Goa allows dirty coal handling facility to restart so it can study how bad the pollution actually is

Goa’s pollution control agency has decided to allow the JSW group to import coal through the state, less than a year after it filed a criminal case against the company and banned its operations for violating air quality laws. A fresh permit, known as “consent to operate”, would be issued to the company to handle four million tonnes of coal each year, the Goa State Pollution Control Board announced on June 29.

The decision is a setback to the growing public movement against the transport of large quantities of coal through the state. Since last year, several village panchayats have passed resolutions demanding that coal handling be banned in the state. Civil society organisations have raised concerns about air pollution as a result of coal dust, the loss of livelihoods this could cause for small fishermen and the risk it could pose to endangered marine species. Read more

Courtesy: Scroll.in

Telangana’s revised District Mineral Foundation Rules to increase political interference

The Telangana government has recently revised its District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Rules, making the institution dominated by politicians, and ousting provisions for any peoples’ involvement, including of the Gram Sabha.

The Rules, which were amended in May-end (and made public in June), have included only Members of Parliament (MP), members of the state legislative assembly (MLA) and legislative council (MLC), in the DMF body.

DMF has been instituted under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act or the MMDR Act, 2015. It has been set up in all mining districts across the country as a non-profit Trust. Its purpose has been clearly spelt under the MMDR Act as “to work for the benefit of people and areas affected by mining-related operations.” The body has a two-tier administrative structure to guide its operation and management, namely the Governing Council and the Managing Committee.  Further, the engagement of people has been insisted upon through Gram Sabhas, which should be made part of identifying DMF beneficiaries, approve works to be done through DMF, and also review work progress.

Telangana is one among the top six states in India with regard to DMF collection, with a total amount of Rs 1,620 crore collected so far. Read more

Courtesy: Down to earth

Vedanta Resources to delist from London Stock Exchange

Vedanta Resources is set to delist from London after the family trust of Anil Agarwal agreed to buy the remaining 33.47% minority stake in the company in a deal that values the company at £2.325 billion. While the company sought to portray the development as a “natural progression,” the move will inevitably be seen amid pressure on the company following the events in Thoothukudi and calls from campaigners and Britain’s Labour Party for the company to be delisted.

In a statement on Monday morning the independent committee of Vedanta’s board — set up to evaluate the proposal — and Volcan, the holding company wholly-owned by Anil Agarwal’s discretionary trust, said they had agreed in principle on the key terms of a possible cash offer for the remaining share capital of Vedanta. The independent committee is set to recommend the offer to independent shareholders, and if accepted, the firm’s delisting could follow within 20 business days of that time. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

…तो एंटी क्लॉक चलने वाली घड़ियों से दूर होंगी दुनिया की समस्याएं!

आदिवासियों के मुताबिक जब तक दुनिया उनकी एंटी क्लॉक चलने वाली घड़ी नहीं अपनाएगी, दुनिया की समस्याएं दूर नहीं होंगी.

आपके घर या दफ्तर में जो घड़ी टंगी है, वो गलत है. आप की कलाई पर जो घड़ी बंधी है, वो गलत है. अब तक आप जिन घड़ियों को सही मानकर वक्त देखा करते थे, वो सब गलत हैं. ये दावा उस आदिवासी समुदाय ने किया है, जिन्होंने सालों पहले हमारी घड़ी को देखना बंद कर दिया है. उन्होंने घड़ी को उल्टा देखना शुरू कर दिया है, और उनकी माने तो उल्टी घड़ी से ही दुनिया का मंगल हो सकता है. Read more

Courtesy: News18 Hindi

China-led, India-supported AIIB funding hyper-inflated infra projects, promoting crony capitalism: Mumbai meet

A civil society-sponsored convention, concluded ahead of the high-profile AIIB (Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank) board meet, to take place on June 25-26 in Mumbai, has sharply criticized the “China-led” international financial institution (IFI), insisting, it “rejects” AIIB claim that it “serves as a healthy and essential alternative to undemocratic IFIs such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Finance Corporation which are controlled by western powers.”

Held in Mumbai on June 21-23, a resolution adopted at the end of the convention said, “The design and structure of the $100 billion AIIB functions equally undemocratically. What is worse, it invests in projects without in any manner complying with necessary environmental and social safeguards. In the process, AIIB is doling out billions of dollars of loans to critical sectors such as energy, road building and urbanization causing extensive negative environmental and social impacts.” Read more

Courtesy: Counterview

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