After Polavaram project, Andhra govt cancels agreement to develop Machilipatnam port

The News Minute | August 09, 2019

Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had in February laid the foundation stone for the deep sea port to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crore.”,

In another major decision, the Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday cancelled the concession agreement for the development of Machilipatnam port.

The state government issued an order, resuming 412 acres of land which was given on lease. The order issued by the department of industry, infrastructure, investment and commerce, made it clear that the government reserves the liberty to claim compensation for the damages suffered by the government from Machilipatnam Port Private Limited (MPPL). Read more

Jharkhand HC Finds Prima Facie Case Of Sedition Against Tribals Who Supported ‘Pathalgadi’ Movement In Facebook [Read Judgment]

Live Law News Network | August 09, 2019

The Court said that the Facebook posts evidenced a prima facie intention to commit sedition.

The High Court of Jharkhand has refused to quash a First Information Report registered against four members of tribal community for allegedly posting seditious posts in Facebook supporting ‘Pathalgadi’ movement of Munda tribal community.

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IFS officer who was ‘whistleblower’ in mining case of BJP’s Bellary brothers is sacked

The Print | August 03, 2019

Kallol Biswas first rose to prominence when he was dealing with BJP leader Gali Janardhan Reddy’s mining firm OMC about a decade ago.

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has sacked 1991-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Kallol Biswas, who had come to prominence after serving notices to notorious mining baron of Bellary and Karnataka BJP leader Gali Janardhana Reddy a decade ago. Read more

गांवों में विकास परियोजनाओं के लिए ग्राम सभा की अनुमति होगी जरूरी

Down to Earth | Vivek Mishra | July 30, 2019

आंध्र प्रदेश उच्च न्यायालय ने केंद्रीय वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की उस अधिसूचना को रद्द कर दिया है, जिसमें कहा गया था कि लीनियर प्रोजेक्ट में ग्राम सभा के मंजूरी की जरूरत नहीं होगी।

करीब छह साल बाद ग्राम सभा को अपनी खोई हुई ताकत वापस मिल गई है। गांव में आर्थिक और सामाजिक विकास वाली योजना और परियोजनाओं को जमीन पर उतारने के लिए पहले ग्राम सभा की मंजूरी लेनी होगी। आंध्र प्रदेश उच्च न्यायालय ने केंद्रीय वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की ओर से जारी की गई उस अधिसूचना को रद्द कर दिया है, जिसमें ग्राम सभा की भूमिका को कम करते हुए विकास परियोजनाओं और कार्यक्रमों के लिए जमीन अधिग्रहण व लैंड यूज में बदलाव जैसी गतिविधि में ग्राम सभा से मंजूरी लेने की शर्त को खत्म कर दिया गया था। यह अधिसूचना 5 फरवरी, 2013 को जारी की गई थी। Read more

The disappearance of Aravali Hills

The Indian Express | July 27, 2019

Stretching for some 800 kilometers (430 miles) from Delhi across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Haryana, the Aravali Hills are believed to date back 350 million years.

New Delhi construction is fueling the devastation of the ancient Aravali Hills, impacting water, desertification, and air pollution.

Stretching for some 800 kilometers (430 miles) from Delhi across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Haryana, the Aravali Hills are believed to date back 350 million years, making them even older than the Himalayas. Read more

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