NLC India Ltd has invited applications from global companies to set up 250 MW solar photo-voltaic power projects in Odisha.
The status 35 coal blocks in the states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh allocated to the companies like Hindalco Industries, Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd, NTPC, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), JSW Steel will be reviewed on December 21, the official said.
CBI had registered the case for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the IPC and under section of the Prevention of Corruption Act against PSPL, its officials, Kanungo and other unknown persons.
The Union Cabinet approved the massive line expansion programme that includes nine projects of track construction for a total length of 1937.38 km at an estimated cost of Rs 20867.24 crore, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The company received a letter from the Government of India, Ministry of Coal stating that the Competent Authority has approved allotment of Brahmani coal block located in the state of Odisha to the company for commercial mining.
A special court on Tuesday fixed August 11 for consideration on framing of charges against a Ranchi-based company, its three directors and others in a coal scam case for allegedly misrepresenting facts to bag a Jharkhand coal block.
Coal production in India has seen a significant rise from FY10 to FY16, and the total domestic output is now at 626 million tonnes, of which 90 percent comes from public sector coal producers while the private sector contributes 10 percent, says the report.
"Ministry of coal, on February 8, has conveyed allotment of Talabira-II & III coal mines in Odisha to NLC by Competent Authority," the state-owned lignite mining and power generation company said in its filing.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar summoned HEPL, its two Directors, Ujjal Kumar Upadhaya and Bikash Mukherjee, and its senior official N C Chakraborty for the alleged offences under sections 120-B(criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of IPC. block in West Bengal.
One of the defence counsel also sought some documents from the agency, saying the material supplied to him along with the final report were not legible.
CBI claims the screening committee, headed by HC Gupta, had recommended allocation of Brahmapuri coal block in MP to PSMPL despite the fact that the state government and steel ministry had not recommended the firm for allocation of the block
Besides Gupta, the court granted bail to two senior public servants, K S Kropha and K C Samria, Brahmani Thermal Power Pvt Ltd (BTPPL) chairman, P Trivikrama Prasad and its vice chairman Y Harish Chandra Prasad
All these accused did not plead guilty to the charge framed against them and claimed trial after which the fixed the matter for August 17 for admission/denial of documents by them.
A special court will on Friday pronounce its order on CBI's final probe report filed in a coal scam case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda and others.
CBI on Thursday told a special court it had not yet received any communication from Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on the issue of sanction to prosecute two senior public servants for their alleged roles in a coal block allocation scam case.
The decision was taken by the board of trustees (BOT) of the Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO) in its meeting, chaired by Coal Secretary Anil Swarup, who is the Chairman of BOT, in Kolkata yesterday.
With optimistic view on demand recovery and slowing capacity additions, expect cement industry utilization to improve in FY17, which will help the industry to pass on the potential cost increase to consumers. The development is however sentimentally negative", says Edelweiss.
The ministry rebuttal of 25 May 2015 says mining leases have been â€œwronglyâ€ termed as permits. The government further claims that the Supreme Court did not â€œhandâ€ over the cancelled coal blocks to Coal India Ltd.
The judge did not disclose who the lawyer was but warned of serious action if it is repeated. The judge also directed all the defence lawyers that only those who have filed vakalatnama will be allowed to appear before the court.
The Committee further emphasised that the Coal ministry should not ignore the environmental and forestary requirements of mining projects, Standing Committee on Coal and Steel said in a report.
CBI in its charge sheet today, largely based on the facts mentioned in its FIR, has kept the investigation against public servants open, indicating that it has failed to conclusively establish their role in allowing the allocation.
ArcelorMittal today said it has voluntarily surrendered its stakes in 2 coal blocks, Rampia and Dip side of Rampia, following its decision to exit from the USD 12 billion steel project in Odisha in July last year.
Officers of the Coal Ministry and public sector units, who were connected with the allotment of coal blocks, joining private mining companies after retirement raises serious doubts over their being impartial when they were associated with the process of allotment of coal blocks, Par panel said.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice R L Lodha said that the companies which invested money on blocks without getting all clearances took the decision at their own risk. "They (companies) must suffer consequences no matter how much investment has been made by them.
The government is likely to soon appoint three more independent directors on the board of the world's largest coal producer, Coal India Ltd (CIL).