Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has received a shot in the arm with a Union ministry of environment and forests committee recommending environmental clearance for the firm

The Rs 17,000 crore Polavaram irrigation project could run into heavy weather. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has objected to the Andhra Pradesh Government going ahead with construction for the project without settling with the Chhattisgarh and Orissa governments the issue of building embankments. Both states have argued that they have not been consulted by the Andhra Pradesh Government.

Raipur: A cholera outbreak may have gone undetected in South Bastar this monsoon. Since June, a steady stream of deaths have been reported in the Maoist-hit districts of Bijapur and Dantewada.

New Delhi: The Raman Singh government just got one day from the Supreme Court on Wednesday to respond to some searching questions on mitigating the plight of poor tribals caught in the crossfire between Naxals and Salwa Judum, the state-sponsored vigilante group, in Chhattisgarh

Personnel of the security forces interact with members of Salwa Judum, a vigilante group raised to fight naxalites. A file photograph.

Aman Sethi


NEW DELHI: A number of eminent persons and well-known activists have rallied to the support of writer Arundhati Roy, whose article on Operation Green Hunt has come under the scanner of the Chhattisgarh police.

The interests of both the State and the Maoists are served by reducing the complex and many-layered tragedy unfolding in the forests of Dantewada to a battle between Good and Evil. For the Maoists, the people are subordinate to the revolution; for the government, the people are a minor expendable detail in the mineral-rich territory they live in.

Aman Sethi

In June 2005, a movement known as the