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28 August 2014
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MINING IN ODISHA
A battle that hasn’t been won in nine years

With numerous court cases, regulatory rulings and pending environmental clearances behind it, the South Korean steel major POSCO still persists with its plans in India. Kanchi Kohli looks at the latest in the case and wonders why.

Mining Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

DISASTER AFTERMATH
For distraught Phailin survivors, life is little consolation
Their shelters and livelihoods ravaged by the deadly recent cyclone, many women along Odisha's coastline are are so bereft of any hope for the future that they feel it would have been better to be among the dead. Sarada Lahangir meets some of them.
Relief

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE
New report on POSCO - who's listening?
The report of the Roy Paul Committee set up by the MoEF to examine and act on the earlier judgment of the Green Tribunal recommends several studies and assessments, but few of those seem to have been considered in the most recent appraisal. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

BAUXITE MINING IN ODISHA
Niyamgiri gets some time to breathe
The battle between Sterlite Industries and tribal communities over mining in the Niyamgiri hills may not be just over yet, but the most recent Supreme Court judgment empowering the gram sabha has come as a temporary reprieve for the people. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Forests Mining Environment

FOREST RIGHTS ACT
Rights Act, not working right
There is wide-spread failure in safeguarding the rights of forest communities protected under the Forest Rights Act. State and Central Governments are complicit in diluting it. Tushar Dash reports.
Forests Environment

SACRED HILLS
Niyamgiri again
Why bother complying with regulations if a committee can decide that it didn't matter much that the law was bypassed? MoEF finds itself on the backfoot, after its experts look away from the law. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

INTERVIEW
Is the Forest Rights Act working?
Environmentalist Ashish Kothari discusses the politics behind the approval of the POSCO project, and how the FRA is faring in Odisha, in conversation with Pradeep Baisakh.
Forests Environment Interviews Adivasis

RESOURCES / MINING
Anguish in Angul
The proposed natural resource extraction in Angul district and other nearby places in Orissa will devastate the land and its already-suffering people even further. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

MINING
The battlefield of hopes
As in many other struggles around the country, in Kalinganagar too there are fractures within the opposition to the proposed industrial plants, and families are torn apart by bleak choices. Freny Manecksha reports.
Mining Displacement Human Rights

KANDHAMAL ATTACKS
Haunted by the riots
Christian dalits and adivasis in Kandhamal district of Orissa live fearfully among their Hindu neighbours more than two years after large-scale riots against members of their faith. Freny Manecksha reports.
Caste Adivasis Society

MINING IN NIYAMGIRI
Round and round the sacred hills
Despite many violations, protests, and committee recommendations against mining in the Niyamgiri hills, the region's fate lies in the corridors of power. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

STEEL PLANT AND PORT
Holding their ground against POSCO
The steel plant and port proposed by the South Korean mining giant in Orissa has remained on paper, as local opposition has successfully fought off the company's efforts. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

HISTORY AND HUNGER REPEAT
Starvation stalks Balangir, government in denial
Even as the state government refuses to accept the cause behind the recent 50 starvation deaths reported by the media, hunger stalks the people of Balangir and other KBK districts in Orissa portending more such tragedies, writes Pradeep Baisakh.
Food Security Government Poverty
 

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