भारी पुलिस व्यवस्था के बीच शुरू हुई महावीर की जनसुनवाई , हो रहा जमकर विरोध, ग्रामीण कह रहे नहीं छीनने देंगे जल जंगल और जमीन

Damrua.com | Chhavi | Dec 08, 2019

महावीर कोलवाशरी की जनसुनवाई का आयोजन पुलिस की चाक-चौबंद व्यवस्था के बीच किया जा रहा है। लेकिन ग्रामीणों की ओर से पहले ही इस जनसुनवाई का विरोध प्रदर्शन किया जा रहा है और आज जैसे ही जन सुनवाई शुरू हुई वैसे ही जनसुनवाई स्थल पर नारेबाजी के साथ ग्रामीणों ने न केवल महावीर बल्कि बाजू में ही इसे टीआरएन कंपनी का भी जोरदार विरोध शुरू कर दिया। Read more

Karnataka opposes eco zone in Western Ghats, BSY writes to Centre

The New Indian Express | Dec 06, 2019

States that restrictions in Western Ghats not feasible, will be counter-productive

BENGALURU: Reiterating Karnataka’s opposition to the draft notification on the eco-sensitive area (ESA) of Western Ghats, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has appealed to the Centre to address the concerns of the state and allow meaningful discussions before taking any further steps. Karnataka is opposed to the draft notification in its present form which proposes 20,688 sqkm as ESA for the state, the CM has stressed. This is the first time any CM has written to the Centre, which in fact, will pave the way for easy clearance of projects in Western Ghats. Read more

Pollution does not shorten life in India: Environment minister Prakash Javadekar says stop fear psychosis

India Today | Dec 06, 2019

“No Indian study has shown pollution shortens life. Let us not create fear psychosis among people,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar told Parliament on Friday. But is it true?

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has made a bizarre statement that pollution is not linked to the shortening of life in India. “No Indian study has shown pollution shortens life. Let us not create fear psychosis among people,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar told Parliament on Friday. But

The minister’s statement is in sharp contrast with several studies, where the Government of India is also a party. These studies have found that a rise in pollution is linked to deaths and shorter life spans. Read more

Centre objects to Uttarakhand’s definition of forest

The Hindu | Dec 07, 2019

The Union Ministry for Environment and Forests (MoEF) has objected to an Uttarakhand government’s notification defining the term ‘forest’.

In a notification on November 21, the Uttarakhand government said that in areas recorded as “deemed forest”, only tracts 10 hectares and more, and having a canopy density of greater than 60%, would be considered as forests. Land already registered as ‘reserved’ and ‘protected’ forests would be out of the remit of this definition. However, land recorded in government records as ‘revenue’ land could potentially be influenced by this definition of deemed forest. Read more

Advocate for a cause

Frontline | Lyla Bavadam | Print edition: Dec 06, 2019

Interview with the advocate Anandvardhan Yagnik.

Anandvardhan Yagnik is an advocate at the High Court of Gujarat with a strong reputation for standing up for human rights. His father, Achyut Yagnik, is founder-secretary of Setu: Centre for Social Knowledge and Action, an Ahmedabad-based voluntary organisation that has been working with marginalised communities since the early 1980s, and a well-respected commentator on Gujarat with a knack for demystifying the State’s complexities. Anandvardhan Yagnik has rubbed many powerful people the wrong way in the Amit Jethava case, and the verdict exposed powerful people to the might of the law. The outcome is that he is now under threat. Excerpts from an interview: Read more

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