Energy subsidies decline by 36% to Rs 1.51 lakh crore

India’s total energy subsidies amounted to Rs 1,51,480 crore in financial year 2017, a 36 per cent decrease since FY14, according to a new report released on Thursday.

The report released by the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and the council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) said, India’s fossil-fuel subsidies fell sharply by nearly 70 per cent, from Rs 1,73,330 crore in FY14 to Rs 52,980 crore in FY17.

Between FY16 and 17, fossil-fuel subsidies declined by Rs 12,270 crore ($2 billion).

BJP Kerala chief moves HC seeking quashing of FIR against him

Kerala BJP president P S Sreedharan Pillai Friday moved the High Court seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him by the police for his speech on the Sabarimala protests.

The first information report was registered in Kozhikode on a complaint by journalist Shybin alleging that Pillai, while addressing a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state council, had instigated activists to protest the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.

Huawei India reinstates connectivity in flood affected Kerala

Staying true to its commitment to prioritize network continuity in times of critical needs and natural disasters situations, Huawei India, in association with partners, undertook disaster relief initiatives for flood affected sites in Kerala ensuring network restoration and connectivity in record 72 hours.

Worst flood in a century kills 67 in Kerala, more rain likely

The death toll from the worst floods in nearly a century in Kerala rose to 67 on Wednesday as rising water stranded tens of thousands of people and forced the closure of one of its main airports. The five latest fatalities from the rain that began a week ago came when authorities in the state were forced to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river.

“Presently, 35 reservoirs in the state are releasing water. Many districts in the state are facing floods,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, said on Twitter.

Personalisation to drive digital future in travel

Customer-centric needs will power future advancements in digitisation and technology in the travel and transportation sector, and businesses will have to design their technologies around individualised user experience and safety, both physical and data-related, to grow and retain loyalty, experts said here today.

Kerala set to become knowledge-based society: CM

Kerala is all set to beco­me a knowledge-based society for which the government will put in place all infrastructure and policy framework, chief minister Pi­n­ara­yi Vijayan said, while opening Kerala’s first Global Digital Summit–#FUTU­RE, here on Thursday.

“We have a wide range of highly qualified and skilled human resources and the world class physical and digital infrastructure that can attract the emerging knowledge companies in Kerala,” he said, addressing top business leaders and influencers from across the world at the two-day event.

5 killed in blast on ONGC ship under repair at Cochin Shipyard

An explosion and fire on an ONGC drill ship while it was undergoing repair at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) left five people dead and seven injured today, the CSL said.

The explosion occurred in a front tank of the ONGC vessel Sagar Bhushan at 9.15 am. It could have been due to "gas consolidation (inside the tank)", CSL chairman and Managing Director Madhu S Nair said, citing immediate reason for the blast.

He, however, said that the exact reasons would be known only after a detailed investigation.

Congress facing existential crisis: Jairam Ramesh

The Congress is facing an “existential crisis”, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh has said pitching for “a collective effort” by party leaders to “overcome” the challenges it faced from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.