KOCHI: A cool seaside breeze, changing shades of sunset and hot pegs.

Read text of the latest SC order on Nirma cement in Bhavnagar. The apex court has made it clear that Nirma will have to scrap this plant if it fails to prove that the project does not fall in eco-sensitive wetlands.

Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday said the cost of acquiring land for the industry would rise once the new land acquisition Bill was enacted, but the benefits that the law would bring to the people affected by industrial projects would outweigh its costs.
He said the proposed law which had been sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by BJP MP Sumitra Mahajan, was aimed at striking a balance between the need of infrastructure creation and giving a better deal to the project affected families.

The New Land Acquisition Bill Proposes To Strike A Balance Between Development And Displacement.

With the rising demand for paper and paper products during the last decade, the industry has urged the government to explore possibility of using a part of the huge track of wasteland for growing trees, which would meet future wood pulp requirements.

Today, the water structure is invariable common property, which can be taken apart
We were standing at the edge of what looked like a swamp — there were grass, pools and streams. On one side there was land heavily barricaded with high walls, barbed wires and armed security. A board read: East Coast Energy, Kakarapalli. A bloody battle had taken place in this village in Andhra Pradesh a few months ago. People protesting against the takeover of their wetland were shot at and three of them lost their lives. Now the site of the 2,640 Mw thermal power plant is under siege — locked and in court.

Visakhapatnam is in a critical stage, says Sunita Narain

Questions invocation of urgency clause for land acquisition in Greater Noida

In a setback for the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Monday raised serious reservations over the state administration

Bioenergy could help bring food security to the world's poorest continent, say Lee R. Lynd and Jeremy Woods.


The Assam government has drafted an ambitious plan to introduce cultivation of jatropha (Jatropha curcas ) to help farmers boost their income, and also to produce bio-diesel.

The state agriculture department last week organised a day-long training workshop for farmers and NGOs working in rural areas to popularise the crop.