Climate Change: Equity, the new buzzword at Bonn climate negotiations

It was India, which at last year’s climate negotiations at Durban had insisted on bringing the principle of equity back into the agenda for tackling climate change. The concept, which not so long ago had almost fallen off the climate agenda now features in almost everyone’s negotiation agenda at the mid-year climate change meeting at Bonn. The testament to its regaining relevance in climate talks was a day-long workshop on May 17 organised by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), exclusively devoted to debating the concept of equity.

Justice for the tiller’s land

The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Rural Development has made critical and bold recommendations to reduce the anomalies in the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, and make acquisition fair and just. Not only has it strongly disagreed with the government‘s specious claim that land acquisition to aid for-profit private companies would constitute public purpose, it has also rightly recommended that the government not acquire land for such companies. A complete overhaul of the archaic Land Acquisition Act (1894) was long overdue.

Mumbai-SEZ now seeks one more extension

Mumbai-SEZ has sought yet another extension for its multi-product special economic zone on 5,000 hectares land in Khopta, Raigad district in Maharashtra. “The state government has recommended the proposal. Now, the final decision will be taken by the board of approval in a meeting on May 22,” a senior industries department official told Times of India on Friday.

Centre to deal anti-nuke mind-set with NIMHANS – Indian Govt. seeking psychiatric help?

Having exhausted all options to end opposition to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, the Centre now plans to get a peek into the protesters’ minds and remove any fears. For this, it has decided to engage a team of psychiatrists from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore.

‘Nuclear power only in August’

Jayalalithaa may have to wait till August. Power-starved Tamil Nadu will have to wait longer for its full share from the Kudankulam plant. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), which is implementing the project, on Friday said full commercial production of power at the 1,000MW first unit of the plant can start only in August.

Pakistani shot while on way to collect bodies of three sons

A Pakistani woman was injured and three men accompanying her were killed when they were shot at while on their way to a morgue in Karachi to collect the bodies of her three sons who had earlier been fatally shot, a media report said Saturday. While a son of Zuleikha, 58, was killed last Sunday, two of her sons were shot dead Wednesday. She was on way to collect their bodies when the attack was carried out by six men who then fled, police said.

Pakistan to test-fire n-missile

Pakistan will test fire a new nuclear-capable missile by the end of this month, a media report said Saturday.
Geo News reported that the surface-to-surface `Nasr‘ missile has a 180-km range and a high degree of accuracy. The army has completed preparations for it, said sources.

Myanmar ‘slaves’ rescued in Thailand

Nearly 150 Myanmar migrant workers locked up inside a shrimp factory near Bangkok have been rescued by Thai police. Kyaw Thaung, a spokesperson for the Burmese Association in Thailand (BAT), told The Irrawaddy newspaper that they came to know about their plight from another worker.