SC order may be made pretext to attack lakhs of forest dwellers across the country

Counterview | February 20, 2019

The forest rights organization, Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), has said that the latest Supreme Court order in a case challenging the Forest Rights Act (FRA) is a major blow to the struggle of tribals and forest dwellers for justice and to the homes, lands and livelihoods of millions of our poorest people.

A CSD statement said, the Government of India, for the fourth time in a row, chose not to argue at all in the Court. “As no other party can speak effectively in defense of a law, the version of the petitioners – forest officials, ex-zamindars and a handful of wildlife NGOs – was hence taken to be the truth.” Read more

‘Over-valuation’ of coal imports: DRI moves Supreme Court against Adani Group firms

The Indian Express|| Written by Khushboo Narayan | February 21, 2019

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has moved the Supreme Court against a September 2018 order of the Bombay High Court that granted an interim stay on the use of Letter Rogatory (LR) by the agency to obtain information from foreign jurisdictions for its probe into the alleged over-valuation of Indonesian coal imports by a few firms of the Adani Group.

An LR is a formal request seeking judicial assistance from a foreign country in investigating an offshore entity.

The DRI has filed a special leave petition in the apex court against Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) and Adani Power Ltd and challenged the Bombay High Court order. The agency in its petition in the apex court argued that the high court order will defeat its investigations in all cases pertaining to violations of customs norms. Sources said since the Indian Customs deals with overseas transactions in case of both imports and exports, it will not be able to probe violations if the agency is not allowed to use LR to obtain information from foreign jurisdictions. Read more

Ministry of Coal Signs an MoU With Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland

KhabarIndia|| BY ARUNA SHARMA ||FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Ministry of Coal entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland here today. The MoU has been signed between Sh. Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Mr. Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Suresh Kumar, and Ambassador of Poland HE Mr. Adam Burakowski were present on the occasion,

The objective of this MoU is to foster relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through the already established Joint Coal Working Group as well as research institutes and academia between the two countries covering the following areas. Read more

Now women can work in underground mines, says government

The Indian Express|| Published: February 4, 2019 5:59:59 pm

Women have been allowed to work in underground mines, and would be deployed in open cast mines during night hours also, as part of the government’s efforts to create more employment opportunities for them.

The labour ministry has issued new rules permitting women to work in opencast mines during 7 pm to 6 am.

Earlier, employment of women in underground, opencast mines were restricted under Mines Act, 1952. Read more

Cementing future health problems?

Health Issues India || FEBRUARY 1, 2019 BY NICHOLAS PARRY

For many Indian labourers there is no option but to work in often unclean, unsafe environments. They risk long-term health implications to stave off the potential for immediate health issues due to poverty and malnourishment. More and more case studies spotlight the dangerous work that is undertaken by many Indians simply in order to survive.

Recent reports have shown the high levels of conditions such as silicosis in India’s mining communities or asbestosis among ship breakers. These diseases are being found to be far more prevalent among the poor who work in these environments, a group that is far less likely to be able to afford proper healthcare to address these conditions. Read more

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