Updates on Coal, Energy, Land, Water and Forest: 30 May 2016

A.Coal and Energy

Auction of coal linkages for sponge iron sector on Tuesday:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52488019.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
Deconstructing latest NC coal ash controversy: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article80534322.html
Reliance Power net profit up 16 percent in Q4 http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-68909.html
Big News on Coal Ash Pollution, in North Carolina and Beyond http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2016/05/big-news-coal-ash-pollution-north-carolina-and-beyond
Govt to put 17 non-coal mines on the block again http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-to-put-17-non-coal-mines-on-the-block-again-116052701295_1.html
Coal India exploring export opportunity to Bangladesh:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52458663.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
NTPC opens Pakri-Barwadih coal mining project : http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/ntpc-opens-pakri-barwadih-coal-mining-project_6755921.html?utm_source=ref_article
Adani Power’s expansion at Mundra hits green hurdle:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Adani-Powers-expansion-at-Mundra-hits-green-hurdle/articleshow/52445017.cms?utm_source=toimobile&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=referral
Mega Power Plant. Mega Violations : http://x.rappler.com/x/NGO%20Forum%20on%20ADB/1464308617977-Mega-Power-Plant-Mega-Violations.
India’s CIL starts auctioning of coal linkages for sponge iron sector http://www.platts.com/latest-news/coal/newdelhi/indias-cil-starts-auctioning-of-coal-linkages-27592210
World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Faces Wider Ban on Coal Investments: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-22/world-s-biggest-wealth-fund-faces-wider-ban-on-coal-investments
India to merge underground coal mines to deploy longwall mining methods http://www.miningweekly.com/article/india-to-merge-underground-coal-mines-to-deploy-longwall-mining-methods-2016-05-25/rep_id:3650
Concerns about water quality near abandoned coal mines surface http://newschannel9.com/news/local/concerns-about-water-quality-near-abandoned-coal-mines-surface
Odisha objects to Polavaram project: http://www.thestatesman.com/news/odisha/odisha-objects-to-polavaram-project/144429.html
Some G7 Countries Still Providing Billions in Financing for Coal Plants: Findings from Our New Report: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/han-chen/some-g7-countries-still-providing-billions-financing-coal-plants
Displaced 35 Years Ago, One Man Fights For A Piece Of His Land:http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2016/05/displaced-35-years-ago-one-man-fights-for-piece-his-land
Landmark judgment for power sector: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/vinayak-chatterjee-landmark-judgment-for-power-sector-116052301711_1.html#.V0QX-v1Xv3I.
Sasan: State goes to SC against APTEL decision: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Sasan-State-goes-to-SC-against-APTEL-decision/articleshow/52409875.cms
Cheap Coal Historically Powered Development. India Could Carve Out A New Growth Model. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ucenergy/2016/05/26/cheap-coal-historically-powered-development-india-could-carve-out-a-new-growth-model/#41738a6359a2


SAARC Development Fund, ADB ink pact for co-financing projects: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/saarc-development-fund-adb-ink-pact-for-cofinancing-projects/article8637209.ece
World Bank loan rules to stress long-term effects: http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/World-Bank-loan-rules-to-stress-long-term-effects?n_cid=NARAN012
India signs $100 million loan agreement with World Bank: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/s2OGHannuY4XmLkaMD5saJ/India-signs-100-million-loan-agreement-with-World-Bank.html
Japan slammed for funding coal plants in PHL, other countries: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/567576/news/world/japan-slammed-for-funding-coal-plants-in-phl-other-countries#sthash.M2UA0PlI.dpuf
Asian Development Bank to fund Vizag Smart City project http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/260516/asian-development-bank-to-fund-vizag-smart-city-project.html
Japan will support Bangaldesh for Matarbari coal-based power plant and Dhaka Metro Railhttp://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/tokyo-renews-pledge-give-dhaka-6b-1231042
Another budget without World Bank budget support http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/may/29/another-budget-without-world-bank-budget-support
Japan Minister Endorses Two Coal-Power Plants North of Tokyo:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-27/japan-minister-endorses-two-coal-power-plants-north-of-tokyo
Jaitley to meet key investors during 6-day Japan visit: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/arun-jaitley-to-meet-key-investors-during-6day-japan-visit/article8656332.ece?homepage=true
The China-backed AIIB and ADB had signed an agreement in Germany for co-financing the 64-kilometer-long in Pakistan http://tribune.com.pk/story/1111644/shorkot-khanewal-portion-asian-lenders-co-finance-section-m4/
Bank of Baroda recovers Rs 3,200 credit from non performing loans in Q4: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/banking-finance/bank-of-baroda-claws-back-rs-3200-cr-in-non-performing-loans/267857/
Andhra Pradesh government, IL&FS form JV company for urban infrastructure projects http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/andhra-pradesh-urban-infrastructure-projects-get-big-boost-heres-how/267902/
NAYA RAIPUR CAN EXPECT FUNDING BONANZA IN ‘SMART CITY’ PROJECThttp://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/raipur/naya-raipur-can-expect-funding-bonanza-in-smart-city-project.html


Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 30 November, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Coal mine bid thrown out in big win for Hunter Valley horse studs: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/coal-mine-bid-thrown-out-in-big-win-for-hunter-valley-horse-studs/story-fni0cx4q-1227626114003
  2. PH activists slam govt push for coal: https://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/11/29/15/ph-activists-slam-govt-push-for-coal
  3. Peabody Energy to sell New Mexico and Colorado coal mines for $358m The Spoked Blog http://thespokedblog.com/2015/11/27/peabody-energy-to-sell-new-mexico-and-colorado-coal-mines/
  4. Coal auction: Government to meet potential bidders this week :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49968291.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. How finance ministers could fall in love with carbon pricing: https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/how-finance-ministers-could-fall-in-love-with-carbon-pricing
  6. BJP kowtowing to diktats of international finance capital, alleges Left :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49963074.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  7. Commonwealth sets up US$1 billion green finance facility: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/commonwealth-sets-up-us-1/2300472.html
  8. Climate finance fundamentals 1: the principles and criteria of public climate finance: http://www.odi.org/publications/5158-climate-finance-fundamentals-1-principles-criteria-public-climate-finance
  9. Japan’s SoftBank to set up solar project at Bhadrawati: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Nagpur/Japans-SoftBank-to-set-up-solar-project-at-Bhadrawati/articleshow/49965083.cms
  10. Working on policy to provide electricity in hamlets: Power Minister Piyush Goyal:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49964280.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  11. Clean coal unlikely in Australia, says Hunt: http://www.afr.com/business/mining/clean-coal-unlikely-in-australia-says-hunt-20151126-gl8lk0
  12. Letter: It’s time to move state from coal toward solar: http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-opinion/article/Letter-It-s-time-to-move-state-from-coal-toward-6661893.php
  13. Transporting coal via waterways can save Rs 10,000 crore annually: Nitin Gadkari :http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49959544.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  14. Paris climate talks: Through the smog, coal-hungry India sees ‘carbon imperialism’ in the West: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/12022821/Paris-climate-talks-Through-the-smog-coal-hungry-India-sees-carbon-imperialism-in-the-West.html
  15. COP21: DIRTY COAL REMAINS IMPORTANT EU ENERGY SUPPLIER: http://euranetplus-inside.eu/cop21-dirty-coal-remains-important-eu-energy-supplier/
  16. Climate talks start Monday: Paris hosts world for the earth – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/climate-talks-start-tomorrow-paris-hosts-world-for-the-earth/#sthash.KWX2BTKZ.dpuf
  17. India pledges $2.5 million aid for small Commonwealth nations to combat climate change: http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/india-pledges-2-5-million-aid-for-small-commonwealth-nations-to-combat-climate-change-1169983.html?utm_source=IBN%20News
  18. Commonwealth wants ‘ambitious’, legally-binding climate talks in Paris: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Commonwealth-wants-ambitious-legally-binding-climate-talks-in-Paris/articleshow/49966683.cms
  19. India: Wants climate finance window open for developing countries: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-wants-climate-finance-window-open-for-developing-countries-115112700947_1.html
  20. Canada delays decision on nuclear waste storage project: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/2015/11/28/canada-delays-decision-nuclear-waste-storage-project/76496748/
  21. Villages pass resolution against Jaitapur project: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/villages-pass-resolution-against-jaitapur-project/article7928336.ece


  1. ADB says PH faces deadlier typhoons: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/132933/adb-says-ph-faces-deadlier-typhoons
  2. PM to satisfy smaller provinces on CPEC: http://nation.com.pk/national/29-Nov-2015/pm-to-satisfy-smaller-provinces-on-cpec
  3. Plan to raise spend by 285% will transform railways: Morgan Stanley: http://wap.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/plan-to-raise-spend-by-285-will-transform-railways-morgan-stanley-115112800462_1.html
  4. Zambia launches construction of China-aided hydro-power project: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6695820/2015/11/28/zambia-launches-construction-china-aided-hydro-power-project
  5. What India Can Learn From UK’s PFI Experience: http://swarajyamag.com/economy/what-india-can-learn-from-uks-pfi-experience/
  6. IFC, OPIC finance Cap des Biches power plant to boost energy supply in Senegal: http://en.starafrica.com/news/ifc-opic-finance-cap-des-biches-power-plant-to-boost-energy-supply-in-senegal.html
  7. Brics bank may give first loans to India, China in their currencies: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/brics-bank-may-give-first-loans-to-india-china-in-their-currencies/171513/
  8. Indonesia Proposes 3 Candidates for AIIB Directors Board: http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2015/11/27/056722822/Indonesia-Proposes-3-Candidates-for-AIIB-Directors-Board
  9. Indonesia seeks first loan from AIIB: http://www.kinibiz.com/story/finance/203101/indonesia-seeks-first-loan-from-aiib.html

BJP debates forming minority government in Maharashtra

http://scroll.in/article/684587/BJP-debates-forming-minority-government-in-MaharashtraBJP debates forming minority government in Maharashtra
One section of saffron party favours forming government with outside support of NCP and independents.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party inches close to forming a government in Maharashtra, a sharp division has appeared in the leadership as to whether the party should go alone with the outside support of independents and the Nationalist Congress Party or whether it should enter into a coalition with Shiv Sena.

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Invites Suggestions of Public on Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade


Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Invites Suggestions of Public on Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade

The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, headed by ShriShanta Kumar, M.P., Rajya Sabha has taken up the subject of “Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade” for examination and report.

2. The Committee has decided to invite views/suggestions/comments from individuals/ experts/ institutions/ organizations/ stake-holders interested in the subject matter. The views/ suggestions/ comments may, inter alia, focus on issues like assistance/ support/ facilities available to the Indian exporters/ importers, policy interventions required for strengthening the inherent capacity of MSME sector and facilitating bank and market access to the sector for foreign trade; structural reforms required in the foreign trade mechanism to make it risk-free and enable it to become priority sector for loan and finances; ways and means to infuse competitiveness to our production process and promote export of finished goods rater than raw material; infrastructural bottlenecks hampering efficient foreign trade; banking reforms desirable to facilitate low interest loans for the purpose of foreign trade, regulatory framework required to oversee the growth of foreign trade and check unfair practices; streamlining of various scheme/ incentives being offered by the Government, coordination between customs and DGFT authorities on foreign trade related policies/ schemes, co-opting State Governments to promote foreign trade; efficacy of Export Promotion Councils (EPCs), Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) to promote foreign trade, etc. The aforementioned issues are only indicative and not exhaustive.

3. Those desirous of submitting their views and suggestions to the Committee may send their written memoranda (either in English or Hindi) on the above subject to Shri J. Sundriyal, Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room no. 201, Second Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-110006 (Tel.: 23034541) or e-mail atsundrial@sansad.nic.in, rsc-comm@sansad.nic.in with thirty days from the date of publication of this PressCommunique. Those willing to give oral evidence before the Committee, besides sending Memoranda,are requested to indicate so. However, the decision of the Committee, in the regard, shall be final.

4. The memoranda submitted to the Committee would form a part of the records of the Committee and will be treated as confidential. These are not to be disclosed to anyone, till the report of the Committee is presented to Parliament, violation of which would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee.

Rajya Sabha Secretariat Parliament of India, New Delhi, 4.11.2013


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The High Court of Delhi has quashed the Central Government order of suspending the account of INSAF

Dear friends

Greetings from Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti

The High Court of Delhi has quashed the Central Government order of suspending the account of INSAF dated 30.04.2013 as the Central Government had neither issued any notice of hearing/show-cause notice in terms of sub-section (2) of Section 14 nor had it initiated any enquiry in terms of the section. The Court also noted that the order initiated by the Central Government showed its failureto record the reasons which necessitated suspension of the certificate in terms of sub-section (1) of Section 13 of the Act. The use of the word ‘may’ conceived as not mandatory requirement to furnish reasons is wholly misconceived noted the judge.

“In other words, the Central Government may or may not suspend the certificate of an organization, pending consideration of cancellation of the said certificate but, if the Government decides to suspend such certificate it can be done only for reasons to be recorded and such reasons, in my view, need to be incorporated in the suspension order itself so that the organization is in a position to know what were the reasons which impelled the Government to suspend its registration and in case the organization feels that certificate has been suspended for the reasons which are not envisaged under sub-section (1) of Section 13 or are not otherwise cogent, objective and transparent, it can challenge such suspension by way of appropriate proceedings. Such reasons cannot be given, by way of extraneous evidence at a later stage. In the absence of reasons, it would not be possible for the organization to challenge the suspension.”

This is definitely a small victory for the Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti.

On behalf of Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti

Ashok Choudhary, Anil Choudhary

Massive Padyatra (Footmarch) in Gujarat

You may be aware of the long struggle waged by those who sacrificed their life and land for Sardar Sarovar Project. There are many serious outstanding issues even today. The 6 villages that first lost their lands for Kevadia Colony have not been considered Project-Affected, rehabilitation and resettlement of those upstream of the dam in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh was never satisfactorily accomplished, there have been massive cost over runs, farmers have been penalised for accessing water they were promised – destroying the very

raison d’ etre of the Sardar Sarovar Project. Worse, water has been diverted for urban and industrial use.

As if all this was not enough the Government is trying to go one up on the Statue of Liberty by constructing a statue of Sardar Patel at a massive cost of Rs. 2500 crore. And 16 villages have been brought under the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA), basically to promote Saturday-Sunday Tourism for those living in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat and other places. The Government now wants to extend KADA to 68 villages.


People of these villages are now becoming aware and have conducted an effective awareness campaign speaking to Sardar Sarovar tourists, distributing leaflets etc.

A padyatra has been organised in the KADA area from 28th September to 1st October ’13. At least 9 teams will march from village to village 28th Sept onwards.

We invite you to join the Padyatra and support the struggle of these 70 villages.

Lakhan Musafir Dipen Desai