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The Tamirabarani river is a part of the ecological and cultural landscape, and traditions of the people of Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately, public resources like the river water are sold at throwaway prices to corporations, who in turn resell the water either in the form of packaged drinking water or as aerated beverages. The political economy of the river and the state’s industrial plans, require radical rethinking.

New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers. The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable and unjust point.

The closure of Nokia's mobile phone assembly plant in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, just eight years after it commenced production, illustrates how corporations can quit operations at a point when it is no longer profitable for them to continue, while the impact of such closures on workers is profound. The special economic zones policy of the state actively promoted corporate-led industrialisation promising employment, and creating aspirations among young workers.

Order of the Madras High Court in the matter of Dr. D. A. Prabakar Vs State of Tamil Nadu & Others dated 21/11/2016 regarding Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola in the SIPCOT Industrial Growth Centre, Gangaikondan Village, Maanur Taluk, Tirunelveli District using water from Tamirabarani River for the purpose of manufacturing soft drinks and mineral waters.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Kedar Nath Yadav Vs State of West Bengal And Others dated 31/08/2016 regarding acquisition of land by Tata Motors Ltd. to an extent of about 1000 acres within the mouzas Gopalnagar, Singherberi, Beraberi, Khaserberi and Bajemelia, P.S. Singur, District Hooghly, West Bengal.

Order of the Federal Court of Australia in the matter of Australian Conservation Foundation Incorporated Vs Minister for the Environment regarding approval of Adani Carmichael coal mine project dated 29/08/2016. The applicant (Australian Conservation Foundation Incorporated) had opposed the proposed construction of a new open-cut and underground coal mine at Moray Downs in central Queensland and a rail link and associated infrastructure designed to transport coal between the mine and certain coal export terminals.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sanjay Kumar Vs. State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 24/08/2016. Grievance is regarding discharge of untreated waste water in the pond situated behind the factory of M/s Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd.

This report evaluates the disclosure practices of 100 major emerging market multinationals headquartered in 15 countries and active in 185 countries. The report is part of a series on corporate reporting published by Transparency International since 2008.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Shobha Phadnavis & Others Vs State of Maharashtra & Others dated 08/07/2016 regarding diversion of forest areas for laying of Reliance Gas Pipeline for transportation of Ethane between Dahej in the State of Gujarat and Nagothane in the State of Maharashtra.

In May 2010, 192 Member States endorsed Resolution WHA63.14 to restrict the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverage products high in saturated fats, trans fatty acids, free sugars and/or salt to children and adolescents globally. We examined the actions taken between 2010 and early 2016 – by civil society groups, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional offices, other United Nations (UN) organizations, philanthropic institutions and transnational industries – to help decrease the prevalence of obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases among young people.

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