Chhattisgarh govt begins process to grant FRA to Abujmarh tribals

Down To Earth | Eshan Kukreti | June 11, 2019

Government to grant habitat rights to Abujh Marias, a particularly vulnerable tribal group that reside in the forest, considered a bastion of Naxalism

The Chhattisgarh government is processing habitat rights for Abujh Marias, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG).

Apart from the tribals getting their dues as laid down by the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, this move by the Bhupesh Baghel government is significant otherwise. Abujhmarh, where this tribe lives, is considered by the government to be one of the last remaining strongholds of Left-wing extremism.  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

Latest Aravallis’ report highlights range’s archaeological significance

Hindustan Times | June 10, 2019

This natural heritage of our region not only has a rich biodiversity, but also covers several areas of archaeological finds and sacred groves.

As we keep searching for centuries-old tangible evidence of heritage in Gurugram, we often forget how lucky we are to have a portion of the one of the oldest mountain ranges of India and the world, the Aravallis, in our city and district. The Aravallis are even older than the Himalayas in terms of geological time. As per high-resolution satellite imagery records of 2013, the Aravalli hills in Gurugram district occupy an area of 11,256 hectares, of which 491 (4.36%) hectares had mines while 16 hectares (0.14%) are abandoned flooded mines. The diverse physiography of Gurugram district thus comprises this extension of the Aravalli hills along with sand dunes, sandy and alluvial plans and a small percentage of open forests. Read more

Project in Western Ghats raises greens’ hackles

The New India Express | June 10, 2019

The government’s move to set up a power transmission line between Karnataka and Goa, which will require 177 hectares of forest land in Western Ghats, has invited the wrath of wildlife activists.

They have urged the government to withdraw approval for the Goa-Tamnar Transmission Project. Read more

Environment ministry re-examining proposal allowing mining in Saranda

Hindustan Times | June 09, 2019

The area in question is home to a 200-ha of dense sal (Shorea robusta) forest and is located in the core area of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve of Saranda.

The environment ministry is taking a fresh look at a proposal to allow mining of iron ore and manganese in 200 hectares of forest land in Jharkhand’s Saranda, two years after the same was rejected on the grounds that the region “bears rich forests which are home to many wild animals including elephants”. Read more

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