A fact-finding team representing a collective of 40 farmers' organisations, Raitu Swarajya Vedika, has found an alarming rise in the number of suicides by farmers — as many as 90 in the last month

A forest generated by residents in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district is being destroyed to set up windmills. For two decades people from eight villages in Kalpavalli region in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district laboured hard to turn a vast expanse of wasteland into a forest. But the effort seems to have gone waste as the green cover is being ruthlessly destroyed to set up wind farms. Enercon Wind Farms (Madhya Pradesh) Pvt Ltd, a group company of Enercon (India) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Enercon GmbH, is setting up a 20 MW wind energy project in the area.

Central Empowered Committee for extending CBI probe against Reddy to Bellary

‘Company exported iron ore mined in locations other than those allotted to it'
The Obulapuram Mining Company of former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy mined iron ore illegally from several locations, including immediate neighbours in Karnataka.

The fresh leases were granted to OMC for captive use in the light of a very large integrated steel plant proposed to be set up in Kadapa district by Janardhan Reddy’s Bramhani Steels. However, the lease orders issued by the government mentioned no such condition, thus allowing the company third-party sales.

BANGALORE, 5 SEPT: The CBI today arrested mining baron and former minister Mr G Janardhan Reddy and managing director of Obalapuram Mining Company (OMC) Mr BV Srinivas Reddy after conducting raids

March 6: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) is bringing about a silent revolution in rural areas in this drought-prone district. The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, inaugurated the programme in a remote village, Bandlapalli, in Anantapur district on February 2, 2006.

Supreme Court has asked the states to evict illegal occupants of village commons.  This a report by Down to Earth on the apex court judgement which said that transfer of village community land for private & commercial use is illegal and asked all state governments to prepare schemes for eviction of illegal occupants of village community land & restore them back for the purpose it was originally meant for. 

Feb. 10: Central Bureau of Investigation officials ins-pected all controversial mining sites in Obulapuram and H. Siddapuram villages as part of their investigation for the second day in D. Hi-rehal mandal on Thursday. Officials including Indian Bureau of Mines senior geologists visited Anantapur Mining Company, Obulapuram Mining Company 1 & 2, Y.

The CBI is now free to go ahead with the probe into the alleged iron ore mining irregularities in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, with the Supreme Court on Monday refusing to put a stay on the Andhra Pradesh High Court