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Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 22 May, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. India‘s Moribund power witnesses sea change after Modi launches major initiatives: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/efeatures.aspx?relid=121922
  2. Cheyyur plant not viable: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/cheyyur-plant-not-viable/article7233379.ece
  3. CESC seeks to hike rates to recover levy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/CESC-seeks-to-hike-rates-to-recover-levy/articleshow/47378884.cms?
  4. Coal linkage auction to have price safeguards: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Coal-linkage-auction-to-have-price-safeguards/articleshow/47377947.cms
  5. India defends using coal for electricity at UN forum: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/india-defends-using-coal-for-electricity-at-un-forum-115052101585_1.html
  6. Govt eases FDI norms for NRIs, PIOs, OCI: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/govt-eases-fdi-norms-for-nris-pios-oci/article7231969.ece
  7. Adani Signs Deals to Sell 70% of Production From Oz Mine: http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/Adani-Signs-Deals-to-Sell-70-of-Production-From-Oz-Mine/2015/05/21/article2826293.ece
  8. MoEF grants nod under CRZ Notification to Tata Power’s Trombay unit: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/moef-grants-nod-under-crz-notification-to-tata-power-s-trombay-unit-115052101130_1.html
  9. Conspiracy behind my name appearing in CAG report, says Gadkari: http://www.firstpost.com/politics/conspiracy-behind-my-name-appearing-in-cag-report-says-gadkari-2256560.html
  10. Coal and solar power executives clash at Paris climate conference: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d47b5904-ffad-11e4-bc30-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3aqOz3njG
  11. Coal and gas power dying out in Europe, says energy chief: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c8a17956-ff12-11e4-8dd4-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3aqOz3njG
  12. Kingdom built on oil foresees fossil fuel phase-out this century: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/89260b8a-ffd4-11e4-bc30-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3aqOz3njG
  13. ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=121919
  14. U.N. climate fund gears up to deploy cash after Japan inks pledge | Reuters: http://www.firstpost.com/world/u-n-climate-fund-gears-up-to-deploy-cash-after-japan-inks-pledge-reuters-2257120.html
  15. Statkraft testing solar in four nations including India, in shift from hydro: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pfvudzgcgiiji&title=Statkraft_testing_solar_in_four_nations_including_India%2C_in_shift_from_hydro
  16. Environment Ministry nod to Dibang project: http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=may2115/at051
  17. Global news organisations agree to share climate change content: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/21/news-organisations-climate-change-content-guardian

B.IFIs

  1. Japan vies with China to fund Asia infra: http://dc.asianage.com/business/japan-vies-china-fund-asia-infra-735
  2. Japan unveils $110-bn plan to fund Asia infra, eye on AIIB: http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/japan-unveils-110-bn-plan-to-fund-asia-infra-eye-on-aiib-115052100785_1.html
  3. Two water projects to improve supply: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/two-water-projects-to-improve-supply/article7234108.ece
  4. World Bank gives Rs 2,500 crore loan to Andhra Pradesh: http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-world-bank-gives-rs-2500-crore-loan-to-andhra-pradesh-2088066
  5. Rs. 2,500-cr WB loan for power network: Ajay Jain: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/rs-2500cr-wb-loan-for-power-network-ajay-jain/article7233188.ece\
  6. $250mn loan for teachers: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150522/jsp/bihar/story_21380.jsp#.VV7AAfmqqko
  7. Govt plans to set up consortium to part-finance inland waterways: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-plans-to-set-up-consortium-to-part-finance-inland-waterways-115052200041_1.html
  8. Does aid help?: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/does-aid-help-115052200031_1.html
  9. World Bank likely to fund for AP energy efficiency moves: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/world-bank-likely-to-fund-for-ap-energy-efficiency-moves/article7232029.ece
  10. China, India, Russia to be Top 3 Shareholders of AIIB: Expert: http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/China-India-Russia-to-be-Top-3-Shareholders-of-AIIB-Expert/2015/05/21/article2826277.ece
  11. World Bank team inspects GH: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/world-bank-team-inspects-gh/article7229227.ece
  12. Review of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy on investments by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=121914
  13. Monitoring to ease FDI curbs on some nations: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Monitoring-to-ease-FDI-curbs-on-some-nations/articleshow/47378393.cms
  14. Finance ministry sets up panel to allay foreign investors’ MAT fears: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Finance-ministry-sets-up-panel-to-allay-foreign-investors-MAT-fears/articleshow/47364108.cms
  15. CM clears draft Metro report: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150521/jsp/bihar/story_21180.jsp#.VV6-kfmqqko

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Letters: Land in trouble: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/letters-land-in-trouble-115052101541_1.html
  2. Kerala Cabinet defers decision on Adani bid: LDF Proposed, UPA Shot Down Adani Bid: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/LDF-Proposed-UPA-Shot-Down-Adani-Bid/2015/05/21/article2825685.ece
  3. India’s SEZ failures a cautionary tale for Land Acquisition Bill: http://www.rediff.com/business/report/special-a-cautionary-tale-for-the-new-land-acquisition-bill/20150520.htm
  4. RSS, Sena unions to protest against state plan to amend Factories Act: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/RSS-Sena-unions-to-protest-against-state-plan-to-amend-Factories-Act/articleshow/47377336.cms

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