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Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra tribal oustees of Narmada dam 'not rehabilitated': NBA

The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has protested against the Madhya Pradesh government seeking to declare that all the tribal villages affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam as having been rehabilitated, a flawed stand, it claims, was also taken by the previous state BJP rulers of Madhya Pradesh, as also the present rulers of Maharashtra. Pointing out that the present Congress rulers had assured reconstitution of all rehabilitation committees, NBA in a statement wonders, why they have still not been formed.

Karma tribal festival an occasional to campaign for tribal rights: IPMSDL

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), in a solidarity statement has suggested that the current Karam festival of Central India -- which seeks to promote sisterhood, friendship, cultural unity, and closer link to nature -- should be the occasion to campaign against alleged efforts to violently drive away forest dwelling communities from their forest homes.

Environmentalists block way to rail project for Adanis' Aussie coalmine venture

The Adani Group's controversial Carmichael coalmine in Australia was again in news as environmentalists blocked the road leading to the spot where the project's rail line is to be laid. A release by Frontline Action for Coal said, a group of 15 people blocked access to workers entering the site on Friday morning.

Nehru's 'top' blunder: Acted on Kashmiri Pandit advise to arrest Sheikh Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) chief secretary Moosa Raza has said one of the “biggest blunders” of Jawaharlal Nehru vis-à-vis Kashmir was he acted on the advice of Kashmiri Pandit advisers in 1953 and arrested Sheikh Abdullah, the popular Kashmiri leader, one of whose major contributions has been land reforms and abolition of feudal land holdings in the state.

16,000 oustee families to benefit if Centre 'agrees' on Narmada backwater level demand

The Madhya Pradesh government has asked the Central Water Commission (CWC) to reconsider the backward level of the Sardar Sarovar dam, which were revised  in 2015. The revision had "kept out" a whopping 15,946 oustee families out of the project affected areas, claiming, these would not suffer drowning.

Brahmin superiority? PUCL calls Lok Sabha speaker's remark casteist

The People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Rajasthan, has taken strong exception to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla's recent tweet following a meeting of the Brahmin Mahasabha in Kota on September 8, 2019 that "Brahmins have always held a high position in society", which is the result of their "sacrifice and penance", adding, this is the reason why the Brahmin community has "always been in the role of a guide ".

Australian protesters picket, stop work of Adani contractors for Carmichael coalmine

Australian protesters have stopped work at the Mackay office of piping company AC Whalan, demanding the company withdraws its tender from Adani’s controversial Carmichael coalmine mine.

Decision to merge nationalised banks violates national law: Civil society seminar told

Is the Government of India decision to merge 10 nationalised banks without any legal basis? Speaking at a recent seminar organised by the Financial Accountability Network India (FANI), Dr Thomas Franco, former general secretary, All-India Bank Officers’ Confederation, said, “Bank merger is against the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970, which stipulates that the consent from board and shareholders is mandatory.”

Assertion that Gujarat Police didn't have ex-SIMI chief's address for 19 years 'laughable'

Calling the Gujarat Police action of issuing non-bailable warrant against the banned Students' Islamic Movement of India's (SIMI's) ex-president Shahid Badar Falahi and taking him to Gujarat without completing legal formalities in a 19-year-old lawsuit an attempt to "plot communal division", UP civil rights organization Rihai Manch said, it is "a laughable argument that the Gujarat Police did not know about Shahid Badar's address all these years."

Gujarat's incomplete canals: Narmada dam filled up, yet benefits 'won't reach' farmers

Even as the Gujarat government is making all out efforts to fill up the Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river up to the full reservoir level (FRL), a senior farmer rights leader has said the huge reservoir, as of today, remains a “mirage for the farmers of Gujarat”.

Gujarat govt 'agrees' to place 2002 riots report in budget session of state assembly

The Gujarat government has informed the state High Court that it would be tabling Part-II of the Justice Nanavati and Mehta Commission report on the inquiry into the 2002 Gujarat riots, submitted to the state government on November 18, 2014, in next budget session in the Legislative Assembly.

Narmada: Madhya Pradesh 'agrees' 178 villages face submergence, causing tremors

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has declared that the number of affected villages because of the Narmada dam is 178, suggesting that the data earlier released in 2017 have been set aside. The previous BJP government had “not taken into account” as many as 76 villages, some of whom are facing submergence, as the dam’s water levels rise.

As villages drown, NBA criticizes ex-Madhya Pradesh BJP CM for keeping mum

The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has sharply criticized former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for refusing to utter a word in support of the Narmada dam oustees, whose dozens of villages are allegedly at the verge of being submerged, as the dam’s reservoir level continues to rise.

Gujarat rights body criticizes FIR against UP journo who exposed roti with salt scam

The Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), a Gujarat-based civil rights organization, has taken strong exception to FIR against Uttar Pradesh journalist Pawan Jaiswal under various sections of criminal law for his report that rotis and salt were being served to school children as midday meal in Siyur primary school Mirzapur.

Make public info on deep-sea industrial waste water pipeline project: Gujarat govt told

Ahmedabad-based environmental NGO Paryavaran Mitra has asked the Gujarat government to make public any information available on the project to lay down deep-sea discharge pipelines across Gujarat to ensure that the treated industrial water from the units in clusters between Veraval in Saurashtra and Vapi in South Gujarat is discharged into the Arabian Sea.

Costs down, but industry sales, profits 'much less than normal': IIM-A survey

The latest Business Inflation Expectations Survey (BIES) of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) which is based on detailed feedback received from the industry, academicians and policy makers, and responses from over 1,600 companies, has said that around 49% of the firms in July 2019 reported increase in costs has been more than 3%, down from 55% reported in June 2019, during the last one year.

Manual scavenger victims: Delhi govt 'hasn't compensated', hospitals 'unresponsive'

The Dalit Adivasi Shakti Adhikar Manch (BASAM), a rights organization, has said that while on May 5, 2019, five people became victims of manual scavenging in an incident which left 3 injured and 2 dead in Bhagya Vihar, Delhi, one of the injured, Sher Singh, is currently battling for his life, yet, despite the Delhi Chief Minister’s statement, they have not been given the compensatory amount.

ANHAD brainstorming: Why cops came in private meeting?, Home Ministry asked

Well-known human rights organisation Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) has taken strong exception to a special branch officer and a cop reaching its office in Nizamuddin West in Delhi, even as its brainstorming session about to start to "discuss" the possibility of doing grassroots work for spreading ideas of peace and harmony.

FIR against veteran Gandhian: Why can't RSS debate on historical facts?: PADS

The civil rights organisation People's Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) in a statement has expressed iconcern over two FIRs being filed in Odisha (Kandhmal and Katak) against Kumar Prashant, president of thr Gandhi Peace Foundation, allegedly for hurting sentiments of local RSS members, spreading lies about RSS and instigating people against the actions taken by the Union Government in Kashmir.