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Illegal forest Land Acquisition behind Kerala floods, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil

-Hindustan Times The ecologist said extensive stone quarrying and mushrooming of high-rises as part of tourism, and illegal forest Land Acquisition by private parties are the major reasons for the recent floods in the state. Pune: Ecologist Madhav Gadgil, founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has described the floods in Kerala as a man-made disaster; a reaction to the illegal excavations, stone quarrying done...

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We have to sell land & homes, start anew: Why Jewar farmers insist on a 'fair price' -Shafaque Alam

-The Times of India JEWAR: There’s no storm blowing around Bhagwan Singh. Spread out on a charpoy in his spacious two-storey house, Singh’s manner mirrors the somnolence of this August afternoon. He is in no rush; not to talk, not to go anywhere. And certainly not to sell his land. Singh is headman of Rohi, the village that virtually holds the veto on Land Acquisition for the UP government’s prestige project —Jewar...

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Civil society activists oppose amendments in the Land Acquisition legislation to acquire tribal and forest lands in Jharkhand

-Press statement by Right to Food Campaign dated 2nd July, 2018 Since 2014, people of Jharkhand have faced severe attacks on their mere right to life by the Raghuvar Das led BJP government. The government has been trying to acquire land of Adivasis and Moolvasis against their wishes that will directly affect their livelihoods. On the other hand, there is also a direct attack on the people’s freedom to religion leading...

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Jharkhand villagers ask why should they lose land for Adani project supplying power to Bangladesh -Aruna Chandrasekhar

-Scroll.in How does the project qualify as ‘public purpose’ and does it violate legal safeguards for Santhal areas? Part 2 of a Scroll.in investigation on the Godda plant. In the villages of Motiya and Gangta in Jharkhand’s Godda district, tractors and SUVs race down a recently widened dirt road. Even in the clouds of dust they kick off, it is hard to miss the fence stretching across kilometres of farmland, with cows...

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In Bihar's Banka, Women Build a Road the Government Couldn't

-TheWire.in Landowners who had earlier refused to give up their property for the road said they changed their minds on seeing the women's enthusiasm. New Delhi: Women from a remote village in Bihar’s Banka district have pooled together to fix what has been a major concern – the lack of a road in the area. According to a report in the Telegraph, more than 130 women from Nima village decided that they could...

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