Recent technological and regulatory developments around electricity generation, and in particular, the solar sector, are creating sustainable platforms for electricity consumption and generation by consumers. In fact, in certain instances, electricity generation and consumption do not require grid connectivity and are completely “off grid”.

Consumers are incentivised to set up their own electricity generation units owing to lower energy bills and the creation of environment-friendly ecosystems for electricity generation and consumption. So, an increasing number of consumers disconnect themselves from grids and turn to non-conventional sources (like solar).

This forces power distribution companies (Discoms) to recover losses from a smaller pool of consumers, leading to even more consumers opting out of electricity grids. This vicious cycle, which could result in Discoms going bankrupt, is what the term “utility death spiral” refers to. The Indian energy markets are regulated and if ‘utility death spiral’ becomes a

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A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge in connection with the arson of a St. Paul car rental business during the unrest following George Floyd’s death.

Matthew Scott White, 32, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of arson in connection with the May 28 fire at Enterprise Rent-A-Car on University Avenue in St. Paul which completely destroyed the building.

According to charges, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were able to identify White, his sister and another person captured on surveillance video footage from cameras located inside and outside of the business on the night of the arson.

White could be seen entering the business and remained inside for several minutes. While inside, White can be seen carrying a box and a garbage can into the back area of the business, out of the view of the camera.

Shortly after, fire

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A new study suggests that the risk of dying due to coronavirus is greater by 62 per cent for men than women. The study was published on the official website of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Researchers suggested that this could be due to high levels of inflammation developed in men when they contract the virus.

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According to the study presented at ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, online 23-25 September), men are more likely to experience the critical phases of the viral infection.

Study authors from University Hospital Regensburg, Germany said in a statement: “Men have higher death rates as well as more frequent ICU admissions and longer hospital stays, that are all associated with higher inflammatory parameters during all phases of Covid-19.”

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Which party’s voters will be more galvanized? That was a question strategists in both parties were reluctant to speculate about, as they waited for polling data from battleground states to trickle in over the next few days.

In Montana, for instance, Gov. Steve Bullock, the Democratic challenger, must win significantly more votes than his party’s presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr., if he has any hope of unseating Senator Steve Daines, the Republican incumbent. Mr. Trump carried Montana by 20 percentage points four years ago.

While awed at the money Democrats were able to bring in, some conservatives questioned how effectively it could be spent coming so late — just six weeks before the election — when there was a finite amount of advertising time that could still be reserved on television and a diminishing rate of return.

“The number of truly persuadable swing voters is so small,” said Ralph

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By Ann Saphir

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s bid to quickly fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by Friday’s death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could end the already remote chance of a pandemic relief package before the Nov. 3 election, bank analysts say.

In the meantime, the vacancy is adding uncertainty in an already uncertain environment, a top Fed official told Reuters.

But it may raise the odds of a Democratic sweep in the election, which could clear the way for a bigger stimulus package afterward to fight economic impacts of the coronavirus.

“The Supreme Court vacancy is likely to motivate the political base of both parties and will displace the coronavirus and geopolitical tensions with China as a dominant topic in voters’ minds,” UBS economists wrote in a note over the weekend.

If Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate move to install a conservative judge on the

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  • Just hours after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Rep. Doug Collins attacked the late justice’s position on abortion on Twitter.
  • Collins tweeted Friday, “RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws.”
  • During President Trump’s impeachment hearings earlier this year, Collins was a staunch defender of the president, delivering impassioned speeches and jousting with House Democrats throughout the proceedings.
  • Collins is currently embroiled in a heated special election for the US Senate seat held by appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican.
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Just hours after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Rep. Doug Collins unleashed a harsh attack on her abortion record during her 27-year tenure on the court.

As condolences and tributes poured in from across the political spectrum,

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Two unions in State Bank of India (SBI) have expressed resentment at controllers not sanctioning timely leave to branch officials infected with Coronavirus, leading to some succumbing to the deadly virus.

According to the Unions, this allegedly callous attitude of some of the controllers under the purview of local head offices (LHOs) comes despite the corporate centre clearly instructing them to follow the various advisories/standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by it relating to the preventive/precautionary measures to be adopted to ensure the safety and security of employees.

The SBI Officers’ Association has raised the issue of non-sanction of timely leave to a young Manager of a branch under the Visakhapatnam Regional Business Office (RBO), as he succumbed to Covid-19 last week.

The Association emphasised that had the authorities in RBO taken timely action by sanctioning leave, a precious life would have been saved. It has sought investigation into the matter

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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday kicked off a monumental battle in Congress as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited President Donald Trump to promptly nominate a replacement, ignoring pleas by Democrats to await the results of the November 3 presidential election.

“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell proclaimed on Friday night, without providing a time frame for action by the Senate.

That confirmed McConnell’s prior insistence that he would do so in an election year, despite blocking President Barack Obama’s efforts to nominate a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, 10 months before that year’s presidential election.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to await the results of the elections that are less than two months from now. He quoted McConnell’s 2016 words on Twitter, saying, “The American people should have a

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Four years ago, when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly while on vacation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued an ironclad edict: Then-President Barack Obama’s nominated successor, likely a liberal, would not get a confirmation vote because the vacancy happened too close to the 2016 presidential election.

The daring gambit broke decades of Senate precedent and denied Obama the precious opportunity to disrupt the court’s three-decade-long, 5-4 conservative majority.

On Friday, however – mere hours after learning that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had lost her long battle with pancreatic cancer – McConnell made another proclamation: If President Donald Trump quickly chose her successor, that person would get a Senate confirmation vote, even though the presidential election is just 45 days away.

McConnell’s about-face, amid criticism from Democrats, is indicative of what’s at stake: a rare chance to put the Supreme Court in a 6-3 conservative-majority hammerlock, control that could

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  • For the first time in 27 years, high profile issues from abortion rights to health care will be devoid of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s judicial imprint.
  • Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. 
  • On Nov. 10, a week after Election Day, the court will hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.
  • With a sixth Supreme Court seat on their wish list, conservatives will sharpen their aim at Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US and afforded women a constitutional right to the procedure.
  • Legal disputes challenging ballots in the 2020 presidential election could also be a bitter part of the judicial landscape in November.
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With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Friday, future decisions on a range of high profile

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