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23 April, 2014: News Updates from India

23 April, 2014

Land Acquisition

1. High land cost to pinch govt: There is a growing clamour against the provisions of a new land acquisition law with several infrastructure sectors – from road, to railway and power – fearing a three-fold jump in acquisition cost due to the new legislation. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/High-land-cost-to-pinch-govt/articleshow/34083984.cms?

2. Delay in framing rules affects acquisition, says collector: District collector M G Rajamanickam has admitted that land acquisition for Kochi metro has been affected due to the state government’s failure in framing rules for the new land acquisition act introduced by the Union government this year. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Delay-in-framing-rules-affects-acquisition-says-collector/articleshow/34083524.cms

3. Gail Decides To Cancel Contract To Lay Pipeline In Tamil Nadu: Gail (India) Ltd. has decided to cancel the Rs.3,400 crore Kochi-Mangalore LNG pipeline project, giving a temporary relief to Tamil Nadu farmers who were protesting against the laying the pipeline in Tamil Nadu, reports said. While welcoming the development, farmers said they would protest until the government scraps the Petroleum and Minerals Pipelines (PMP) Act. http://www.rttnews.com/2304714/gail-decides-to-cancel-contract-to-lay-pipeline-in-tamil-nadu.aspx?type=in&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap

4. Polavaram Issue Looms Large on Aswaraopet: The Centre’s decision to merge the villages that are likely to be submerged under the Polavaram project with Seemandhra will have a major impact on the prospects of the candidates who are contesting from Aswaraopet Assembly constituency. The voters may vote for the candidate who can give assurance of preventing the merging of villages with Seemandhra. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Polavaram-Issue-Looms-Large-on-Aswaraopet/2014/04/23/article2184069.ece

5. Dry Lands a Common Sight as Polavaram Project Lies Pending: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Dry-Lands-a-Common-Sight-as-Polavaram-Project-Lies-Pending/2014/04/22/article2182725.ece

6. Probe against Lafarge: The compliance adviser/ ombudsman (CAO) is assessing a complaint filed against Lafarge Surma Cement’s land acquisition and limestone quarrying operation close to villages of Shella and Tynger in Meghalaya. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140422/jsp/northeast/story_18264097.jsp#.U1dlUVWSyo4

Adivasi

7. Forest Dept Finds Ally in Tribals to Fight Poachers: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Forest-Dept-Finds-Ally-in-Tribals-to-Fight-Poachers/2014/04/23/article2184393.ece

8. Yercaud Tribals Travel 32 KM Uphill to Cast Vote: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Yercaud-Tribals-Travel-32-KM-Uphill-to-Cast-Vote/2014/04/23/article2184232.ece1

Human-animal conflict

9. Translocation seldom settles human-leopard conflicts: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/translocation-seldom-settles-humanleopard-conflicts/article5939783.ece

Caste System in India

10. Seers to Fast to Denounce Untouchability: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Seers-to-Fast-to-Denounce-Untouchability/2014/04/23/article2184271.ece

Anti-nuclear movement

11. Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike_926327.html

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