Jharkhand parliamentary elections: In epicentre of Pathalgadi, polls evoke little enthusiasm

The Hindu | April 30, 2019

Village committees to decide whether to vote or not
Ajit Munda (name changed) of Bhandra village in the tribal-dominated Khunti district of Jharkhand, reveals barely any emotion at the prospect of voting for the first time in his life. The 19-year-old is not esure if he can even get to the polling booth on May 6.

A huge green-painted stone plaque, known locally as Pathalgadi, sits at the entrance to Bhandra, about 6 km from the district headquarters. The plaque features excerpts from the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, or PESA, and is considered by the tribal people as an assertion of their rights. Read more

‘Progressive’ Maharashtra governor must step in to save tribal land, rights

Down To Earth | Geetanjoy Sahu | April 29, 2019

Communities expect Ch Vidyasagar Rao to stop massive diversion of their lands to sundry government projects

The Fifth Schedule of the Constitution gives the governor of states with Fifth Schedule areas the power to issue notifications and regulations to ensure good governance. By the power of issuing notifications under Clause 5(1) of the Fifth Schedule, the governor can ensure that legislation applies, or does not apply, or applies with certain modifications. Courts have consistently ruled that this function of the governor is a function of discretion and great latitude. Read more

Bids invited for India’s first undersea tunnel for bullet train project

India will get its first undersea tunnel for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. Bids have been invited for the construction of the tunnel.

Bids have been invited for India’s first undersea tunnel for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) has issued a tender for the construction of the undersea tunnel which will be a part of the bullet train corridor. Read more

Dismantling Rights Through Systematic Policy Dilutions: Tracking Legislative Changes in India 2014-2019

PUCL | April 25, 2019

Human rights are sought to be guaranteed in India through a combination of the safeguards enshrined in the Constitution of India and several laws, protected by a complex machinery of Courts, Tribunals and Commissions and aided by an alert and vibrant civil society committed to working on human rights issues. It is this combination that empowers human rights organizations to use the law to prevent and protect against human rights abuses. Read more

72 Gurgaon Villages Threaten to Boycott Lok Sabha Elections Over Land Acquisition

News 18 | April 21, 2019

The residents of 72 villages in the Maneser area would boycott the Lok Sabha elections on May 12 if Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and sitting BJP MP from Gurugram Rao Inderjit Singh do not sort out the matter.

Residents of 72 villages in Gurugram’s IMT Maneser area may boycott the Lok Sabha elections after the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) served notices to take back Rs 35 lakh from a compensation amount given to the farmers for land acquisition. Read more

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