Government cancels SEZs of Hindalco, Essar, Adani
New Delhi, September 29
The government has cancelled approvals of nine special economic zones (SEZs), including that of Hindalco Industries, Essar and Adani, as no “satisfactory” progress was made to execute the projects. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Board of Approval (BoA) headed by Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher on September 18. “The Board noted that the progress made by the following developers/co-developers is not satisfactory. The Board, after deliberations, decided to cancel the formal approval/notification/co- developer status, as the case may be, in 9 cases,” the Commerce Ministry said. It said the developers have to refund the duty benefits availed by them.
At a time when we are faced with growing Islamophobia and communal polarisation being perpetrated by certain groups for vested interests, this audio blog by Saif Ahmad Khan comes as a very crucial intervention. Saif takes on 5 common prejudices that many people hold against Muslims, and counters each of them with tact and reason. Hear for yourself and tell us what you feel.
Modi’s visit to USA conveniently became the topic of discussion (read: satire) on the increasingly popular John Oliver’s show called Last Week Tonight as he showed no resistance with his words in describing the trip. He shot arrows at the whole Madison Square extravaganza and also took to demanding that more celebrities and head of states come in the country with Hollywood stars.
Villagers in the state of Odisha in India have decided to reoccupy their land which was earlier acquired by the state for various development projects. South Korean steel company POSCO and its Indian subsidiary POSCO India Private Limited had signed an MoU in 2005 to begin $ 12 billion steel project. However, controversies and regulatory delays have prevented Posco India’s Odisha project to proceed beyond the concept. Affected villagers have been protesing against unjust land acquisions, police violence and attrocities committed by the company. Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which is spearheading movement against acquisition of land by POSCO has now decided that the villagers would re-occupy land acquired for the project.
According to Prashant Paikre, the spokesperson of the PPSS, “Land has been acquired for the steel project in pen and paper and some patches by use of force. But, villagers are determined to re-occupy land which had been enjoyed by them generation after generation.” (To read more on the issue, go online at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/villagers-to-reoccupy-land-acquired-for-posco-project/article6459153.ece
Last Sunday of every September is celebrated as ‘World Rivers Day’. It is a recent phenomenon, but in many senses more significant than World Water Day. While ‘Water’ is seen more as a resource than the life-blood of the global ecosystem, ‘River’ provides water with its ecological, social, cultural and spiritual context.