The overwhelming rejection by Dongria Kondh tribals, of a proposal to mine their sacred lands in Niyamgiri Hills is an unprecedented victory for indigenous rights in the face of business interests. Read this press release by Amnesty International.

Kunakadu : Rainclouds hung over Niyamgiri hills, but the cloud of uncertainty over Vedanta Alumina’s 1 million tonne per annum alumina refinery plant at Lanjigarh, Kalahandi, deepened further after

The Dongria Kondhs of Kunakeda in Kalahandi district on Wednesday declared that worshipping their presiding deity, Niyamraja, was their birthright and no force on earth could snatch away their reli

Bhubaneswar : Four days after tribals, in the first pallisabha, unanimously rejected Vedanta Aluminium plan to mine bauxite from Niyamgiri hills, another village has joined the chorus.

Three-hour-long sabha was attended by 33 of 36 adult voters from Kesarpadi.

With the tribals of Niyamgiri hilly region in Kalahandi district rejecting the proposal for bauxite mining in the first Gram Sabha held on Thursday last in Rayagada district, the outcome of the sec

lanjigarh : Thirty two voters from the remote Kesarpadi village, part of the adjoining district of Rayagada, are expected to participate in the second Gram Sabha on Monday for deciding on allowing

Apart from keeping a watch on proceedings, NGOs are also holding mock gram sabhas to tutor villagers on how to express their opinion in these meets.

Even as State Government is facing opposition over conducting Gram Sabhas to decide the mining in Niyamgiri hills, Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists (SGAT) has batted for permitting

The Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologies (SGAT), a body of pro-mining lobbyists, today said that the bauxite mining project at Niyamgiri Hill in Kalahandi district will not affect the l