Ensure basic rights of tribals: NCST to Odisha government

The Indian Express | March 20, 2023

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has asked the Odisha government to ensure basic human rights and justice to tribals residing in more than 45 villages bordering West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Taking cognisance of a petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer and rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy, the apex panel for tribal rights has issued notice to chief secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena seeking a detailed reply within 15 days.

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Locals stop soil testing work for steel plant in Odisha

The Indian Express | March 18, 2023

Villagers alleged that without taking the consent of locals, some officials of the steel company started soil testing work on the village land.

KENDRAPARA: Opposing the government’s decision to hand over land to ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel (AM/NS) for construction of a steel plant in Mahakalapada block, a large number of villagers stopped the soil testing work of the company at Hariabanka here on Friday.

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India & World Bank signs loan agreement for construction of Green National Highway Corridors Project in 4 States

National News, March 16, 2023

India and the World Bank have signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Green National Highway Corridors Project in four States. These States are Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The agreement has been signed for the construction of 781 kilometers in these States, with loan assistance of 500 million dollars.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said, the total project cost is over seven thousand 662 crore rupees. He said, the objective of the Green National Highway Corridors Project is to demonstrate safe and green highways keeping in view climate resilience and use of green technologies.

Goans are owners of the State’s natural resources: Claude

Herald Goa | March 16, 2023

Informs that a whopping Rs 32,805 cr will be deposited in Permanent Mineral Fund from e-auctioning of four mining leases following SC verdict

PANJIM: Claiming that the people of Goa are owners of the State’s natural resources, Goa Foundation director Dr Claude Alvares on Wednesday informed that a whopping Rs 32,805 crore will be deposited in the Permanent Mineral Fund from e-auctioning of four mining leases following Supreme Court verdict.

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Peru’s Amazon-defending technologies

Dialogo Chino | Feb 22, 2023

From radar to an Indigenous early-warning system, Peru is finding innovative ways to protect its rainforest

The Amazon is on red alert. In Peru, land speculators, illegal loggers and gold prospectors are destroying the rainforest at an accelerating rate. In 2020, deforestation reached its highest levels in two decades, according to official figures.

As these threats grow in strength, organisations from around the world are coming together to employ new technologies to protect the Amazon, putting them in the hands of environmental defenders – the people who live in and depend on the lungs of the world.

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