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

Chhattisgarh’s Korba district has a livelihood plan for mining-affected families

In a move that can improve the lives of families directly affected by mining, district authorities of Korba, Chhattisgarh’s coal and thermal power hub, have initiated a resource-based plan that can ensure sustainable income for hundreds.

This could be the first district in the country to initiate a targeted resource and need-based livelihood plan through the District Mineral Foundation (DMF), and can set a precedent for other mining-affected districts if implemented well. Read more

Courtesy: down to earth

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