News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Forest, Land and Water: 25 and 26 March, 2015

26 March 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Cabinet Nod for Auction to Import Gas for 31 Idle Power Plants:
  2. MoEF nod for Pudimadaka project study:
  3. NTPC Invites Tenders for Vizag Plant:
  4. Atchutapuram NTPC Impact Report by May:
  5. Pollution lens on coal firms:
  6. Green energy push: PSBs agree to lend Rs 1.71 lakh crore to finance projects over the next 5 years:
  7. Coal blocks nod to hinge on forest law:
  8. Kamarajar Port to Import 18 Mn Tonnes of Coal in Two Years:
  9. Sushil Modi hails coal block allocation to Barauni plant:
  10. A Ukraine factory that can’t close, and workers who won’t quit:
  11. Cabinet allows use of imported gas to revive stuck power plants:
  12. Odisha wins back Manoharpur coal blocks:
  13. Govt to subsidise imported gas-based power generation:
  14. Keep it in the Ground campaign: six things we’ve learned:
  15. IL&FS aims to more than triple power generation capacity: Official:
  16. Fossil fuel firms are still bankrolling climate denial lobby groups:
  17. Fossil-fuel divestment is not the way to reduce carbon emissions:
  18. Losses for SEBs may reduce with improved coal supply & tariff hike:
  19. NTPC gets back five coal blocks:
  20. CCEA approves gas import to revive stranded power plants:
  21. Coal blocks nod to hinge on forest law:
  22. We have fast-tracked project approvals, brought in transparency: Prakash Javadekar, Environment minister:
  23. How much of the world’s fossil fuels can we burn?:


  1. TN vows to thwart Mekedatu dam plan:
  2. ‘K’taka Dam Plan Will be Thwarted’:
  3. Claude Smadja: A preview of the new world order:

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Govt hints it may repromulgate land ordinance:
  2. Not ruling out joint sitting if all options on land bill fail: Venkaiah:
  3. Centre to discuss Forest Rights Act with states in April:
  4. Converting 101 rivers into waterways: Cabinet gives nod to plans for enactment of a legislation:
  5. Govt may issue ‘re-ordinance’ on land bill: Union minister:


25 March 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Govt to allot coal mines to PSUs today:
  2. OERC Hikes Power Tariff:
  3. Serious financial lapses by Gujarat PSUs:
  4. Bengal wins crucial coal comfort:
  5. State govt seeks to double coal supply from Centre:
  6. Ramgarh coal for Essar’s MP plant:
  7. Goyal eyes bidding in dollar to cut solar tariff:
  8. Coal block re-allocation: States, PSUs get back lost mines:
  9. New round of coal block auctions from April: Piyush Goyal:
  10. Govt allots 38 mines to state, central PSUs:
  11. India’s coal imports to jump 19 percent to 200 million tonnes in 2014/15:
  12. 37 coal mines allotted to state power units, one to SAIL:
  13. Coal boost: State bags two more big blocks:
  14. US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say:
  15. Essar Power to resume power production from Sangrauli:
  16. MPs pension fund should not be divested from fossil fuels, says Liz Truss:
  17. Essar Power to start mining from Tokisud coal block in Jharkhand:
  18. Gujarat has 19000 million units surplus power:
  19. Tap geothermal energy from coast line, Governor tells state:
  20. Allocation of coal mines to public sector firms today:
  21. India should prepare to face extreme weather, warn scientists:


  1. Tiger to Pip Dragon in Economic Growth in Asia: ADB:
  2. Tata Power’s global collaboration for power project in Georgia:
  3. Tony Abbott says he supports a transparent, multinational Asian bank:

C.Land,Water & Forest

  1. Top BJP leaders meet PM Modi over Land Acquisition Ordinance issue:
  2. Ordinance to lapse on April 5, govt mulls land bill options:
  3. Land ordinance likely to be allowed to lapse on April 5:

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

A.Coal & Energy

OPGS to commission its Rs 1,855 crore 300 MW plant in Gujarat:
e-Auction for Coal Blocks:
Protection of Coastal Areas from Rising Sea Level:
Freight charge hike to hit steel, energy sectors:
Andhra Pradesh chalks out plans to meet power demand:
Food, electricity prices set to rise after freight hike:
MSEDCL incurs Rs 5K cr losses in power and distribution thefts:
UPA’s Land Law Defective, Posed Threat to India’s Security: FM:
Coal Scam: Court to Consider CBI Charge Sheet on March 2:
Coal scam: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on SKS Ispat’s plea:
Delay in land acquisition, other reasons, hit ultra mega power projects:

Centre working with states for 24×7 power supply: Piyush Goyal:

Coal India setting up thermal plants:
Call for more people’s participation:
Global warming slowdown probably due to natural cycles, study finds:
UK backs £315m renewable energy projects:

Centre, ADB ink pacts worth $100.2 mn:
Money is not a great issue, says Minister:
Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea:
Japanese cos facing series of problems in India: Envoy:
Power Grid seeks $500 million loan from World Bank:
Remarkable progress by Bangladesh in reducing poverty: World Bank:
C.Land, Water & Forest

Govt firm but uncertainty over land bill grows:
Arun Jaitley on land bill: Don’t make industry, infrastructure ‘bad words’:
Centre coaxes and counters on land bill:
DMIC to benefit entire state: Rajasthan government

Now, Railways looks beyond budgetary support for funds:
Gadkari on a yacht, mobile phones for MPs: Express scoop reveals Essar’s internal emails:
Why governments don’t like certain NGOs:
Agricultural insecticides dangerous for water bodies:

News on Protests, hungerstrike, dharna, hartal, sit in protest and rally: 23 February, 2015

Adivasis Protest in Chhattisgarh
Photo credit: Malini Subramaniam:

An adivasi protest in Chhattisgarh is gaining strength – but not getting much attention:

VH demands special status for AP: Hyderabad: The senior Congress leader and MP, V Hanumantha Rao, slammed the NDA government for failing to grant special category status to AP:

VHR Observes Hunger Strike:

Anna Hazare to begin two-day Dharna at Jantar Mantar against Modi Govt:

Mass casual leave agitation suspended:

Kejriwal, Rahul can join protest but not share stage: Hazare:

Statewide Bandh in Maharasthtra to Condemn Govind Pansare’s Murder:

Kalinga Sena Stages Dharna:

Farmers, trade unions gear up for protest against LARR:

Forest college students withdraw fast:

Powerloom sector to hold protest:

Odisha anganwadi workers demand regularisation of jobs, more wages:

Residents to protest against rail corridor:

Villagers garner support for hunger strike at Calangute:

Jaitley asks bank employees not to participate in strike:

PhD student on hunger strike for hike in stipends:

Left parties announce protests against Rajasthan government over power tariff hike:

Modi Government May Revise Land Acquisition Bill Ahead of Anna Hazare’s Protest:

Construction workers seek better service facilities:

NAPM Condemns Complete annihilation of small farmers in World Agricultural Congress 5-7 Nov.2013


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Press Release 07th November 2013


NAPM Condemns Complete annihilation of small farmers in World Agricultural Congress 5-7Nov.2013

Dubbed as “World Annihilation Forum”, long back, World Agricultural Forum (WAF) has lived up to that and again succeeded in annihilation of small and marginal farmers, their right to discuss issues of concern to them, and created a distance between them and the policy-makers elected by them, in World Agricultural Congress (WAC) 2013.

Unfortunately, WAC 2013, WAF and government leaders from India failed to observe a minute of silence in memory of farmers who committed suicide in the aftermath of cyclone Phailin and heavy rains, just days before WAC 2013 commenced. Amidst a chaotic agricultural farm situation, with crop losses, stagnant water in the field, huge farmer debts, in Andhra Pradesh, WAC 2013 has begun and ended, with no reference to such a situation. In the past three days, no word has been uttered on the farmers suicides, or calamities faced by farmers in AP and elsewhere in India.

Achievements of World Agricultural Forum, at WAC 2013:

1. Successfully created barriers in participation of small and marginal farmers in WAC 2013 through high registration fees, high security, inaccessible place, alien concepts, using English as the basic medium of communication, prior development of topics without any scope for integration of local content, expensive ‘corporate’ atmosphere and inhospitable attitude.

2. Extraction of Statement from Union Minister of State for Agriculture Tariq Anwar conducive to their objective and agenda, including genetically modified (GM) crop seeds and contract farming.

3. By the participation of a Union Minister, Chief Minister, Agriculture Ministers of AP and Karnataka, WAF could get legitimacy to their organization and visibility to their anti-farmer objectives.

Difference between WAC 2011 (Brussels) and WAC 2013 (Hyderabad) is obvious. While WAF could not achieve government participation and partnership in a corporate-friendly US and Europe, in India, populated by independent, sovereign small farmers, government was eager to be seen with WAF functionaries. Participants were happy with the full operations and logistics service over three days, which included coordinating 75 speakers from 6 continents. However, in Hyderabad, delegates had to face tough time in getting accommodation, getting translation, etc., and had run pillar to post to get even the minimum needs done. In a international event, translation services are very important. However, local participants were not given any choice. Of course, this is in tune with the core objective of WAF and their sponsors, ‘to deny farmers any choice’. The big saving grace, unfortunate though, has been the huge involvement of Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in terms of manning many ‘conference’ services, mobilization of farmers and other participants. Without the involvement of this Department, WAC 2013 would have been damp squib.

Our allegation that WAF is a lobbying organization of multi-national companies, especially Monsanto, was proved right when the Chairman of World Agriculture Forum Advisory Board and former Prime Minister of New Zealand James Bolger called for a political consensus on GM crops, and terming it as the only answer for reduction in food prices. Ignoring the distress among small and marginal farmers caused by profit-making agri-business companies, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Tariq Anwar call for helping companies in getting better prices for their products is completely unexpected, and deplorable.

Speakers and presenters and sponsors of WAC 2013 have deliberately tried to push agri-business as the only answer to increase food production, and GM crops as the means to increase productivity. No session or speaker who could give a wider perspective has been invited or included. Policy-makers, agri-business companies and private profiteers have to realize the farming is not a purely economic activity. Their corporate and business solutions give rise to many economic, environmental, social and quality questions. None of these questions were allowed to be asked at this Congress. WAC 2013 would have been useful if there was wider participation and scope for the views of different stakeholders. Views of farmers, consumers and taxpayers are very important, and not just those of profit-makers and their lobbying organizations.

Estimated, there are about 300 delegates, including 33 from various countries, will discuss in 29 sessions different aspects of agriculture and allied sectors. There will be 13 keynote addresses, 11 round table discussions and five concurrent sessions. However, there is no transparency and information sharing system. Typical of a ‘closed’ corporate event, even the media did not information. Small and marginal farmers who were invited were not allowed and were stopped at the gates. Police officials were posted inside the conference hall, creating an atmosphere of regimentation and barrier-full atmosphere.

We condemn the attitude of WAF and government towards farmers and farming community. We deplore lack of facilities and facilitation for participation of small and marginal farmers. We reject the condescending attitude of the organizers towards enthusiastic farmers, who travelled long distances.

We demand the following:

1. A public apology from World Agricultural Forum for creating barriers in participation of small and marginal farmers.

2. A statement from Government of Andhra Pradesh, and Government of India, clarifying that the presentations and announcements would have no bearing on policies of the government with regard to agriculture and welfare of small and marginal farmers. It should also include a declaration of disassociation from engaging with WAF in future.

3. A compensation package for farmers of Andhra Pradesh, who were distressed by recent cyclones, rains and bad quality seeds, from agri-business corporations and from the financial proceedings of WAC 2013.

4. Publication of all the expenditure incurred by the governments (State and central), and WAF in organizing WAC 2013, and sources of all the monies.

Saraswati Kavula, BRK Raju, Dr. K. Babu Rao, Dr. D.Narasimha Reddy,

Suhas Kolhekar, Maj.Gen. Sudhir Vombatkere


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Farmers Protest in Andhra Pradesh

A large number of farmers conducted a rally in Tuni town of East Godavari district in protest against the government’s failure in supplying the seeds to farming community. They demanded the government to control the black market

Emaar victims seek justice

Nandigram could well be visiting Hyderabad. People whose land were acquired for Emaar, Financial District and other projects in the vicinity have now asked the government to redeem open, utilised plots from the project promoters and either return them the land or pay compensation as per the present market value. According to the “land victims”, the government should cancel the MoU with Emaar properties, like it did with Brahmani Steels, and return them the land.

Land stir against Bhandara power plant intensifies

Farmer from 15 affected villages held a public meeting near the plant site in Rohana village and resolved to challenge the the land acquisitions and not allow further acquisitions  Farmers’ protests against the proposed thermal power plant of Bhandara Thermal Power Corporation in village Rohana in Mohadi tehsil of Hyderabad district are growing louder. Farmers allege that the company has acquired nearly 600 ha of land in the village for a paltry Rs 8 lakh per acre (0.4 ha) without the consent of the gram sabha. Repeated appeals to the district collector have proved futile.