Women adivasis to SC: Repression continues against those seeking rights under FRA

The Indian Express | Kavitha Iyer | July 27, 2019

Sokalo Gond was among those campaigning for reclaiming adivasis’ rights to forest land even before the legislation in 2006.

TWO ADIVASI women leaders of their communities have sought to describe to the Supreme Court the continuing repression faced by tribals and other forest-dwelling communities in seeking their rights to forest land under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006.

The intervention application, filed by Sokalo Gond of Sonbhadra and Nivada Rana of Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, along with All India Union of Forest Workings People (AIUFWP) and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) led by Teesta Setalvad, is one among nearly 15 interventions filed in the writ petition in the SC regarding the constitutionality of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Protection of Rights) Act, 2006. Read more

The disappearance of India’s Aravali Hills

dw.com | July 25, 2019

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

Stretching for some 800 kilometers (430 miles) from Delhi across the Indian 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

4 Workers Feared Dead In Landslide At State-Run Coal Mine In Odisha

NDTV | July 24, 2019

The open cast mine in Odisha, with production capacity of 20,000 tonnes a day, has been shut after the late Tuesday accident, said a spokesman for Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd

NEW DELHI: Four workers are feared dead and nine have been injured in a landslide at a Coal India Ltd mine in Odisha, news agency Reuters quoted a company spokesperson as saying on Wednesday. Read more

22,000 children risking lives in India’s ‘illegal’ mica mines, 10-20 die each month

Counterview.net | July 24, 2019

An investigation by a high-profile e-journal run by a top American digital media and entertainment company focused on young women, Refinery 29 (R29), which based in the Financial District, Manhattan neighbourhood of New York City, has raised the alarm that 9,000 miles away, nearly 22,000 children are risking their lives while working for a paltry sum of Rs 20 to 30 per day in mica mines of Jharkhand and Bihar.

Titled “The makeup industry’s darkest secret is hiding in your makeup bag”, the 3,800-word investigation by Lexy Lebsack, gives specific examples of those working in these mines, pointing out how Pooja Bhurla, 11, with her friends – some as young as five years old – would spend a whole day “shimmying into small, man-made tunnels”, and “pouring out of holes, their cheeks and clothes caked with glittery dust.” Read more

Mother elephant uproots transformer that electrocuted her baby in Andhra

The Hindu | K. Umashanker | July 23, 2019

It’s a common observation that elephants are wise and clever animals. The episode of a wild elephant, which reportedly “avenged” its baby’s death by uprooting a transformer pole at an agriculture land near Palamaner on Monday has baffled forest officials and public.

A two-year-old male calf was electrocuted to death when it brushed against an uninsulated cable of a transformer at a field of Gobbilla Kotur village abutting the Koundinya wildlife sanctuary, 60 km from here, in the early hours of Sunday. Read more

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