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What compelled people to opt for NOTA this election

Author(s): Anupam Chakravartty Date:May 24, 2014 In Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal, the total NOTA votes exceeded the victory margin in the constituency NOTA or none-of-the-above option introduced for the first time in this Lok Sabha election, has garnered 5.9 million or 1.1 per cent… Continue Reading →

Odisha – Illegal mining’s ground zero

Author(s): Chitrangada Date:May 6, 2014 Rampant mining for over a decade is altering north Odisha’s Bonai forests, and spurring protests Over the past decade, fuelled by a commodity boom led by exports to China, the iron and manganese ore-rich forests of… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court to probe illegal mining in Odisha

Author(s): Soundaram Ramanathan Date:Apr 23, 2014 Hearing on plea to stay illegal mining to be taken up next Monday. Petitioners argue that the illegally recovered wealth from the miners should be utilised for the development of the backward mining districts in… Continue Reading →

Drug trials: SC pulls up Centre for not compensating victims who suffered severe adverse effects

Kundan Pandey [1] Issue Date: 2014-4-22 Asks government to pay victims and recover the money from pharma companies sponsoring the drug trials later The Supreme Court of India on Monday pulled up the Central government over non-payment of compensation to victims… Continue Reading →

92 per cent voter turnout in panchayat protesting POSCO

Author(s): Ashis Senapati Date:Apr 21, 2014 CPI candidate claims residents angry over forcible acquisition of their land for the steel project voted for him; BJD candidate refutes claim and says majority people support industrialisation Voters queue to vote at Dhinkia primary… Continue Reading →

Women protesting GMR’s hydel project charged with ‘inciting communal riots’ #WTFnews

Author(s): Anupam Chakravartty Date:Apr 14, 2014 Shifting of 15 km-long tunnel and the power house of Bajoli Holi project in Himachal from the right bank of the Ravi river to the left bank will disrupt lives and forest rights of tribal… Continue Reading →

#India Elections – 50 villages boycott polls, demanding forest rights, in Gadchiroli

Date:Mar 30, 2014 Separate Aheri district, basic facilities are other demands Samna Vijja Uike of village Koindvarshi says people in his village have been waiting for years for pattas under FRA and no one knows what is the status of… Continue Reading →

Air pollution killed 7 million in 2012, says WHO #healthcare

Author(s): Vibha Varshney  Date:Mar 25, 2014 Revised estimates double number of deaths attributed to air pollution Photo by Amit Shankar Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. A new estimate by the World Health Organization (WHO) says… Continue Reading →

Telangana betrays its tribals

Author(s): M Suchitra Mar 15, 2014 |  Compromises on Polavaram; agrees to exclude villages facing submergence from new state People protest against the Polavaram project in V R Puram block in Khammam district. All 42 revenue villages in this block will be totally submerged… Continue Reading →

Maharashtra Village gets community rights over forest submerged by dam

Author(s): Aparna Pallavi  Date:Feb 10, 2014 A portion of reservoir given for management and fishing In what could prove to be an important precedent for the implementation of Forest Rights Act, a Korku tribal village has received community forest rights (CFR)… Continue Reading →

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