Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 30 November, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Coal mine bid thrown out in big win for Hunter Valley horse studs: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/coal-mine-bid-thrown-out-in-big-win-for-hunter-valley-horse-studs/story-fni0cx4q-1227626114003
  2. PH activists slam govt push for coal: https://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/11/29/15/ph-activists-slam-govt-push-for-coal
  3. Peabody Energy to sell New Mexico and Colorado coal mines for $358m The Spoked Blog http://thespokedblog.com/2015/11/27/peabody-energy-to-sell-new-mexico-and-colorado-coal-mines/
  4. Coal auction: Government to meet potential bidders this week :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49968291.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. How finance ministers could fall in love with carbon pricing: https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/how-finance-ministers-could-fall-in-love-with-carbon-pricing
  6. BJP kowtowing to diktats of international finance capital, alleges Left :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49963074.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  7. Commonwealth sets up US$1 billion green finance facility: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/commonwealth-sets-up-us-1/2300472.html
  8. Climate finance fundamentals 1: the principles and criteria of public climate finance: http://www.odi.org/publications/5158-climate-finance-fundamentals-1-principles-criteria-public-climate-finance
  9. Japan’s SoftBank to set up solar project at Bhadrawati: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Nagpur/Japans-SoftBank-to-set-up-solar-project-at-Bhadrawati/articleshow/49965083.cms
  10. Working on policy to provide electricity in hamlets: Power Minister Piyush Goyal:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49964280.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  11. Clean coal unlikely in Australia, says Hunt: http://www.afr.com/business/mining/clean-coal-unlikely-in-australia-says-hunt-20151126-gl8lk0
  12. Letter: It’s time to move state from coal toward solar: http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-opinion/article/Letter-It-s-time-to-move-state-from-coal-toward-6661893.php
  13. Transporting coal via waterways can save Rs 10,000 crore annually: Nitin Gadkari :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49959544.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  14. Paris climate talks: Through the smog, coal-hungry India sees ‘carbon imperialism’ in the West: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/12022821/Paris-climate-talks-Through-the-smog-coal-hungry-India-sees-carbon-imperialism-in-the-West.html
  15. COP21: DIRTY COAL REMAINS IMPORTANT EU ENERGY SUPPLIER: http://euranetplus-inside.eu/cop21-dirty-coal-remains-important-eu-energy-supplier/
  16. Climate talks start Monday: Paris hosts world for the earth – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/climate-talks-start-tomorrow-paris-hosts-world-for-the-earth/#sthash.KWX2BTKZ.dpuf
  17. India pledges $2.5 million aid for small Commonwealth nations to combat climate change: http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/india-pledges-2-5-million-aid-for-small-commonwealth-nations-to-combat-climate-change-1169983.html?utm_source=IBN%20News
  18. Commonwealth wants ‘ambitious’, legally-binding climate talks in Paris: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Commonwealth-wants-ambitious-legally-binding-climate-talks-in-Paris/articleshow/49966683.cms
  19. India: Wants climate finance window open for developing countries: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-wants-climate-finance-window-open-for-developing-countries-115112700947_1.html
  20. Canada delays decision on nuclear waste storage project: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/2015/11/28/canada-delays-decision-nuclear-waste-storage-project/76496748/
  21. Villages pass resolution against Jaitapur project: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/villages-pass-resolution-against-jaitapur-project/article7928336.ece

B.IFIs

  1. ADB says PH faces deadlier typhoons: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/132933/adb-says-ph-faces-deadlier-typhoons
  2. PM to satisfy smaller provinces on CPEC: http://nation.com.pk/national/29-Nov-2015/pm-to-satisfy-smaller-provinces-on-cpec
  3. Plan to raise spend by 285% will transform railways: Morgan Stanley: http://wap.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/plan-to-raise-spend-by-285-will-transform-railways-morgan-stanley-115112800462_1.html
  4. Zambia launches construction of China-aided hydro-power project: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6695820/2015/11/28/zambia-launches-construction-china-aided-hydro-power-project
  5. What India Can Learn From UK’s PFI Experience: http://swarajyamag.com/economy/what-india-can-learn-from-uks-pfi-experience/
  6. IFC, OPIC finance Cap des Biches power plant to boost energy supply in Senegal: http://en.starafrica.com/news/ifc-opic-finance-cap-des-biches-power-plant-to-boost-energy-supply-in-senegal.html
  7. Brics bank may give first loans to India, China in their currencies: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/brics-bank-may-give-first-loans-to-india-china-in-their-currencies/171513/
  8. Indonesia Proposes 3 Candidates for AIIB Directors Board: http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2015/11/27/056722822/Indonesia-Proposes-3-Candidates-for-AIIB-Directors-Board
  9. Indonesia seeks first loan from AIIB: http://www.kinibiz.com/story/finance/203101/indonesia-seeks-first-loan-from-aiib.html

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Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 24 November, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. G20 meeting: India defended climate change red lines: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-defended-climate-change-red-lines-at-g20-meeting-115112200579_1.html
  2. Gas supply, technical glitches delay Tripura power project:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agartala/Gas-supply-technical-glitches-delay-Tripura-power-project/articleshow/49877585.cms
  3. Sioma $200m power project starting soon: https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=50789
  4. Bangladesh to ink pact with India for 100 MW power from Tripura :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49882013.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. Rampal thermal power plant complete by 2019 : Minister: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/11/23/119644
  6. Fresh court challenge for the Adani Carmichael coal mine: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2015/11/fresh-court-challenge-for-the-adani-carmichael-coal-mine-.html
  7. Neyveli Lignite Corporation to foray into coal mining for power generation – See more at: http://money.livemint.com/news/company/news/neyveli-lignite-corporation-to-foray-into-coal-mining-for-power-generation-411755.aspx#sthash.ClkxPe34.dpuf
  8. Centre puts up 8 coal mines from 4 states for auction: http://tvnewsroom.org/newslines/world/centre-puts-up-8-coal-mines-from-4-states-for-auction-26008/
  9. China coal mine fire kills 21: http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/35584/China-coal-mine-fire-kills-21
  10. Coal Mining Update Indonesia: Price, Production & Export Still Down: http://www.indonesia-investments.com/news/todays-headlines/coal-mining-update-indonesia-price-production-export-still-down/item6209
  11.  EU official cautions Japan about exporting coal-fired power plants: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/22/national/politics-diplomacy/eu-official-cautions-japan-about-exporting-coal-fired-power-plants/#.VlP2_3YrLIV
  12. Will seek detailed report on coal dust pollution, says Arlekar: http://www.navhindtimes.in/will-seek-detailed-report-on-coal-dust-pollution-says-arlekar/
  13. OECD COUNTRIES TO LIMIT OVERSEAS FINANCING FOR COAL PLANTS: http://or-politics.com/u-s-world/oecd-countries-to-limit-overseas-financing-for-coal-plants/169185/
  14. Factcheck: What’s actually happening with China’s coal use: http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2015/11/23/whats-happening-china-coal/
  15. Coal remains to be fuel of choice in ASEAN as energy demand grows: http://business-humanrights.org/en/coal-remains-to-be-fuel-of-choice-in-asean-as-energy-demand-grows

B.IFIs

  1. The Future of Finance: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-22/the-future-of-finance
  2. Home finance and mortgage business likely to grow significantly: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/talking-business-home-finance-and-mortgage-business-likely-to-grow-significantly/article7905703.ece
  3. JICA pledges to help mitigate road accidents in Kilimanjaro: http://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/44416-jica-pledges-to-help-mitigate-road-accidents-in-kilimanjaro
  4. Japan sees business possibilities with Asean under TPP – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/business/article/japan-sees-business-possibilities-with-asean-under-tpp#sthash.pLnrGUnR.dpuf
  5. Japan is Asia’s best partner for economic growth, says Abe: http://english.astroawani.com/world-news/japan-asias-best-partner-economic-growth-says-abe-81876
  6. Swati Dandekar appointed Executive Director to Asian Development Bank by Obama: http://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs/swati-dandekar-appointed-executive-director-to-asian-development-bank-by-obama-1448256191-1
  7. Corporation to get Rs. 500 cr. as loan for drainage, water supply works: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/corporation-to-get-rs-500-cr-as-loan-for-drainage-water-supply-works/article7907693.ece
  8. ADB to give Bangladesh $250 million loan to help reform capital market: http://bdnews24.com/economy/2015/11/22/adb-to-give-bangladesh-250-million-loan-to-help-reform-capital-market
  9. China offers $10 bln in infrastructure loans for Southeast Asia: http://www.trust.org/item/20151122102151-5pwys
  10. Banks to push solar panels: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Banks-to-push-solar-panels/articleshow/49900746.cms?
  11. Bengal gets third tranche of ADB Loan: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Bengal-gets-third-tranche-of-ADB-Loan/articleshow/49892899.cms?
  12. Andhra Pradesh power sector to get Rs 4,000 cr assistance from World Bank: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/ap-power-sector-to-get-rs-4-000-cr-assistance-from-world-bank-115112300959_1.html
  13. Historic opportunity to end poverty will be lost if we don’t tackle climate change: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/nov/23/historic-opportunity-end-poverty-will-be-lost-if-we-dont-tackle-climate-change

C.Land, Water & Forest

    1. Rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project displaced: Did three governments lie to the Supreme Court?: http://www.firstpost.com/india/rehabilitation-of-sardar-sarovar-project-displaced-did-three-governments-lie-to-the-supreme-court-2516636.html
    2. Ex-judges shocked at poor rehabilitation: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/exjudges-shocked-at-poor-rehabilitation/article7893652.ece
    3. Dam project proves power of science crowdfunding: http://www.scidev.net/global/funding/news/dam-project-proves-power-science-crowdfunding.html
    4. Confrontation between banks-road ministry over funding delays highways projects: http://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/confrontation-between-banks-road-ministry-over-funding-delays-highways-projects/49890173
    5. Govt mulls Europe-style water law to save resource: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-mulls-Europe-style-water-law-to-save-resource/articleshow/49900918.cms?
    6. A Decade of RTI: How implementation of the law has weakened people’s political power: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/column-a-decade-of-rti-how-implementation-of-the-law-has-weakened-people-s-political-power-2148318
    7. Land bill: Opposition members in joint panel want PM Modi’s explanation: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-land-bill-opposition-members-in-joint-panel-want-pm-modi-s-explanation-2148171
    8. First Meeting of the Indo-European Water Forum Begins: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=131809

Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest issues: 3 November, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. RPower’s Sasan UMPP did not require Chhatrasal block: Govt: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/rpower-s-sasan-umpp-did-not-require-chhatrasal-block-govt-115110200945_1.html
  2. BASIC countries appeal to rich nations to do more to combat climate change: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/global-warming/BASIC-countries-appeal-to-rich-nations-to-do-more-to-combat-climate-change/articleshow/49612174.cms
  3. West Virginia’s former ‘King of Coal’ goes on trial: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-11-01/west-virginias-former-king-coal-goes-trial
  4. More Trouble in Coal Country: Health Care at Risk for 12,000 Retired Miners and Their Families: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33474-more-trouble-in-coal-country-health-care-at-risk-for-12-000-retired-miners-and-their-families
  5. Nathan Tinkler appointed Australian Pacific Coal managing director: http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/nathan-tinkler-appointed-australian-pacific-coal-managing-director-20151101-gkocs7.html
  6. China coal testing regime ‘significant impost’ on free trade, BHP says: http://www.afr.com/business/mining-and-resources/china-coal-testing-regime-significant-impost-on-free-trade-bhp-says-20151031-gknvxe#ixzz3qPC0qOql
  7. Arch Coal Will Be Bankrupt Before The End Of 2015: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3630636-arch-coal-will-be-bankrupt-before-the-end-of-2015
  8.  LHC vacates stay against coal-fired power project: http://tribune.com.pk/story/983428/lhc-vacates-stay-against-coal-fired-power-project/
  9. ‘Investment decision on Namibia’s Kudu power project mid-2016’: http://www.africanreview.com/energy-a-power/power-generation/investment-decision-on-kudu-power-project-mid-2016
  10. Green Climate Fund to reveal first project amid NGO protest: http://www.climatechangenews.com/2015/11/01/green-climate-fund-to-reveal-first-project-amid-ngo-protest/
  11. Adani’s coal mine nod evokes ‘orality debate in Australia: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/adani-s-coal-mine-nod-evokes-orality-debate-in-australia-115110100356_1.html
  12. A coal tax to help the climate and the resource owners: http://theconversation.com/a-coal-tax-to-help-the-climate-and-the-resource-owners-49942
  13. Draft of Climate Negotiations – India asks rich nations to come out with clear roadmap on climate finance: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/acooper/india_green_news_modi_pledges_.html
  14. China’s new 5-year plan brilliant news for mining: http://www.mining.com/chinas-new-5-year-plan-brilliant-news-for-mining/

B.IFIs

  1. NPC starts AIIB agreement ratification process: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news/content?id=20151031000112&cid=1102
  2. ADB, IFMR Capital partners to fund MFIs:http://www.thestatesman.com/news/business/adb-ifmr-capital-partners-to-fund-mfis/100447.html#Aqliym7YOpkbk2Ri.99
  3. US agencies keen to fund Metro project: MMRDA: http://www.freepressjournal.in/us-agencies-keen-to-fund-metro-project-mmrda/
  4. PM’s constituency sees Ganga cleaning project restarting after 6 months: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/PMs-constituency-sees-Ganga-cleaning-project-restarting-after-6-months/articleshow/49617280.cms
  5. China taking pragmatic approach to building regional trade corridors: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/1874677/china-taking-pragmatic-approach-building-regional-trade-corridors
  6. ADB suggests Cooks recognise de-facto relationships: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/288583/adb-suggests-cooks-recognise-de-facto-relationships
  7. Plugging wastage can add half percentage to GDP: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/11/02/114627
  8. ADB-funded projects discussed: http://www.brecorder.com/market-data/stocks-a-bonds/0/1242157/
  9. The dilemma over MIC status: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/11/02/114531

C.Land, Water and Forest

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    1. Ken-Betwa river linking project will hamper tigers in Panna, says former director of Project Tiger: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ken-betwa-river-linking-project-will-hamper-tigers-in-panna-says-former-director-of-project-tiger-2141044
    2.  Banks ask private equity firms to fund infrastructure projects:

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  1. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49622591.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst