Three dead, two injured while conducting illegal mining in Kosi river

At least three laborers lost their lives and two were injured after being buried under soil while conducting an illegal mining in Kosi river in Uttarakhand’s Bazpur. Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court directed the government to put an end to illegal mining in the Kosi river, however, there have been constant reports of such activities being conducted on the banks of the river.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Punjab and Haryana HC issues notice to Punjab govt, Mohali police on illegal mining

THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Punjab government and Mohali police on a plea seeking directions to halt the alleged extensive illegal mining being carried out at Salempur Khurd and Siana Majra villages. The plea alleged the mining was being done in “collusion and connivance with the authorities”, including Mohali’s mining officer.

The plea filed by a resident of Mohali alleged that sarpanch of Salempur Khurd along with his associates has been doing illegal mining in the villages in about 100 acres of land and “are excavating minerals like sand, clay, earth, gravel, gataka, without any permission from the concerned authorities, and in violation of the provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and the Punjab Minor Mineral Rules, 2013”.

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Courtesy: The Indian Express

Centre wants to dilute environment clearance norms for irrigation projects, mining of 47 minerals

The central government wants to dilute environmental clearance regulations for irrigation projects and the mining of 47 minerals, including sand, marble, limestone and brick earth.

In a draft notification issued on December 18, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has proposed that projects irrigating up to 5,000 hectares be exempted from environment clearance. Currently, all projects irrigating over 2,000 hectares require the clearance from the Centre or the state government concerned.

The ministry also wants state governments to get greater responsibility for assessing environmental impact of irrigation projects. Under the proposed norms, state authorities would be able to clear projects irrigating up to 50,000 hectares instead of the current 10,000 hectares. Projects irrigating over 50,000 hectares would require clearance from the Centre.

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Courtesy: Scroll.in

Amendments to Land Acquisition Act opposed

VIJAYAWADA: The State-level meeting of the Bhu Porata Hakkula Samithi (BPHS) has opined that the Centre has asked the State government make changes in the Land Acquisition Bill as it could not directly do that. The BPHS held a State-level meeting at Hanumantharaya Library on Friday against the amendments to Land Acquisition Act, 2013 demanding its withdrawal.

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Courtesy: The New Indian Express

ACB has diluted Himmavu land acquisition case, says Vishwanath

Mysuru: Former MP and JD(S) leader AH Vishwanath charged the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) with diluting the case pertaining to the acquisition of 841 acres at Himmavu village at Nanjanjgud taluk in Mysuru.
Alleging that the decision of the state government to hand over the investigation to ACB when JD(S) leader GT Devegowda was its president was politically motivated, Vishwanath added, “Let the ACB conduct an independent investigation into Himmavu land acquisition deal. The real face of several top leaders will get exposed. Chief minister Siddaramaiah has issued oral directions to ACB to dilute the Himmavu land acquisition case.”

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Courtesy: The Times of India

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