Anti-Sterlite protests: HC seeks report on Sterlite prior to riots, firing

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday asked the State to submit reports, videos and other documentary evidence pertaining to the anti-Sterlite protests prior to the Thoothukudi riots, which took place on the 100th day of the protests.

A division bench of Justices C.T. Selvam and A.M. Basheer Ahamed also sought Intelligence reports of the Thoothukudi police. The State has been directed to submit its reports on July 18.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by advocate A.W.D. Tilak of Thoothukudi, who sought a copy of the Section 144 CrPC order (prohibitory order) clamped in parts of the city during the anti-Sterlite protests. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Modi’s Bullet Train Battles Legal Hurdles Over Farmers’ Protests

It was in September last year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone in Gujarat for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor – the bullet train project.

However, contrary to the expectations, the project is not off to a flying start.

The work on the ground for this Rs 1.08 lakh crore project began in December 2017, but since then much of the development has been hampered by protests against land acquisitions done mostly by farmers and tribal communities in both Maharashtra and Gujarat. In May 2018, around 50,000 farmers from nearly 60 villages protested against the high-speed rail, according to The Hindu. Read more

Courtesy: The Quint

Coal scam case: Court orders framing of additional charge against Naveen Jindal

A special court on Friday ordered framing of an additional charge of abetment of bribery against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal in a case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block.

Special judge Bharat Parashar said the charge will formally be framed against the accused on August 16.

The court had in April, 2016 ordered framing of charges against Jindal, former MoS for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao (since deceased), former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, former Coal Secretary HC Gupta and 11 others for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust under the IPC and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act in the case. Read more

Courtesy: hindustan times

State Repression Forces Adivasis Out of Their Land in Odisha

The PESA law in India makes it mandatory for village councils to be consulted before any land and resource acquisition by higher-level authorities, but it is being blatantly violated in this Adivasi-dominated district of Odisha.

In the age of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, bullet trains, dams, amusement parks and shopping malls seem to have become markers of development. Both government and private entities are making a push for such development. But for Parmananda Munda, who is fighting for the land his community has lived on for 50 years, the government must be respectful of the law, if it truly wants sabka vikas or development for all.

By the law, Munda is referring to the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act of 1996 (PESA), which strengthens local self-governance and empowers panchayats to make decisions about land ownership and acquisition, natural resource management, minor forest produce and peace and dispute settlement. Read more

Courtesy: Feminism in India

झारखंडः पावर प्लांट अडानी का, ज़मीन से बेदखल हुए आदिवासी, ठेका चीन की कंपनी को, और बिजली दी जाएगी बंग्लादेश को

भारत के एक राज्य में एक निजी कम्पनी पावर प्लांट लगा रही है जिस क्षेत्र में वह पावर प्लांट लग रहा है वह क्षेत्र भारत मे सबसे कम बिजली उपलब्धता वाला क्षेत्र है लेकिन उस पावर प्लांट से निकलने वाली सारी बिजली में उस क्षेत्र का हिस्सा छोड़िए राज्य का भी कोई हिस्सा नही है। वह बिजली विदेश भेजी जा रही है जिस कम्पनी को उस पावर प्लांट बनाने का ठेका दिया गया है वह पूर्ण रूप से विदेशी ( चीनी ) कम्पनी है, जो कोयला उस पावर प्लांट में इस्तेमाल किया जाने वाला है वो भी भारत का नही है वह भी ऑस्ट्रेलिया से मंगाए जाने की योजना है, जबकि जिस जिले में वह पॉवर प्लांट लग रहा है वहाँ आधुनिक भारत की सबसे पुरानी कोयला खदान मौजूद हैं ओर वह राज्य देश का सबसे ज्यादा कोयला उत्पादन करने वाला राज्य है।

लेकिन कुछ लोगो के लिए यह बहुत खुशी की बात है कि इस प्लांट लगाने के नाम वहां बसे आदिवासियो को भगाया जा रहा है स्थानीय नदी से भारी मात्रा में पानी लिया जा रहा कोयला ढुलाई के नाम पर रेलवे लाइन बिछाने के लिए किसानों की जमीनों को छीना जा रहा है। अब आप शायद समझ गए होंगे कि यहाँ झारखंड के गोड्डा जिले में लगाए जा रहे अडानी के पावर प्लांट की बात हो रही है जिसकी बिजली बांग्लादेश को बेची जा रही है 1,600 मेगावाट के इस पावर प्लांट के निर्माण का ठेका अडानी ने चीन की कंपनी सेप्को-थ्री को दिया है। Read more

Courtesy: National Speak

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