Nagada tribes fume over DMF fund misutlisation

Orissa Post | NOv 21, 2019

Kaliapani: Amidst allegations about misutilisation of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds in Nagada area of Jajpur district, Juanga residents have decided to stage an agitation over the issue November 25. Notably, the Khani Anchal Surakhya Manch has called for an agitation over alleged misutilisation of the DMF fund.

Nagada came to focus after 19 kids died in 2016 allegedly due to malnutrition. The state government faced heavy criticism from various quarters. It laid focus on the development of Nagada so as to ensure all-round development of this backward area. Read more

Pollution won’t spare your little one: Kids deemed more vulnerable to damage than adults

The Economic Times | Nov 16, 2019

Kids these days are likely to face increased risk from severe floods, prolonged droughts, and wildfires.

NEW DELHI: As temperatures rise in a changing climate scenario, children born in India will be particularly vulnerable to a greater health burden of malnutrition, air pollution and deadly heat waves, according to a major new report published in The Lancet journal on Thursday.

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is a comprehensive yearly analysis tracking progress across 41 key indicators. Read more

Gujarat: Kin of worker who died of silicosis receives compensation of Rs 5.7 lakh

The Indian Express | Nov 06, 2019

The judgment of the Anand court on September 30 this year upheld the contention of worker Raju Parmar, who was 41 years old when he succumbed to silicosis. His employer, Kishore Bhil, will now have to compensate the family.

The Anand Labour Court has awarded a compensation of Rs 5.7 lakh — as well as a fine of Rs 5,000 on the employer — to the surviving heir of an agate worker, who died due to silicosis in 2011. The case, which went on for over eight years, is a first-of-its-kind filed by a worker from the unorganised agate industry. Read more

Coal particles contaminating Mandovi river, found in oysters too: Study

Hindustan Times | Oct 31, 2019

The study suspects that the river gets the mercury most likely from coal handling at Goa’s Mormugao Port though the mercury content in oysters was found to be within permissible limits.

Traces of mercury, a neuro-toxic heavy metal, from coal particles have found their way into the Mandovi and the edible oysters harvested from the river, a study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) has found. Read more

10 million miners exposed to silica dust, 50% suffer from deadly silicosis, ministers told | Oct 10, 2019

By Our Representative
A recent seminar in Delhi, held in the presence of two Union ministers, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, has been told that a whopping 10 million workers working in the mining sector are exposed to silica dust, with 50% of them suffering from silicosis, a deadly incurable lungs disease.

Participants, who included representatives of top civil society groups mines, minerals & People (mm&P) and Samata, doctors, labour unions and silicosis affected workers, referred to radiological investigations conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which found that 56% of mine workers in Rajasthan are affected with silicosis or silica-tuberculosis. Read more

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