Indian news on March 16, 2016

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Public Prosecutor opposes bail plea of JNU students:: The public prosecutor who opposed the bail plea of JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya at the sessions court on Wednesday said the case against them under Kanhaiya Kumar leadership was different from against the applicants. Kanhaiya Kumar was not the organizer of the programme commemorating the hanging of Afzal Guru at the University campus on February 9. The PP contended that the intention of the two students now in judicial custody was to create hatred against the established government that attracted sedition charges.
  • Petrol is costlier by Rs.3.07/litre:: Reversing a three month decline trend, petrol price was increased by Rs.3.07 a litre on Wednesday while diesel rates have gone up by Rs.1.90 per litre. Petrol will cost Rs.59.68 per litre in the Capital from midnight of Wednesday as against Rs.56.61 currently according to IOL. Similarly, a liter of diesel will cost Rs.48.33 as against Rs.46.43.
  • Green panel defers nod to Adani power:: An Environment Ministry panel has deferred clearance to Adani Power’s 1,600 MW thermal project in Jharkhand seeking additional information form the company. Adani Power Ltd is planning to set up a project in Jharkhand. The power plant is being developed as a result of the MoU signed between India and Bangladesh in 2010.
  • Government to allot 16 coal mines to PSUs:: The government will allot 16 blocks to PSUs for carrying out production and sale of the dry fuel. Of the 16 blocks earmarked for State public sector undertakings for the sale of coal, five mines are in MP, three in Telangana, two blocks each in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and one each in Odisha and West Bengal.
  • Google integrates Ola, Uber service with its Maps:: Google Maps users will now be able to check availability and book their cabs rides using the Maps app. The technology giant, on Wednesday in an blg post announced the integration of cab hailing apps such as Uber and Ola into Google Maps. However, uses would still need to install applications of those services providers on their phones.

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