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Power Restored in India After Massive Blackout

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- The lights are back on in India Wednesday after a massive power outage left more than 600 million people in the dark.

The blackout on Tuesday was due to the collapse of electricity grids in the northern and eastern part of the country.  In all, 22 of India's 28 states were affected.

It followed another power outage that left some 300 million people without electricity for several hours on Monday.  That outage was due to a failure with the northern grid.

Both blackouts crippled transportation, leaving hundreds of trains at a standstill and an untold numbers of cars stuck in traffic because there were no lights.

While states are being blamed for taking more power from the grids than they were authorized to do, an investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the collapse.

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Half of India Without Power as Electricity Grids Collapse Again

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people in India are in the dark again Tuesday after a massive power outage struck the country for a second consecutive day.

Electricity grids in northern and eastern India collapsed Tuesday afternoon, knocking out electricity to about half of the country -- about 600 million people -- and crippling transportation.  In New Delhi, traffic lights are out and the city's metro rail system is shut down.

Aside from the capital, other affected areas include the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan in the north, and West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the east, the BBC reports.

The latest blackout comes one day after the northern grid failed, leaving some 300 million people without power for several hours.  That power outage also led to a commuting nightmare early Monday morning.

Power officials in the country say it’s not unusual during the summer months for states to “take more power” from the grid than authorized, and suspect that may have contributed to Monday’s failure, according to the BBC.

A task force has been appointed to determine the exact cause of the outage.

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Iraq Pulls the Plug on Electricity Minister

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- One of the perpetual problems in Iraq for years has been frequent power outages.  Now, on top of that, Iraqis have just shed light on the fact that the guy running the electricity ministry was into some shady practices.

According to an investigation, Electricity Minister Raad Shalal made $1.7 billion dollars in deals with Canadian and German companies, neither of which was qualified to manufacture electricity.  In fact, one German news source alleges that the companies most likely didn't exist.

As a result, Shalal was sacked by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The investigation will now turn to whether Shalal and others may have tried to profit from the venture.

Electricity cuts during the summer are a way of life in Iraq, forcing many residents there to use private generators for power.

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Power Restored to All Six Units at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- External power was restored to all six units at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility on Tuesday after workers continued to douse Units 3 and 4 in attempts to bring the disaster-stricken facility under control.

At a press conference held by the Nuclear Safety Agency earlier Tuesday it was confirmed that in addition to restoring power at Unit 2, three hours of dousing was to begin Tuesday on Unit 4, and the Tokyo Fire Department and Osaka Fire Department had sprayed water on Unit 3.

Units 5 and 6 had previously been successfully connected to diesel generators.

While power has been restored, officials need to check and test each reactor individually before coolant pumps can be reactivated.

The NSA also confirmed Tuesday that more tests have been ordered for radiation in seawater.

TEPCO on Tuesday also announced the seawater contamination levels near the Fukushima facility.  The level of iodine is 27.1 times higher than normal and the level of cesium -- which can affect fish and shellfish -- is 2.5 times higher than normal level.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan's office moved to reassure consumers Tuesday that no seafood from Fukushima prefecture had entered the market since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck on March 11 and a 46-foot tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems and backup generators.

The latest death toll from the disasters now stands at 8,805 with another 12,664 listed as missing.

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