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Polavaram: SC takes exception to non-filing of affidavit by top officer 17.4.2018 General News
The Supreme Court today took exception to the union water resources department secretary not filing an affidavit in a matter relating to the Polavaram Project in Andhra Pradesh despite its order and directed him to do so in three days. The direction came after the apex court was informed that a chief engineer of the department has filed an affidavit instead of the secretary. "There is an order of this court. You have to comply with it," a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta told the counsel representing the Centre. "This is not in compliance of our order. We direct the secretary of the water resources department to file the affidavit within three days," the bench said. The bench had on February 15 asked the secretary of the department and several states, including Odisha and Telangana, to file "specific affidavits" stating they were bound by the 1980 award of Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal which had adjudicated the river water utilisation dispute among the basin
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Maoists area of influence shrinks; 44 districts removed from affected list: Union Home Secretary 16.4.2018 Zee News : India National
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said the geographical spread of the LWE violence has shrunk significantly in the last four years due to a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development-related measures.
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Maoists area of influence shrinks; 44 districts removed from affected list: Union Home Secy 15.4.2018 General News
Forty-four districts in the country are no longer under the influence of Maoists or have negligible presence and most of the Left Wing Extremism is now confined only to 30 worst-hit districts. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said the geographical spread of the LWE violence has shrunk significantly in the last four years due to a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development-related measures. "There is no influence or negligible presence of LWE in 44 districts and most of the Naxal violence is confined now only to 30 worst-affected districts," he told PTI in an interview here. Gauba said significant features of the anti-Naxal policy were zero tolerance towards violence coupled with a big push to developmental activities so that benefits of new roads, bridges, telephone towers reach the poor and the vulnerable in the affected areas. The Ministry of Home Affairs had categorised 106 districts in 10 states as LWE-affected districts. These districts are covered under the ...
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Neutrino project: no clearance from villagers 15.4.2018 Hindu: News
The recent granting of environmental clearance by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has sharpened the divide between villagers of Pottipuram, activists and scientists, with local hostility to the project strengthening
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Dindi project in Telangana named after Vidyasagar Rao 14.4.2018 General News
The Telangana government today decided to name Dindi Lift Irrigation scheme in Nalgonda district after late irrigation expert R Vidyasagar Rao. The state government has instructed the Irrigation department to call the project henceforth as R Vidyasagar Rao Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme, a release from the Chief Minister's office said. "Vidyasagar Rao had highlighted the injustices done to Telangana in the irrigation sector. His life's ambition was to provide safe drinking water to the fluoride-affected Nalgonda district and provide water to the arid lands in the Telangana region," it said. "We are making rapid strides in the irrigation sector in tune with the dreams of Vidyasagar Rao," the release added. It is befitting that the Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme in his native Nalgonda district is named after him, the release quoted ChiefMinister K Chandrasekhar Rao as saying.
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Vedanta to save Rs 800 per tonne in long-term bauxite deal with OMC 12.4.2018 Latest News
After years of struggle to secure raw material for its Lanjigarh alumina refinery following Niyamgiri fiasco, Vedanta has finally cliched a deal with state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) for supply of bauxite to its beleaguered plant.As a result, Vedanta is expected to get 0.8 million tonne of bauxite from the OMC in the current financial year at a price which is estimated to be Rs 700 to Rs 800 per tonne cheaper compared to the landed cost of bauxite at the Lanjigarh plant site at present. In the first ever auction of bauxite in the country, Vedanta along with Hindalco and Anrak Aluminium have snatched up 0.19 million tonne of bauxite offered by OMC from its newly opened Kodingamali mines in Koraput district.In the process, OMC has discovered the rate for long term supply of bauxite to Vedanta which is estimated at about Rs 465 per tonne at the pithead excluding the royalty payment to the state government and statutory contribution to district mineral foundation (DMF) and ...
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Pollution in U'khand village: NGT appoints amicus curiae 11.4.2018 General News
The National Green Tribunal has appointed a lawyer to assist it on a complaint of the residents of an Uttarakhand village, alleging discharge of untreated chemical effluents in drains by industries located in the vicinity. A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore appointed senior advocate Raj Panjwani and advocate Meera Gopal as amicus curiae in the matter and directed that copies of all the documents should be served to them within three days. "The counsel for State of Uttarakhand and State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd (SIDCUL) pray for time to file replies. Last opportunity is granted to the respondents to file replies by April 17, 2018 with an advance copy to the amicus curiae," the bench said. The villagers had contended that there was complete violation of environmental laws and pollution norms by a large number of industries at the SIDCUL industrial park, located in the vicinity of village Siddh Garbyang in the Udham Singh Nagar district. Terming .
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Saga of a struggle 11.4.2018 FrontLine: The Nation
In Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district, protests against Sterlite’s copper smelter plant get a second wind as local residents’ health and environmental concerns over the company’s expansion plan lead to the revival of a long-forgotten people’s movement. By ILANGOVAN RAJASEKARAN
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Meghalaya to bring resolution on lifting coal mining ban 11.4.2018 The Assam Tribune
Meghalaya to bring resolution on lifting coal mining ban
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State aims to generate 1659.05 mega watts from 15 power projects 10.4.2018 Meghalaya Times

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 10: The state government is attempting to generate 1659.05 mega watts from as many as 15 power projects to meet the shortfall of power in Meghalaya and the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of most of these projects have been completed.
This was informed by State Power Minister, James Sangma in the Assembly on Tuesday. He also said that these include 10 hydro power projects, two thermal power projects and three new and renewable energy projects.

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Meghalaya to bring resolution on lifting coal mining ban 10.4.2018 General News
Meghalaya Power Minister James K Sangma today said the state government is hopeful to bring about a resolution to lift the ban on coal mining in the state to ensure that the two thermal power projects, with an installed capacity of 740 MW, will not face difficulty. The two thermal projects are at Nongalbibra in South Garo Hills and at Darugiri in East Garo Hills, he said, adding that the detailed project report (DPR) for the project at Nongalbibra has been completed and the application for environmental clearance was submitted to Ministry of Environment and Forest. "We are hopeful of a resolution to lift the ban on coal mining soon so that these projects will not face any difficulty," Sangma said, while replying to a supplementary question during question hour in the House. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a blanket ban on unscientific coal mining in the state since April, 2014 affecting its economy and livelihood of a large number of people. He also ...
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JOGL seeks to withdraw from oil exploration 10.4.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
JOGL seeks to withdraw from oil exploration
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Hopes dashed, why India Inc fears Modi now 10.4.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
'The Modi government needs some big private sector trophies to affirm its anti-corruption credentials before the polls.''So on whose neck will the sword fall next?''To that extent, the outing of the ICICI Bank-Videocon story is cathartic,' says Shekhar Gupta.
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SAIL, Jharkhand govt had opposed Centre's Saranda forest mining plan 10.4.2018 DNA: India
The Steel Authority of India (SAIL), the Jharkhand government and the Ministry of Steel had all opposed the Centre's draft plan on mining in the Saranda forest that proposed 'go, no-go zones and biodiversity hotspots', documents reviewed by DNA showed. After accepting the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education's (ICFRE) expert report on carrying capacity survey of Saranda, the Environment Ministry proposed two mining zones, two conservation areas and three critical biodiversity hotspots for "sustainable mining" in the region. The ministry had also proposed that forest compartments in mining Zone-II would be considered only after exhausting mineral reserves in the mining Zone-I. The plan was prepared in the light of the recommendations of the Justice MB Shah inquiry commission report on the illegal mining in Jharkhand. The draft was shared with SAIL, Ministry of Steel and Jharkhand government in September 2016 to seek their responses. In their detailed response, all three had advocated doing ...
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NGO raises fresh concerns over Parsik Hills quarrying 9.4.2018 Deccan Herald - News
An NGO has raised fresh concerns with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the quarrying of Parsik Hills in Navi Mumbai as a quarry operator has obtained environment clearance for blasting at Borivali village in MIDC area. The Thane District level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (DEIAA) has given clearance to a private company to operate the quarry with a host of conditions such as prevention of dust pollution and development of green belt. The NGO, Shri Ekavira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), has appealed to the chief minister to intervene and ensure that the Parsik Hill range, which has been plundered recklessly, should be protected from further quarrying to protect the health of the people living in the vicinity and prevent damage to ecological balance. The private operator is all set to start quarrying in an area where a small hill has nearly disappeared due to continuous blasting, Nandakumar Pawar, director of SEAP said in his e-mail to Fadnavis. He said his NGO is not the against ...
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Row over clearance for quarries 8.4.2018 Hindu: National
Govt accused of colluding with quarry owners
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'India needs healthy macro-economic environment to become $10 tn economy' 8.4.2018 General News
India will have to create and nurture a very healthy and supportive macro-economic environment to become USD 10 trillion economy by 2030, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg today said here. Garg further said the Modi government has taken many reform measures since 2014, including GST (Goods and Service Tax) and IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code). "We are USD 2.5 trillion economy... growing reasonably well... By 2030, to become USD 10 trillion economy, we will have to create and nurture very healthy and supportive macro-economic environment," he said while participating in panel discussion organised by industry body CII. Garg also said the government is working on an overseas investment policy with an aim to provide support to Indian businesses which will invest abroad. Speaking at the event, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said India should not be only in top 50 in ease of doing business rank, but the country should do ...
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AAI seeks 'green signal' from MoEF for 7 airports expansion 8.4.2018 General News
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has approached the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change seeking permission for various expansion programmes ofseven airports including Pune, Guwahati and Tirupati this year so far. The total investment outlay for all the seven airports was pegged at nearly Rs 3000 crore, according to the minutes of meetings of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the ministry held in January and March. A top official of the national airports' operator recently said that the PSU will be investing Rs 15,000 crore during the current fiscal for terminal building projects across the country. The AAI sought Environmental Clearance (EC) for Jabalpur (MP), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Allahabad (UP) and Guwahati international airports, while requesting the Ministry for preparing Terms of References (TOR) for Pune, Tirupati and Kolhapur Airports. "Construction of New Integrated Terminal Building (for Pune airport), Reconstruction of Old Terminal ..
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Odisha threatens to scrap mining leases of OMDC 7.4.2018 Hindu: Rx
It comes as a big jolt to RINL as it has invested ₹361 crore in EIL
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NGT dismisses plea against felling of trees 7.4.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Says proper procedure followed to clear area for convention centre in Dwarka
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