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Modi govt stands firm in coal faceoff as unions call off strikes

Coal India's five major unions were protesting the government's plan to end the state's monopoly on selling coal

"We have ... assured them that Coal India's and its employees' interests will always be protected," said Mr Goyal

New Delhi

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced down the first major opposition to his economic agenda as coal unions called off a two-day-old strike that had threatened to paralyse the nation.

The unions at the world's biggest coal miner, Coal India Ltd, agreed to end the