Updates on Coal, Energy, Land, Water and Forest: 23 May 2016

A Coal & Energy

Adani Power shuts 2,640-mw units at Tiroda plant in Maharashtra: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2016-05-16/news/73126367_1_acute-water-shortage-4-units-adani-power-ltd
सासन प्रोजेक्ट को चीन और अमेरिकी बैंकों से फायनेंस की इजाजत नहीं http://epaper.bhaskar.com/detail/?id=1000684&boxid=5173711763&view=text&editioncode=180&pagedate=05/17/2016&pageno=1&map=map&ch=mpcg
3 engineers killed, 24 others injured in Moser Bear’s boiler blast: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/3-engineers-killed-24-others-injured-in-Moser-Bears-boiler-blast/articleshow/52303879.cms
Another Village In Odisha Rejects Mining: http://www.countercurrents.org/pr040516.htm
What Paris agreement on climate change means for India: http://www.dailyo.in/politics/cop-21-paris-agreement-unfcc-climate-change-sustainable-living-kyoto-protocol/story/1/10749.html
Arunachal’s unfinished Lower Subansiri dam could be tomb for India’s giant hydropower projects: http://scroll.in/article/718809/arunachals-unfinished-lower-subansiri-dam-could-be-tomb-for-indias-giant-hydropower-projects
हिंडाल्को कम्पनी को जमीन देने के लिए चलाया आदिवासी बस्ती पर बुलडोज़र : डॉ लखन सिंह: http://www.januday.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Article=7349
Electric Companies Duping Indian Consumers: DRI Investigates a 29,000 Crores Rupees Scam: https://sabrangindia.in/article/electric-companies-duping-indian-consumers-dri-investigates-29000-crores-rupees-scam
Panel recommends forest clearance to SCCL’s coal project in AP: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/panel-recommends-forest-clearance-to-sccl-s-coal-project-in-ap-116052200102_1.html

B.IFIs

China Launches Asia Investment Bank with 2 Silk Road Projects: http://www.voanews.com/content/china-launches-asia-investment-bank-with-two-silk-road-projects-/3338589.html
AIIB looks for Russia financing: http://en.prothom-alo.com/economy/news/105207/AIIB-looks-for-Russia-financing
China-led AIIB to co-finance first Indonesia project : http://www.gulf-times.com/story/494013/China-led-AIIB-to-co-finance-first-Indonesia-proje
Asian Development Bank (ADB) that will act as the lead financier for the project in Pakistan M4 highway: http://pakobserver.net/2016/05/22/asian-bank-to-finance-projects/
India a beacon for foreign investment: Jaitley: http://www.domain-b.com/economy/general/20160521_jaitley.html#sthash.BZphxIjt.N739mjbz.dpuf
US Senate Nominates Indian-American Swati Dandekar As Asian Development Bank Director: http://www.theindianpanorama.news/indians-abroad/us-senate-nominates-indian-american-swati-dandekar-asian-development-bank-director/
5 Major Banks Rigged US$9trn Bond Market: Lawsuit: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/5-Major-Banks-Rigged-US9trn-Bond-Market-Lawsuit-20160520-0004.html
Putin hails AIIB as complement to int’l financial structure: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/19/c_135369920.htm
PNB tops list of worst losses in Indian banking history: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/nyp8yAz9fEXYdkcstG4CEP/PNB-tops-list-of-worst-losses-in-Indian-banking-history.html?%3F
How to kill a bank in India: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/EZfzm1RzenHu7xURxgJDoM/How-to-kill-a-bank-in-India.html
World Bank offers $625m loan to boost India’s rooftop solar PV capacity: http://solar.energy-business-review.com/news/world-bank-offers-625m-loan-to-boost-indias-rooftop-solar-pv-capacity-160516-4893781
India will need to find new mechanism for financing smart city projects: http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20160519/2864265.htm

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Press Release: Delhi Citizens join in solidarity with the Chetawani Upwas in Bhopal

Press Release

Delhi citizens come together to extend solidarity with the Chetawani Upwas in Bhopal by the people from the Narmada Valley

New Delhi, April 28: A group of more than 50 protestors under the banner of Delhi solidarity Group and National Alliance of People’s movements gathered in front of Madhya Pradesh Bhawan today to provide solidarity to the ongoing Chetawani Upwas (27-29th April) by Narmada Bachao Aandolan in Bhopal. The people, who wanted to submit a memorandum to the Resident Commissioner, had to confront a strong police barricade in front of MP Bhawan. They spoke about the current situation of the people already displaced by the dams and lack of implementation of rehabilitation to them. People also raised concerns about the apathy shown by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in insisting on raising the height of Sardar Sarovar without having any plans to safeguard the lives and livelihood of the people. They also strongly demanded the release of the Justice Jha Commission report withheld by the state government. Linking it with the current issue of water shortage, they demanded that the government is losing its priorities when it is drowning people on one side and killing others due to drought on other side.

It’s been three decades since the people of the Narmada valley have been struggling against the unjust displacement due to the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The construction of the dam was restarted in June 2014 and now the dam height is nearing completion. As we approach the Monsoon, two hundred thousand people are faced with the threat of submergence. These families are still living in the submergence zone, they will lose their villages with schools, temples, mosques, houses, farms with prime agriculture and horticulture panchayats and one township partly submerged before, will be further affected.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan has challenged the government’s false affidavits on the question of complete R&R and exposed the massive corruption involved in the process. The petition of NBA to the Madhya Pradesh High Court constituted a commission of Enquiry under Justice S. S. Jha (referred as Jha Commission). The Jha commission submitted its report after nearly 7 years of detailed investigation into cases of corruption involving government employees and accepted the massive fraud to tune of 1000 crores. The Justice Jha Commission report has the numbers – 1500, 2000 or may be more and details of all fake registries, the amount of money wasted, and all the agents and officials involved in the scam.

But the State of Madhya Pradesh has refused to grant NBA access to the report! Furthermore, even the MLA’s have not been given access to the report. All this has been done citing privilege of the State Assembly. The corruption in the Narmada Valley Development Authority (N.V.D.A) must be uncovered.

In addition, the question of the quality of resettlement sites cannot be ignored. All culprits involved must be punished regardless of being an officer or an agent.

During decades of struggle NBA could succeed in getting 14,000 Adivasis, Dalit farmers and their families could receive land and due to R&R especially in Gujarat and Maharashtra. But Madhya Pradesh is a different story, only 40 to 50 displaced families have been allotted land. Even today, 40,000 families live in the submergence zone.

The Madhya Pradesh government has constantly fudged the number of oustees even changing Back Water Level data, and thereby excluded many people from the submergence area and lists of Project Affected People thereby denying them their due R&R share – initially 4,374 families and then another 15,900 families. Such action affecting about 20,000 families is both unscientific and illegal.

These villages that lie in the submergence zone are full of life and activity, with its houses, panchayats, temples, masjids, shops, markets and lakhs of trees, which cannot be submerged without proper resettlement violating the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal and Supreme court judgments of 1992, 2000 and 2005.

Despite all this, Central government along with the Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat governments, have continued the construction of dam, which is almost complete to the height of 139 metres.

Immediate action must be taken to release the Jha commission report and complete the R&R of the affected people before submergence of adivasi families/villages and township causing devastation & destitution.

The demands raised by the Narmada Bachao Andolan are,

1. Make the Jha Commission Report on massive corruption in rehabilitation public. Send the guilty to Jail. Now!

2. Complete R&R of farmers, labourers, fisher people, and artisans numbering thousands before monsoon. Gates of the dam shouldn’t be closed till R&R is complete and all affected are resettled at new sites, in 3 states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat at the earliest with all entitlements as per law and SC judgments.

For more details, please contact at: 9958797409

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: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-must-review-fossil-fuel-subsidies/article7144075.ece
  2. ‘Climate change is the most important story of our lives’: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/interview/climate-change-is-the-most-important-story-of-our-lives/article7143655.ece
  3. Coal block auction II: Ministry looking at ‘one group, one bid’ cap: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/coal-block-auction/article7143711.ece
  4. Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/international-business/Like-shale-oil-solar-power-is-shaking-up-global-energy/articleshow/47062840.cms?
  5. Task force for scrapping of MoUs with 16 IPPs: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/task-force-for-scrapping-of-mous-with-16-ipps-115042600836_1.html
  6. JSPL to invest Rs. 20,000 cr in power business: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/jspl-to-invest-rs-20000-cr-in-power-business/article7143300.ece
  7. The Company has been Able to Bring Down its Debt Burden: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/The-Company-has-been-Able-to-Bring-Down-its-Debt-Burden/2015/04/26/article2782992.ece
  8. ‘Kudgi thermal plant 11 months away from power generation’: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/kudgi-thermal-plant-11-months-away-from-power-generation/article7140064.ece
  9. Climate change: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/climate-change/articleshow/47065005.cms\
  10. Australia’s Direct Action fund may need $1bn more to meet emissions target: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/datablog/2015/apr/27/australias-direct-action-fund-may-need-1bn-more-to-meet-emissions-target
  11. Soas becomes first London university to divest from fossil fuels: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/24/soas-becomes-first-london-university-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels

B.IFIs

  1. IMF ready to send team to Nepal to assess needs: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pe0wamjcgbgci&title=IMF_ready_to_send_team_to_Nepal_to_assess_needs
  2. ADB funding 31,000 km rural roads in five States: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/adb-funding-31000-km-rural-roads-in-five-states/article7143696.ece
  3. ADB lends USD 2 billoin to India for road construction in 5 states: http://dc.asianage.com/business/adb-lends-usd-2-billoin-india-road-construction-5-states-286
  4. Farmers approach ADB, get road project halted: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Farmers-approach-ADB-get-road-project-halted/articleshow/47032901.cms?
  5. Community to look into coastal protection: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/473465/community-look-coastal-protection.html
  6. Submit report on beach erosion by June 15, NIOT told: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/submit-report-on-beach-erosion-by-june-15-niot-told/article7144632.ece

C. Land,Water & Forest

  1. More relief will be provided to distressed farmers: FM Arun Jaitley: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-more-relief-will-be-provided-to-distressed-farmers-fm-arun-jaitley-2080951
  2. Venkaiah Naidu rejects possibility of rethink on Land Bill: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-venkaiah-naidu-rejects-possibility-of-rethink-on-land-bill-2080962
  3. Carrot-&-stick policy can help implement NGT ban: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Carrot-stick-policy-can-help-implement-NGT-ban/articleshow/47055791.cms?
  4. New Land Bill to provide new opportunities to farmers as well as rural poor seeking jobs:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47053278.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. What is the main strength of the 2015 Land Bill? Implicit rejection of 1894 Land Acquisition Act:

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47053496.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

  6. Jharkhand: Farmers, activists continue to battle against corporate projects:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47053046.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  7. Land bill issue will act as ‘Sanjeevani’ for Congress party: Jairam Ramesh: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-land-bill-issue-will-act-as-sanjeevani-for-congress-party-jairam-ramesh-2080732

News Updates on Protests, Dharna, Hungerstrike, Hartal, Rally and Sit-in Protests: 28 February, 2015

28 February, 2015

Guntur farmers dharna with PawanKalyan party flag (video): https://apnewscorner.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/guntur-farmers-dharna-with-pawankalyan-party-flag/

Postal employees’ successful Dharna of regional level at Rajkot on 27-2-15: http://aipeugujarat.blogspot.in/2015/02/successful-dharna-of-regional-level-at.html

GJM to hold 9-day dharna in Delhi in demand of statehood: http://darjeelingtimes.com/gjm-to-hold-9-day-dharna-in-delhi-in-demand-of-statehood/

Trade unions hold protest in Faridabad: http://bharatpress.com/2015/02/27/trade-unions-hold-protest-in-faridabad/

Police foil traders’ protest march at Lal Chowk: http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2015/Feb/28/police-foil-traders-protest-march-at-lal-chowk-35.asp

Protest against Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on Mother Teresa: http://www.megamedianews.in/index.php/140742/protest-against-mohan-bhagwats-comments-on-mother-teresa/

15,000 doctors go off duty in protest: http://www.asianage.com/delhi/15000-doctors-go-duty-protest-379

IIT students to protest unclear stipend hike: http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/iit-students-protest-unclear-stipend-hike-394

Duta stage dharna outside Zakir Husain College to protest abolition of sc teaching post: http://www.indiaeducationreview.com/news/duta-stage-dharna-outside-zakir-husain-college-protest-abolition-sc-teaching-post/18904

Thoovaipathy Tribals Still Seethe for land Lost for Zoological Park 14 Years Ago: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Thoovaipathy-Tribals-Still-Seethe-for-land-Lost-for-Zoological-Park-14-Years-Ago/2015/02/27/article2689115.ece

Mohamed Nasheed arrest sparks mass protests: http://www.asianage.com/international/mohamed-nasheed-arrest-sparks-mass-protests-413

Bandh threatened: http://kanglaonline.com/2015/02/bandh-threatened/

Students protest against delay in announcing degree exam results: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/students-protest-against-delay-in-announcing-degree-exam-results/article6943974.ece?ref=tpnews

Site Turns Protest Ground a Day After Deadly Accident: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Site-Turns-Protest-Ground-a-Day-After-Deadly-Accident/2015/02/28/article2690899.ece

Students and alumni protest felling of tree at MCC: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/students-and-alumni-protest-felling-of-tree-at-mcc/article6943323.ece

Cashew exporters to go ahead with shutdown: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/cashew-exporters-to-go-ahead-with-shutdown/article6943891.ece

Eggs, Tomatoes Hurled at Court Staff as Protest For Separate HC Turns Ugly in Hyderabad: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Eggs-Tomatoes-Hurled-at-Court-Staff-as-Protest-For-Separate-HC-Turns-Ugly-in-Hyderabad/2015/02/28/article2691063.ece

Odisha: RTI activists protest anti-people policy: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/137101-odisha-rti-activists-protest-anti-people-policy.html

Land Acquisition: Ryots Turn Up Heat on Pawan: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Land-Acquisition-Ryots-Turn-Up-Heat-on-Pawan/2015/02/28/article2691084.ece

VHP calls for bandh to protest ban on Togadia: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/vhp-calls-for-bandh-to-protest-ban-on-togadia/article6943095.ece

Trade unions protest against proposed labour reform: http://www.121india.com/news/trade-unions-protest-against-proposed-labour-reforms

Maharaja’s College Students Stage Sit-in: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/Maharajas-College-Students-Stage-Sit-in/2015/02/28/article2690447.ece

RAF called in as HC lawyers protest: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Patna/RAF-called-in-as-HC-lawyers-protest/articleshow/46404110.cms

Interview: How Subhas Chandra Bose helped the Tatas settle a strike in 1920s Jamshedpur: http://scroll.in/article/709607/Interview:-How-Subhas-Chandra-Bose-helped-the-Tatas-settle-a-strike-in-1920s-Jamshedpur

News on Protests, Dharna, Hungerstrike, Hartal, Sit-in Protest and Rally: 21 February, 2015

YSRCP MLA’S INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE ENTERS SECOND DAY: FRIDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2015 12:51. – YSRCP MLA Ramireddy Pratap Kumar Reddy’s indefinite hunger strike at Kavali in Nellore district to press for the early completion of Sangam Barrage entered the second day on Friday: http://sakshipost.com/index.php/news/politics/53595-ysrcp-mla-s-indefinite-hunger-strike-enters-second-day.html?psource=Home-Latest

Arrests have to be made, slogans won’t do, says Dabholkar’s daughter: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/arrests-have-to-be-made-slogans-wont-do-says-dabholkars-daughter/

POSTAL JCA DHARNA AT GUNTUR DIVISION OFFICE A HUGE SUCCESS: http://nfpeguntur.blogspot.in/2015/02/postal-jca-dharna-at-guntur-division.html

DU’s Antardhvani kicks off amid protest by staff: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/DUs-Antardhvani-kicks-off-amid-protest-by-staff/articleshow/46318219.cms

Catholics in Khar protest against illegal use of church land: http://www.iamin.in/en/mumbai-north-central/news/catholics-khar-protest-against-illegal-use-church-land-53723

Arrest warrant against Jadhavpur University Professor, Ambikesh for protest rally: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Arrest-warrant-against-Ambikesh-for-protest-rally/articleshow/46317466.cms

Journalists stage dharna against restrictions into Telengana state Secretariat: http://www.newswala.com/Hyderabad-News/Journalists-stage-dharna-against-restrictions-into-state-Secretariat-138173.html

CITU to support people’s movement against JP company: http://www.himvani.com/2015/02/20/citu-to-support-peoples-movement-against-jp-company/

Shutdown in Jaito to protest against attack on AAP member: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Shutdown-in-Jaito-to-protest-against-attack-on-AAP-member/articleshow/46319212.cms

Bandh against move to shift govt hospital: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-02-21/Bandh-against-move-to-shift-govt-hospital-132802

Aarey tree protest gets AAP support: http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/aarey-tree-protest-gets-aap-support-962

Protest in JNU against NET-JRF fee hike: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/protest-against-netjrf-fee-hike/article6918609.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Manipur students protest against police raid in boys’ hostels: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/manipur-students-protest-against-police-raid-in-boys-hostels/article6918268.ece?ref=tpnews

Residents take out protest march: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/residents-take-out-protest-march/article6919185.ece

Aasu protest seeking govt job for locals: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Aasu-protest-seeking-govt-job-for-locals/articleshow/46316792.cms

AAP leaders awaiting Anna’s approval to join protest: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/aap-leaders-awaiting-annas-approval-to-join-protest/article6918652.ece

Trace Nabachandra demand raised: http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/page/items/48847/trace-nabachandra-demand-raised

Discom workers protest CM’s FIR directive in pillar box scam: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Discom-workers-protest-CMs-FIR-directive-in-pillar-box-scam/articleshow/46318754.cms

IGNTU-RCM students’ union demands KSO, ANSAM serve 5-day ultimatum
Imphal, February 20 2015 : Extending their support to the demands of the student union of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus Manipur (IGNTU-RCM), two tribal based student bodies in Manipur today served a five-day ultimatum to the State Government. http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=13..210215.feb15

Major ports to go on indefinite strike from March 9: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46313843.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Bank unions to talk with IBA Feb 23 in Mumbai: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/bank-unions-to-talk-with-iba-feb-23-in-mumbai-115022000978_1.html

Cong Bandh Paralyses Life in Rayagada Dist: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Cong-Bandh-Paralyses-Life-in-Rayagada-Dist/2015/02/21/article2679635.ece

China protests PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh: http://www.firstpost.com/world/china-protests-pm-narendra-modis-visit-arunachal-pradesh-2112461.html

Forestry students continue protest for 100 per cent quota: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/forestry-students-continue-protest-for-100-per-cent-quota/article6918686.ece

Residents lock taluk office in protest: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/residents-lock-taluk-office-in-protest/article6919177.ece

News on Protests, Dharna, Rally, Hungerstrike and Sit-in protest: 20 February, 2015

United against Modi sarkar? RSS joins opposition in battle against the land act: http://www.firstpost.com/politics/united-modi-sarkar-rss-joins-opposition-battle-land-act-2110507.html

Disciplinary action against striking EMRI employees: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Goa/Disciplinary-action-against-striking-EMRI-employees/articleshow/46305004.cms

Bank unions’ leaders meet Jaitley ahead of IBA-UFBU conciliation: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/banking/bank-unions-leaders-meet-jaitley-ahead-of-ibaufbu-conciliation/article6913404.ece

Burn Standard row: Mamata Banerjee junks assault charge: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Burn-Standard-row-Mamata-Banerjee-junks-assault-charge/articleshow/46306132.cms

Land Acquisition Bill: Anna Hazare to flag off protest march from Haryana today: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/land-acquisition-bill-anna-hazare-to-flag-off-protest-march-from-haryana-today_1549600.html

Physically disabled volunteers protest by painting 200-feet wall: http://www.iamin.in/en/mumbai-south-central/news/physically-disabled-volunteers-protest-painting-200-feet-wall-53640

Women vendors protest against bomb blast in Imphal: http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=23..200215.feb15

Railway employees join hands against foreign investment: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/railway-employees-join-hands-against-foreign-investment/article6915728.ece

Mr PM, do you care about research as much as industry?: Siva Ranjan Upala: On Monday, Siva Ranjan Upala, a 29-year-old research scholar from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, led 1.5 lakh other research scholars from IIT Delhi, AIIMS, DRDO, Delhi University, JNU, Jamia Hamdard University on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar. Their aim is to ‘expose’ the central government which ‘failed’ to keep its promise of implementing a 50% hike in research scholarships announced in October last year. http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mr-pm-do-you-care-about-research-as-much-as-industry-siva-ranjan-upala-2062513

Teachers hold protest outside UGC office: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/teachers-hold-protest-outside-ugc-office/article6914975.ece?ref=tpnews

VHR’s Fast on February 21: Protesting against the central government’s recent ordinance on land acquisition, Congress MP and senior leader V Hanumantha Rao will sit on a hunger strike at Indira Park here on February 21. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/VHRs-Fast-on-February-21/2015/02/19/article2675762.ece

Protest by Christian workers in front of the BJP office in Dimapur: http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/2015/02/the-uncomfortable/

JD-U, TMC, AAP MPs to protest on day 1 of Parliament on 23 Feb, 2015: JDU, Trinamool and AAP MPs will unite to protest the Narendra Modi government during the joint session of Parliament on Monday, when President Pranab Mukherjee will read his speech at the Central Hall of Parliament. The MPs are protesting what they believe is the high-handedness of the Modi government on the Centre’s interventions in Bihar’s internal politics and to prevent Nitish Kumar from being sworn in as the state’s chief minister. The JD-U is also upset with the president’s silence after meeting a delegation of Yadavs with 130 MLAs. http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2015/feb/19/jdu-tmc-aap-mps-to-protest-on-day-1-of-parliament/4e34aa3a3b8819aae4991fcb2a0ae247

News on Coal, Eenergy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 18 February, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. NTPC inches up on Rs 60,000 crore investment plans: http://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/ntpc-inches-up-on-rs-60-000-crore-investment-plans-115021800157_1.html
  2. Work on two power projects has started: K. Rosaiah: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/work-on-two-power-projects-has-started-k-rosaiah-115021700596_1.html
  3. HC quashes Coal India’s revised transportation rates: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/hc-quashes-coal-indias-revised-transportation-rates/article6907140.ece
  4. PAC summons officials over coal blocks to Reliance Power: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PAC-summons-officials-over-coal-blocks-to-Reliance-Power/articleshow/46281114.cms?
  5. India’s power generation challenges highlighted at SA meet:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46280241.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  6. India to create a federation of 50 solar power-rich nations: Piyush Goyal: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/india-to-create-a-federation-of-50-solar-power-rich-nations-piyush-goyal/articleshow/46278091.cms
  7. CBI files case against South Eastern Coalfields official: http://www.sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=pcsaajgehjafh&title=CBI_files_case_against_South_Eastern_Coalfields_official
  8. Arun Jaitley too takes a dig at AAP on subsidised power: http://zeenews.india.com/news/delhi/arun-jaitley-too-takes-a-dig-at-aap-on-subsidised-power_1548228.html
  9. Mine auction to ensure cheaper power: Jaitley: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/mine-auction-to-ensure-cheaper-power-jaitley/article6906164.ece
  10. Coal block win saves DPL unit: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150218/jsp/business/story_3967.jsp#.VOQm5vmUd1E
  11. Mine allotment process for PSUs to start on Wednesday: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/mine-allotment-process-for-psus-to-start-today/article6905763.ece
  12. Coal auction: Jaiprakash Power wins mine in Madhya Pradesh: http://www.rediff.com/business/report/coal-auction-jaiprakash-power-wins-mine-in-madhya-pradesh/20150217.htm
  13. RE-INVEST 2015 Concludes with 2,66,000 MW Commitments of Green Energy : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=115549
  14. BP: huge rise in energy demand at odds with climate change fight: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/17/bp-says-huge-rise-in-energy-demand-at-odds-with-climate-change-fight
  15. Piling unpaid loans of Odisha PSUs irk CAG: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/piling-unpaid-loans-of-odisha-psus-irk-cag-115021701087_1.html
  16. Amelia coal block in MP draws highest bid from a power genco: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/amelia-coal-block-in-mp-draws-highest-bid-from-a-power-genco-115021700971_1.html
  17. Coal auction to benefit poor states: Coal Secretary: http://dc.asianage.com/business/coal-auction-benefit-poor-states-coal-secretary-130
  18. Budget 2015: Renewable energy ministry seeks incentives for solar sector: http://www.firstpost.com/business/budget-2015-renewable-energy-ministry-seeks-incentives-solar-sector-2104345.html
  19. Coal auctions to ensure cheaper power instead of state-offered subsidy, says Jaitley: http://www.firstpost.com/business/economy/coal-auctions-ensure-cheaper-power-instead-state-offered-subsidy-says-jaitley-2104381.html
  20. Great Barrier Reef polluters face tougher action under Queensland’s new government: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/18/great-barrier-reef-polluters-face-tougher-action-under-queenslands-new-government
  21. CM writes to MoEF again over EC ban: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/CM-writes-to-MoEF-again-over-EC-ban/articleshow/46279398.cms?
  22. World’s biggest offshore windfarm approved for Yorkshire coast: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/17/worlds-biggest-offshore-windfarm-approved-for-yorkshire-coast
  23. Implement green laws to protect environment: Prakash Javadekar: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/implement-green-laws-to-protect-environment-prakash-javadekar/529041-3.html
  24. The CIA asked me about controlling the climate – this is why we should worry: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/17/cia-controlling-climate-geoengineering-climate-change
  25. Britain, KMC launch climate change toolkit for civic councilors: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/britain-kmc-launch-climate-change-toolkit-for-civic-councillors-115021700887_1.html
  26. Minister’s claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/17/ministers-claims-that-solar-panels-harm-uk-food-security-are-false
  27. MPs’ pension fund at risk from fossil fuel investments, Caroline Lucas warns: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/17/mps-pension-fund-at-risk-from-fossil-fuel-investments-caroline-lucas-warns
  28. Fossil fuel industry protests over ‘risky’ assets warning from energy secretary: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/18/fossil-fuel-industry-protests-over-risky-assets-warning-from-energy-secretary

B.IFS

  1. Blood bricks, Ebola spending and Julia Gillard on education: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/feb/17/blood-bricks-ebola-spending-and-julia-gillard-on-education
  2. 50 crores to boost power infrastructure in capital: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/50-crores-to-boost-power-infrastructure-in-capital/articleshow/46272696.cms?
  3. Some fresh air at pollution board office: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/some-fresh-air-at-pollution-board-office/article6907366.ece
  4. Smart cities are about more than technology: Martin Rama: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/smart-cities-are-about-more-than-technology-martin-rama-115021700640_1.html

C.Land, Water and Forest

  1. Salt-making activity now under CRZ ambit: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Salt-making-activity-now-under-CRZ-ambit/articleshow/46280550.cms?
  2. Good days only for industrialists: Anna Hazare: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Good-days-only-for-industrialists-Anna-Hazare/articleshow/46275862.cms?
  3. Government to set up expert panel to help Kejriwal implement schemes: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-government-to-set-up-expert-panel-to-help-kejriwal-implement-schemes-2061869
  4. FinMin seeks views on finance SEZs: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/finmin-seeks-views-on-finance-sezs-115021800040_1.html
  5. Greenpeace Activists Banned from Entering India: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Greenpeace-Activists-Banned-from-Entering-India/2015/02/18/article2674189.ece
  6. US’ immigration laws prevent it from tapping into India’s talent pool: Michael Bloomberg:

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46279931.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

  7. Privatisation of UK woodlands is happening by the backdoor: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2015/feb/17/privatisation-uk-woodlands-happening-by-backdoor