Aravali hills vanish, SC shocked; experts blame rampant mining

Believe it or not, Aravalis — one of oldest ranges in the world — remain undefined till date, leading to its steady depletion. The Supreme Court recently expressed shock and surprise over how 31 Aravali hills have vanished in Rajasthan with Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta observing: “Humans seem to be flying away with hills just like Hanuman.” Read more

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SC says Sarda Mines guilty of illegal mining in Odisha

According to the Orissa government counsel, SMPL has to pay around Rs 1,938 crore as penalty for illegal mining till now. Sarda Mines had acquired a mining lease for over 947.046 hectare for 20 years from 2001 to 2021 for Thakurani iron ore mine in Keonjhar in Odisha, but the environment clearance was granted only in 2004. Read more

Courtesy: Financial express

Two Held In Agnes Attack Case

SHILLONG: Two persons were arrested on Friday in connection with the brutal attack on CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing and her companion Amita Sangma in East Jaintia Hills.
East Jaintia Hills SP Sylvester Nongtnger in a statement said the suspects, Elphon Dkhar and Meklison Siangshai, were arrested during a pre-dawn raid in the Kongong area.
Nongtnger said a suo motu case was taken up by police since the victims were not in a condition to file an FIR. Read more

Courtesy: The Shillong Times

Ground Report: Illegal Mining in Aravali Has Not Stopped Despite SC Ban

Last month, when the Supreme Court ordered the Rajasthan government to ensure that all illegal mining in the Aravali region was stopped within 48 hours, one man had doubts whether mining companies and contractors would comply. Haribol baba, a sadhu-activist who has been fighting against illegal mining in Aravali for more than 15 years, knew that the nexus between politicians, contactors and bureaucrats was too strong. Read more

Courtest: The Wire

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