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Air India plane suffers tyre burst at Bhopal, all safe
Bhopal : As many as 95 passengers escaped unhurt when an Air India plane's tyre burst on landing at the airport here on Wednesday,
 
The tyre burst occurred at Raja Bhoj airport of Bhopal at 7.30 when the AI-435 flight arrived from Delhi. Though the burst jolted the passengers, the pilot managed to bring the aircraft under control and averted a major tragedy, sources said. 
 
Arrangements were made for the passengers' stay at a hotel.
 
No official of Air India or airport administration was willing to immediately talk to media about the incident.
 
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US oil boom reduces Middle East influence on oil price
Washington : The US oil boom has changed the world's geopolitics of energy, reducing the influence of the Middle East on oil prices, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Wednesday.
 
"The American energy renaissance" is the key reason why the recent conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran did not raise the world's oil price, Xinhua cited Jack Gerard, president of the API, as saying.
 
"If such unrest happened 10 years ago, I believe there would be a significant movement in the price of oil," he said.
 
Gerard said the geopolitics of energy has changed significantly over the last decade as the US has experienced an oil boom in recent years and the daily production is now around nine million barrels a day.
 
The US has been the world's largest oil producer since 2013, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to the data of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
 
The US government lifted the 40-year-old crude oil export ban in December last year, connecting the huge US oil output to the world market.
 
The United States has become "one alternative" for the world oil supply if some oil-producing countries were affected by unrest, Gerard said, adding the market "reflected that" over the past couple of days as unrest continued and tension increased in the Middle East.
 
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic relations with Iran after protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran to protest against the execution of the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
 
On Monday, three Sunni-led countries -- Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates -- joined Saudi Arabia in severing or downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran, adding to the fraught atmosphere in the region.
 
The conflicts among major Middle East oil producers raised concerns about an oil price hike, but the international oil prices kept falling on Monday and Tuesday.
 
The US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude moved down 79 cents to settle at $35.97 a barrel on Tuesday, while Brent crude decreased 80 cents to close at $36.42 a barrel.
 
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Consider limiting odd-even formula to a week: HC
New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Aam Aadmi Party government whether it can limit the restriction on the plying of even- and odd-numbered vehicles in the national capital on alternate days to "a week" instead of the planned 15 days.
 
A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the government to submit the data on air pollution it has collected in a week during implementation of the odd-even scheme in the national capital.
 
"Is it really necessary to have it for two weeks (15 days)? Can't it be confined to eight days? Can you end it on Friday? People are facing inconvenience. Take instructions," the bench asked the government posting the matter for Friday.
 
"It was a pilot project. You must have data (air pollution) with you now. Show us how much the pollution has reduced. The people of Delhi supported you despite inconvenience. There is no adequate public transport," the bench said.
 
The court also asked why diesel cabs were still plying on roads despite a ban.
 
The court was hearing 12 PILs challenging the Delhi government's decision to only allow even- and odd-numbered vehicles to ply in Delhi on alternate dates from January 1 to 15.
 
Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for Delhi government, defended the decision of continuing the odd-even scheme for 15 days and said the data collected till now shows decrease in the level of air pollution.
 
In a status report submitted to the court, the AAP government defended its decision to exempt two-wheelers from the scheme. "In case of two-wheelers, pooling would have been a limited option and it was expected that around 60-70 percent of population would have to resort to public transport. The present available public transport infrastructure is not sufficient to cater to such a huge demand," the report said.
 
The status report said the reduction in number of four-wheelers helps decrease the congestion on roads "which has a positive effect on vehicular pollution control".
 
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