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India tries to douse century-old coal fires as it seeks output boost

Reviving output from coal sector is one of PM Modi's most tangible achievements so far

BURNING PROBLEM: The glowing coals and rising smoke date back to 1916, a quarter of a century after private firms began to mine the field.

Jharia, India

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi is determined to move more than 100,000 people living near coalfields in eastern India to new homes, making it easier to douse underground fires that have burned for a century and mine huge reserves of premium coal.

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