energy justice is significant.
 
"Currently, India is the fastest growing large economy in the world. Leading agencies such as IMF and World Bank, project the same trend to continue in the coming years. In an uncertain global economic environment, India has shown tremendous resilience as an anchor of the world economy," he said.
 
Modi said India recently became the sixth largest economy in the world. According to a recent report, by 2030, India could be the second largest world economy. 
 
"We are also the third largest energy consumer in the world, with demand growing at more than five percent annually. India remains an attractive market for energy companies with energy demand expected to more than double by 2040.
 
"We have adopted an integrated approach towards energy planning. During the last Petrotech conference in December 2016, I mentioned four pillars for India’s energy future. These are energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security," he said.
 
The Prime Minister said energy justice was also a key objective for him, and a top priority for India. Towards this end, the Government had developed and implemented many policies. The results of these efforts are now evident., he said.
 
He went on to detail the government's achievements in areas such as rural electrification, reduction of transmission and distribution losses, access to clean cooking fuel, clean transportation, and so on.
 
"The last five years have seen major reforms in India’s oil and gas sector. We have revamped our upstream policies and regulations. We have launched the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy to bring transparency and competitiveness in the sector.
 
"The bidding criterion has been changed to revenue sharing. This has helped reduce government intervention. An Open Acreage Licensing Policy and a National Data Repository is helping to increase exploration interest in Indian fields," he said.
 
Modi said gas pricing reforms have also been introduced. The Enhanced Oil Recovery Policy aims to promote the use of latest technology in improving productivity of upstream fields, he said.
 
He referred to steps such as liberalization of the downstream sector, market driven petrol and diesel prices, the National Biofuel Policy, private sector participation and boosting of foreign direct investment (FDI).
 
"India is becoming an attractive FDI destination. Companies like Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, TOTAL, Exxon-Mobil, BP and Shell are looking to increase their investments across the value chain," he said.
 
He also spoke about the progress made towards a gas-based economy, including the construction of a network of pipelines and setting up of City Gas Distribution projects.
 
"We are gearing up for Industry 4.0. This will change the way industry operates, with new technology and processes. Our companies are adopting latest technologies to improve efficiency, increase safety and reduce costs. This is being done in downstream retail, as well as in upstream oil and gas production, asset maintenance and remote monitoring.
 
"In recent years, we have deepened our international engagement with organizations such as the International Energy Agency, and OPEC. We chaired the International Energy Forum from 2016 to 2018. We have been able to convert our traditional buyer-seller engagements into strategic partnerships through bilateral investments. We have also promoted our ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy by strengthening energy engagement with Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Myanmar.
 
"I have regularly engaged with global CEOs from the oil and gas sector. In my interactions with world leaders and CEOs, I have always maintained that Oil and Gas are not only a commodity of trade but also of necessity. Whether it is for the kitchen of a common man or for an aircraft, energy is essential.
 
"Petrotech provides the perfect setting to ponder over the future of the energy sector. It is a good platform to reflect on how global shifts, transitions, policies and new technologies will influence market stability and future investments in the sector," he added.
 
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Star-studded ONGC win men and women’s titles in 39th PSPB Badminton tournament

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Star-studded ONGC overcame a spirited IOCL to retain the the Men's and the Women's teams titles in the 39th Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) Inter-Unit Badminton tournament at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Greater Noida on Wednesday. 
 
ONGC’s men’s team won 3-1 and the women’s team emerged 2-1 winner in well-contested finals. However, IOCL claimed the Veteran's team title, beating ONGC 2-0 in the final.
 
In the Women’s team final, Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka (IOCL) upset the higher-ranked Rituparna Das (ONGC) 21-19, 17-21, 21-13. Under pressure, Rituparna made more unforced errors and lost the third game tamely.
 
In the doubles, Rutaparna Panda and the experienced Ashwini Ponnappa got the measure of IOCL pair Aparna Balan and N Sikki Reddy 21-18, 21-17 to draw parity.
 
In the decider between P C Thulasi and Tanvi Lad (IOCL),Thulasi lost the first set but her superior fitness saw her win the next two quite comfortably with the scores reading as 14-21, 21-12, 21-9.
 
In the Men’s team final, ONGC took the lead with H S Prannoy beating P Vishnuvardhan 21-16, 21-19 and then B Sai Praneeth made it 2-0 for the winners as he humbled Ajay Jayaram 21-13, 21-11.
 
In the  doubles, IOCL pulled back in a thrilling encounter when their pair of M R Arjun and Chirag Shetty beat Praneeth and Prannoy 21-16, 22-24, 21-14.
 
The fourth match, a singles between the determined Sourabh Verma (ONGC) and the talented Priyanshu Rajawat (IOCL) was fiercely fought. Seventeen-year-old Priyanshu put up a spirited fight but Sourabh’s experience and courtcraft helped him prevail 21-19, 20-22, 21-15 . 
 
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Prannoy, Praneeth take ONGC into final of PSPB badminton tourney

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Star-studded ONGC, with HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth in their ranks, began their title defence for the Men’s Team Championships with a dominating performance, blanking their respective rivals to storm into the finals of the XXXIX PSPB Inter-Unit Badminton Tournament here on Tuesday.
 
Other leading players of the country taking part in the tournament include Sourabh Varma, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponnappa, V Diju, R M V Gurusaidutt, Ajay Jayaram, Sameer Verma and Rituparna Das .
 
In the quarter-finals, ONGC thrashed hosts Engineers India Ltd. 3-0 and then overpowered OIL by identical an 3-0 margin in the semi-finals.
 
The semi-finals were, however, closely contested, even though the score of 3-0 does not reflect the intensity of the matches.
 
In the first match, Prannoy beat Orijit Chaliha (OIL) 21-12, 21-17. In the second singles, young Swaranraj Borah from OIL impressed with his talent against the experienced B Sai Praneeth but lost, after putting up a good fight, 11-21, 23-25.
 
The 21-year-old was again part of another good contest when he partnered Hirak Jyoti Neog 10 minutes after his singles match but they lost in another thrilling three-setter to the pair of Pranaav J Chopra and Tarun Kona, 10-21, 21-16, 9-21.
 
ONGC  will play Indian Oil in the finals scheduled to be played on Wednesday.
 
In the women’s team championship, ONGC defeated MRPL 2-0 to make it to the finals where they will face off against the experienced IOCL team who defeated EIL 2-0 in their semi-finals.
 
Wednesday will also witness the start of the individual competitions where defending champions Rituparna Das and Sourabh Verma ( ONGC) will be endeavoring to retain their titles.
 
Earlier in the day, the 39th edition of the prestigious tournament was inaugurated by Mr. J C Nakra, Chairman & Managing Director, Engineers India Ltd. in the presence of dignitaries who included Mr. V C Bhandari (Director HR), Mr. Sunil Bhatia (Director Finance), Mr. Ashok Kalra (ED, HR), Mr. S. Haldar (Member Secretary, PSPB). 
 
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IGL crosses one million domestic PNG connections in Delhi, NCR

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Public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the supplier of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari, has said that it has crossed the one million-mark for domestic PNG connections in the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
A press release from the company said it had connected one million domestic kitchens through its network in Delhi and the other towns in NCR.
 
This was part of the Government's vision for expansion of the PNG network in the country in a mission mode, it said.
 
IGL is a joint venture of public sector GAIL (India) Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
Mr. E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL reiterated the commitment of IGL towards maintaining highest level of safety standards in its operations and appealed to all the customers to strictly follow the safety precautions as disseminated by IGL from time to time. 
 
He said it would be endeavor of IGL to better its record of having already provided over 1,50,000 new PNG connections in 2017-18 by expanding the network into new geographies, covering new colonies and increasing PNG penetration in the already covered colonies in the current financial year. 
 
"IGL is well on course for the same having already connected over one lakh new domestic kitchens in less than seven months in the ongoing financial year," he added.
 
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CNG prices up marginally in Delhi, Rewari, down in Uttar Pradesh

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a marginal hike in the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) in Delhi and Rewari in Haryana from midnight tonight to offset the impact on its input costs as a result of recent revision in proportions of domestic gas allocation and increase in operating expenses.
 
In Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, due to revocation of additional 2% VAT in Uttar Pradesh, the net impact will be a decrease in prices to the consumers in the state, a press release from IGL said.
 
The adjustment in prices would result in an increase of 40 paise per kg in the consumer prices of CNG in Delhi and Rewari with new consumer price of CNG to be Rs 44.70 per kg in Delhi and Rs 54.45 per kg in Rewari.
 
However, the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh is being reduced by 45 paise per kg from tonight. The new consumer price of CNG will be Rs 50.80 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida an Ghaziabad, it said.
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.00 am and 6.00 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs. 43.20 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.30 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad during 12.00 am to 6.00 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
"This marginal adjustment in prices of CNG has been necessitated due to increase in input cost of gas as a result of recent revision in proportions of different types of gases in domestic gas allocation for supply as CNG and increase in operating expenses since last price revision. However, the decrease in price of CNG in Uttar Pradesh is a result of passing the net impact of revocation of additional 2% VAT in the state to the consumers after adjusting the increase in costs.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 58% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles at the current level of prices. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 37%," the release added.
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of NCT of Delhi.
 
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Greater Noida building crash toll rises to 9; many still trapped

 
Nine dead, many feared trapped in Greater Noida building collapse
 
 
The death toll in the twin-building collapse here in Uttar Pradesh climbed to nine on Thursday, with five more bodies pulled out from the rubble of the residential apartments early in the day.
 
The rescue operations were still on in the Shahberi village where the crash took place late on Tuesday, an official said.
 
A rescue personnel told IANS that according to estimates given by neighbours, at least 20 persons are still feared trapped inside. 
 
Six of the deceased have been identified. There is Priyanka Dwivedi, 26, of Mainpuri; Shamshad, 25, of Faizabad; Ranjeet Bhimali, 30, from West Bengal; Raj Kumar,50, Shiv Trivedi,28, and Pankhuri of just 14 months.
 
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said based on the operation conducted with the help of sniffer dogs, "chances of anybody surviving under the concrete debris were slim" as more than 36 hours have lapsed since the incident. 
 
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the dead.
 
The District Magistrate of Gautambuddh Nagar (Noida) has already ordered a magisterial probe. 
 
Cases have been filed against two dozen persons and four of the accused, including the builder Ganga Sharan Dwivedi, brokers Dinesh and Sanjeev have been arrested.
 
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Four killed, many trapped as building collapses into another in Greater Noida

 
Four dead, several feared trapped in Greater Noida building collapse
 
 
At least four persons were killed and several others trapped under the debris of two residential buildings that collapsed in a village in Greater Noida -- one of the fast-developing real estate hubs on the outskirts of Delhi, officials said on Wednesday.
 
The collapse in Shahberi village, some 30 km east of the capital, took place between 8.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, apparently due to "too much moisture in the walls of their basements and poor construction material used" in the buildings, an official told IANS.
 
While the number of people trapped was not known, residents estimated that some 50 persons, mostly labourers, may be lying under the heap of the rubble.
 
The rescuers found three bodies in the morning. By late afternoon, they spotted another whose one leg was initially visible through the broken slabs of concrete. It took them three to four hours to retrieve the fourth body, apparently of a female.
 
The only body identified was of Rajneesh Bhuimali, 36, who worked as a mason. He had called his wife in an east Delhi neighbourhood on Tuesday evening, saying he had decided to stay back because he could not finish the day's work on time.
 
Rescue efforts were on till late Wednesday evening as the rescuers cut through the concrete and iron rods using drills, sledgehammers and chain saws. Sniffer dogs were also being used at the site to smell for signs of life.
 
Roads leading to the area were dug up at several places apparently due to ongoing construction work. The pits were filled with water from monsoon rains, making it difficult to take cranes and drilling machines to the site.
 
Four persons, including the builder Ganga Prasad Dwivedi, have been taken into custody, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar told IANS.
 
The area where multi-storey shopping and residential complexes is a ubiquitous sight is still under-developed with rocky roads strewn with mud and water.
 
Labourers live in half-constructed structures and their number is not known.
 
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Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed on Tuesday night. 
 
"The mobile NDRF team reached the spot as soon as we got the the information. Three more teams were deployed later," NDRF Director General Sanjay Kumar told IANS.
 
"The spot is difficult to reach due to narrow roads. But we are trying our best," Sanjay Kumar said, in response to complaints from the residents that the rescue was slow.
 
The NDRF officials said it would take several hours before the debris is cleared.
 
The incident took place when an under construction building collapsed on a four-storey building in which a family of four, including a one-year-old girl, had shifted recently.
 
The rescue operations were hampered at night due to poor visibility.
 
Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh ordered a probe by Additional District Magistrate Kumar Vineet. He has been asked to submit his report within 15 days.
 
The probe will also check if the two buildings fall in the notified area of the Greater Noida Authority and also whether a no-objection certificate (NoC) was procured before the construction began.
 
An official told IANS that both the buildings may have been built illegally.
 
Residents complained that the two structures were made of sub-standard building material and blamed the catastrophe on weak enforcement of regulations and rampant structures coming up in the area.
 
They also complained that the resuers reached the site late and took time to begin work.
 
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3 dead, many trapped in G.Noida twin-building collapse

 
Three dead, several feared trapped in Greater Noida building collapse
 
 
At least three persons have died in a twin-building collapse in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida area, police said on Wednesday.
 
The incident in Shahberi village took place late on Tuesday, apparently due to "too much moisture in the walls of the basement and poor construction material used", an official told IANS.
 
Three persons, including the builder Ganga Prasad Dwivedi have been taken into custody, he added. 
 
There were a dozen families living in the two buildings and it is feared that several persons, including labourers were still buried under the debris. 
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams that had reached the spot immediately have pulled out three bodies from the rubble so far, the official added.
 
A state government spokesman said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the District Magistrate (DM) to expedite the rescue and relief operations and ensure stringent action against those found guilty.
 
District Magistrate B. N. Singh, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ashish Srivastava along with policemen from six police stations and NDRF teams requisitioned from Ghaziabad have been at the disaster site since the accident.
 
The rescue operations were hampered at night due to poor visibility. Union Minister and Noida Lok Sabha MP Mahesh Sharma also visited the crash site. 
 
Rescue dogs, two hydraulic cranes and six bulldozers have been pressed into service to rescue the people trapped inside the debris. 
 
An official told IANS that both the building had been built illegally and construction work on one had been completed after which a dozen families had shifted in it. The other was still under-construction. 
 
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Woman alleges rape, Ola driver arrested in Greater Noida

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A woman employee of a private firm in Noida in Uttar Pradesh has accused an Ola cab driver's accomplice of raping her here. The two men were arrested on Friday, police said.
 
The woman told the police that at around 4.30 p.m. on Thursday she had booked an Ola cab from Sector 37 in Noida to go to the adjoining Greater Noida area.
 
There was a man along with the driver on the front seat of the car when they started the ride, she told the police. The driver, Ashok, had told her that the man was his friend, Praveen, who was to be dropped on the way.
 
The two men consumed beer on the way, she said. Later Ashok took her to the thickets around the Dayanagar village. But left as he had an errand to run.
 
Praveen raped her and fled, she said in her statement. The woman had briefly lost consciousness after the attack. When she came to her senses, she raised an alarm.
 
With the help of the villagers she was able to reach the nearest police station and file a complaint.
 
Circle Officer (CO) of Dadri, Nishank Sharma told IANS that the case was registered late on Thursday and acting promptly the cab driver and his accomplice were arrested.
 
The police has sent her for a medical examination to confirm the rape.
 
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CNG price to reduce by Rs. 3.15/kg in UP due to decrease in VAT

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a reduction of Rs. 3.15 per kg in the selling price of compressed natural gas (CNG) being supplied by it in the cities of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh from midnight tonight.
 
This is due to a decrease in the Value Added Tax (VAT) in Uttar Pradesh on natural gas, which is used as input for CNG, a press release from GAIL said.
 
The release said the consumer price of CNG in these cities would reduce tonight from existing Rs. 49.20 per kg to Rs. 46.05 per kg as a result of the recent notification of Uttar Pradesh government. 
 
Since natural gas is out of the ambit of GST, therefore UP state VAT continues to be effective on purchases of natural gas within the state. Also, there is no input tax credit benefit on CNG in UP. 
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs 44.55 per kg during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, the release said.
 
IGL is a joint venture of public sector companies GAIL (India) Ltd. and BPCL.
 
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Golf: Gursimar rallies to win fifth leg, moves to top of Hero Order of Merit

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Gursimar Badwal bounced back from her indifferent second round to log a second sub-par card of 70 during the week to claim the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour 2018 at the Jaypee Greens here on Friday. 
 
The 24-year-old Kapurthala golfer, who earlier won the third leg at Poona Club Golf Course, became the first multiple winner of the season and also moved to the top of the Hero Order of Merit.
 
The winner, Gursimar, played flawless golf and had three birdies against no bogeys when she arrived on the 18th tee. She bogeyed the 18th as overnight leader Neha Tripathi, playing behind her, birdied the 17th. 
 
That meant Neha needed a birdie on the closing hole to force a play-off. However, she managed only a par and was left stranded in second place.
 
Gursimar, who started the final day in fifth place and three shots behind Neha (74), totaled even par 216 for 54 holes and won by one shot despite a closing bogey on 18th. 
 
Neha paid a heavy price for her scratchy front nine where she not only bogeyed three times but also dropped a crippling triple bogey on the Par-3 fifth hole. 
 
Neha, who held the sole lead after two rounds, shot four-over 40 on the front nine and despite a two-under 34 on the back stretch of the Jaypee Greens layout, Gursimar pipped her by a shot. Interestingly, this was Neha’s third runner-up finish in the 5 events played so far, with Gursimar edging her out on two occasions.
 
The pleasant surprise of the week was amateur Tanirika Singh, who put up a consistent show. Her final round of 74 earned her a sole third spot ahead of many established players.
 
Saaniya Sharma (76) and Afshan Fatima (76) were tied-4th after a disappointing final round. They both began the day at tied-second, but failed to pose a challenge after giving away too many strokes on the front stretch.
 
Tvesa Malik had three birdies against five bogeys in her 74 and finished sixth at 5-over 221. Anisha Padukone (80) was undone by two holes – a double on Par-5 13th and a quadruple bogey on Par-4 18th. Those six dropped shots saw her finish at 80 and she was seventh.
 
Siddhi Kapoor (78) was eighth, while Smriti Mehra (74) and Suchitra Ramesh (77) were Tied-9th to round off the Top-10.
 
This week’s win also meant the erstwhile leader Tvesa was overtaken by Gursimar in the Hero Order Merit. Tvesa is now second and Neha third. Saaniya Sharma and Smriti Mehra are fourth and fifth.
 
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Afshan hot on the heels of leader Neha Tripathi in fifth leg of Hero WPGT

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Afshan Fatima played the best round of the season with a superb three-under 69 on the second day of the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour 2018. Afshan, 21, may well have been two shots better but for a late double bogey on Par-3 16th.
 
The card of 69 made up for the 75 on the first day and she zoomed up to Tied-2nd, one shot behind Neha Tripathi (72).
 
Afshan, who has not finished in Top-5 in any of her three starts this season, is now even par 144 alongside Saaniya Sharma (70), while Neha Tripathi is one-under 143.
 
Amateur Tanirika Singh underlined her potential with a fine 72 that put her in sole fourth place at one-over 145, while overnight co-leader Gursimar Badwal slipped to fifth after an error-laden front nine which she played in six-over 42.
 
Tvesa Malik (72) and Anisha Padukone (74) are Tied-6th at 3-over 147, while Sonam Chugh (79) who held a share of the first round lead, fell to eighth place.
 
Siddhi Kapoor (74) and Ayesha Kapur (77) rounded off the top ten.
 
The Jaipur-based Afshan, who is playing her fourth season as pro, is still looking for her first win. On Thursday, she opened confidently with a string of pars before her first birdie on fifth. She then dropped a shot on Par-5 sixth, which was neutralized by a birdie on Par-3 eighth, as she turned in one-under 35.
 
It was on the back nine that she was in full flow. After a bogey on 10th, she birdied both 11th and 12th, then eagled the Par-5 497-yard 13th and again birdied the Par-4 14th to card an impressive five-under in the four holes from 11th to 14th. She seemed set for sole lead but a double on Par-3 16th took away some of the sheen and she finished at 69.
 
Neha had three birdies against three bogeys in her even par 72, while Saaniya had four birdies, three of them on the front nine, and two bogeys in her fine 70 that was wrapped up with a birdie on 18th.
 
Amateur Tanirika had her own birdie streak from ninth to 11th with three in a row in her 72.
 
Gursimar suffered a terrible setback from sixth to ninth as she bogeyed three in a row and double bogeyed ninth. She carded 76 and is now two-over 146 in fifth place.'
 
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Delhi Metro conducts first test run on Noida-Greater Noida corridor

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today conducted the first test run on the Noida-Greater Noida corridor.
 
DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh and Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Managing Director Alok Tandon flagged off the test run in the presence of senior officials of DMRC and NMRC.
 
A press release from DMRC said full-fledged oscillation trials would  commence later after completion of full internal testing of the train.
 
The train with four coaches had arrived at Mundra Port, Gujarat on November 23, 2017 and reached the depot in Greater Noida on December 14. 
 
Basic movement trials and validations were done over the last fortnight against stringent timelines to ensure that the train is ready to go onto the viaduct in the New Year, the release said.
 
With the arrival of this train, DMRC has moved one step closer to the commissioning of the Noida – Greater Noida corridor. Greater Noida has today become a residential and commercial hub. A number of residential colonies and apartments have come up in the area and all major schools and hospitals have opened their branches in Greater Noida. 
 
Being directly connected to Noida through the expressway, Greater Noida has become a popular destinations for corporates who have set up offices there. The Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor will provide greater connectivity and transport solutions to this area, the release said.
 
The rolling stock for the corridor is being procured from CRRC Limited, a State-owned Chinese rolling stock manufacturer. DMRC had signed the MoU on behalf of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Ltd. with CRRC Corporation Limited in March 2016. The standard gauge trains are being manufactured in the company's Nanjing plant.
 
Each train will comprise four coaches. The corridor will have a total of 19 train sets (76 coaches). The trains are expected to arrive every fortnight. 
 
Each four-coach train will have a seating capacity of 186. The total passenger capacity will be about 1000, inclusive of standing passengers.
 
Each train has two Driving Trailer Cars and two Motor Cars and the total number of seats in both are 43 and 50, respectively. Adequate amount of seat reservation through different coloured seats has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens  and differently abled persons. The train has been designed with an  aqua blue colour theme.
 
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The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking  an average  speed of 37.5 kmph which is a shade better than the contemporary networks around. All trains are well lit with energy efficient LED lights both in the interiors and exteriors.
 
Each coach has ports for mobile and USB charging, 6 backlit LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays)  and 4 Dynamic Route Maps. The train is designed with end evacuation doors for emergencies. 
 
Dedicated space has been provided for wheel chair based commuters in Driving Trailer cars at both the ends of the trains. For visually impaired passengers, Digital Voice announcements regarding train and route information and announcement of station will be made in both Hindi and  English. Chime sound indicating opening and closing of doors is also in-built.
 
The Operational Control Centre (OCC) can communicate directly with the passengers in case of important andemergency announcements through speakers installed in each coach. Similarly the Train Operator can also communicate directly with the passengers through mikes.
 
The civil work of this 29.7 km corridor having 21 stations was completed in November 2017 with the erection of the last girder. Track laying and system works are in progress, the release said.
 
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IGL hikes selling prices of CNG, PNG in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Rewari

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today hiked the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari from midnight tonight following the recent notification of the Government of India increasing the prices of domestically produced natural gas.
 
This revision in prices would result in an increase of 95 paise per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 1.26 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, a press release from IGL said.
 
The new consumer price of Rs. 39.71 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.20 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight.  The price of CNG being supplied in Rewari as a part of trial run is being increased by Re 1 per kg from Rs 49.67 per kg to Rs 50.67 per kg, it said.
 
The release said IGL would continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs. 38.21 per kg in Delhi and Rs 47.70 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
 IGL has also announced increase in its domestic PNG prices from tomorrow. The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been increased by 80 paise per scm from Rs 25.19 per scm to Rs. 25.99 per scm. Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 27.64 per scm, which has been increased by 91 paise per scm from existing Rs 26.73 per scm.
 
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In Rewari, the applicable price of domestic PNG would be Rs 27.63 per scm. IGL is supplying PNG to nearly 5.5 lakh households in Delhi and nearly 2.5 lakh households in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari.
 
"The revision in retail prices of CNG and domestic PNG has been effected after taking into account the overall impact on the cost as a result of the increase in prices of domestically produced natural gas notified by the government.
 
"However, this increase would have a marginal impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 2 paise per km, for taxi it would be 5 paise per km and in case of buses, the increase would be 27 paise per km," the release said.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 59% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles at the current level of prices. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 32%," it said.
 
IGL is meeting fuel requirements of over 9.75 lakh vehicles running on CNG in NCR through a network of 425 CNG stations. 
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
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IGL hikes CNG, PNG prices to offset impact after transition to GST regime

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today hiked the selling prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) with  effect from midnight tonight in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
 
A press release from the company said the revision was meant to offset the overall impact on its costs after transition to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime.
 
The revision in prices would result in an increase of Rs 1.11 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 1.27 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
 
The new consumer price of Rs. 38.76 per kg in Delhi and Rs 44.42 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight.
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs. 37.26 per kg in Delhi and Rs 42.92 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been revised by 33 paise per scm from Rs 24.86 per scm to Rs. 25.19 per scm.  Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 26.73 per scm, which has been increased by 36 paise per scm from existing Rs 26.37 per scm. 
 
Under the previous indirect tax regime, IGL was entitled to avail input credits against excise duty and service tax paid on certain goods and services purchased. Since natural gas has been kept outside the ambit of GST, such input tax credits which were earlier available, have been discontinued now, leading to additional costs, the release said.
 
In addition, GST has become applicable on transportation charges of input natural gas being purchased post 30th June 2017, which was not the case earlier, it said.
 
"However, this increase would have a marginal impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 3 paise per km, for taxi it would be 5 paise per km and in case of buses, the increase would be 32 paise per km.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 57% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles at the current level of prices. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be nearly 30%," the release added.
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
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