News updates on coal, energy, IFIs, land, water and forest: 30 April, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. A fillip to clean power:
  2. India’s renewable energy agency signs IFC’s master cooperation agreement:
  3. JSPL tanks 6% as CBI chargesheets chairman Naveen Jindal in coal scam:
  4. Further stake sale in Coal India to meet SEBI guidelines: Goyal:
  5. Coal Scam: Jindal Steel denies all CBI allegations:
  6. Goa govt losing coal block in Chhattisgarh:
  7. Coal to remain important mainstay fuel for India and Japan’s energy plans:
  8. Khattar dedicates National Transmission Asset Management Centre of Powergrid to nation:
  9. India plans to have more clean coal technology: Minister:
  10. Coal scam: Naveen Jindal, Madhu Koda, 13 others chargesheeted by CBI:
  11. Jharkhand says land no reason for project exit, Reliance Power disagrees:
  12. Coal to remain main fuel: Goyal:
  13. Environmental groups sound alarm over ‘self-destructive’ fracking in Colorado:
  14. Parliamentary panel says Reliance Power ‘ineligible’ for three UMPPs, calls for probe:
  15. Jharkhand says Reliance Power’s Tilaiya exit ‘surprising’:
  16. Coal block case: Court order on May 7 on charges against RSPL:
  17. NTPC says ready to take up Jharkhands’s Tilaiya mega power project:
  18. Coal-related pollution chokes mining towns in Jharkhand:
  19. Group representing 1m medical students backs fossil fuel divestment:
  20. Fossil fuels are the new tobacco when it comes to health risk:
  21. Climate change will significantly affect Australians’ health, report finds:
  22. Fossil fuel companies defy warnings on burning reserves:


  1. US to press China on infrastructure bank governance standards: official:
  2. ACCIF stresses improvement of connectivity:
  3. World Bank extends support to Nepal:

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Land acquisition bill: Farmer resentment grows as water runs dry in Kolar:
  2. Land Bill: With allies’ and Opposition’s united criticism, is PM Modi on backfoot for first time?:
  3. Bangla land agreement Bill to be in Rajya Sabha next week:
  4. Cabinet approves Compensatory Afforestation Bill, likely to be tabled next week:
  5.  Indian Farmers to Face Harder Life Ahead: Studies:

News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 28 April, 2015

28 April, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Emissions from thermal plants higher than global standards, admits govt:
  2. Coal mines’ surplus land would be returned to states: Piyush Goyal:
  3. Govt working on renewable energy target for 2015-16: Goyal:
  4. NTPC not to import coal in Q1, cites sufficient CIL supply:
  5. ‘India must review fossil fuel subsidies’:
  6. ‘Climate change is the most important story of our lives’:
  7. Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal:
  8. Sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet: UN:
  9. 26th Asean Summit ends, three declarations adopted:
  10. Climate change continues to haunt Muthalamada farmers:
  11. Japan Expects Renewable Energy to Edge Out Nuclear Power by 2030:
  12. India commits to phasing out HFCs:
  13.  Fishermen and tigers struggle for survival in India’s Sundarbans – in pictures:
  14. 7-hour power supply to farm sector: FM:
  15. Batteries and renewable energy set to grow together:


  1. Chinese FDI may get speedy security nod:
  2. ADB fast-tracks over $200-million emergency aid for Nepal:
  3. Bad loans hit banks as infrastructure projects falter:

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Baby’s Facebook post against Adani:
  2. No link between farmer’s suicide and land acquisition: Venkaiah:

News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 27 April, 2015

27 April, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Rusbridger: India must review fossil fuel subsidies:
  2. ‘Climate change is the most important story of our lives’:
  3. Coal block auction II: Ministry looking at ‘one group, one bid’ cap:
  4. Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy:
  5. Task force for scrapping of MoUs with 16 IPPs:
  6. JSPL to invest Rs. 20,000 cr in power business:
  7. The Company has been Able to Bring Down its Debt Burden:
  8. ‘Kudgi thermal plant 11 months away from power generation’:
  9. Climate change:\
  10. Australia’s Direct Action fund may need $1bn more to meet emissions target:
  11. Soas becomes first London university to divest from fossil fuels:


  1. IMF ready to send team to Nepal to assess needs:
  2. ADB funding 31,000 km rural roads in five States:
  3. ADB lends USD 2 billoin to India for road construction in 5 states:
  4. Farmers approach ADB, get road project halted:
  5. Community to look into coastal protection:
  6. Submit report on beach erosion by June 15, NIOT told:

C. Land,Water & Forest

  1. More relief will be provided to distressed farmers: FM Arun Jaitley:
  2. Venkaiah Naidu rejects possibility of rethink on Land Bill:
  3. Carrot-&-stick policy can help implement NGT ban:
  4. New Land Bill to provide new opportunities to farmers as well as rural poor seeking jobs:
  5. What is the main strength of the 2015 Land Bill? Implicit rejection of 1894 Land Acquisition Act:

  6. Jharkhand: Farmers, activists continue to battle against corporate projects:
  7. Land bill issue will act as ‘Sanjeevani’ for Congress party: Jairam Ramesh:

Massive Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi against corporate land grab – 23/24 April, 2015

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Joint Dharna by National Campaigns

23rd and 24th April, 2015,

Jantar Mantar, N Delhi

Dear friends,

This is to inform you that the four networks and campaigns, the Right to Food Campaign, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Pension Parishad and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) are jointly holding a dharna on the 23rd and 24th of April, 2015 at the Jantar Mantar, Delhi. It has been planned that we should try coming in large numbers and motivate our various groups to mobilise for this Dharna. We should all assemble by the 22nd evening and have a good presence from the morning of the 23rd itself. There should be a strong political message from the two day vibrant protest that the politics of this Government undermines the poor and pro-people policies and is out to attack people’s rights and natural resources in favour of the corporate. We will address the following issues over the two days.


  • Land grab for Corporates and the land acquistion ordinance, 2015
  • Crop damage and worsening situation of farmers,

The non-implementation of NFSA by Central and State Governments:

  • Convertingthe PDS into cash trasnfers and the move towards DBTs,
  • Reducing budgets for children’s right to food,
  • Non implementation of Maternity entitlements,

Issues related to implementation of NREGA:

  • Including delayed payment of wages and the rest,


  • Linking pensions to Minimum wages, and universalising it
  • Opposing Pension Budget Cuts
  • Pension totally as a state contributory entitlement

Transparency and Accountability:

  • Increases Transparency in all dimensions of Governance, Protecting the RTI Act, implementing the whistle blowers law, Grievance Redressal.

We are certain that the two day vibrant Dharna will strongly get across our demands and policies to the Government and the MPs.

We are: Kavita Srivastava and Dipa Sinha: Right to Food Campaign; Arundhati Dhuru, Ulka Mahajan and Madhuresh: National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM); Poornima, Kamayani, Shanker and Prakash: Pension Parishad; Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bharadwaj and Amrita: National Campaign for People’s Right to Information

Contact: Dipa Sinha: 09650434777, Kavita Srivastava: 9351562965, Madhuresh: 09818905316. Sohini: 0856984500, Anjali Bharadwaj: 9910009819, Nikhil Dey: 09414004180 Email:

राष्ट्रीय अभियानों का संयुक्त धरना

23-24 अप्रैल, 2015 जंतर-मंतर, नई दिल्ली

प्रिय साथी,

जैसा कि आपको विदित है कि हम विभिन्न अभियान व नेटवर्क जैसे राईट टू फूट कैम्पयेन (रोजी-रोटी अधिकार अभियान), जन आंदोलनों का राष्ट्रीय समनवय (एन.ए.पी.एम.), पैंशन परिषद् व सूचना के जनाअधिकार के लिए राष्ट्रीय अभियान (एन.सी.पी.आर.आई.) ने तय किया है कि वे मिलकर 23-24 अप्रैल, 2015 को दिल्ली के जंतर-मंतर में दो दिवसीय धरना देंगे।22 अप्रैल, ही सभी को पहुंच जाना चाहिए।

यह तय हुआ कि हमें हर समूह से ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोगों को लेकर जंतर-मंतर पहुंचे। हमें इस कार्यक्रम को राजनैतिक रूप से धारधार और जीवंत बनाकर मजबूत संदेश देना है कि इस सरकार की राजनीति गरीब विरोधी है व जनता के पक्ष की नितियों के खिलाफ है व कॉरपोरेट के पक्ष में प्राकृतिक संसाधन,  मजदूरों व आम लोगों के अधिकार छिनने वाली सरकार है। जोर इन खास मुद्दों पर होगा।

जमीन सम्बन्धित:-

  • जमीन की लूट व भूमि अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश 2015
  • फसल बर्बादी व किसानों की बदतर हो रही हालात

राष्ट्रीय खाद्य सुरक्षा कानून का क्रियान्वयन केन्द्रीय व राज्य सरकारों न करनाः-

  • राशन व्यवस्था को नकद हस्तांतरण में परिवर्तित करने की योजना।
  • बच्चों के पोषाहार व मध्यान्ह भोजन में बजट की अती कटोती।
  • मातृत्व अधिकार को नहीं शुरू करना।


  • नरेगा का क्रियान्वयन नहीं करने को लेकर केन्द्रिय व राज्य सरकार की साजिश।
  • मजदूरी के भुगतान में महीनों निकाल देना व अन्य सम्बन्धित मुद्दें।


  • पैंशन राशी को न्यूनतम मजदूरी से जोड़ना व सभी एकल औरतें व बुजूर्गों की पात्रता होना।
  • पैंशन बजट की कटौती कर सम्पूर्ण सरकारी योगदान खत्म कर बीमानुमा बनाना।

प्रशासन में पारदर्शिता व जवाबदेही सम्बन्धित मुद्दें:-

  • सूचना के अधिकार कानून से खिलवाड़ न होने देना,
  • विसिल ब्लोउर को लागू करवाना इत्यादि।

हम सभी यह उम्मीद करते है कि हमारी सांझी मांगे व जनपक्षधर नीतियों के लिए एक सशक्त कार्यक्रम की प्रस्तुति होगीं व सरकार तक संदेश पहंुचेगा।

हम है:-

o   कविता श्रीवास्तव व दीपा सिन्हा -राईट टू फूट कैम्पयेन (रोजी-रोटी अधिकार अभियान)

o   अरूणधती धूरू, उल्का व मधुरेश-जन आंदोलनों का राष्ट्रीय समनवय (एन.ए.पी.एम.)

o   पूर्णीमा,  कामायनी, शंकर व प्रकाश – पैंशन परिषद्

o   निखिल डे, अंजली भारद्वाज व अमृता- सूचना के जनाअधिकार के लिए राष्ट्रीय अभियान (एन.सी.पी.आर.आई.)

सम्पर्क: दिपा सिन्हा – 09650434777, कविता श्रीवास्तव – 9351562965, मधुरेश – 09818905316,

शोहिनी – 08506984500, अंजली भारद्वाज – 09910009819, निखिल डे – 09414004180, 09910421260


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

16 April, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Australia-India civil nuke pact possible by year end: FM Bishop:
  2. Coal turnaround to ease power cuts this summer:
  3. Fewer power cuts likely this summer as govt engineers coal turnaround:
  4. State discoms may cap costs of thermal power plants before inviting bids for power supply:
  5. Coal auction III next week:
  6. 23 coal blocks may be up for auction next week:
  7. Gautam Adani, PM Modi’s constant companion on overseas trips:
  8. Power generation crosses 1 trillion unit mark in FY15:
  9. Process for third round of coal auction may start next week:
  10. We Can be Partner of Choice to India’s Energy Needs: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister:
  11. Coal India gets few takers for imported coal in maiden year:
  12. Meet to suggest framework for mining of fossil fuels:
  13. Power Generation Shows Growth Rate Of 8.4%:


  1. Government to press ahead with Rs 40,000 crore tax demand on FIIs, says Arun Jaitley:
  2. China-led Infra Bank comes closer to reality; India, 56 members join as founding members:
  3. Pakistan economy to grow by 4.4%: World Bank:
  4. Bretton Woods twins bet big on India’s growth, over China:
  5. World Bank Likely to Fund Government’s Flagship Schemes:
  6. At a conference, Ban calls for investment to achieve sustainable energy:
  7. World Bank lending: how the organisation rode roughshod over its own rules – interactive:
  8. World Bank breaks its own rules as 3.4 million people are forced off their land:
  9. Why the Mundra power plant has given Tata a mega headache:
  10. World Bank may fund govt. projects:
  11. U.S. to keep engaging China on Asian infrastructure bank – official:
  12. साल 2016 में चीन को पछाड़ कर भारत बनेगा नबंर 01 :

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Aravali not a forest, says Haryana order:
  2. India delinks Assam from land agreement with Bangladesh, bill likely in parliament soon:
  3. Land Bill threatens ‘identity of women’, government should reconsider: Aruna Roy:
  4. Medha Patkar criticizes new land acquisition bill:

Sardar Sarovar affected Adivasis obtain right to reservoir fisheries

Sardar Sarovar affected adivasis obtain right to reservoir fisheries

Struggle by thousands of fish-workers in Narmada valley to continue

14th April, 2015: After 30 years long struggle by the adivasis in the Satpudas, affected by monstrous Sardar Sarovar Dam, 300 young and old adivasis have gained right to fisheries in the reservoir. Following years of pursuit with the authorities, 5 co-operative societies of displaced fish workers in the tehsils of Akkalkuva and Akrani of Nandurbar District have been recognized by the Dept. of Fisheries, Government of Maharashtra.  The societies have been registered as part of Narmada Nav Nirman Abhiyan, which has been undertaking various re-constructive activities in the valley, including running of life-schools called Jeevanshalas, educating thousands of tribal children.

This is indeed a significant victory for the hilly adivasis who have faced the illegal brunt of submergence, many years ago ! The official recognition of the fishing rights of the displaced tribals is a vindication of their resilient struggle which echoes the slogan: “Jahaan zameen doobi hamaari, paani machli kaise tumhari”. This implies that where the lands of the people have submerged, neither the water nor the fish can belong to the State and the private contractors. The displaced persons have first rights over ‘benefits’ of the Project and this is the letter and spirit of the Rehabilitation Polices and numerous judgements of the Supreme Court as well, which guarantee a ‘better standard of living’, post-displacement.

Notably, the Commissioner, Fisheries, Dy. Commissioner, Jt. Commissioner and Officers at the local level, and officials from the Dept. of Fisheries, Govt. of Maharashtra visited the valley, held many meetings with NNNA in past and assessed the integrity and capacity of adivasis and activists. The fishers-oustees asserted that they have right to share in development benefits in various memorandums to the State and through mass actions-Satyagrahas. Siyaram Padvi and other activists diligently pursued with the concerned authorities, facilitated the paper work and even conducted the General Body meetings.

In a well-attended event by the hilly adivasis and plain area fisher-people from Nimad, M.P., the Dy. Commissioner, Jt. Commissioner and Fisheries officer of Nasik Division, visited the village Manibeli on 11th April, 2015 and distributed 5 kgs of fishing net to each of the members and assured that pick up vans and boats will be delivered to each society soon. Addressing the gathering, Medha Patkar said that harnessing fisheries is both a valuable right and a responsibility and the collective spirit should always be the paramount guiding principle

Three months ago 3 cooperatives got registered and an agreement for fishing for 5 years was signed. Today, 300 adivasis can fish freely and fearlessly and use this aquatic wealth as a source of income. A federal effort will certainly give them higher profit. The young adivasis have been very enthusiastic, with this new enterprise and are determined to carry on fishing as a collective resources-harnessing endeavour. The struggle to obtain rights to the displaced co-operatives of fish workers shall continue in the other villages of Maharashtra as also in the Narmada river–bank villages of Madhya Pradesh, where as well thousands of fisher people in the hills and plains are asserting their traditional rights.

Yogini Khanolkar            Latika Rajput                 Chetan Salve                    Vijay Valvi

Ph: 09420151384

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

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 and spread the word around!

Thanking you and looking forward to receiving your orders.
Write to us:

For Delhi Solidarity Group:

Joe Athialy, Madhuresh Kumar, Vijayan MJ and PT George

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