Debabrata Mohanty
Ijirupa(Lanjigarh, Kala handi
Two years ago when Rahul Gandhi visited Ijirupa village, he promised the Dongaria Kondhs and Kutia Kondhs— the two primitive tribal groups—as well as other people living in around Niyamgiri mountains that he would bat for their rights in Delhi.


Protecting a mountain won't help, urbanisation and education will

NEW DELHI: After a long drawn -out consultation process, the Union government has finally pronounced its verdict against Vedanta Alumina's $1.7-billion plan to mine bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa.

Nistula Hebbar

New Delhi: When All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi visits Lanjigarh, the site of the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) considered the report submitted by the four member committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests vide its order dated 29.06.2010 for investigation into a proposal submitted by the Government of Orissa for diversion of 660.749 ha forest land in favour of Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd for bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi and

If there is a single conclusion the Ministry of Environment and Forests can arrive at based on the report of the four-member committee led by Planning Commission member N.C. Saxena on the proposed open cast mining in Orissa's forested Niyamgiri hills, it is this: drop it.

Bhubaneswar: Orissa government Tuesday lodged its protest against the Saxena Committee report on Vedanta issue.

The state government, in a letter to the Union ministry of environment and forest, has asserted that Orissa is second in the country in the implementation of forest laws and rules.

After one stop-work order on the Rs 54,000-crore Posco project, a four-member panel appointed by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has dealt a blow to yet another big-ticket investor in Orissa, the London-based Vedanta Resources Ltd.

This expert panel report on Vedanta's bauxite mining
project in Orissa submitted to MoEF on August 16, 2010 says that the
company must not given permission for this project as it has illegally
occupied forest land andwill also threaten survival of local tribes. <br>

Hasan Suroor