Nuclear Issues: News Updates on 29 November 2013

Nuclear Issues: News Updates on 29 November 2013

1. ‘Power from Jaitapur N-plant will not cost more than Rs 6.5/unit’:

2. Allow to set up N-plants at thermal power plant sites: AEC:

3. Kudankulam blast: Locals blame ‘refugees’ from other village:–refugees–from-other-village/1200419/

4. Kudankulam activists extend support to AAP in Delhi polls:

5. Anti-nuke protesters booked in connection with explosion:

Climate Change News Updates: 29 November 2013

Climate Change News Updates: 29 November 2013

1. Attacks on scientific consensus on climate change mirror tactics of tobacco industry:

2. Climate change will cause ‘serious economic losses’ in Pacific:

3. ‘NZ must tackle rising emissions’ from electricity sector:

4. Climate change increased the number of deaths:

5. Philippines: WWF calls for building climate change-ready communities:

6. Indian traders call on Minister: government wants to trade with India on equal footing:

7. Deal struck at climate-change summit:

8. China CDM Fund recognized as global ‘lighthouse activity’:

9. Where will the money for climate change action come from?

10. Scientists: Addressing agricultural emissions not enough:

11. Managing floods in a changing climate for a green future:

12. Climate change is affecting water supply in India:

13. Indian Ocean climate changes point to drier, more fire-prone future:

14. The India Problem: Why is it thwarting every international climate agreement?

15. ADB: Fiji losses 4% of GDP in climate change:

16. ‘Climate changes increasing workload on women’:

Tehelka Rape case: Shoma Chaudhury should be arrested: Vidya Shet

The chairperson of the state commission for women of Goa, Vidya Shet, on Monday hit out at the managing editor of the Tehelka magazine, Shoma Chaudhury, in the journalist sexual assault case. She condemned Chaudhury and said that she should be arrested as she has given protection to the accused.

Kudankulam activists clarify, they have nothing to do with the Blast

Anti-nuclear activists at Kudankulam have clarified that they have nothing to do with the Tuesday blast in a village in the Kudankulam district of Tamil Nadu. There occurred a blast at a house in the Tsunami Colony, which is 1.5 kms away from Idinthakarai village. There has been a vehement rivalry between two groups belonging to the Koothenkuzhy village over the sea sand mining issue there. When the sand mafia drove many of the people out of Koothenkuzhy, they had taken refuge in the neighbouring villages. When the group in Idinthakarai had tried to make country bombs, the Idinthakarai Village Committee did ask them to leave the village. However, some people had stayed back with their families in the Tsunami Colony doing fishing. Several families chose to stay because of their children’s education and for protection of pregnant women. Some of these men’s misadventure must have resulted in the blast on November 26, 2013.

Activist booked over blast near Kudankulam plant

Mr. Uthayakumar, head of the anti-nuclear People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), his associates Pushparayan, Mukilan and ‘others’ have been booked under different sections of Indian Pemal Code and Explosive Substances Act. They have been booked for offences including culpable homicide not amounting to murder and criminal conspiracy among others.

National Platform Against Water Privatisation (NPAWP)

National Platform Against Water Privatisation (NPAWP)
Press Release

Vote for Water Campaign launched

NPAWP (Delhi Unit) has launched a Non Political election campaign in Delhi requesting people to vote for water and creating awareness among people how people water was made commodity/business by government to ensure private corporate profits.

A door to door campaign is launched today by NPAWP with it more than 200 volunteers in first phase. The number of volunteers will go upto 500 on 1st and 2nd December. The volunteer will go door to door explain people about their water rights, corruption in water and how they were not supplied water artificially. NPAWP has set up the target to reach 1.5 lakh families through this campaign.

For more details please refer the pamphlet attached with this press release.

Kiran Shaheen, Convener, NPAWP, Delhi State

Sanjay Sharma, National AdvisorJanta ka Pani per ghosnapatra (Clr) 2 Janta ka Pani per ghosnapatra (Clr) 1

Climate Change News Updates: 23 November, 2013

Climate Change News Updates: 23 November, 2013

1. Indian Govt to pilot climate change mitigation for agri sector in three states:

2. Five places already feeling the effects of climate change:

3. Mass walkout from climate change talks in Warsaw:


5. Climate talks in Warsaw make progress:

6. Time for a climate change: Dreams Or Numbers For Gender Equality?:

7. ‘Solution-deniers’ suck the life out of climate change action more than skeptics:–solution-deniers-suck-the-life-out-of-climate-change-action-more-than-skeptics/

8. China and US grow closer to agreement on climate change action:

9. World’s poorest need land rights to cope with climate change:

10. Philippines NGOs join climate change talks walkout:

11. Collapse of UN confab on “climate change” shows what it’s all about: ($$$$$$):

12. Warsaw climate change conference: polluting corporations welcome:

13. What 11 Billion People Mean for Climate Change:

Climate Change News Updates: 22 November 2013

Climate Change News Updates: 22 November 2013

India-Specific Climate Change News Updates: 

1. Developing nations walk out over climate fund pledge:

2. India backs G77, balks at walkout

3. Climate fund for developing nations to be launched soon: UN:

4. China, India push rich countries to move first on climate change:

5. Repeal of Australia‘s carbon tax moves closer:

6. It’s Time for Leaders in India, the U.S. and Other Nations to Act on Climate Change in Warsaw

7. India backs NGOs’ gesture at climate talks

8. India sticks to stand on refrigerant gas:

9. Ministers face off on climate talks in Warsaw:

10. Warsaw: India backs Green groups’ walkout from climate talks:

11. Coal India 12th biggest polluter:

12. Policy and institutions in adaptation to climate change: case study on flood mitigation infrastructure in India and Nepal


Land Acquisition in India: News Updates: 21 November, 2013

1. Land Acquisition Act has ‘loopholes’, says activist Medha Patkar: Medha Patkar today claimed there are “loopholes” in the Land Acquisition Act and political parties should listen to the voice of the “struggling people” if they want to resolve the conflicts over the issue of land.

2. Human rights defender Ms Agnes Kharshiing released; struggle for land rights of indigenous people continues:

3. Privileging landowners over farm workers:

4. Villagers at NHAI door to give land. – 153 families near Jalpaiguri offer land for NH31D four-laning:

5. Farmers oppose Pune‘s new airport plan; Ajit Pawar says land acquisition only with consent:–ajit-pawar-says-land-acquisition-only-with-consent/1196792/

6. Zero wait policy for airport land:

Letter of Sardar Vallabhai Patel to RSS Leader Guru Golwalkar: 11 September, 1948

Sardar Vallabhai Patel, union home minister, to Guru Golwalkar, RSS chief in a letter written on September 11, 1948. The letter is quoted in full in Desraj Goel’s Rahstriya Swayamsevak Sangh.The entire Text :
Aurangzeb Road,
New Delhi,11th Sept. 1948

Brother Sri Golwalkar,

Received your letter dated 11th August. Jawaharlal has also sent me your letter of the same date.

You are very well aware of my views on the RSS. I have expressed these thoughts at Jaipur in December last month at Lucknow in January. The people had welcomed those views. I had hoped that your people also would accept them. But they appear to have no effect on the RSS persons, nor was there any change in their programmes. There can be no doubt that the RSS did service to the Hindu Society. In the areas where there was the need for help and organisation, the young men of the RSS protected women and children and strove much for their sake. No person of understanding could have a word of objection regarding that. But the objectionable part arose when they, burning with revenge, began attacking Mussalmans. Organising Hindus and helping them is one thing but going in for revenge for its sufferings on innocent and helpless men, women and children is quite another thing.

Apart from this, their opposition to the Congress, that too of such virulence, disregarding all considerations of personality, decency or decorum, created a kind of unrest among the people. All their speeches were full communal poison. It was not necessary to spread poison and enthuse the Hindus and organise for their protection. As a final result of the poison, the country had to suffer the sacrifice of the valuable life of Gandhiji. Even an iota of sympathy of the Government or of the people no more remained for the RSS. In fact the opposition grew. Opposition turned more severe, when the RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death. Under these conditions it became inevitable for the Government to take action against the RSS.

Since then, over six months have elapsed. We have hoped that after this lapse of time,  with full and proper consideration the RSS persons would come to the right path. But from the reports that come to me, it is evident that attempts to put fresh life into their same old activities are afoot. I once again ask you to give your thought to my Jaipur and Lucknow speeches and accept the path I had indicated for the RSS. I am quite certain that therein lies the good of the RSS and the country and moving in that path we can join hands in achieving the welfare of our country. Of course, you are aware that we are passing through delicate times. It is the duty of every one from the highest to the lowliest in this country to contribute his mite, in whatever way possible, to the service of the country. In this delicate hour there is no place for party conflicts and old quarrels. I thoroughly convinced that the RSS men can carry on their patriotic endeavor only by joining the Congress and not by keeping separate or by opposing. I am glad that you have been released. I hope that you will arrive at the proper decision after due consideration of what I have said above. With regard to restrictions imposed upon you I am in correspondence with the CP Government. I shall let you know after receiving their reply.



                                                                      (Rendered from the original in Hindi)*

Justice on Trial: Historic Document of Guruji-Government Correspondence, pp. 26-8;

N.B. This letter also, incidentally, clarifies the misunderstanding created that the Sardar had invited them to join the Congress; the invitation is for rethinking and change of heart and then giving it a concrete shape by merger into the Congress. The same thing JP tried to accomplish later and failed.

Another quote from Sardar Patel:

“As regards the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha… our reports do confirm that, as a result of the activities of these two bodies, particularly the former (RSS) an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible.”

Sardar Vallabhai Patel, union home minister to Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who later founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, in a letter  on July 18, 1948. Sardar Patel Correspondence, Volume 6, edited by Durga Das.