News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 25 February, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Govt prepares for power, water crises: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Govt-prepares-for-power-water-crises/articleshow/46362534.cms?
  2. AAP’s white paper on power soon: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/AAPs-white-paper-on-power-soon/articleshow/46362558.cms?
  3. Brakes on coal auction: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150225/jsp/business/story_5283.jsp#.VO1lVvmUd1E
  4. Coal Ministry puts off auction of next set of blocks to March 2: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/coal-ministry-puts-off-auction-of-next-set-of-blocks-to-march-2/article6929762.ece
  5. Rajya Sabha passes Bill to ease eviction from public land: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/r-s-passes-bill-to-ease-eviction-from-public-land/article6929638.ece
  6. European carbon market reform set for 2019: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/european-carbon-emissions-trading-market-reform-set-for-2019
  7. Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27022-renewable-energy-poised-to-overtake-nuclear-in-the-uk.html#.VO1m2vmUd1E
  8. Maharashtra okays central scheme to distribute solar pumps to farmers: http://zeenews.india.com/news/maharashtra/maharashtra-okays-central-scheme-to-distribute-solar-pumps-to-farmers_1551929.html
  9. Auction of nearly operational coal mines from next week: HC: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-auction-of-nearly-operational-coal-mines-from-next-week-hc-2063826
  10. Coal India to invest in Odisha power project: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-23329.html#
  11. Coal India board directs PSU to withdraw from ICVL: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/coal-india-board-directs-psu-to-withdraw-from-icvl-115022400435_1.html
  12. Second round of coal auction to be held on March 4: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/second-round-of-coal-auction-to-be-held-on-march-4/articleshow/46356459.cms
  13. India should give categorical statements: Ramesh on climate: http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/india-should-give-categorical-statements-ramesh-on-climate_1551816.html
  14. Foundation stone to be laid for 600 MW thermal plant in Telangana: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/foundation-stone-to-be-laid-for-600-mw-thermal-plant-in-telangana/article6928980.ece
  15. Don’t auction Mahan coal block: MoEF: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dont-auction-mahan-coal-block-moef/article6929933.ece
  16. Spy cables: Greenpeace head targeted by intelligence agencies before Seoul G20: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/spy-cables-greenpeace-kumi-naidoo-targeted-security-threat-g20-seoul
  17. Shades of green: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/shades-of-green-115022401418_1.html
  18. Still no modelling to show whether Direct Action will meet emissions target: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/24/still-no-modelling-to-show-whether-direct-action-will-meet-emissions-target
  19.  Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/21/climate-change-denier-willie-soon-funded-energy-industry
  20. Apple’s £1.25bn Europe data centres will run entirely on renewable energy: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/23/apple-125bn-europe-data-centres-will-run-entirely-on-renewable-energy
  21. EU wants Paris climate deal to cut carbon emissions 60% by 2050: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/23/eu-wants-paris-climate-deal-to-cut-carbon-emissions-60-by-2050
  22. Artificial glacier could help Ladakh villagers adapt to climate change: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/artificial-glacier-could-help-ladakh-villagers-adapt-to-climate-change

B.IFIs

  1. World Bank wants more transparency in India’s power subsidy:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46359204.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  2. Investor confidence still shaky in India: US envoy: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-23371.html#
  3. Keep politics away from power utilities: World Bank report: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/keep-politics-away-from-power-utilities-world-bank-report/article6929197.ece
  4. Banks can incentivise commercial performance of power sector: World Bank: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/banks-can-incentivise-commercial-performance-of-power-sector-world-bank-115022400405_1.html
  5. ‘Commercialise power utilities’: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/commercialise-power-utilities/article6926723.ece#
  6. World Bank Wants More Transparency in India’s Power Subsidy: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/World-Bank-Wants-More-Transparency-in-Indias-Power-Subsidy/2015/02/25/article2685163.ece
  7. ADB signs $400 million loan pacts with India: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/adb-signs-400-million-loan-pacts-with-india/articleshow/46346160.cms#

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Government unlikely to yield on major clauses in land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Government-unlikely-to-yield-on-major-clauses-in-land-bill/articleshow/46362463.cms?
  2. Centre tests nerves on land law battle: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150225/jsp/frontpage/story_5376.jsp#.VO1auvmUd1E
  3. Modi may have to do with land law what Vajpayee did with Pota: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-may-have-to-do-with-land-law-what-Vajpayee-did-with-Pota/articleshow/46363892.cms?
  4. No dilution in Land Acquisition Act, say BJP and government: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-dilution-in-Land-Acquisition-Act-say-BJP-and-government/articleshow/46363665.cms?
  5. Land Bill pits Shiv Sena against BJP: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-land-bill-pits-shiv-sena-against-bjp-2063921
  6. Amarinder Singh questions CM Parkash Singh Badal’s ‘silence’ over new land bill: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-amarinder-singh-questions-cm-parkash-singh-badal-s-silence-over-new-land-bill-2063795
  7. Opposition walks out over land bill: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150224/jsp/frontpage/story_5247.jsp#.VO1eEfmUd1E
  8. Helping hand for water scarcity-hit people in Aurangabad: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Helping-hand-for-water-scarcity-hit-people-in-Aurangabad/articleshow/46355003.cms?
  9. Faces behind the 14th Finance Commission: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/faces-behind-the-14th-finance-commission-115022400789_1.html
  10. Jairam takes dig at Chidambaram on land law: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/jairam-takes-dig-at-chidambaram-on-land-law/article1-1320319.aspx
  11. Modi Wants to Replace Crowded Slums in India With 20 Million Homes: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-23/modi-seeks-to-replace-crowded-india-slums-with-20-million-homes
  12. Table-and-talk tactic on land bill: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150224/jsp/nation/story_5234.jsp#.VOwMWfmUd1E
  13. Agri minister rules out further extension of LPS: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Agri-minister-rules-out-further-extension-of-LPS/articleshow/46350529.cms?
  14. Government is open to suggestions on land bill: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-government-is-open-to-suggestions-on-land-bill-2063615
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