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India’s deepening farm crisis: 76% farmers want to give up farming

  Author(s): Jyotika Sood  Date:Mar 11, 2014 Benefits of government schemes and policies go to big farmers, shows survey undertaken by CSDS on behalf of farmers’ association   Farmers interviewed said they are incurring repeated losses because of unseasonal rains, drought… Continue Reading →

Jharkhand – Hill of death- Abandoned Asbestos Mine

Author(s): Alok Gupta More than 200 people in 14 villages near Roro hill in Jharkhand are dying slowly because of an abandoned asbestos mine Asbestos dust from the defunct mine has turned the Roro hill white (Photos: Alok Gupta) During a… Continue Reading →

#India – Who needs ultra mega solar power plants?

Author(s): Chandra Bhushan  Mar 15, 2014 Government plans to set up four large-scale solar power plants that will cost a whopping `1.2 lakh crore. Will they serve millions of energy poor? The bigger the better seems to be the mantra of Central government ministries these days…. Continue Reading →

Telangana betrays its tribals

Author(s): M Suchitra Mar 15, 2014 |  Compromises on Polavaram; agrees to exclude villages facing submergence from new state People protest against the Polavaram project in V R Puram block in Khammam district. All 42 revenue villages in this block will be totally submerged… Continue Reading →

Will disability rights bill get passed by Parliament ?

: Kundan Pandey  Date:Feb 21, 2014 Activists divided over provisions of the bill The ongoing session of the Parliament was the last hope for all those who have been demanding the enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill that… Continue Reading →

Beachside troubles

Anupam Chakravartty [1] Issue Date: 2014-2-28 Ministry of Mines and Atomic Minerals Directorate move to curb illegal mining and export of beach sand minerals Last month the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) demanded a separate body to regulate… Continue Reading →

Maharashtra Village gets community rights over forest submerged by dam

Author(s): Aparna Pallavi  Date:Feb 10, 2014 A portion of reservoir given for management and fishing In what could prove to be an important precedent for the implementation of Forest Rights Act, a Korku tribal village has received community forest rights (CFR)… Continue Reading →

Tata Tea under scanner for poor living condition and coercion of workers in Assam

Author(s): Sayantan Bera Date:Feb 12, 2014 World Bank authorises enquiry after investing US $8 million in the global beverages company Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, Tetley’s brand ambassador, at a promotional event in January this year (Photo:.tataglobalbeverages.com/) The World Bank, which invested… Continue Reading →

#India – Women demand A land of their own #womenrights

Author(s): Sabita Parida  Feb 15, 2014 | Society thinks women do not want to own land. That’s where it is wrong Sabita Parida In popular iconography, a farmer is a man with a moustache, wearing a turban and holding a plough… Continue Reading →

#India – Is having toilets a Mission Impossible ?

Mission possible Author(s): Jitendra  , Alok Gupta  , Sayantan Bera  Jan 31, 2014 |  The Centre gives India just about eight years to free its villages of open defecation. This seems unlikely. But the states of Sikkim, Haryana and Jharkhand in India, and Bangladesh and… Continue Reading →

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