B.H.P. Billiton, Acknowledging Climate Change, to Quit Coal Group

MELBOURNE, Australia — One of the world’s largest coal companies, acknowledging the growing momentum toward addressing climate change, said it planned to pull out of a major industry group over its environmental stances.

B.H.P. Billiton, the British-Australian mining company, said in a report Tuesday that it planned to withdraw from the World Coal Association, an international lobbying group, because of differences in climate and energy policies. The report also noted that B.H.P. would review its relationship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in light of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

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Courtesy: The New York Times

Vellingiri Tribal Society vows to hold public meeting in Chennai to expose Isha

Forced to call off its first anniversary celebrations due to the denial of venue by a private hotel that was allegedly threatened by the powers that be, the Vellingiri Hill Tribal Protection Society has planned to conduct a public meeting at a public place in Chennai shortly.

Formed to retrieve the 44 acres of land, that originally belongs to them, from the Isha Foundation headed by godman Jaggi Vasudev, the association had organised an eventful celebration entailing a workshop having speakers, including ‘water man’ Rajendra Singh, Thirumurugan Gandhi of May 17 Movement, Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam founder Kolathur Mani, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam general secretary K Ramakrishnan and environmental activist Piyush Manush among others, on board.

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Courtesy: Covai POst

Eviction notice served on “encroachers” at Ajjore village

Udhagamandalam: Based on an order by the Madras High Court, the forest department has issued notice to 140 encroachers in Ajjore village falling under Kattabettu range of forests in the Nilgiris. The encroached land, defined as reserve forest area in 1985 under Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Forest Act, extends up to nearly 300 acres.
In 1980, over 300 acres of lands in Ajjore village were identified as reserve forest area and a proposal under Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Forest Act 1882 was submitted by the forest department to the district administration. After due perusal by settlement officer, the lands extending up to 298.20 acres, leaving around 12 acres for the public usage of the villagers, was notified under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Forest Act in G O no 279 dated March 7, 1980.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Displaced by Mining, Peru Villagers Spurn Shiny New Town

This remote town in Peru’s southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.

Named Nueva Fuerabamba, it was built to house around 1,600 people who gave up their village and farmland to make room for a massive, open-pit copper mine.

The new hamlet boasts paved streets and tidy houses with electricity and indoor plumbing, once luxuries to the indigenous Quechua-speaking people who now call this place home.

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Courtesy: Voa News

Kaleshwaram: EAC asks Telangana to compensate farmers under 2013 Land Acquisition Act

The Expert Appraisal Committee of union environment ministry has directed Telangana to compensate the farmers under the Land Acquisition Act 2013, in a major relief and success to lakhs of farmers opposing coercive land acquisition and seeking fair compensation.

The EAC made these directives while according conditional nod to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government’s ambitious Rs 80,000 crore Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project.

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Courtesy: The Economic Times

 

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