‘Will fight against mining all my life’, says Araku’s first-time MP

Hindustan Times | TR Vivek | June 17, 2019

Almost all of Andhra’s estimated 600-million-tonne bauxite reserves — about a fifth of India’s – are concentrated in the Eastern Ghats. Governments and businesses have been eyeing them for the past two decades.

On the electoral map of Andhra Pradesh, Araku sticks out like a sore, neglected thumb. A reserved parliamentary constituency for Scheduled Tribes (ST), Araku can be unwieldy for its representatives. It comprises assembly segments from four districts — Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari. The farthest ends from the north to south are about 400km apart, mostly covered with the dense forests of the Eastern Ghats. With a predominantly tribal population, this is among the most underdeveloped regions, not just in the state, but in all of India. With its remoteness, ethnic diversity, and multiplicity of tribal languages, the political rhythm of Araku can be quite distinct from the mainstream. Read more

Bangladesh’s coal-fired power plants puts Sunderbans on ‘natural sites in danger’: report

Business Standard | June 15, 2019

The official advisory organisation on natural World Heritage has recommended putting the Sundarbans on a list of natural sites in danger as Bangladesh has continued implementing a coal-fired power plant project near the forest, a media report said on Saturday.

The World Heritage Committee of 21 governments is scheduled to decide on the recommendations by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in its annual meeting in Azerbaijan from June 30 to July 10, the bdnews24.com reported. Read more

Not war, but climate change might devastate South Asia

Fortune | June 13, 2019

There is no end to chatter on conflict among countries in South Asia but tragically little concern about how climate change threatens their very existence.

The Indian capital has been having a heat wave straight from hell. The desert nearby which had been protected by the Aravalli mountains seems ever so close by—with each passing day one more bit of the Aravalli range is destroyed to build another ugly condominium. Read more

बैलाडीला अडानी खनन का मामला : मेरा कातिल ही मेरा मुंसिफ है, क्या मेरे हक में वो फैसला देगा ?

Sangharsh Samvad | June 12, 2019

छत्तीसगढ़ के बस्तर क्षेत्र स्थित बैलाडीला की एक पहाड़ी को बचाने के लिए तकरीबन 20 हज़ार आदिवासी पिछले पांच दिनों से प्रदर्शन कर रह हैं। सरकार ने अडानी को यह पहाड़ी खनन करने के लिए दे दिया है। आंदोलन के चौथे दिन छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार ने बस्तर के सांसद दीपक बैज और पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री अरविंद नेताम के नेतृत्व में आए प्रतिनिधिमंडल से मुलाकात के बाद अवैध वन कटाई और फर्जी ग्राम सभा की जांच कराने का आदेश दिया। इस जाँच आदेश के अनुसार वन कटाई की जांच वन विभाग को ही दी गई है, जिसने पेड़ो की कटाई की थी वही अब जाँच करके छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार को बताएगा ? पढ़िए छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार के आदेश पर आलोक शुक्ला की टिप्पणी और देखिए स्थानीय आंदोलनकारी इस आदेश पर क्या बोले ; Read more

Chhattisgarh stops mining in Bailadila hills after protests by tribals

Hindustan Times | Ritesh Mishra | June 11, 2019

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday ordered stoppage all work related to iron ore mining in Dantewada’s Bailadila hills after a five-day protest by tribals who claim the shrine of a goddess is located in one the hills and is associated with their faith.

Baghel took the decision after a meeting with a delegation of tribal leaders and Lok Sabha MP from Bastar Deepak Baij of the Congress. Read more

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