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

4 March, 2015 A.Coal & Energy Coal cess 'buffer' for cuts: KCR Lays Foundation for 600 MW Power Plant in Adilabad District: Govt to Begin Second Phase of Coal Block Auction Today: Union Budget lacks policies to encourage innovation: Swamy: Ultra mega power project Nitish government's brainchild: Minister: India to... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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 CREDIT: REUTERS PUBLISHED DATE: 06/12/2012

‘All-out civil war’ looms in Syria

 Kofi Annan, the joint United Nations-Arab 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... Continue Reading →

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.

Massacre in Syrian Village

 Reports of 'massacre' in Syrian village Activists say scores killed in assault by pro-government gangs backed by security forces on village near Hama. Opposition activists in Syria say that pro-government armed groups backed by security forces have killed scores of people in a village in Hama province. Both the Syria's Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist... Continue Reading →

Syrian Kurds flee to Iraq for safety

  A growing number of Syrian-Kurds are heading to neighbouring Iraq to escape the cycle of violence. The Iraqi government has set up a camp in the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdish north to cater for about 2,000 refugees, who hope to return to a new Syria with equal rights. Many of them say they are army... Continue Reading →

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