‘I am asking for votes on basis of development I have brought to Gadchiroli’

The Hindu | Sharad Vyas | April 9, 2019

BJP MP refutes allegations of not visiting constituency in five years; wants to introduce tax holiday package for industries

The inaccessible terrain of the Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district poses a challenge to every politician looking to cover the last mile before the elections. The BJP’s sitting MP from the district, Ashok Nete, not only faces the onerous task of reaching his voters in remote regions under control of the Left Wing Extremism, but he must counter the anti-incumbency wave to win a second term in the Lok Sabha. Here he counters the charges: Read more

SC declines urgent hearing of PIL against mining leases for 358 iron ore mines

Business Standard | April 8, 2019

The Supreme Court Monday declined urgent hearing of a PIL seeking quashing of allotment, extension or continuation of leases to firms for mining iron ore from over 358 mines across the country without any fresh evaluation.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told advocate M L Sharma, who filed the PIL, that the plea would come up for hearing in due course and urgent hearing was not needed. Read more

Watch | Sadak Se Sansad: How Meghalaya’s Coal Mafia Strikes Terror

The Wire Staff | March 07, 2019

In this ground report from Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, we portrays the travails of the poor whose land has been forcibly taken to do rat-hole mining.

The ‘Sadak Se Sansad’ team visited Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district to portray the travails of the residents whose land has been forcibly taken by the powerful to do rat-hole mining in spite of a ban by the NGT and the Supreme Court.

Mining has not only taken away their traditional means of livelihood – agriculture – but has also contaminated their sources of drinking water. While the rich buy water, the poor have to walk several kilometres every day to look for clean water to drink and wash clothes.

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Mining stoppage a bane of Sanvordem

Samir Bhat | NT | April 8, 2019

Curchorem: The ban on mining has hampered most businesses in Sanvordem village. Many villagers who had purchased trucks by availing loans from banks and cooperative credit societies are left in the lurch. Hotels, shops, bars and other establishments are experiencing low business.

Demanding start of mining activities at any cost, dependants had staged a strike for several days at the Tisk Sanvordem. Read more

Over 19 million kids in Bangladesh at risk from climate change

Down To Earth || Kiran Pandey, Madhumita Paul || 05 April 2019

UNICEF report says nearly 86% of these children living in 17 districts are under threat from floods and cyclones

More than 19 million children in Bangladesh, from 20 of the country’s 64 districts, are most vulnerable to the disastrous consequences of climate change, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a new report.

Over five million of them are under the age of five and the changing climate is already undermining their lives and diminishing their prospects for a better future. Children staying on the coastline facing the Bay of Bengal and several more remote inland areas are the most vulnerable, notes the report. Read more

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