coastal clearances: The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests issued the second draft of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) notification, which allows green-field airports on coasts.

Vowing to intensify their agitation against bauxite mining the Opposition TD launch-ed padayatra in this Agen-cy mandal here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the TD district unit president, Mr Bandaru Satyanrayana Murthy, alleged that the Congress government was diluting the rights of the tribals under the 1/70 Act.

The Opposition Telugu Desam leaders here on Monday said they would scrap the MoUs signed by the Congress government with the Jindal South West Aluminium Limited and Ras-al-Khaimah for supply of bauxite ore, if their party is voted to power in the ensuing general elections. Addressing a media conference here on Monday, the TD city and district unit presidents, Mr B. Satyanarayana Murthy and Dr C.M.A. Zaheer Ahmed, alleged that the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, had ignored public opinion on bauxite mining.

Step into Jharkahnd's Tentoposi village in Seraikela district and you will be greeted with hostile glances. Sitting on rich mineral reserves of iron ore, residents of this village are constantly

UCIL's bauxite mine project: Assistance from rapid action force was sought to conduct public hearing. No environmental issue was taken up during the hearing

The Orissa government's agreement with Vedanta Alumina to allow mining of bauxite deposits in the Niyamgiri hills, the home of the Dongaria Kondha tribe, is an example of how corporate interests backed by state support are trampling on tribal livelihoods and threatening an ecologically rich and important region.

Environmental clearance has more to do with regional environmental concerns than local impacts. This is clear from the rapid EIA report for the Shakti Bauxite mine. The assessment has to justify

Political parties and tribals who have been agitating against bauxite mining are planning to block scientists of the Indian Council of Forest Research and Environment when they come for a survey. It is learnt that the scientists would visit the Agency areas soon to undertake a mining impact survey. This is mandatory to get permission for mining in a forest area from the ministry of environment and forests. The proposed mining project would displace tribals in large numbers and has also evoked sharp protests from environmentalists who warn that it would have a negative ecological impact.

the Vedanta controversy has acquired yet another twist, with the Orissa government trying to acquire more land in Kalahandi district's Lanjigarh block, the place where the company's one million

On November 23, the Supreme Court of India refused to permit Vedanta Alumina Limited to mine bauxite in the Niyamgiri hills. Many have interpreted it as a blanket refusal to mining in the hills.