Hunger strike protest completes a month

As the hunger strike for the cause of endosulfan victims in the district completed a month here on Monday, people formed a human wall to protest against the alleged laxity of the State government in rehabilitating the affected population. Inaugurating the protest, Ambalathara Muneesa, a victim born without sight who has two postgraduate degrees, sought the resignation of N.A. Nellikunnu and P.B. Abdul Razak, MLAs from the district, for the alleged callous approach of the government.

Social activist Medha Patkar and 20 persons were arrested on Thursday for protesting against the demolition of slums at Golibar in Khar, in suburban Mumbai.

MUMBAI: The National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) held a review meeting in Mumbai on Thursday.

March organised by the National Alliance of People’s Movements

Thousands of urban poor of Mumbai marched on the streets of the city, covering a distance of about 30 km in two days, demanding land, housing rights, dignity and equal rights. The march was organised by the National Alliance of People’s Movements, under the leadership of Medha Patkar. The march began on January 1 from two different areas in Mumbai, namely Govandi and Golibar, to demand the implementation of the Rajeev Awas Yojana as self-development towards right to shelter. The protesters halted at Shivaji Park in Dadar on Tuesday night and resumed the march towards Mantralaya in South Mumbai on the morning of January 2. The protesters were stopped in South Mumbai and taken to Azad Maidan.

Clause debarring judges from making verbal comments against any constitutional authority in open courts retained, with some change

The Cabinet today cleared the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, which also addresses disputed takeovers of the past and seeks to resolve these. The renamed Bill — The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill — emphasises compensation for all land acquired and seeks to apply this with retrospective effect in all cases where takeovers are disputed or compensation is pending or disputed, sources said.

“If a dam on Kosi did not stop floods, this too will be a waste”

Airing scepticism over the inter-linking of rivers serving the desired purpose, social activist Medha Patkar on Sunday charged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with embarking on the project in the State without consulting people. “I am apprehensive about inter-linking of rivers serving the desired purpose and if it is so then chronic flood caused by Kosi river should have stopped after construction of dams,” she said at the ninth biennial national conference of the public movements on environmental issues.

A 12-member group of ministers (GoM) headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, formed to vet certain provisions in the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, met in New Delhi on Thursday, but did not take any decision on the draft legislation.

The meeting took place amid criticisms from civil society activists that the rural development ministry had watered down some provisions of the Bill, which has been renamed as The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011. Industry representatives, however, welcomed the changes.

No case for review is made out both on the grounds of delay as well as on merits

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to entertain a petition filed by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) seeking review of the inter-linking of rivers (ILR) judgment on the ground that the directions in it amounted to judicial overreach. It also declined permission to 21 eminent citizens to file a similar petition.

If the hundreds displaced in the Narmada valley owe the good deal they got to the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), there are thousands of others who have been deprived of benefits they would potential

Among major projects stalled awaiting new legislation are Posco, ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel and Coal India

More than a century after it was drawn up by British colonial rulers, India's land acquisition law is finally set for a revamp that promises to breathe life into scores of frozen industrial and infrastructure projects and help lift the sagging economy.