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1400 hectares of 145 villages to be acquired for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

India's top civil rights network, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA), has estimated that the Japan- backed Bullet Train Project known as Mumbai –Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor aims to acquire 1400 of hectares (ha) tribal-agricultural land. In a statement ahead of a seminar in Delhi, BAA said, of this 350 ha will be acquired in Maharashtra and the rest in Gujarat.

Gujarat farmers not paid MRP for chickpea, to agitate

Raising sharp questions over the way the authorities in Gujarat are implementing the Minimum Support Price (MRP) to be paid to the state's farmers, Khedut Samaj Gujarat (KSG) has said that in Aravalli district, of the 1,420 farmers only 200 have been paid MRP for for their agricultural produce chana (chickpea). In a statement, KSG said, 22,737 quintals of chickpea was bought from the district's farmers.

Take action against cops who attacked Chharanagar: Congress

The Congress has taken strong exception to the police clampdown on Chharanagar, a colony with about 3,000 houses in Ahmedabad, where members of the denotified tribe, Chharas reside. In a statement, party spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said, the police clampdown on the poor people living in Chharanagar was without any reason. If any person commits a crime, action should be taken against that person oly, and one should not punish the entire community for it.

Amnesty petition asks Modi not to pass whistleblowers Bill

Amnesty International has begun an online petition asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the passage of the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Rajya Sabha.

Chharanagar attack: Set up SIT, register FIR against cops, demands Gujarat Dalit leader

Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has warned that the alleged police attack on about 200 denotified tribal group Chhara community people, including women and children, to avenge a fight with a police sub-inspector “will not be tolerated in any way.”

Bhuj court sets aside Adanis' criminal complaint against news portal The Wire

A court in Bhuj, district headquarters of Kutch, Gujarat, has rule in favour of the news portal, The Wire, in a high-profile criminal defamation case filed by the Adani Group. The Adani Group’s complaint was against an article by Paronjay Guha Thakurta, originally published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), and then republished in The Wire.

Uttar Pradesh doesn't have child rights commission for a year

Score Uttar Pradesh, the state chapter of the Right to Education (RTE) Forum, conducted a state-level meeting in Lucknow on Friday and decided to launch a campaign demanding equal rights to education to all (Sabko shiksha ek saman, mang raha Hindustan') for making education a prime agenda in coming parliamentary elections.

Students arrested for showing black flag to BJP chief Amit Shah

At least four Samajwadi Party supporters, Rama Yadav, Neha Yadav, Ashvini Maurya and Mohit Yadav, all of them students, were taken into custody in Allahabad for showing black flags to BJP president Amit Shah.

GPCB investigation sought for releasing poisonous water into river

Taking a serious view of the news that the dyeing and printing units of Jetpur, Rajkot district, have been releasing chemical-infested poisonous waste water into Bhadran river without treating it, Ahmedabad NGO Paryavaran Mitra, in a letter to the chairman, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), has demanded that this should be immediately investigated into and necessary action should be taken against the units found be doing the illegal activity.

Demand for legal action against Ahmedabad units "illegally" releasing waste water

Ahmedabad-based environmental group, Paryavaran Mitra, has demanded that that the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) should begin legal action against those units operating in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), which have been found be releasing industrial waste water from their factories into the Kharicut canal, which passes through portions of the city.

Chhara community "attacked" in Ahmedabad, police "beat up" men, women and children

Senior human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi has sounded alert over the alleged sudden midnight police attack on a colony of a denotified tribe colony of Ahmedabad, ccharas. Quoting senior theatre and film director of Budhan theatre Dakxin Chhara and a number of other activists, she said, "According to the information available, there was some altercation between a few chhara boys, who were drunk at night, and they had some fight with policemen on duty."

Dalits outraged after ponds they use filled up with mud excavated from another pond

A freshwater well and a pond used for washing laundry by Dalits in Jetalvasna village in Visnagar taluka of Mehsana district, Gujarat, has been filled up with mud excavated from another large pond at the heart of the village leaving the community outraged. Following a complaint from the Dalits, district authorities have now ordered the pond be restored to its original condition.

CBDT directed to allow e-filing without Aadhaar by Delhi HC

If the Bombay High Court, and the Madras High Court have aleady granted relief to individual petitioners, the Delhi High Court order has now directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to fix its software so that e-filing is possible without Aadhaar. "People without Aadhaar number can now file their income tax returns (ITR) online, after the Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the (CBDT) to accept e-filing returns without quoting an Aadhaar or Aadhaar enrolment number."

Seminar on costs and consequences of bullet train to be held on Aug 2

A full day seminar on Costs and Consequences of Bullet Train is to be held at the Deputy Speaker's Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on August 2. A National Alliance of People's Movements communique says, "The proposed High Speed Rail Corridor (popularly called the Bullet Train) from Mumbai to Ahmedabad is to scythe its way through the tribal and agricultural tracts of Maharashtra and Gujarat."

New women's peace campaign, Batein aman ki, to start on Sept 22

A new campaign, Baatein Aman Ki, is proposed to be organised comprising of 5 Women Yatras covering all Indian states between September 22 and October13, culmination in Delhi. They will start from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, and Delhi.

Why does RSS-BJP not like these Hindu monks?

Why do the Hindutva organisations RSS and BJP don’t like monks such as Swami Nigmanand, Sanand and Agnivesh? Why is it that Hindutva organisations either completely ignore such monks or feel threatened by them to the extent that they have to engineer attacks on them?

Public hearing for proposed CRZ draft is an eyewash: Activists

Senor environmental activists of Gujarat of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Rohit Prajapati and Krishna Kant, and grassroots activists Bhagrathsinh Gohil and Shaktisinh Gohil, both local self-government leaders, have qualified in a statement that the proposed public hearings for the new draft Coastal Management Plan as nothing but a public trap, insisting that such hearings are not only illegal but also unconstitutional.

Gujarat activists condemn attack on Swami Agnivesh

A meeting of concerned citizens of Gujarat met on July 19 in Ahmedabad under the auspices of Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD), chaired by eminent journalist, activist and convenor of MSD Prakashbhai N. Shah, condemning the recent attack on Swami Agnivesh and rise in ‘mobocracy’ in the country was passed.
It expressed shock over the fact that, on one side, the Supreme Court, is warning the Central Government over mobocracy, on the other, a ‘saffron’ mob attacks Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand! It asked civil society to stay vigilant. Copy of the resolution was sent to the President of India.

Narmada Yatra begins in the valley at Gopalpur, Maharashtra

The Sangharsh Navnirman Samvad Yatra, Maharashtra, set out from Gopalpur on  July 21 across rehabilitation sites in Nandurbar district. Medha Patkar, among others, led the 10 hour long rally. Patkar, taking a fresh stock of situation in the Narmada valley after 33 years of struggle, said in Maharashtra, because of the struggle by the Narmada Bachao Andolan, nearly 4,300 families, mainly adivasis, got land.

Farmers' "no confidence motion" against Modi govt

Thousands of representatives from over 200 farmer organisations under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay passed what has been called the "no-confidence motion" against the current Indian government outside the Parliament. Those who addressed the rally included Yogendra Yadav, Medha Patkar, Darshanpal, Jagmohan Singh, Atul Kumar Anjan, Ashish Mittal, Kavita Kuruganti, Dr. Sunilam and Member of Parliament Raju Shetty.