Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 4 August, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Obama’s clean power plan hailed as US’s strongest ever climate action: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/03/obamas-clean-power-plan-hailed-as-strongest-ever-climate-action-by-a-us-president
  2. Velcan’s Heo hydro power project in India gets techno-economic clearance: http://hydro.cleantechnology-business-review.com/news/velcans-heo-hydro-power-project-in-india-gets-techno-economic-clearance-030815-4637273
  3. NTPC to appoint developer for Jharkhand coal mine soon:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48333731.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  4. Maharashtra: Govt plans first canal-top solar power project in at Jalgaon: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-maharashtra-govt-plans-first-canal-top-solar-power-project-in-at-jalgaon-2110492
  5. Clean Power Plan: Barack Obama ignites war on coal to hit climate change targets: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/barack-obama-ignites-war-on-coal-to-hit-climate-change-targets-10434164.html
  6. Wind, Solar Cheer as Coal Vows Battle on Obama’s Energy Plan: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-02/wind-and-solar-cheer-as-coal-vows-legal-battle-on-energy-plan
  7. Coal Interests Prepare To Challenge Obama’s Power Plant Rules: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-power-plant-rules-challenges_55bf9689e4b0d4f33a036802
  8. Environmental Clearances to Mining PSU: http://www.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/environmental-clearances-to-mining-psu-115080301111_1.html
  9. 350 projects await green nod in MMR: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/350-projects-await-green-nod-in-mmr/
  10. Companies offer to build 4,981-Mw capacity: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/companies-offer-to-build-4-981-mw-capacity-115080400045_1.html
  11. China Must Reduce Dependence On Coal To Achieve Energy Security: https://cleantechnica.com/2015/07/31/china-must-reduce-dependence-coal-achieve-energy-security/
  12. Coal India achieves 97 per cent of output target at 34 MT in July:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48310223.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

B.IFIs

  1. IMF is participating fully in Athens debt talks: European Commission: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/imf-participating-fully-athens-debt-112641476.html
  2. World Bank pledges $700m for Ghana gas project: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/World-Bank-pledges-700m-for-Ghana-gas-project-372245
  3. ADB to help upgrade 1800km highways: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/08/01/102315
  4. BD to go for rly purchases with funds from ADB: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/08/02/102422
  5. Sustainable Banking: http://www.countercurrents.org/banday020815.htm
  6. World Bank to adopt reservoir at Gogababa Tekdi: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/World-Bank-to-adopt-reservoir-at-Gogababa-Tekdi/articleshow/48337289.cms
  7. World Bank’s no to coal-projects funding unlikely to affect Coal India: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/world-bank-s-no-to-coal-projects-funding-unlikely-to-affect-coal-india-115080300423_1.html
  8. India’s new infrastructure fund faces project shortage, questions on accountability: http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/indias-new-infrastructure-fund-faces-project-shortage-questions-on-accountability/1/222360.html
  9. ADB environment expert predicts heat waves next summer: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/adb-environment-expert-predicts-heat-waves-next-summer/article7497886.ece
  10. Road & rail link between India’s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka’s Thalaimannar could be a reality soon!:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48332948.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  11. Coal India’s cash reserve to fill void left by World Bank: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/coal-india-s-cash-reserve-to-fill-void-left-by-world-bank-115080400010_1.html

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. U-turn: Modi govt drops controversial amendments in land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/U-turn-Modi-govt-drops-controversial-amendments-in-land-bill/articleshow/48331739.cms?
  2. Govt land law climbdown: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150804/jsp/nation/story_35332.jsp#.VcCBoPmqqko
  3. MPs assured pro-people approach to handle issue of ‘ecologically sensitive area’ in Western Ghats: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/the-good-earth/MPs-assured-pro-people-approach-to-handle-issue-of-ecologically-sensitive-area-in-Western-Ghats/articleshow/48332497.cms?
  4. Modi government backtracks on all six amendments to land bill, to stick to 2013 bill: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-modi-government-backtracks-on-all-six-amendments-to-land-bill-to-stick-to-2013-bill-2110716
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