News Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water, Forest, Dalit issues: 27 March 2015

27 March, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Rs 10k cr NTPC bonus debenture issue adds depth to debt market: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Rs-10k-cr-NTPC-bonus-debenture-issue-adds-depth-to-debt-market/articleshow/46710089.cms?
  2. Cancelling of JPL bid, giving mines to Coal India wrong: Delhi HC: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cancelling-of-jpl-bid-giving-mines-to-coal-india-wrong-delhi-hc/articleshow/46710157.cms
  3. State hails allotment of Chhattisgarh mine: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/State-hails-allotment-of-Chhattisgarh-mine/articleshow/46709966.cms?
  4. WBMTDC to handle coal mining in Bengal: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/wbmtdc-to-handle-coal-mining-in-bengal/articleshow/46708107.cms
  5. ‘Expedite Pirpainti, Kajra power projects’: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/expedite-pirpainti-kajra-power-projects/articleshow/46708066.cms
  6. Cancelling Jindal Power bid and allotment of mines to CIL “wrong”: High Court:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46706343.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  7. Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/large-fall-in-uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-of-over-8-last-year
  8. Costa Rica uses only renewable energy for first 75 days of 2015 – video report: http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/mar/26/costa-rica-only-renewable-energy-first-75-days-of-2015-video
  9. Coal ministry eyeing 15-20 blocks for next auction round: http://www.moneylife.in/article/coal-ministry-eyeing-15-20-blocks-for-next-auction-round/40980.html
  10. Govt identifying 15-20 coal blocks for next round of auction: Goyal: http://www.firstpost.com/business/economy/govt-identifying-15-20-coal-blocks-for-next-round-of-auction-goyal-2175003.html
  11. Coal Minister Launches Projects Monitoring Portal to Enhance Efficiency, Transparency & Improve Communication Between B2G, G2G & G2B : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=117725
  12. No timeline to complete coal mines auction: Centre: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/no-timeline-to-complete-coal-mines-auction-centre/article7035657.ece
  13. Green energy push: PSBs agree to lend Rs 1.71 lakh crore to finance projects over the next 5 years: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46702286.cms
  14. Coal India may surpass 1 bn tonne output target by 2020: Goyal: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/cil-may-surpass-1-bn-tonne-production-target-by-2020-goyal-115032600388_1.html
  15. Locals reject Adani group’s land agreement in Australia: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/locals-reject-adani-group-s-land-agreement-in-australia-115032700044_1.html
  16. High Court notices to govt, Director Jai Prakash Power Ventures:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46706053.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

B.IFIs

  1. South Korea decides to join China-proposed Asian bank http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-36696.html
  2. ADB’s $300 mn loan to improve road connectivity: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/adb-s-300-mn-loan-to-improve-road-connectivity-115032601163_1.html
  3. New fund devolution mode from April 1: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/new-fund-devolution-mode-from-april-1/article7038320.ece
  4. ‘Green’ dam linked to killings of six indigenous people in Guatemala: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/santa-rita-green-dam-killings-indigenous-people-guatemala
  5. Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh: http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/Japan-Uses-Climate-Cash-for-Coal-Plants-in-India-Bangladesh/2015/03/26/article2731222.ece
  6. SBI to make room for foreign partner: http://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/sbi-to-cut-stake-in-general-insurance-venture-to-51-115032600323_1.html
  7. Foreign ally to raise stake in SBI General: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150327/jsp/business/story_11039.jsp#.VRTlzvmUd1E

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. PM running a disinformation campaign on land bill: CPM: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-running-a-disinformation-campaign-on-land-bill-CPM/articleshow/46709992.cms?
  2. NGT directs Haryana to not give tree felling work in forest areas to private parties: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NGT-directs-Haryana-to-not-give-tree-felling-work-in-forest-areas-to-private-parties/articleshow/46709632.cms?
  3. NITI Aayog to mediate inter-governmental differences: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/niti-aayog-to-mediate-intergovernmental-differences/article7036438.ece
  4. How Karnataka’s mega port project is bending the rules: http://indiatogether.org/articles/violations-in-eia-of-tadadi-port-project-karnataka-environment
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D. Dalit Issues

Farmer suicide in Parseoni village- The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Farmer-suicide-in-Parseoni-village/articleshow/46708531.cms

Madurai Police to Protect Dalits’ Right to Worship- The New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Madurai-Police-to-Protect-Dalits-Right-to-Worship/2015/03/27/article2732110.ece

Opposition questions budget outlay- The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/opposition-questions-budget-outlay/article7038237.ece

Case Against Renuka’s Husband- The New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/Case-Against-Renuka%E2%80%99s-Husband/2015/03/27/article2732610.ece

Dalit Vachanakara Jayanti to be celebrated in Bidar- The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/dalit-vachanakara-jayanti-to-be-celebrated-in-bidar/article7036196.ece?homepage=true

The Times Of India

Farmer suicide in Parseoni village

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Farmer-suicide-in-Parseoni-village/articleshow/46708531.cms

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News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Forest, Land and Water: 25 and 26 March, 2015

26 March 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Cabinet Nod for Auction to Import Gas for 31 Idle Power Plants: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/Cabinet-Nod-for-Auction-to-Import-Gas-for-31-Idle-Power-Plants/2015/03/26/article2731003.ece
  2. MoEF nod for Pudimadaka project study: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/moef-nod-for-pudimadaka-project-study/article7033626.ece
  3. NTPC Invites Tenders for Vizag Plant: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/NTPC-Invites-Tenders-for-Vizag-Plant/2015/03/26/article2730769.ece
  4. Atchutapuram NTPC Impact Report by May: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Atchutapuram-NTPC-Impact-Report-by-May/2015/03/26/article2730426.ece
  5. Pollution lens on coal firms: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150326/jsp/jharkhand/story_10861.jsp#.VROV8vmUd1E
  6. Green energy push: PSBs agree to lend Rs 1.71 lakh crore to finance projects over the next 5 years:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46695429.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  7. Coal blocks nod to hinge on forest law: http://www.asianage.com/business/coal-blocks-nod-hinge-forest-law-095
  8. Kamarajar Port to Import 18 Mn Tonnes of Coal in Two Years: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Kamarajar-Port-to-Import-18-Mn-Tonnes-of-Coal-in-Two-Years/2015/03/26/article2729919.ece
  9. Sushil Modi hails coal block allocation to Barauni plant: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/SuMo-hails-coal-block-allocation-to-Barauni-plant/articleshow/46694288.cms?
  10. A Ukraine factory that can’t close, and workers who won’t quit: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/a-ukraine-factory-that-cant-close-and-workers-who-wont-quit/articleshow/46689086.cms
  11. Cabinet allows use of imported gas to revive stuck power plants: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/cabinet-allows-use-of-imported-gas-to-revive-stuck-power-plants/article7032626.ece
  12. Odisha wins back Manoharpur coal blocks: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/odisha-wins-back-manoharpur-coal-blocks-115032501291_1.html
  13. Govt to subsidise imported gas-based power generation: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-to-subsidise-imported-gas-based-power-generation-115032501083_1.html
  14. Keep it in the Ground campaign: six things we’ve learned: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/keep-it-in-the-ground-blog/2015/mar/25/keep-it-in-the-ground-campaign-six-things-weve-learned
  15. IL&FS aims to more than triple power generation capacity: Official:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46690881.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  16. Fossil fuel firms are still bankrolling climate denial lobby groups: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/25/fossil-fuel-firms-are-still-bankrolling-climate-denial-lobby-groups
  17. Fossil-fuel divestment is not the way to reduce carbon emissions: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/25/wellcome-trust-fossil-fuel-divestment-not-way-reduce-carbon-emissions
  18. Losses for SEBs may reduce with improved coal supply & tariff hike: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/losses-of-state-electricity-boards-to-reduce-with-coal-supply-tariff-hike-115032500777_1.html
  19. NTPC gets back five coal blocks:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46691035.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  20. CCEA approves gas import to revive stranded power plants: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pd0aangichghf&title=CCEA_approves_gas_import_to_revive_stranded_power_plants
  21. Coal blocks nod to hinge on forest law: http://www.asianage.com/business/coal-blocks-nod-hinge-forest-law-095
  22. We have fast-tracked project approvals, brought in transparency: Prakash Javadekar, Environment minister:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46695784.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  23. How much of the world’s fossil fuels can we burn?: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/keep-it-in-the-ground-blog/2015/mar/25/what-numbers-tell-about-how-much-fossil-fuel-reserves-cant-burn

B.IFIs

  1. TN vows to thwart Mekedatu dam plan:http://www.deccanherald.com/content/467858/tn-vows-thwart-mekedatu-dam.html
  2. ‘K’taka Dam Plan Will be Thwarted’: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Ktaka-Dam-Plan-Will-be-Thwarted/2015/03/26/article2730601.ece
  3. Claude Smadja: A preview of the new world order: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/claude-smadja-a-preview-of-the-new-world-order-115032501180_1.html

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Govt hints it may repromulgate land ordinance: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/govt-hints-it-may-repromulgate-land-ordinance/articleshow/46696114.cms
  2. Not ruling out joint sitting if all options on land bill fail: Venkaiah: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Not-ruling-out-joint-sitting-if-all-options-on-land-bill-fail-Venkaiah/articleshow/46696136.cms?
  3. Centre to discuss Forest Rights Act with states in April:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46695803.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  4. Converting 101 rivers into waterways: Cabinet gives nod to plans for enactment of a legislation:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46693168.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. Govt may issue ‘re-ordinance’ on land bill: Union minister: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-may-issue-re-ordinance-on-land-bill-Union-minister/articleshow/46692295.cms?

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25 March 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Govt to allot coal mines to PSUs today: http://www.rediff.com/business/report/govt-to-allot-coal-mines-to-psus-today/20150324.htm
  2. OERC Hikes Power Tariff: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/OERC-Hikes-Power-Tariff/2015/03/25/article2729113.ece
  3. Serious financial lapses by Gujarat PSUs: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/serious-financial-lapses-by-gujarat-psus/articleshow/46683080.cms
  4. Bengal wins crucial coal comfort: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150325/jsp/business/story_10670.jsp#.VRJbk_mUd1E
  5. State govt seeks to double coal supply from Centre: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/State-govt-seeks-to-double-coal-supply-from-Centre/articleshow/46682250.cms?
  6. Ramgarh coal for Essar’s MP plant: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150325/jsp/jharkhand/story_10614.jsp#.VRJbuvmUd1E
  7. Goyal eyes bidding in dollar to cut solar tariff: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Goyal-eyes-bidding-in-dollar-to-cut-solar-tariff/articleshow/46681819.cms?
  8. Coal block re-allocation: States, PSUs get back lost mines: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/coal-block-re-allocation-states-psus-get-back-lost-mines-115032500025_1.html
  9. New round of coal block auctions from April: Piyush Goyal: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/new-round-of-coal-block-auctions-from-next-month-goyal-115032401125_1.html
  10. Govt allots 38 mines to state, central PSUs: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Govt-allots-38-mines-to-state-central-PSUs/articleshow/46682016.cms?
  11. India’s coal imports to jump 19 percent to 200 million tonnes in 2014/15: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pdyuu4bbefedh&title=India%27s_coal_imports_to_jump_19_percent_to_200_million_tonnes_in_2014%2F15
  12. 37 coal mines allotted to state power units, one to SAIL: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pdyvEDcabgieb&title=37_coal_mines_allotted_to_state_power_units%2C_one_to_SAIL
  13. Coal boost: State bags two more big blocks: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Coal-boost-State-bags-two-more-big-blocks/articleshow/46681451.cms?
  14. US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/24/us-coal-sector-in-terminal-decline-financial-analysts-say
  15. Essar Power to resume power production from Sangrauli: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-35616.html
  16. MPs pension fund should not be divested from fossil fuels, says Liz Truss: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/24/mps-pension-fund-should-not-be-divested-from-fossil-fuels-says-liz-truss
  17. Essar Power to start mining from Tokisud coal block in Jharkhand: http://www.firstpost.com/business/essar-power-to-start-mining-from-tokisud-coal-block-in-jharkhand-2171057.html
  18. Gujarat has 19000 million units surplus power: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/gujarat-has-19000-million-units-surplus-power/articleshow/46676349.cms
  19. Tap geothermal energy from coast line, Governor tells state: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/tap-geothermal-energy-from-coast-line-governor-tells-state/articleshow/46675714.cms
  20. Allocation of coal mines to public sector firms today: http://www.firstpost.com/business/economy/allocation-of-coal-mines-to-public-sector-firms-today-2170303.html
  21. India should prepare to face extreme weather, warn scientists: http://zeenews.india.com/news/sci-tech/india-should-prepare-to-face-extreme-weather-warn-scientists_1566938.html

B.IFIs

  1. Tiger to Pip Dragon in Economic Growth in Asia: ADB: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/Tiger-to-Pip-Dragon-in-Economic-Growth-in-Asia-ADB/2015/03/25/article2729078.ece
  2. Tata Power’s global collaboration for power project in Georgia: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pdyvu0ibijhja&title=Tata_Power%27s_global_collaboration_for_power_project_in_Georgia
  3. Tony Abbott says he supports a transparent, multinational Asian bank: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/25/tony-abbott-says-he-supports-a-transparent-multinational-asian-bank

C.Land,Water & Forest

  1. Top BJP leaders meet PM Modi over Land Acquisition Ordinance issue: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-top-bjp-leaders-meet-pm-modi-over-land-acquisition-ordinance-issue-2071779
  2. Ordinance to lapse on April 5, govt mulls land bill options: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ordinance-to-lapse-on-April-5-govt-mulls-land-bill-options/articleshow/46682017.cms?
  3. Land ordinance likely to be allowed to lapse on April 5: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/land-ordinance-likely-to-be-allowed-to-lapse-on-april-5/articleshow/46677871.cms

6th Death Anniversary of Smitu Kothari

smitu2Dear Friends,

Today is the 6th death anniversary of our beloved friend, scholar, activist and writer Smitu Kothari, who left us on the 23rd March 2009. Intercultural Resources, founded by him pay homage and tribute to Smitu whose  writings and activities include a wide spectrum of issues and arenas ranging from Development-induced displacement, , the idea of people’s movements, people’s governance and social-environmental movements. He was one of the most consistent voices against the neo-liberal politics, anti-poor policies of the state and a great critique of the contemporary privatisation, globalisation and liberalisation.

Narmada: 30 Years of Resilience – a Calendar (April 2015-March 2016)

Manibeli Satyagraha/Manibeli

Narmada: 30 Years of Resilience – a Calendar
(April 2015-March 2016)

Dear Friend,

Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement) has completed 30 years of its history and innumerable struggles. The Delhi Solidarity Group is celebrating this great event it by bringing out a calendar.

Thirty long years of NBA’s arduous struggles against the construction of mega-dams on the River Narmada for social and environmental justice, today stands out as one of the most important symbol of peoples’ struggles in India. Non-violence and civil disobedience embodied in the Narmada Bachao Andolan is a collective history of innumerable rallies, hundreds of hunger strikes, sit-in protests, dharnas, gheraos, public meetings, folk songs, street plays and dances which have all formed part of the struggle that asserted the right of the people to their land, water and forests and set a precedent for a large number of other social movements in India. This mammoth collective history needs to be recorded in a visual form and disseminated to the people who are concerned about unjust development practices.

The Narmada calendar would feature the trajectories and the contours of the movement around the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) with hundreds of protests, hunger strikes, rallies, dharnas, police atrocities, court interventions, landmark judgments and protests against the involvement World Bank. The calendar would also feature photographs, banners, slogans etc., to bring alive some of the remarkable events in its history. This calendar is not just any other calendar, but a chronicle of thirty years of peoples’ struggle in the Narmada Valley.

We would like to invite you to be part of this great movement and participate in spreading the message of non-violent struggles for a just and equitable society.

The Calendar is priced at Rs. 300/- per copy. Dimensions: 15” X 20”
The proceeds from the sale of the calendar would go to Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Contributions to the Calendar can be made by cheque or DD (payable at New Delhi) in favour of: Intercultural Resources

Please send your contributions to: Intercultural Resources, 33-D, DDA SFS Flats, Vijaymandal Enclave, New Delhi – 110016

Please place your orders by 20th of March, 2015. Spread the word around!
Write to: ihpindia@gmail.com

Thanking you and looking forward to receive your orders.

With warm regards

For Delhi Solidarity Group
Joe Athialy
Madhuresh Kumar
Vijayan M.J.
Sanjeev Kumar
PT George

News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 16 March, 2015

16 March, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Australia spells out plans to protect Great Barrier Reef: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/australia-spells-out-plans-to-protect-great-barrier-reef/article6998529.ece
  2. “If we ask govt to clean up, we are guilty of judicial overreach”: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/if-we-ask-govt-to-clean-up-we-are-guilty-of-judicial-overreach/article6997526.ece
  3. Supreme Court judge defends ‘overreach’ to save environment: http://dc.asianage.com/india/supreme-court-judge-defends-overreach-save-environment-721
  4. Commercial mining of coal to be allowed: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/commercial-mining-of-coal-to-be-allowed-115031600063_1.html
  5. Coal block ownership: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150316/jsp/business/story_8898.jsp#.VQZyWI6Ud1E
  6. Centre to ensure lower power tariff: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/465830/centre-ensure-lower-power-tariff.html
  7. Sunita Narain: Cleaning up power: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/sunita-narain-cleaning-up-power-115031600021_1.html
  8. Government to issue ownership rights of 15 coal mines on March 23: http://dc.asianage.com/business/government-issue-ownership-rights-15-coal-mines-march-23-581
  9. Lots of watts in it: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-wise/stock-insight/lots-of-watts-in-it/article6996096.ece
  10. Climate change: keep India’s needs in mind, Goyal tells developed nations: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/climate-change-keep-indias-needs-in-mind-goyal-tells-developed-nations/article6996211.ece
  11. Vanuatu President says climate change `contributed` to disaster: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/vanuatu-president-says-climate-change-contributed-to-disaster_1562263.html
  12. How Can Solar Electricity Become Even Cheaper?: http://latestsolarnews.com/how-can-solar-electricity-become-even-cheaper/
  13. PM Narendra Modi a ‘man with a mission’: Javadekar: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-narendra-modi-a-man-with-a-mission-javadekar_1562119.html
  14. Climate change: UN backs fossil fuel divestment campaign: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/15/climate-change-un-backs-divestment-campaign-paris-summit-fossil-fuels
  15. World powers compliment Modi government, hail India’s emergence as a major player: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/world-powers-compliment-modi-government-hail-indias-emergence-as-a-major-player_1561775.html
  16. Now, miners lobby in capital for relaxations in coal, mines bills: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/now-miners-lobby-in-capital-for-relaxations-in-coal-mines-bills/articleshow/46578288.cms

B.IFIs

  1. India better prepared for external financial shocks: IMF: http://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/india-better-prepared-for-external-financial-shocks-imf-115031600110_1.html
  2. Support for China-led development bank grows despite US opposition: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/13/support-china-led-development-bank-grows-despite-us-opposition-australia-uk-new-zealand-asia
  3. With plan to join China-led bank, Britain opens door for others: http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/with-plan-to-join-china-led-bank-britain-opens-door-for-others-115031400730_1.html
  4. KMC Bosses’ Apathy Delays Potable Water Project: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/KMC-Bosses-Apathy-Delays-Potable-Water-Project/2015/03/16/article2715394.ece
  5. World Bank chief says welcomes China-backed development bank: http://www.sify.com/finance/world-bank-chief-says-welcomes-china-backed-development-bank-news-debt-pdnsGvjhjfdeh.html
  6. World Bank expected to grant USD 250 million to J&K: http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/world-bank-expected-to-grant-usd-250-million-to-jk_1562164.html
  7. A ‘Bharatiya’ approach to development: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/a-bharatiya-approach-to-development/article6996158.ece
  8. PGCIL, TSECL ink pact on WB project:http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=mar1515/oth055
  9. Australia PM says to decide on China-backed bank membership soon: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/international-business/australia-pm-says-to-decide-on-china-backed-bank-membership-soon/articleshow/46570298.cms
  10. Long-term maintenance of roads with WB aid: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/longterm-maintenance-of-roads-with-wb-aid/article6995296.ece
  11. As Poland loses its doctors and builders, ‘Euro-orphans’ are left at home to suffer: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/15/euro-orphans-fastest-shrinking-town-poland-radom
  12. Shimla MC submits draft plan to Centre: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Shimla-MC-submits-draft-plan-to-Centre/articleshow/46569695.cms?
  13. Meghalaya to receive Rs 776.93 crore from World Bank for Power sector development: http://meghalayatimes.info/index.php/front-page/29135-meghalaya-to-receive-rs-776-93-crore-from-world-bank-for-power-sector-development
  14. Japan promises $4 billion in aid to combat disasters over four years: http://www.firstpost.com/world/japan-promises-4-billion-in-aid-to-combat-disasters-over-four-years-2154367.html
  15. World Bank aid for NE: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150314/jsp/northeast/story_8568.jsp#.VQZxbI6Ud1E
  16. ‘Disaster management should become a people’s movement’: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/disaster-management-should-become-a-peoples-movement/article6992576.ece
  17. Land acquisition and democracy: http://www.rediff.com/money/column/column-rajni-bakshi-land-acquisition-and-democracy/20150313.htm
  18. Loans worth Rs 55,000cr may turn bad by March 31: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/loans-worth-rs-55000cr-may-turn-bad-by-march-31/articleshow/46577642.cms

C. Land Water & Forest

  1. FM Arun Jaitley, Sebi to discuss Gujarat International Finance Tec-City norms: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/fm-arun-jaitley-sebi-to-discuss-gujarat-international-finance-tec-city-norms/articleshow/46577364.cms
  2. Javadekar says green nod for coastal road soon: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/javadekar-says-green-nod-for-coastal-road-soon/articleshow/46577055.cms
  3. Lalu leads RJD March to Raj Bhawan against Narendra Modi’s ‘false promises’ and Land Acquisition Bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lalu-leads-rjd-march-to-raj-bhawan-against-narendra-modis-false-promises-and-land-acquisition-bill/articleshow/46574728.cms
  4. Land Acquisition Bill likely to be passed this week: Environment Minister: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150315/jsp/frontpage/story_8839.jsp#.VQZrpY6Ud1E
  5. Llyod’s in talks with IRDA to set up re-insurance business in India: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/llyods-in-talks-with-irda-to-set-up-re-insurance-business-in-india/articleshow/46571649.cms
  6. Land Acquisition Bill likely to be passed this week: Prakash Javadekar: http://www.asianage.com/india/land-acquisition-bill-likely-be-passed-week-prakash-javadekar-600

Narmada: 30 Years of Resilience – a Calendar

Manibeli Satyagraha/Manibeli

Narmada: 30 Years of Resilience – a Calendar (April 2015-March 2016)
Dear Friend,

Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement) has completed 30 years of its history and innumerable struggles. The Delhi Solidarity Group is celebrating this great event it by bringing out a calendar.

Thirty long years of NBA’s arduous struggles against the construction of mega-dams on the River Narmada for social and environmental justice, today stands out as one of the most important symbol of peoples’ struggles in India. Non-violence and civil disobedience embodied in the Narmada Bachao Andolan is a collective history of innumerable rallies, hundreds of hunger strikes, sit-in protests, dharnas, gheraos, public meetings, folk songs, street plays and dances which have all formed part of the struggle that asserted the right of the people to their land, water and forests and set a precedent for a large number of other social movements in India. This mammoth collective history needs to be recorded in a visual form and disseminated to the people who are concerned about unjust development practices.

The Narmada calendar would feature the trajectories and the contours of the movement around the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) with hundreds of protests, hunger strikes, rallies, dharnas, police atrocities, court interventions, landmark judgments and protests against the involvement World Bank. The calendar would also feature photographs, banners, slogans etc., to bring alive some of the remarkable events in its history. This calendar is not just any other calendar, but a chronicle of thirty years of peoples’ struggle in the Narmada Valley.

We would like to invite you to be part of this great movement and participate in spreading the message of non-violent struggles for a just and equitable society.

The Calendar is priced at Rs. 300/- per copy. Dimensions: 15” X 20”

The proceeds from the sale of the calendar would go to Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Contributions to the Calendar can be made by cheque or DD (payable at New Delhi) in favour of: Intercultural Resources

Please send your contributions to: Intercultural Resources, 33-D, DDA SFS Flats, Vijaymandal Enclave, New Delhi – 110016

Please place your orders by 20th of March, 2015. Spread the word around!

Write to confirm your orders: ihpindia@gmail.com

Thanking you and looking forward to receive your orders.

With warm regards

For Delhi Solidarity Group

Joe Athialy, Madhuresh Kumar, Vijayan M.J., Sanjeev Kumar, PT George

News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 13 March, 2015

13 March, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Adani plans Rs 20k crore clean energy park in Mundra: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/adani-plans-rs-20k-crore-clean-energy-park-in-mundra/articleshow/46548888.cms
  2. NDA ally Raju Shetti opposes land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolhapur/NDA-ally-Raju-Shetti-opposes-land-bill/articleshow/46535314.cms?
  3. Chinese, U.S. power firms top inefficient coal plants list: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pdnfEmghgeadd&title=Chinese%2C_U.S._power_firms_top_inefficient_coal_plants_list
  4. NTPC Set to Enter Power Distribution: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/NTPC-Set-to-Enter-Power-Distribution/2015/03/13/article2711356.ece
  5. Coal auction proves right policies can combat corruption: PM Narendra Modi: http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-coal-auction-proves-right-policies-can-combat-corruption-pm-narendra-modi-2068275
  6. Coalgate: Manmohan Singh can’t expect CBI to back his plea: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Coalgate-Manmohan-Singh-cant-expect-CBI-to-back-his-plea/articleshow/46547664.cms?
  7. Delhi HC tells govt it was illegal to ‘offload’ Greenpeace activist: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/465186/delhi-hc-tells-govt-illegal.html
  8. Here’s the rub. Large parts of a Coal Ministry file are in pencil: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/heres-the-rub-large-parts-of-a-coal-ministry-file-are-in-pencil/article6987109.ece
  9. HC seeks Mahagenco’s reply in coal scam: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/HC-seeks-Mahagencos-reply-in-coal-scam/articleshow/46534306.cms?
  10. India Inc. warns of Hindalco coal case impact on investors: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-30391.html
  11. NTPC mulls borrowing big for backward integration: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/markets/stock-markets/ntpc-mulls-borrowing-big-for-backward-integration/article6987015.ece
  12. Oxford University should lead the way and divest from fossil fuels: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/12/oxford-university-should-lead-the-way-and-divest-from-fossil-fuels
  13. Power generation loss to be at 4-year low in 2015:  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46543273.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  14. NTPC to borrow Rs 15,000 crore in 20-15-16: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/ntpc-to-borrow-rs-15000-crore-in-20-15-16/articleshow/46541671.cms
  15. Modi’s budget slashes environmental funding for India: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pdmqp8ijhcjcf&title=Modi%27s_budget_slashes_environmental_funding_for_India

B.IFIs

  1. Rly Ministry in Talks with Banks to Raise Funds, Says Prabhu: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Rly-Ministry-in-Talks-with-Banks-to-Raise-Funds-Says-Prabhu/2015/03/13/article2711257.ece
  2. Lok Sabha passes rail budget, Suresh Prabhu seeks fund hike: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lok-sabha-passes-rail-budget-suresh-prabhu-seeks-fund-hike/articleshow/46548892.cms
  3. Rs.2,700 cr. WB aid sought for Hudhud relief works: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rs2700-cr-wb-aid-sought-for-hudhud-relief-works/article6988278.ece
  4. Govt. pushes for WB-aided cyclone-proof project: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/govt-pushes-for-wbaided-cycloneproof-project/article6989214.ece
  5. US anger at Britain joining Chinese-led investment bank AIIB: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/13/white-house-pointedly-asks-uk-to-use-its-voice-as-part-of-chinese-led-bank
  6. Britain seeks to join China-backed infrastructure bank: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/britain-seeks-to-join-china-backed-infrastructure-bank_1560729.html

C.Land,Water & Forest

  1. Industrial corridors tool to favour private companies, Congress says: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Industrial-corridors-tool-to-favour-private-companies-Congress-says/articleshow/46548439.cms?
  2. Congress, AAP, JD(U) to join TMC march against land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/congress-aap-jdu-to-join-tmc-march-against-land-bill/articleshow/46548450.cms
  3. Insurance Amendment Bill passage to boost foreign investment: Industry:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46545954.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  4. Land Acquisition: http://www.centralchronicle.com/land-acquisition-4.html