India’s ecological hotspots are on a slow-ticking time bomb

“The impact of the next ecological disaster can be reduced if we take urgent steps,” says noted environmentalist, V.S. Vijayan. A co-author of the Madhav Gadgil committee report on the Western Ghats ecosystem, which has suddenly acquired a new breath of life, Vijayan says development and conservation should go hand in hand. “We are utterly against the sort of development that comes at the cost of exploiting our ecosystem.” Read more

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Study on impact of mining on monuments begins

A team from the National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM), led by its Director H.S. Venkatesh, has commenced work on studying the impact of mining in the vicinity of ancient monuments, including the Sri Kumaraswamy and Sri Parvatidevi temples belonging to the Eighth Century, in Sandur taluk of Ballari district.

The study by NIRM is being carried out at the behest of the State government, following apprehensions by naturalists and environmentalists that mining activities were posing a threat to the ancient temples and the rich bio-diversity of the Sandur forest besides demanding a ban on mining around the ancient temples and declaring it as National Heritage Zone. Read more

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Forest fund rules a blatant breach of assurances, says Jairam Ramesh

Describing it as a “blatant breach of assurances by the government,” former Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has objected to the rules governing the distribution of the Rs. 66,000 crore fund devised to compensate for the loss of forests from industrial development.

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016, and its Rules, specify the kind of projects that would be eligible under the CAF, the composition of the national and State authorities, and how decisions regarding the utilisation of these funds ought to be taken. Read more

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Centre may amend Act to restart mining ops in Goa

PANAJI: The mining sector in the state seems to have got a new lease of life as the group of ministers appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into mining-related issues is likely to put up a proposal in favour of restarting mining in Goa.

A senior officer from the ministry of mines said the group of ministers is likely to recommend to the Union government to amend the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Decalaration as Mining Leases) Act, 1987 that will allow mining operations to continue till 2037.

Mining activities in the state came to halt from March 15 after the Supreme Court in its February 7 order quashed the second renewal of 88 mining leases in the state. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

मोदी सरकार का एक और नया कारनामा : 10 हफ़्तों के भीतर 289 एकड़ जमीन अनिल अंबानी के हवाले

अनिल अंबानी की राफेल के मामले में हिम्मत इतनी बढ़ गयी है कि वह कांग्रेस को लीगल नोटिस भेज रहे हैं उनका कहना है कि कांग्रेस अपनी जुबान काबू में रखे लेकिन सच मानिये इस मामले में कांग्रेस की भी पूरी गलती है !

गलती ये है कि उसने सिर्फ रॉफेल डील पर ही क्यों सवाल उठाए हैं दरअसल अनिल अंबानी की कम्पनी रिलायंस डिफेंस की हर डील में खुला भ्रष्टाचार दिखाई देता है जो मोदी सरकार के साथ के बिना संभव ही नही था इसलिए कांग्रेस को तो हर डील पर सवाल उठाने चाहिए थे ?

आज अम्बानी राहुल को पत्र लिखकर बोलते हैं कि भारत जो 36 राफेल जेट विमान फ्रांस से खरीद रहा है, उन विमानों के एक रुपये मूल्य के एक भी कलपुर्जे का विनिर्माण अम्बानी समूह द्वारा नहीं किया जाएगा. Read more

Courtesy: Sangharsh Samvad

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