NGT issues ultimatum to ban certain RO systems

The Hindu | Nov 06, 2019

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given a “last opportunity” to the Union Environment Ministry to issue notifications pertaining to prohibition on the use of RO (reverse osmosis) systems, which result in wastage of almost 80% of water.

The NGT was referring to an order passed by it in May this year where it had directed that “wherever RO is to be permitted, condition of recovery of water to the extent of more than 60% is required”. Read more

Telangana: Empowered by PESA, village committees enforce prohibition in tribal areas

The Indian Express | Sreenivas Janyala | Nov 07, 2019

The Telangana government had recently empowered about 600 tribal villages in these districts through PESA to encourage Adivasis to take their own decisions regarding development of their villages.

Following the recent empowerment of tribal areas through implementation of the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) 1996, tribals in three districts of Adilabad, Mancherial and Kumaram Bheem Asifabad in Telangana have enforced prohibition in their villages. Read more

Land woes continue to ail scheduled tribe communities in Chhattisgarh

The New Indian Express | Nov 06, 2019

The NCST visited villages affected due to land acquisition and met affected scheduled tribe families who were displaced.

NEW DELHI: A significant number of people belonging to the scheduled tribe community continue to be affected by land acquisition and land grabbing in Chattisgarh, the fact came to light during an ongoing visit of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to the state. Read more

Judgments that impact society must be holistic | Analysis

Hindustan Times | Nov 05, 2019

In the Goa Foundation judgment, the environment was preserved, but it was at the cost of the livelihoods of many

The term “moulding of relief”, which means courts can pass orders in the interest of justice even if it is not strictly as per the relief prayed for, is an established concept in Indian jurisprudence. However, such an order should not be contrary to the law. Read more

German cos eye underground mining in Bengal

The Times of India | Nov 06, 2019

Kolkata: In a major development following the Centre’s entry into an allotment agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation WBPDCL for the world’s second largest coal block Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha, German mining majors are keen to explore underground mining in Bengal.

A team comprising 12 members from 10 German engineering and mining companies on Monday met the representatives of the Bengal government and power utility WBPDC in the city and expressed their willingness to spruce up the mining sector here. Though no accurate plan as to German delegates’ proposed collaboration with Bengal was drawn up at the meeting, the government laid more emphasis on stepping up productivity and safety of miners in the state, according to sources. Read more

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