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The Maharashtra government has given its approval for a first-of-its-kind bamboo processing unit to be set up in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district at an estimated cost of Rs 19.40 crore.

The state Cabinet last week gave two major approvals that could pave way for liberating bamboo from the strict control of forest department.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Lokmangal Sanstha Vs Sanjay Wadettiwar dated 11/12/2013 regarding construction of Sai Rice Mill in the proximity of Lokmangal Sanstha, Chamorshi, district Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.

Original Source: http://www.greentribunal.gov.in/judgment/22_2013(App)(WZ)_11Dec2013_final_order.pdf

Deo Raises Issues Concerning Tribal People

Pune: Corporate interests in mining pose the biggest threat to tribal communities, which has triggered an upsurge in left-wing extremism in certain areas, Union minister for tribal affairs V Kishore Chandra Deo said here on Tuesday.

Sajjan Jindal, chairman, JSW Steel, said in a letter ore output has not stabilised in state despite the Supreme Court lifting mining ban in April.

At a time when tigers are crying for inviolate spaces - and forestry concepts are changing in the advent of climate change and carbon credits- demand for 63,000 hectare (630 sq km) reserve forest a

Cotton, soya bean have been severely damaged to heavy rains. Floods due to heavy rainfall in Vidarbha have severely damaged cash crops, including cotton, oranges and soya beans.

On 25 May, the ghastly Naxal attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Darbha, Chhattisgarh, jolted political leaders across the spectrum.

Maharashtra Government on Wednesday decided to set aside Rs 470 crore for a micro-irrigation scheme, to be implemented from this year.

Maharashtra’s Tribal Development Department is helping 18 villages in three districts to use the Forest Rights Act to exercise their control over tendu leaves.

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