19 April, 2014: New Updates from India

19 April 2014

1. Industry ministry secy for rejig of land acquisition law: The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will press to the next government for redrafting the recently enacted Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/industry-ministry-secy-for-rejig-of-land-acquisition-law-114041800844_1.html

2. Why is This Dam being constructed? Is this not an example of Big Dam Fundamentalism? http://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/why-is-this-dam-being-constructed/

3. India: Non vegetarian majority with a vegetarian ruling class? The Hindu newspaper, which has its main office in Chennai, has asked its employees not to bring non vegetarian food to the dining room because the smell offends vegetarian members of the staff. Is it an illiberal step? In the times we live, dietary restriction, or license, would be the wrong measure to gauge liberalism in a newspaper office. http://www.indiatomorrow.net/eng/india-non-vegetarian-majority-with-a-vegetarian-ruling-class-?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=emailemail&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Indiatomorrownet+%28IndiaTomorrow.net%29

4. New Evidence of Suicide Epidemic Among India’s ‘Marginalised’ Farmers: Latest statistical research finds strong causal links between areas with the most suicides and areas where impoverished farmers are trying to grow crops that suffer from wild price fluctuations due to India’s relatively recent shift to free market economics. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29812.cfm

5. SC clears way for land acquisition for Jamia: Clearing the decks for the expansion of Jamia Millia Islamia, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Delhi government to acquire about 107 bighas (approximately 26 hectares) of prime land in Okhla village in south Delhi. http://www.newkerala.com/news/2014/fullnews-40664.html#.U1IQdHTiFMQ

6. Solidarity with local struggle of Holi village in Chamba: An independent all women’s fact finding team visited Holi village to be affected by GMR’s 180 MW Hydro power project on 16 and 17th April 2014. The team comprising of Nandini Rao from Women against sexual violence and state repression, Sridevi Panicker, an independent Delhi based lawyer, Sarvesh, a senior freelance photojournalist during its visit interacted with representatives of the communities to be affected by the project’s 15 km long tunnel. http://www.kractivist.org/press-release-solidarity-with-local-struggle-of-holi-village-in-chamba/

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