News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land Water and Forest: 4 March, 2015

4 March, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Coal cess ‘buffer’ for cuts:
  2. KCR Lays Foundation for 600 MW Power Plant in Adilabad District:
  3. Govt to Begin Second Phase of Coal Block Auction Today:
  4. Union Budget lacks policies to encourage innovation: Swamy:
  5. Ultra mega power project Nitish government’s brainchild: Minister:
  6. India to begin auction of second phase of coal mines on Wednesday:
  7. ‘Govt fails to use green cess to protect environment’:
  8. What is Apple really doing about climate change?:
  9. ‘India to add 1,00,000 MW clean coal tech-based power capacity’:
  10. Power Finance Corp to turn ex-dividend today:
  11. CBI faces court anger after saying it can’t file report due to lack of approval:
  12. Better days ahead for Hindalco
  13. Activist denied info on environment clearance:
  14. Ambitious solar power projects need all round support!:
  15. HK utility CLP eyes China and India for expansion, not Australia:
  16. Modi to Inaugurate Two 600 MW Power Units in MP:
  17. Deforestation impacts monsoon rains, says IISc study:
  18. Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says UK’s climate adviser:
  19. Climate change missions did not see ‘expected’ progress: Govt:
  20. Droughts in Syria and California linked to climate change:
  21. Global warming contributed to Syria’s 2011 uprising, scientists claim:
  22. Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warns:
  23. Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says UK’s climate adviser:
  24. Bank of England warns of huge financial risk from fossil fuel investments:


  1. Objection raised:
  2. Tata Power announces commissioning of Unit 1 of Dagachhu Hydro project in Bhutan:
  3. Telangana to launch e-Panchayats:
  4. Not just NSE: Global stock exchanges too want to set up shop in GIFT City:

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Acquisition lapses if owner not paid on time: SC:
  2. LS clears mining bill amid opposition protest:
  3. SAD passes resolution rejecting land bill:
  4. $95-billion tax benefits for companies, individuals, up 7% :

Bloody fighting in Syria as US pushes for intervention

Heavy fighting and mass casualties were reported Sunday in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital, one day after a conference of major powers in Geneva discussed US demands for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. The scale and intensity of the fighting were unprecedented for the capital city, one of the two main strongholds of the Assad government, along with Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and financial and trading hub.

Fighting breaks out in Syrian capital as Turkey, NATO threaten war

  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared Tuesday that the country was in a state of war as intense fighting erupted in the capital Damascus between the government and opposition forces that are backed by the US. There were also reports of British special operations forces entering the country from neighboring Turkey.
The fighting came the same day as a belligerent speech by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the Turkish parliament, threatening a military response to any Syrian troop movements near the border of the two countries. This followed a meeting of NATO members, including Turkey and the US, to discuss a coordinated response to the downing of a Turkish jet by Syria late last week.

Syria military shoots down Turkish warplane

The Syrian military says it has shot down a Turkish fighter jet “over its territorial waters“, risking a new crisis between Middle Eastern neighbours already at bitter odds over a 16-month-old revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Our air defences confronted a target that penetrated our air space over our territorial waters pre-afternoon on Friday and shot it down. It turned out to be a Turkish military plane,” a statement by the military circulated on state media said. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s office confirmed the incident in which two pilots went missing. Courtesy:

Syrian rebels seize military base

Syrian rebels threaten to fire surface-to-air missiles at President Bashar al-Assad‘s palace after briefly taking control of a key military base
PUBLISHED DATE: 06/12/2012

‘All-out civil war’ looms in Syria

 Kofi Annan, the joint United NationsArab League envoy to Syria, has admitted that his peace plan is failing and that the country’s future will consist of “brutal suppression, massacres, sectarian violence and even all-out civil war” if it continues on its current path. In a speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Annan confirmed that massacres of civilians have taken place in the towns of Houla and al-Qubayr. While not assigning blame for the mass killings, the former UN secretary general said that the government, not the armed opposition, had the “first responsibility” to halt violence.

U.N. monitors try to verify new Syria massacre

  BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.N. monitors tried on Thursday to reach a village where activists say Syrian troops and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad massacred at least 78 villagers, hours before a divided U.N. Security Council discusses Syria