News Updates on Protests, Dharna, Hungerstrike, Hartal, Rally and Sit-in Protests: 28 February, 2015

28 February, 2015

Guntur farmers dharna with PawanKalyan party flag (video): https://apnewscorner.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/guntur-farmers-dharna-with-pawankalyan-party-flag/

Postal employees’ successful Dharna of regional level at Rajkot on 27-2-15: http://aipeugujarat.blogspot.in/2015/02/successful-dharna-of-regional-level-at.html

GJM to hold 9-day dharna in Delhi in demand of statehood: http://darjeelingtimes.com/gjm-to-hold-9-day-dharna-in-delhi-in-demand-of-statehood/

Trade unions hold protest in Faridabad: http://bharatpress.com/2015/02/27/trade-unions-hold-protest-in-faridabad/

Police foil traders’ protest march at Lal Chowk: http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2015/Feb/28/police-foil-traders-protest-march-at-lal-chowk-35.asp

Protest against Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on Mother Teresa: http://www.megamedianews.in/index.php/140742/protest-against-mohan-bhagwats-comments-on-mother-teresa/

15,000 doctors go off duty in protest: http://www.asianage.com/delhi/15000-doctors-go-duty-protest-379

IIT students to protest unclear stipend hike: http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/iit-students-protest-unclear-stipend-hike-394

Duta stage dharna outside Zakir Husain College to protest abolition of sc teaching post: http://www.indiaeducationreview.com/news/duta-stage-dharna-outside-zakir-husain-college-protest-abolition-sc-teaching-post/18904

Thoovaipathy Tribals Still Seethe for land Lost for Zoological Park 14 Years Ago: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Thoovaipathy-Tribals-Still-Seethe-for-land-Lost-for-Zoological-Park-14-Years-Ago/2015/02/27/article2689115.ece

Mohamed Nasheed arrest sparks mass protests: http://www.asianage.com/international/mohamed-nasheed-arrest-sparks-mass-protests-413

Bandh threatened: http://kanglaonline.com/2015/02/bandh-threatened/

Students protest against delay in announcing degree exam results: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/students-protest-against-delay-in-announcing-degree-exam-results/article6943974.ece?ref=tpnews

Site Turns Protest Ground a Day After Deadly Accident: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Site-Turns-Protest-Ground-a-Day-After-Deadly-Accident/2015/02/28/article2690899.ece

Students and alumni protest felling of tree at MCC: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/students-and-alumni-protest-felling-of-tree-at-mcc/article6943323.ece

Cashew exporters to go ahead with shutdown: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/cashew-exporters-to-go-ahead-with-shutdown/article6943891.ece

Eggs, Tomatoes Hurled at Court Staff as Protest For Separate HC Turns Ugly in Hyderabad: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Eggs-Tomatoes-Hurled-at-Court-Staff-as-Protest-For-Separate-HC-Turns-Ugly-in-Hyderabad/2015/02/28/article2691063.ece

Odisha: RTI activists protest anti-people policy: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/137101-odisha-rti-activists-protest-anti-people-policy.html

Land Acquisition: Ryots Turn Up Heat on Pawan: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Land-Acquisition-Ryots-Turn-Up-Heat-on-Pawan/2015/02/28/article2691084.ece

VHP calls for bandh to protest ban on Togadia: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/vhp-calls-for-bandh-to-protest-ban-on-togadia/article6943095.ece

Trade unions protest against proposed labour reform: http://www.121india.com/news/trade-unions-protest-against-proposed-labour-reforms

Maharaja’s College Students Stage Sit-in: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/Maharajas-College-Students-Stage-Sit-in/2015/02/28/article2690447.ece

RAF called in as HC lawyers protest: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Patna/RAF-called-in-as-HC-lawyers-protest/articleshow/46404110.cms

Interview: How Subhas Chandra Bose helped the Tatas settle a strike in 1920s Jamshedpur: http://scroll.in/article/709607/Interview:-How-Subhas-Chandra-Bose-helped-the-Tatas-settle-a-strike-in-1920s-Jamshedpur

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News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 27 February, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

OPGS to commission its Rs 1,855 crore 300 MW plant in Gujarat: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/opgs-to-commission-its-rs-1-855-crore-300-mw-plant-in-gujarat-115022601360_1.html
e-Auction for Coal Blocks: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=116007
Protection of Coastal Areas from Rising Sea Level: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=115996
Freight charge hike to hit steel, energy sectors: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/freight-charge-hike-to-hit-steel-energy-sectors/article6938986.ece
Andhra Pradesh chalks out plans to meet power demand: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Andhra-Pradesh-chalks-out-plans-to-meet-power-demand/articleshow/46388755.cms?
Food, electricity prices set to rise after freight hike: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/462259/food-electricity-prices-set-rise.html
MSEDCL incurs Rs 5K cr losses in power and distribution thefts: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/msedcl-incurs-rs-5k-cr-losses-in-power-and-distribution-thefts-115022601359_1.html
UPA’s Land Law Defective, Posed Threat to India’s Security: FM: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/UPAs-Land-Law-Defective-Posed-Threat-to-Indias-Security-FM/2015/02/26/article2688140.ece
Coal Scam: Court to Consider CBI Charge Sheet on March 2: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/Coal-Scam-Court-to-Consider-CBI-Charge-Sheet-on-March-2/2015/02/26/article2688146.ece
Coal scam: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on SKS Ispat’s plea: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-coal-scam-delhi-hc-seeks-centre-s-response-on-sks-ispat-s-plea-2064457
Delay in land acquisition, other reasons, hit ultra mega power projects:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46383499.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Centre working with states for 24×7 power supply: Piyush Goyal:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46382919.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Coal India setting up thermal plants: http://www.projectsmonitor.com/daily-wire/coal-india-setting-up-thermal-plants/
Call for more people’s participation: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/call-for-more-peoples-participation/article6939528.ece
Global warming slowdown probably due to natural cycles, study finds: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/global-warming-slowdown-probably-due-to-natural-cycles-study-finds
UK backs £315m renewable energy projects: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/uk-backs-315m-renewable-energy-projects
B.IFIs

Centre, ADB ink pacts worth $100.2 mn: http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=feb2615/at054
Money is not a great issue, says Minister: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/money-is-not-a-great-issue-says-minister/article6938843.ece
Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/jordan-israel-sign-deal-to-help-save-dead-sea_1553278.html
Japanese cos facing series of problems in India: Envoy: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/japanese-cos-facing-series-of-problems-in-india-envoy/article6936590.ece
Power Grid seeks $500 million loan from World Bank: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/power-grid-seeks-500-million-loan-from-world-bank/articleshow/46382241.cms
Remarkable progress by Bangladesh in reducing poverty: World Bank: http://www.sify.com/news/remarkable-progress-by-bangladesh-in-reducing-poverty-world-bank-news-international-pc0ouigdhfccj.html
C.Land, Water & Forest

Govt firm but uncertainty over land bill grows: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-firm-but-uncertainty-over-land-bill-grows/articleshow/46389897.cms?
Arun Jaitley on land bill: Don’t make industry, infrastructure ‘bad words’: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Arun-Jaitley-on-land-bill-Dont-make-industry-infrastructure-bad-words/articleshow/46382720.cms?
Centre coaxes and counters on land bill: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150227/jsp/nation/story_5794.jsp#.VO_2-_mUd1E
DMIC to benefit entire state: Rajasthan government
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46383775.cms#?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Now, Railways looks beyond budgetary support for funds: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/now-railways-looks-beyond-budgetary-support-for-funds/article6937712.ece
Gadkari on a yacht, mobile phones for MPs: Express scoop reveals Essar’s internal emails: http://www.firstpost.com/business/gadkari-on-a-yacht-mobile-phones-for-mps-express-scoop-reveals-essars-internal-emails-2124895.html
Why governments don’t like certain NGOs: http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-governments-dont-like-certain-ngos/20150226.htm
Agricultural insecticides dangerous for water bodies: http://zeenews.india.com/news/sci-tech/agricultural-insecticides-dangerous-for-water-bodies_1553044.html

News updates on Protests, Dharna, Hungerstrike, Hartal, Rally and Sit-in Protests: 27 February, 2015

27 February, 2015

1. Research Scholars Observe Fast: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/Research-Scholars-Observe-Fast/2015/02/27/article2688239.ece

2. Jallikattu organizers to hold a day-long fast at New Delhi: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Jallikattu-organizers-to-hold-a-day-long-fast-at-New-Delhi/articleshow/46389077.cms?

3. Researchers send Re 1 cheques to PM, FM, HRD minister: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Researchers-send-Re-1-cheques-to-PM-FM-HRD-minister/articleshow/46388629.cms?

4. Kashyap no longer SP, North Goa: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Kashyap-no-longer-SP-North-Goa/articleshow/46389085.cms?

Batra-led panel to advise Haryana schools on Gita: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/batraled-panel-to-advise-haryana-schools-on-gita/article6938535.ece
5. Tributes paid to Sukumara Pillai: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/tributes-paid-to-sukumara-pillai/article6939527.ece
6. Move on 3-day closure of cashew factories flayed: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/move-on-3day-closure-of-cashew-factories-flayed/article6939661.ece
7. Trade Union Arm of CPI Likely to Play a Decisive Role in Party’s Futur: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Trade-Union-Arm-of-CPI-Likely-to-Play-a-Decisive-Role-in-Party%E2%80%99s-Future/2015/02/27/article2689326.ece
8. Workers oppose labour reforms: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/workers-oppose-labour-reforms/article6939261.ece
9. Trade unions slam “anti-labour” policies of the Centre: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/trade-unions-slam-antilabour-policies-of-the-centre/article6939818.ece
10. Trade unions protest against govt. policies: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/trade-unions-protest-against-govt-policies/article6939389.ece
11. Trade unions protest against proposed labour reforms: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/trade-unions-protest-against-proposed-labour-reforms/article6939227.ece
12. Trade unions stage demonstration against ‘anti-worker’ policies: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/trade-unions-stage-demonstration-against-antiworker-policies/article6939301.ece
13. Railway employees sit on fast against FDI: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/railway-employees-sit-on-fast-against-fdi/article6939918.ece
14. Trade union leaders held: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/trade-union-leaders-held/article6938955.ece
15. CBI to Quiz TMC Trade Union Leader: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/CBI-to-Quiz-TMC-Trade-Union-Leader/2015/02/27/article2689235.ece
16. ILO upholds right to strike: http://www.sify.com/news/ilo-upholds-right-to-strike-news-international-pc1bdhedhjbcd.html
17. Trade unions hold protest in Faridabad: http://zeenews.india.com/news/trade-unions-hold-protest-in-faridabad_1553277.html
18. CPI(M), CITU describe railway budget as regressive: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/cpim-citu-describe-railway-budget-as-regressive_1553218.html

News updates on Protests, Dharna, Hungerstrike, Hartal, Rally and Sit-in protests: 26 February, 2015

More in NDA government raise Land Bill objections: http://www.asianage.com/india/more-nda-raise-land-bill-objections-058

Congress launches massive protest at Jantar Mantar, 1000 farmers join agitation:against Land Bill: http://www.manipalworldnews.com/2015/02/25/congress-launches-massive-protest-jantar-mantar-1000-farmers-join-agitationagainst-land-bill/

Trade unions against increasing minimum pension, retirement age: http://www.journeyline.in/newsdet.aspx?q=75105

Panthik Bodies Announce Protest in New Delhi over issue of Sikh Prisoners: http://www.sikh24.com/2015/02/26/panthik-bodies-announce-protest-in-new-delhi-over-issue-of-sikh-prisoners/#.VO63yXyUe24

Supporters of Anna Hazare movement hold dharna: http://www.journeyline.in/newsdet.aspx?q=75149

Oppn parties walk out to protest ‘insult’: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/462085/oppn-parties-walk-protest-insult.html

Tribal teachers on hunger strike for permanent jobs: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Nashik/Tribal-teachers-on-hunger-strike-for-permanent-jobs/articleshow/46376359.cms

Lawyers protest Pansare murder: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Lawyers-protest-Pansare-murder/articleshow/46374993.cms

Construction workers stage dharna: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/construction-workers-stage-dharna/article6935135.ece

Revolt against Land Acquisition Bill swells; LJP too joins opposition: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150226/nation-current-affairs/article/revolt-against-land-acquisition-bill-swells-ljp-too-joins

VSP unions vow to fight disinvestment: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/vsp-unions-vow-to-fight-disinvestment/article6935776.ece

Government sticks to UPA’s plan; will privatise 4 airports despite protests: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-government-sticks-to-upa-s-plan-will-privatise-4-airports-despite-protests-2064183

Cashew processors plan token stir: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/cashew-processors-plan-token-stir/article6935297.ece

Rural labourers launch indefinite fast: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/rural-labourers-launch-indefinite-fast/article6935127.ece

TMC MLA Stages Sit-in against Corruption in His own Party: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/TMC-MLA-Stages-Sit-in-against-Corruption-in-His-own-Party/2015/02/26/article2687399.ece

TNEB engineers stage protest: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/tneb-engineers-stage-protest/article6934884.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Protest rally to save Palar from pollution: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/protest-rally-to-save-palar-from-pollution/article6935693.ece

Pulicat fishermen protest: http://news.chennaionline.com/newsitem.aspx?NEWSID=4be4240d-ba6a-48ec-8d32-4fbe7198a159&CATEGORYNAME=tnadu

BSNL employees stage protest: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/bsnl-employees-stage-protest/article6935157.ece?homepage=true

Students protest against methane extraction: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/students-protest-against-methane-extraction/article6934948.ece

Bengal University Pensioners Associations demonstration in protest against ruling government: http://www.newswala.com/India-National-News/Bengal-University-Pensioners-Associations-demonstration-in-protest-against-ruling-government-139757.html

News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 25 February, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Govt prepares for power, water crises: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Govt-prepares-for-power-water-crises/articleshow/46362534.cms?
  2. AAP’s white paper on power soon: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/AAPs-white-paper-on-power-soon/articleshow/46362558.cms?
  3. Brakes on coal auction: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150225/jsp/business/story_5283.jsp#.VO1lVvmUd1E
  4. Coal Ministry puts off auction of next set of blocks to March 2: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/coal-ministry-puts-off-auction-of-next-set-of-blocks-to-march-2/article6929762.ece
  5. Rajya Sabha passes Bill to ease eviction from public land: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/r-s-passes-bill-to-ease-eviction-from-public-land/article6929638.ece
  6. European carbon market reform set for 2019: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/european-carbon-emissions-trading-market-reform-set-for-2019
  7. Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27022-renewable-energy-poised-to-overtake-nuclear-in-the-uk.html#.VO1m2vmUd1E
  8. Maharashtra okays central scheme to distribute solar pumps to farmers: http://zeenews.india.com/news/maharashtra/maharashtra-okays-central-scheme-to-distribute-solar-pumps-to-farmers_1551929.html
  9. Auction of nearly operational coal mines from next week: HC: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-auction-of-nearly-operational-coal-mines-from-next-week-hc-2063826
  10. Coal India to invest in Odisha power project: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-23329.html#
  11. Coal India board directs PSU to withdraw from ICVL: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/coal-india-board-directs-psu-to-withdraw-from-icvl-115022400435_1.html
  12. Second round of coal auction to be held on March 4: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/second-round-of-coal-auction-to-be-held-on-march-4/articleshow/46356459.cms
  13. India should give categorical statements: Ramesh on climate: http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/india-should-give-categorical-statements-ramesh-on-climate_1551816.html
  14. Foundation stone to be laid for 600 MW thermal plant in Telangana: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/foundation-stone-to-be-laid-for-600-mw-thermal-plant-in-telangana/article6928980.ece
  15. Don’t auction Mahan coal block: MoEF: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dont-auction-mahan-coal-block-moef/article6929933.ece
  16. Spy cables: Greenpeace head targeted by intelligence agencies before Seoul G20: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/spy-cables-greenpeace-kumi-naidoo-targeted-security-threat-g20-seoul
  17. Shades of green: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/shades-of-green-115022401418_1.html
  18. Still no modelling to show whether Direct Action will meet emissions target: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/24/still-no-modelling-to-show-whether-direct-action-will-meet-emissions-target
  19.  Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/21/climate-change-denier-willie-soon-funded-energy-industry
  20. Apple’s £1.25bn Europe data centres will run entirely on renewable energy: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/23/apple-125bn-europe-data-centres-will-run-entirely-on-renewable-energy
  21. EU wants Paris climate deal to cut carbon emissions 60% by 2050: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/23/eu-wants-paris-climate-deal-to-cut-carbon-emissions-60-by-2050
  22. Artificial glacier could help Ladakh villagers adapt to climate change: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/artificial-glacier-could-help-ladakh-villagers-adapt-to-climate-change

B.IFIs

  1. World Bank wants more transparency in India’s power subsidy:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46359204.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  2. Investor confidence still shaky in India: US envoy: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-23371.html#
  3. Keep politics away from power utilities: World Bank report: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/keep-politics-away-from-power-utilities-world-bank-report/article6929197.ece
  4. Banks can incentivise commercial performance of power sector: World Bank: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/banks-can-incentivise-commercial-performance-of-power-sector-world-bank-115022400405_1.html
  5. ‘Commercialise power utilities’: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/commercialise-power-utilities/article6926723.ece#
  6. World Bank Wants More Transparency in India’s Power Subsidy: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/World-Bank-Wants-More-Transparency-in-Indias-Power-Subsidy/2015/02/25/article2685163.ece
  7. ADB signs $400 million loan pacts with India: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/adb-signs-400-million-loan-pacts-with-india/articleshow/46346160.cms#

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Government unlikely to yield on major clauses in land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Government-unlikely-to-yield-on-major-clauses-in-land-bill/articleshow/46362463.cms?
  2. Centre tests nerves on land law battle: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150225/jsp/frontpage/story_5376.jsp#.VO1auvmUd1E
  3. Modi may have to do with land law what Vajpayee did with Pota: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-may-have-to-do-with-land-law-what-Vajpayee-did-with-Pota/articleshow/46363892.cms?
  4. No dilution in Land Acquisition Act, say BJP and government: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-dilution-in-Land-Acquisition-Act-say-BJP-and-government/articleshow/46363665.cms?
  5. Land Bill pits Shiv Sena against BJP: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-land-bill-pits-shiv-sena-against-bjp-2063921
  6. Amarinder Singh questions CM Parkash Singh Badal’s ‘silence’ over new land bill: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-amarinder-singh-questions-cm-parkash-singh-badal-s-silence-over-new-land-bill-2063795
  7. Opposition walks out over land bill: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150224/jsp/frontpage/story_5247.jsp#.VO1eEfmUd1E
  8. Helping hand for water scarcity-hit people in Aurangabad: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Helping-hand-for-water-scarcity-hit-people-in-Aurangabad/articleshow/46355003.cms?
  9. Faces behind the 14th Finance Commission: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/faces-behind-the-14th-finance-commission-115022400789_1.html
  10. Jairam takes dig at Chidambaram on land law: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/jairam-takes-dig-at-chidambaram-on-land-law/article1-1320319.aspx
  11. Modi Wants to Replace Crowded Slums in India With 20 Million Homes: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-23/modi-seeks-to-replace-crowded-india-slums-with-20-million-homes
  12. Table-and-talk tactic on land bill: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150224/jsp/nation/story_5234.jsp#.VOwMWfmUd1E
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Photos of Dharna by Trade Unions, Farmers unions and NGOs against the Land Ordinance Posted on February 25, 2015

Massive Dharna in New Delhi against the unjust Land Ordinance
Massive Dharna in New Delhi against the unjust Land Ordinance

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More than 350 organizations and networks of farmers, workers, tribals from all the states of the Country including National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), All Indian Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), All India Kisan Sabha (36 Canning Lane), All India Kisan Sabha (Ajoy Bhavan), Ekta Parishad, Kisan Sagharsh Samiti, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Yuva Kranti, Campaign for Survival and Dignity, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, All India Agricultural Workers’ Union, Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union, Sanyukt Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, INSAF, Delhi Solidarity Group, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Agragami Kisan Sabha, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, National Fish workers Forum, Punjab Kisan Union participated in the protest action today.

Massive Dharna in New Delhi: Anger pours out against unconstitutional, anti-farmer Land Ordinance

24 February, 2015

Anger pours out on the streets of the capital against unconstitutional, anti-farmer Land Ordinance

Over 350 organizations, twenty thousand farmers-workers from across country threaten intensified stir

Delegation met President at 6 pm, 24 February, 2015:

No compromise on core demands to repeal Black Ordinance

Delhi: Fury and frustration rocked the capital today, as nearly twenty thousand farmers, adivasis, workers, fisher people and others dependent on land for their livelihood converged from the length and breadth of the country and warned the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government that they shall intensify their stir, if the unconstitutional Ordinance amending the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act, 2013 Act is not dropped in toto. From amidst songs and slogans, flags and banners, representing the diversity of the social movements from across the country, the voice that emerged was clear and united – Drop the Ordinance: Stop Land Acquisition, Ensure Land Rights.

More than 350 organizations and networks of farmers, workers, tribals from all the states of the Country including National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), All Indian Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), All India Kisan Sabha (36 Canning Lane), All India Kisan Sabha (Ajoy Bhavan), Ekta Parishad, Kisan Sagharsh Samiti, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Yuva Kranti, Campaign for Survival and Dignity, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, All India Agricultural Workers’ Union, Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union, Sanyukt Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, INSAF, Delhi Solidarity Group, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Agragami Kisan Sabha, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, National Fish workers Forum, Punjab Kisan Union participated in the protest action today.

The farmers questioned the Prime Minister as to what kind of “Ache din” does he envisages for the millions of small agriculturalists of the country if lakhs of farmers are displaced by mega projects, thousands of hectares of land is handed over to private companies and corporates and the food-security is threatened by acquisition of multi-cropped farmland. Despite a roaring protest at the Parliament Street by thousands of farmers, the Govt. has introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to legislate this Ordinance. This, the farmers said is condemnable and undemocratic.

Anna Hazare, who sat all day along with the activists of the different movements said that farmers and workers will have to prepare for a long term struggle and be prepared to even go to jail. He called for a nation-wide movement against the corporate loot of the land, which feeds the whole country. Government must withdraw the ordinance is what we all demand and they must do it.

Addressing the massive gathering, Medha Patkar challenged the ‘electoral promises’ of the ruling party, which was part of the parliamentary process leading to enactment of the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act, 2013. Now in ‘power’ it is seeking to sniff away the soul of the Act, by removing the key provisions of “consent” & “social impact assessment” and manipulating the definitions of “private entities” and “public purpose”, purely to promote business interests. Stating that the interests of farmers is supreme in a agricultural economy like India, Anna Hazare gave a clarion call to the farmers that this is nothing less than a Do-or-die’ battle, it is the second war of independence, a war for freedom from repressive government, oppressive laws and corporate control over natural resources.

Hannan Mollah, spoke about the need for united movement and said that the BJP-led NDA Government had brought the draconian Ordinance to suit the interests of the Corporates and Land Mafia. He said the BJP Government’s move will be defeated and struggles will be launched at all sites of unjust land acquisition.

Atul Anjaan, said this Protest Rally is just the beginning and there will be need to launch a prolonged struggle. He said the BJP Government which is a Government of the Corporates, land mafia and builders’ lobby has dared to bring an Ordinance worse than the British Colonial Act of 1894. He said it was a political battle and also emphasized the need to speak to all Political Parties to defeat the Government move in Parliament too.

Representatives of numerous farmers organizations, tribal rights groups, workers movements vented their rage at the Modi Govt’s anti-people agenda and open invitation to profit-makers and looters to plunder the country’s resources- land, coats, rivers, fish, minerals etc. Thousands of farmers also shouted out slogans that they do not need “crumbs of compensation”. The Ordinance nullifies the most significant provisions of the 2013 Act and takes it back to the pre-1994 days. The same is unacceptable, they said. NDA government has only been launching schemes for the corporates and private businesses but nothing of significance for farm sector and farmers, it was felt.

Speakers also said that similar to the British, the present Government is trying to “divide” the farmers and rulers in the interests of the Adanis and Ambanis, who have fuelled the election campaign of the BJP. However, we shall stay united in our demand for a complete revocation of the Ordinance, they said. If Ambani, Adani are your side, Birsa, Munda are on our said, roared an adivasi woman leader. All the protestors expressed a common resolve that “We will not let Modi-Govt. snatch our rights and take India back to pre-independence days”.

Various speakers condemned the unparliamentarily ‘Ordinance Raj’ in every sector, be it land, coal, mining, insurance, motor vehicles and derided the Governance through Ordinance mechanism, by-passing both the Parliament and the People. Leaders and representatives of various political parties and their affiliated organizations also expressed their solidarity with the demands of the farmers and demanded that the Ordinance be revoked. Retd. Jst. Rajinder Sacher, Adv. Sanjay Parikh and many other academicians, advocates, activists visited the dharna site and expressed solidarity.

Protest actions to continue through the Budget Session:

Various Farmers Organizations including Akhil Bhartiya Kisansabha, Agragami Kisan Sabha, All India Agricultural Workers’ Union, Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union etc. and People’s Movements have resolved that the struggle against the Ordinance shall continue, rather intensify in the days to come in every state and every district. While hundreds of Gram Sabhas across the country have already passed resolutions, thousands more shall do so shortly. “We will not allow NDA Govt. to legislate this Black Ordinance by brute force, “they resolved.

Delegation Meets President:

The farmers leaders also said that while President’s statement in his budget speech that his “government attaches paramount importance to safeguard the interest and well-being of farmers and families affected by land acquisition”, is welcome, his ‘approval’ of the Ordinance, which is fundamentally anti-farmer is unacceptable. In the same speech, he has liberally endorsed the “Make in India”, “Single-Window Clearance” and “Ease of Business” and “Smart City Programme” as hallmarks of ‘his Government’. All these approaches will sound the death-knell of the farming and working classes of this country and destroy our natural resources, to the detriment of generations. A delegation including Hannan Mollah, Atul Kumar Anjaan, Medha Patkar, Sunilam, Roma Malik, Rakesh Rafik, Vijoo Krishnan and Harpal Singh met the President today evening and exhorted him to resolve the ongoing impasse in the interests of the toiling peasants of the country and use his “highest constitutional office” to ensure that the Ordinance is not legislated. The President expressed sympathies for the Farmers in distress and said he would send the Memorandum to the Government (Copy of the Memorandum is attached).

The protest also witnessed the participation of a large number of young people and women, small farmers and tribals signaling that this movement shall be led by these people in the coming days Simultaneous protests and demonstrations, burning of the Ordinance etc. were organised across the country in Patna, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Bhubaneshwar and many other places.

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