क्या बुलेट ट्रेन परियोजना का मौजूदा प्लान किसान ही नहीं बल्कि जापान के साथ भी धोखा है?

एक केंद्र शासित प्रदेश (दादरा नगर हवेली), दो राज्य (गुजरात, महाराष्ट्र), 312 गांव, 850 हेक्टेयर जमीन, पांच हजार से ज्यादा किसान परिवार और एक प्रोजेक्ट यानी बुलेट ट्रेन. बीते साल जापान के प्रधानमंत्री शिंजो आबे के साथ मिलकर इस प्रोजेक्ट का उद्घाटन करने के बाद प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने कहा था कि बुलेट ट्रेन भारत को एक नई रफ्तार देगी. उनका यह भी कहना था कि यूरोप से लेकर चीन तक हाईस्पीड ट्रेनों ने अर्थव्यवस्था में एक अहम भूमिका निभाई है.

लेकिन अपनी शुरुआत से ही मोदी सरकार की यह महत्वाकांक्षी परियोजना चर्चाओं से ज्यादा विवादों में घिरी रही है. इसके ऐलान के बाद से ही कई सामाजिक और किसान संगठन – फिलहाल इसकी जरूरत, जापान से मिलने वाले कर्ज की ब्याज की दर और इसके लिए भूमि अधिग्रहण के तरीकों पर बड़े सवाल उठाते रहे हैं. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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