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Dam Workers Face Serious Hazards, Need Much Better Safety and Social Security -Bharat Dogra

-CounterCurrents.org The tragedy in Uttarakhand has again highlighted the extreme vulnerability of dam workers who toil often in very hazardous conditions in very remote parts of the country, away from public gaze. In particular the hazards faced by workers are very serious at several dam construction locations in the Himalayan region. While better safety conditions for dam workers are needed everywhere, this need is particularly acute in the Himalayan region. In recent...

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Glacial lake burst or avalanche? Scientists to leave for Uttarakhand disaster site today -Amitabh Sinha

-The Indian Express The breach can be caused by several reasons — in this particular case, for instance, an avalanche was repoRTEd in the region two days ago. Pune: A glacial lake burst, a cloud burst or an avalanche, the impact of climate change or “development” — scientists are not sure what triggered the sudden surge of water near Chamoli in Uttarakhand Sunday morning that briefly raised fears of a repeat of...

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The world may be sorry for India -TJS George

-The New Indian Express More than any other Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi longed for international approbation. More than any other Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi longed for international approbation. He wanted the world to chant Howdy Modi not as part of an organised publicity stunt, but spontaneously with love and reverence. Power in India was important, but just as important was admiration by the world. It was important that the world...

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No bail for labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, kin say will move HC -Sakshi Dayal and Jignasa Sinha

-The Indian Express Speaking to The Indian Express on her way to Chandigarh to meet an advocate at the High Court, Nodeep Kaur's sister Rajvir said, “We have staRTEd the process. The allegations against my sister are false.” Gurgaon/ New Delhi: Four days after a Sessions Court in Sonipat denied bail to Nodeep Kaur (23), a Dalit labour rights activist and member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan in Sonipat who has been...

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Glacier breaks in Chamoli, experts blame low snowfall -Ishan Kukreti

-Down to Earth Use of concrete instead of traditional wood and masonry in the Himalayas is creating a heat-island effect, warming the range, they added A major disaster struck the Himalayan state of Uttrakhand February 7, 2021. A glacier broke after an avalanche in the Joshimath area of the state’s Chamoli district. There are reports of missing people and damage to property. The Chamoli police said the Rishiganga Power Project had been damaged...

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