Recycling metal scrap is the way towards greener environment

The Statesman | Rajat Kapoor | May 21, 2019

Metal recycling awareness, unlike plastic and paper, is low in India. Nevertheless, the recycling of metals has as important to improve the environment as recycling paper, plastic and other commonly recycled materials.

Taking a breath in a green environment is every human being’s basic right. Human race can’t survive in a polluted environment. The air that goes in our lungs, the water that we drink and the food that we eat should be pure and fresh or else we will not be able to hold our lifespan. The rise in global temperature is continuously leading to an increase in sea levels and many coastlines are going underwater.  There is a dire need to take conscious efforts towards this direction or else the face of the earth could be dangerous in the coming time. Read more

नक्सल हिंसा से विस्थापित आदिवासियों की होगी घर वापसी, केंद्र कराएगा सर्वे

Dainik Jagran | May 16, 2019

दक्षिण बस्तर में 2005-06 में नक्सली हिंसा और इसके विरोध में उठे सलवा जुडूम आंदोलन के दौरान पड़ोसी राज्यों में विस्थापित हुए आदिवासियों का मामला केंद्र सरकार तक पहुंच गया है। विस्थापितों की छत्तीसगढ़ में वापसी की कोशिशों में लगी संस्था सीजी नेट स्वरा ने 623 विस्थापित आदिवासी परिवारों की सूची केंद्रीय आदिम जाति कल्याण (ट्राइबल) मंत्रालय को सौंपी है। केंद्र सरकार ने सूची में शामिल परिवारों की पहचान करने, उन्होंने किन परिस्थितियों में पलायन किया, क्या वे वापस बस्तर जाना चाहते हैं, आदि तथ्यों की जांच करने को कहा है।

 तीन जिलों में रहा सलवा जुडूम का आंदोलन का प्रभाव 
आदिवासियों को वनाधिकार कानून के तहत वापस उनके मूल गांवों में लाने की कोशिश की जाएगी। ज्ञात हो कि बस्तर के तीन जिलों दंतेवाड़ा, सुकमा और बीजापुर में सलवा जुडूम आंदोलन का प्रभाव रहा। सुकमा और बीजापुर जिलों की सीमा तेलंगाना से जुड़ी है। जुडूम के दौरान नक्सलियों ने बदला लेने के लिए आदिवासियों पर हमले किए। कोंटा इलाके के दरभागुड़ा में जुडूम समर्थकों से भरा ट्रक उड़ा दिया था। एर्राबोर समेत अन्य जुडूम कैंपों पर हमले किए। Read more

Child marriage, malnutrition plague tribal children in Odisha’s Nagada; villagers, mostly illiterate, pin hope on govt for healthcare facilities

Firstpost | Manish Kumar | May 13, 2019

Although largely clueless about politics and political leaders, the villagers of Nagada in Odisha continue to pin their hopes on the state government to take care of their health, development and infrastructure needs.

Nagada: In 2016, Odisha’s Jajpur district made headlines after the death of 22 malnourished tribal children. These children belonged to the Juang tribe that lives in Nagada, located in a hilly region with poor access to health and infrastructure facilities. The tragedy forced the Odisha administration to take immediate steps to provide facilities such as clean drinking water and roads connecting the village to the nearest town, Kaliapani.

While a lot has changed for the better since then, the fight against the biggest social cause of such health issues — child marriages — continues to this day. Child marriage is widely practiced by the Juang tribe as part of their culture, and according to villagers, children were either married at the onset of puberty, or even before that, in some cases.

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Coal ‘stained with Colombian blood’ is bought and sold in Dublin

The Irish Times | Sorcha Pollak | May 11, 2019

Ireland is directly sponsoring climate chaos and human-rights violations, critics claim

Hidden away among the rolling hills of northern Colombia, nestled between Caribbean white sand beaches and the Venezuelan border, is a vast stretch of arid land known as El Cerrejón. There the largest open-cast coal mine in Latin America (and one of the largest in the world), its hub stretching for 40 miles, extracts coal for use in prosperous countries across the western world.

More than 7,600km away, in view of Dublin’s St Patrick’s cathedral and just steps from the popular Fumbally café, is the headquarters of CMC-Coal Marking. Inside this nondescript grey building on Dublin’s New Street South, a small office co-ordinates the sale and delivery of millions of tons of coal from the Cerrejón mine to energy operators worldwide. Read more

West Bengal: Out-of-job miners mull NOTA to protest curbs on illegal mining

Business Standard | April 28, 2019

Illegal coal mining is considered to be ‘parallel economy in the industrial town belt of Asansol and its surrounding areas’

With a halt on illegal mining since the elections were announced, miners who work in hundreds of these high-risk narrow pits to dig out coal for a living have been jobless and say they will opt for NOTA when they go to vote on Monday as a mark of protest.

Mining, both legal and illegal, is common in the Ranigunj-Asansol coal belt in West Bengal and in many cases, the coal mafia engage poor people in illegal work for a low wage. Read more

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