Green protest against Wakkerstroom mine

Environmentalists yesterday staged a protest outside the High Court in Pretoria in support of an application to stop coal mining activities inside the Mabola Protected Environment, near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga.

Eight civil society and community organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, brought an urgent application to stop Indian-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures from commencing with any mining and related activities without environmental authorisation and local planning approval.

The application was postponed until today for a possible settlement agreement.

The coalition consists of groundWork, the Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of SA, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Birdlife SA, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, Association for Water and Rural Development and the Bench Marks Foundation.

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Courtesy: The Citizen

CM reviews health scenario in tribal belt

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu conducted a video conference with the Collectors and Project Officers of the seven Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs) here on Tuesday. Minister for Health Kamineni Srinivas was present.

The meeting was held against the backdrop of the Chaparayi incident in which 16 persons died after consuming contaminated water.

Mr. Naidu asked the officials to spread awareness among the tribal population about health habits and hygiene.He announced 105 crore would be released to meet the drinking water needs of the ITDAs.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

TRIFED to focus on education of tribal communities

With less than 59% literacy among the tribal communities as per the 2011 Census, the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) is focussing on improving their education and health aspects, said TRIFED Chairman and Managing Director Ganta Ramesh Kumar here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the final day of his three-day visit to Chittoor district, Mr. Kumar said the schemes introduced under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs would target promoting the marketing of forest produce, skill development and improving the livelihood of the tribal community. “Schemes focussing on self-employment would encourage individuals as well as groups to develop their talents/inclination such as agriculture, horticulture, fisheries etc. On June 25, we organised a training programme in making incense sticks – ‘Amma Padmavati Agarbatthi’, for nearly 30 people hailing from tribal communities,” he said.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Brinda asks tribals to fight for their rights

“Struggles have become inevitable,” she said and threatened to intensify agitation against GO Ms. No. 97 authorising the AP Mineral Development Corporation to mine bauxite ore from Sapparla and other blocks on the Andhra-Odisha border. “We will not allow others to lay their hands on natural resources over which only tribal people have the right come what may,” she declared. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Constitutional conversations on Adivasi rights

Even 67 years after Independence, the problems of Adivasi communities are about access to basic needs. These include, but are not restricted to, elementary education, community healthcare, sustainable livelihood support, the public distribution system, food security, drinking water and sanitation, debt, and infrastructure. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

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