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Energy News MonitorVol.-XI, Issue-11, 26 August 2014
The mediation of social conflict (invariably connected to distribution of resources, wealth and power) has been a human preoccupation for thousands of years. 'Big God' was the first political invention of mankind to mediate social conflict.
With its reign of terror over a large population and ability to self-finance on a staggering scale, the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley resembles the Taliban with oil wells.
The government plans to create public sector energy giants with a massive restructuring exercise that will amalgamate all state-run hydropower firms and transfer their thermal projects to NTPC to create strong companies that can take on the rapidly growing private conglomerates.
For the first time in India, solar power will be extensively used to run 2,200 mobile towers to be set up in nine Naxal-affected areas. The mobile towers, to be set up at a cost of ' 3,216 crore, will be operated without any support from electricity or generators.