A.Coal & Energy
OPGS to commission its Rs 1,855 crore 300 MW plant in Gujarat: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/opgs-to-commission-its-rs-1-855-crore-300-mw-plant-in-gujarat-115022601360_1.html
e-Auction for Coal Blocks: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=116007
Protection of Coastal Areas from Rising Sea Level: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=115996
Freight charge hike to hit steel, energy sectors: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/freight-charge-hike-to-hit-steel-energy-sectors/article6938986.ece
Andhra Pradesh chalks out plans to meet power demand: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Andhra-Pradesh-chalks-out-plans-to-meet-power-demand/articleshow/46388755.cms?
Food, electricity prices set to rise after freight hike: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/462259/food-electricity-prices-set-rise.html
MSEDCL incurs Rs 5K cr losses in power and distribution thefts: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/msedcl-incurs-rs-5k-cr-losses-in-power-and-distribution-thefts-115022601359_1.html
UPA’s Land Law Defective, Posed Threat to India’s Security: FM: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/UPAs-Land-Law-Defective-Posed-Threat-to-Indias-Security-FM/2015/02/26/article2688140.ece
Coal Scam: Court to Consider CBI Charge Sheet on March 2: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/Coal-Scam-Court-to-Consider-CBI-Charge-Sheet-on-March-2/2015/02/26/article2688146.ece
Coal scam: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on SKS Ispat’s plea: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-coal-scam-delhi-hc-seeks-centre-s-response-on-sks-ispat-s-plea-2064457
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: http://www.projectsmonitor.com/daily-wire/coal-india-setting-up-thermal-plants/
Call for more people’s participation: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/call-for-more-peoples-participation/article6939528.ece
Global warming slowdown probably due to natural cycles, study finds: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/global-warming-slowdown-probably-due-to-natural-cycles-study-finds
UK backs £315m renewable energy projects: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/uk-backs-315m-renewable-energy-projects
Centre, ADB ink pacts worth $100.2 mn: http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=feb2615/at054
Money is not a great issue, says Minister: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/money-is-not-a-great-issue-says-minister/article6938843.ece
Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/jordan-israel-sign-deal-to-help-save-dead-sea_1553278.html
Japanese cos facing series of problems in India: Envoy: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/japanese-cos-facing-series-of-problems-in-india-envoy/article6936590.ece
Power Grid seeks $500 million loan from World Bank: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/power-grid-seeks-500-million-loan-from-world-bank/articleshow/46382241.cms
Remarkable progress by Bangladesh in reducing poverty: World Bank: http://www.sify.com/news/remarkable-progress-by-bangladesh-in-reducing-poverty-world-bank-news-international-pc0ouigdhfccj.html
C.Land, Water & Forest
Govt firm but uncertainty over land bill grows: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-firm-but-uncertainty-over-land-bill-grows/articleshow/46389897.cms?
Arun Jaitley on land bill: Don’t make industry, infrastructure ‘bad words': http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Arun-Jaitley-on-land-bill-Dont-make-industry-infrastructure-bad-words/articleshow/46382720.cms?
Centre coaxes and counters on land bill: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150227/jsp/nation/story_5794.jsp#.VO_2-_mUd1E
DMIC to benefit entire state: Rajasthan government
Now, Railways looks beyond budgetary support for funds: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/now-railways-looks-beyond-budgetary-support-for-funds/article6937712.ece
Gadkari on a yacht, mobile phones for MPs: Express scoop reveals Essar’s internal emails: http://www.firstpost.com/business/gadkari-on-a-yacht-mobile-phones-for-mps-express-scoop-reveals-essars-internal-emails-2124895.html
Why governments don’t like certain NGOs: http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-governments-dont-like-certain-ngos/20150226.htm
Agricultural insecticides dangerous for water bodies: http://zeenews.india.com/news/sci-tech/agricultural-insecticides-dangerous-for-water-bodies_1553044.html
Adivasis Protest in Chhattisgarh
Photo credit: Malini Subramaniam: http://scroll.in/article/708704/An-adivasi-protest-in-Chhattisgarh-is-gaining-strength-%E2%80%93-but-not-getting-much-attention
An adivasi protest in Chhattisgarh is gaining strength – but not getting much attention: http://scroll.in/article/708704/An-adivasi-protest-in-Chhattisgarh-is-gaining-strength-%E2%80%93-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: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-02-23/VH-demands-special-status-for-AP-133207
VHR Observes Hunger Strike: http://m.newindianexpress.com/andhra-pradesh/429439
Anna Hazare to begin two-day Dharna at Jantar Mantar against Modi Govt: http://www.liveindia.in/node/2190
Mass casual leave agitation suspended: http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=27..230215.feb15
Kejriwal, Rahul can join protest but not share stage: Hazare: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hazare-to-meet-kejriwal-says-rahul-welcome-to-join-protest-but-can-t-share-stage/article1-1319672.aspx
Statewide Bandh in Maharasthtra to Condemn Govind Pansare’s Murder: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/statewide-bandh-in-maharasthtra-to-condemn-govind-pansares-murder-741524
Kalinga Sena Stages Dharna: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Kalinga-Sena-Stages-Dharna/2015/02/23/article2682525.ece
Farmers, trade unions gear up for protest against LARR: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/farmers-trade-unions-gear-up-for-protest-against-larr/article6924259.ece
Forest college students withdraw fast: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/forest-college-students-withdraw-fast/article6923478.ece
Powerloom sector to hold protest: http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/powerloom-sector-hold-protest-402
Odisha anganwadi workers demand regularisation of jobs, more wages: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/odisha-anganwadi-workers-demand-regularisation-of-jobs-more-wages/article6923195.ece?ref=tpnews
Residents to protest against rail corridor: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150223/nation-current-affairs/article/residents-protest-against-rail-corridor
Villagers garner support for hunger strike at Calangute: http://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/Villagers-garner-support-for-hunger-strike-at-Calangute/85239.html
Jaitley asks bank employees not to participate in strike: http://www.bilkulonline.com/business/trade-industry/8529-jaitley-asks-bank-employees-not-to-participate-in-strike
PhD student on hunger strike for hike in stipends: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/PhD-student-on-hunger-strike-for-hike-in-stipends/articleshow/46327034.cms
Left parties announce protests against Rajasthan government over power tariff hike: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46332737.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
Modi Government May Revise Land Acquisition Bill Ahead of Anna Hazare’s Protest: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Modi-Government-May-Revise-Land-Acquisition-Bill-Ahead-of-Anna-Hazares-Protest/2015/02/21/article2680116.ece
Construction workers seek better service facilities: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/construction-workers-seek-better-service-facilities/article6921628.ece
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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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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. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/protest
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. http://www.asianage.com/hyderabad/emaar-victims-seek-justice-885
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. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/land-stir-against-bhandara-power-plant-intensifies
‘There are many challenges, including land acquisition’ V. RISHI KUMAR, VINAY KAMATH
At least 14 people have died and 25 others have been injured after a passenger train collided with a goods train in Andhra Pradesh today.The collision occurred at around 3:15 this morning when the Hampi Express, travelling from Hubli to Bangalore, rammed a stationary goods train near Penneconda station in Anantapur district.
The Indian Railways one of the largest carries in India which transports more 30 million passengers a day also accounts for more than 15% world’s train accidents. The latest one happened today in the early morning in which at least 18 people are reported to be killed and several injured. http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/andhra-pradesh-train-accident-18-dead-25-injured-many-feared-trapped-213946?pfrom=home-lateststories