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Eight-Hour Blackouts Hit India After Hottest March on Record

  • Coal shortage threatens to exacerbate energy, food inflation
  • Nomura warns of ‘stagflationary shock,’ drop in factory output
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An already sweltering summer and acute coal shortages are triggering blackouts across parts of India, raising fears of a new power crisis that could roil Asia’s third-biggest economy.

A surge in demand for electricity has prompted states including Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in the north and Andhra Pradesh in the south to cut off supply. The disruption, as long as eight hours in some places, is forcing customers to either endure the heat or look for costlier back-up options.