Police Take Three Rights Activists Into Custody, Raid Others’ Homes Across Cities

Mumbai: Police teams from different states are reported to have launched simultaneous raids at the homes of several people in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Goa and Hyderabad, including activists, priests, writers and lawyers.

Human rights advocate Sudha Bharadwaj’s home was raided and she was taken into custody this morning, sources told The Wire. According to the FIR, Bharadwaj has been charged under Sections 153a, 505, 117 and 120 of the IPC. Orders for the arrest came from Swargate police station, Pune, according to the police, and five policemen from Pune were part of the team that went to her house. Read more

Courtesy: The Wire

मोदी सरकार का एक और नया कारनामा : 10 हफ़्तों के भीतर 289 एकड़ जमीन अनिल अंबानी के हवाले

अनिल अंबानी की राफेल के मामले में हिम्मत इतनी बढ़ गयी है कि वह कांग्रेस को लीगल नोटिस भेज रहे हैं उनका कहना है कि कांग्रेस अपनी जुबान काबू में रखे लेकिन सच मानिये इस मामले में कांग्रेस की भी पूरी गलती है !

गलती ये है कि उसने सिर्फ रॉफेल डील पर ही क्यों सवाल उठाए हैं दरअसल अनिल अंबानी की कम्पनी रिलायंस डिफेंस की हर डील में खुला भ्रष्टाचार दिखाई देता है जो मोदी सरकार के साथ के बिना संभव ही नही था इसलिए कांग्रेस को तो हर डील पर सवाल उठाने चाहिए थे ?

आज अम्बानी राहुल को पत्र लिखकर बोलते हैं कि भारत जो 36 राफेल जेट विमान फ्रांस से खरीद रहा है, उन विमानों के एक रुपये मूल्य के एक भी कलपुर्जे का विनिर्माण अम्बानी समूह द्वारा नहीं किया जाएगा. Read more

Courtesy: Sangharsh Samvad

‘Government and industry take Adivasis’ land for development projects but ignore their interests’

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has been quite proactive in the last few months. It has prevailed upon the central government to withdraw orders that it thought “diluted” tribal rights, asked states to return “unfairly acquired tribal lands”, and reminded governors of their powers to protect Adivasis. Speaking to Scroll.in, the commission’s secretary Raghav Chandra explains why Adivasis in several parts of the country are upset with the projects coming up on their land and how the commission has come to play a central role on matters concerning Adivasis. Excerpts: Read more

Courtesy: Scroll.in

India’s mining-based development: Economic prosperity hasn’t percolated to local people

A joint delegation of civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P) led by mm&P chairperson Rebbapragada Ravi and general secretary Ashok Shrimali met MPs of several political parties and minister of state of state for coal and mines Haribhai Chaudhary to apprise them of issues faced by the people in the mining areas. Text of the memorandum submitted by them:

India currently produces 89 minerals out of which four are fuel minerals, 11 metallic, 52 non- metallic and 22 minor minerals. Mining for fuel, metallic and non-metallic industrial minerals is currently undertaken in almost half of India’s districts. Post-Independence, mining has been considered as one of the main industries that generate high revenues considering that India is significantly endowed with mineral resources. In our country mining based development is considered to be directly proportional to economic prosperity at all levels — be it national or local. But that has not been the case! Read more

Courtesy: Counterview.org

Assembly resolution on mining against SC order: Panel to MPs

Panaji: A delegation of Mines, Minerals and People met MPs across party lines in New Delhi and explained how the private member resolution passed in the Goa assembly will handover mining leases to the same leaseholders, who had carried out illegal mining till the Supreme court intervened.

The body is an alliance of organisations, groups and individuals which has a network in 26 states. Delegation member Ravindra Velip said the delegation explained how the proposed amendments will bypass Supreme Court’s two judgments and only benefit the miners, who carried out illegal mining.

The Goa assembly unanimously passed resolution on August 3 to restart mining activities, which came to an halt on March 15.

Ravindra Velip, member of MM&P said the delegation made the MPs aware about resolution passed in the Goa assembly to amend mining laws so that the earlier leaseholders, who were stopped from carrying out illegal mining, get to continue mining.

He said the delegation explained how the proposed amendments will bypass Supreme Court judgments and only benefit companies who carried out illegal mining. “The MPs were briefed on how a people-oriented policy can lead to sustainable mining. We requested the MPs to raise a demand in Parliament that revenue lost due to illegal mining in Goa be recovered from the leaseholders,” he said.

Courtesy: The Times of India

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