Centre returns Jharkhand’s amendment on land acquisition: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha

RANCHI: The Central government has returned the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Jharkhand Amendment Bill), 2017 which was moved with some amendments from here.

Talking to reporters, Jharkhand Leader of Opposition in assembly and Working President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Hemant Soren on Friday said here the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare had raised its objection over the amendments proposed by the state government in the Act.

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Courtesy: The New Indian Express

Tribal, banjara clash: Security tightened on state border

Chandrapur: The police have tightened security in villages along the state border in Jiwti tehsil here, following rising tension between tribal and banjara (Lambada) communities in neighbouring Telangana state.

The situation is tense in adjacent Adilabad district of Telangana since several days as tribals are demanding exclusion of Lambada (banjaras) from schedule tribe. There are reports of clashes and arson in habitation of both communities. There are a good number of Banjara habitations in tribal dominated Jiwti tehsil along the border area. The repercussion of the row between the two communities in Telangana is being felt in border villages of Jiwti tehsil in Chandrapur district.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Maharashtra govt. forcibly acquiring land for Samruddhi expressway, claims Opposition

The Congress and NCP on Tuesday accused the State government of forcible land acquisition for its ambitious Samruddhi expressway project.

Congress and NCP MLCs listed a question during question hour in the Legislative Council over the alleged betrayal of farmers during land acquisition.

In a written reply to the question, State Public Works (Public Undertaking) Minister Eknath Shinde denied any forcible acquisition, and said the land was being acquired after proper negotiations with farmers.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Eviction notice served on “encroachers” at Ajjore village

Udhagamandalam: Based on an order by the Madras High Court, the forest department has issued notice to 140 encroachers in Ajjore village falling under Kattabettu range of forests in the Nilgiris. The encroached land, defined as reserve forest area in 1985 under Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Forest Act, extends up to nearly 300 acres.
In 1980, over 300 acres of lands in Ajjore village were identified as reserve forest area and a proposal under Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Forest Act 1882 was submitted by the forest department to the district administration. After due perusal by settlement officer, the lands extending up to 298.20 acres, leaving around 12 acres for the public usage of the villagers, was notified under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Forest Act in G O no 279 dated March 7, 1980.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Displaced by Mining, Peru Villagers Spurn Shiny New Town

This remote town in Peru’s southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.

Named Nueva Fuerabamba, it was built to house around 1,600 people who gave up their village and farmland to make room for a massive, open-pit copper mine.

The new hamlet boasts paved streets and tidy houses with electricity and indoor plumbing, once luxuries to the indigenous Quechua-speaking people who now call this place home.

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Courtesy: Voa News

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