Rajasthan: Debt-ridden silicosis patient on death bed

Times of India city | August 29, 2019

Jaipur: He is only 29-year-old, but is struggling for every breath. Belonged to a family with limited sources of income, Jai Singh is now debt-ridden as he has to spend Rs500-1,000 per day to buy clean oxygen to inhale.

In 2016, when Singh was just 27 years old, he was diagnosed with silicosis, a disease which causes scarring on the lungs. Now, as his condition deteriorated, doctors of a private hospital in Udaipur advised him to remain on oxygen support. He is a resident of Dabi village of Bundi district. Read more

IIT along with 7 institutions to use technology to improve lives of people in Rajasthan’s Sirohi

India Today | August 09, 2019

IIT Jodhpur along with 7 other institutions will be using innovative technologies for the improvement of lives of people in Rajasthan’s Sirohi.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, in partnership with seven other institutions will employ innovative technologies to improve the lives of the people of Sirohi, one of the most backward districts of Rajasthan. Read more

Mother elephant uproots transformer that electrocuted her baby in Andhra

The Hindu | K. Umashanker | July 23, 2019

It’s a common observation that elephants are wise and clever animals. The episode of a wild elephant, which reportedly “avenged” its baby’s death by uprooting a transformer pole at an agriculture land near Palamaner on Monday has baffled forest officials and public.

A two-year-old male calf was electrocuted to death when it brushed against an uninsulated cable of a transformer at a field of Gobbilla Kotur village abutting the Koundinya wildlife sanctuary, 60 km from here, in the early hours of Sunday. Read more

Silicosis, a death sentence for mine workers

Business Line | Taru Bahl | July 12, 2019

Rajasthan’s mining industry is far from the modernised operation one expects it to be
Taru BahlWhen one enters a fancy resort and glides through hallways that glisten with polished marble, sandstone and granite floors, does the mind ever wander towards the countless deaths that are unofficially recorded in the stone quarrying and mining villages from where the impeccably cut and polished stone slabs are sourced?

Rajasthan attracts over 45 million tourists every year, with many undertaking road journeys across the towns of Bundi, Tonk, Jhalawar, Karauli and Bijola. Wide, four-lane, metalled roads allow smooth travel but piles of stone slabs stacked along the routes, many from illegal mining, hide the killer mines and “widow villages” they shield in the vicinity. Read more

Mining in Meghalaya

The Sentinel | July 05, 2019

Mining is a big issue in Meghalaya, given the illegality involved in it by way of vested interests operating what are infamously known as ‘rat-hole mines’ entailing huge risks to the lives of poor, innocent labourers employed in them. Last year’s tragedy in the Jaintia Hills is etched well in public memory. It was a complete failure of the authorities concerned to retrieve the lost lives even after a huge deployment of technology – which fell short, though – to carry out rescue operations. Now we have a huge verdict – hailed as “landmark and historic” by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma – coming in from the Supreme Court that has lifted the ban imposed on mining in the State by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Read more

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