Updates on Coal, Energy, Land, Water and Forest: 23 May 2016

A Coal & Energy

Adani Power shuts 2,640-mw units at Tiroda plant in Maharashtra: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2016-05-16/news/73126367_1_acute-water-shortage-4-units-adani-power-ltd
सासन प्रोजेक्ट को चीन और अमेरिकी बैंकों से फायनेंस की इजाजत नहीं http://epaper.bhaskar.com/detail/?id=1000684&boxid=5173711763&view=text&editioncode=180&pagedate=05/17/2016&pageno=1&map=map&ch=mpcg
3 engineers killed, 24 others injured in Moser Bear’s boiler blast: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/3-engineers-killed-24-others-injured-in-Moser-Bears-boiler-blast/articleshow/52303879.cms
Another Village In Odisha Rejects Mining: http://www.countercurrents.org/pr040516.htm
What Paris agreement on climate change means for India: http://www.dailyo.in/politics/cop-21-paris-agreement-unfcc-climate-change-sustainable-living-kyoto-protocol/story/1/10749.html
Arunachal’s unfinished Lower Subansiri dam could be tomb for India’s giant hydropower projects: http://scroll.in/article/718809/arunachals-unfinished-lower-subansiri-dam-could-be-tomb-for-indias-giant-hydropower-projects
हिंडाल्को कम्पनी को जमीन देने के लिए चलाया आदिवासी बस्ती पर बुलडोज़र : डॉ लखन सिंह: http://www.januday.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Article=7349
Electric Companies Duping Indian Consumers: DRI Investigates a 29,000 Crores Rupees Scam: https://sabrangindia.in/article/electric-companies-duping-indian-consumers-dri-investigates-29000-crores-rupees-scam
Panel recommends forest clearance to SCCL’s coal project in AP: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/panel-recommends-forest-clearance-to-sccl-s-coal-project-in-ap-116052200102_1.html

B.IFIs

China Launches Asia Investment Bank with 2 Silk Road Projects: http://www.voanews.com/content/china-launches-asia-investment-bank-with-two-silk-road-projects-/3338589.html
AIIB looks for Russia financing: http://en.prothom-alo.com/economy/news/105207/AIIB-looks-for-Russia-financing
China-led AIIB to co-finance first Indonesia project : http://www.gulf-times.com/story/494013/China-led-AIIB-to-co-finance-first-Indonesia-proje
Asian Development Bank (ADB) that will act as the lead financier for the project in Pakistan M4 highway: http://pakobserver.net/2016/05/22/asian-bank-to-finance-projects/
India a beacon for foreign investment: Jaitley: http://www.domain-b.com/economy/general/20160521_jaitley.html#sthash.BZphxIjt.N739mjbz.dpuf
US Senate Nominates Indian-American Swati Dandekar As Asian Development Bank Director: http://www.theindianpanorama.news/indians-abroad/us-senate-nominates-indian-american-swati-dandekar-asian-development-bank-director/
5 Major Banks Rigged US$9trn Bond Market: Lawsuit: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/5-Major-Banks-Rigged-US9trn-Bond-Market-Lawsuit-20160520-0004.html
Putin hails AIIB as complement to int’l financial structure: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/19/c_135369920.htm
PNB tops list of worst losses in Indian banking history: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/nyp8yAz9fEXYdkcstG4CEP/PNB-tops-list-of-worst-losses-in-Indian-banking-history.html?%3F
How to kill a bank in India: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/EZfzm1RzenHu7xURxgJDoM/How-to-kill-a-bank-in-India.html
World Bank offers $625m loan to boost India’s rooftop solar PV capacity: http://solar.energy-business-review.com/news/world-bank-offers-625m-loan-to-boost-indias-rooftop-solar-pv-capacity-160516-4893781
India will need to find new mechanism for financing smart city projects: http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20160519/2864265.htm

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NAPM Strongly condemns the murder of Prof. MM Kalburgi

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY OF THE COUNTRY – RELIGIOUS OUTFITS SHUNTING THE DOORS OF SECULARISM IN INDIA

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) strongly condemns the murder of senior rationalist scholar Prof. M M Kalburgi and demands Govt. to order a probe into the matter immediately

August 31, 2015, New Delhi : Prof. M. M. Kalburgi hailing from Dharwad, Karnataka, a renowned rationalist scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University, Karnataka, was shot dead on 30th August 2015 by unidentified gunmen at his residence, at point blank range. The murderers escaped on a motorcycle. The National Alliance of People’s Movements strongly condemns the murder, which is suspected to be yet another attempt of right wing extremists to kill persons with rationalist views.

Earlier, leading rationalist and anti-superstition activist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in Pune on 20th August 2013, and left leader and outspoken critic of Hindutva, Shri Govind Pansare was murdered in Kolhapur on 20th February 2015. This latest foul murder of Prof. M. M. Kalburgi, along with the earlier two murders, is suspected to have been committed by right wing religious extremists.

With a BJP government at the Centre providing tacit support, right wing Hindutva elements are emboldened and are increasingly coming out openly against persons who are merely critical of Hinduism. They are intolerant of persons who differ from them, and deliberately get “hurt feelings” or “hurt sentiments” at the slightest excuse. They choose to interpret even mere discussions, debates and statements about Hindu practices and rituals as an insult to Hinduism, and resort to threatening and attacking speakers and writers. They have also been indulging in “moral policing” accompanied by violence. If this trend is not immediately checked and turned back, the people of India will lose their freedom of speech and association, and India’s secular democracy will turn into fascism.

So far, despite considerable popular uproar regarding the premeditated killings, the police has been unwilling or unable to make arrests in both Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases, which took place in broad daylight, just like the murder of Kalburgi. What is common to all three premeditated murders is that the victims had all been repeatedly threatened by right wing extremists due to their rationalist views and opposition to obscurantist beliefs.

Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shri Ram Sene have staged statewide protests against their views and are suspected to be responsible for the killings. Co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal’s Bantwal (Karnataka) cell, Bhuvith Shetty, showing his extremism towards religious freedom and independent views, is openly celebrating the murder with a tweet, which states: “Then it was U.R.Ananthamurthy and now M.M.Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die dogs (sic.) death. And dear K. S. Bhagwan you are next”. This is naked terrorism by a religious extremist, which government must urgently deal with in accordance with the law.

The Constitution of India guarantees liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship to all citizens, and prescribes development of scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform as every citizen’s fundamental duty. The words and actions of these fundamentalist terror groups goes directly against the spirit of the Constitution. But governments have been lackadaisical, perhaps even deliberately so, in investigating these crimes and reining in the groups which have been issuing veiled as well as naked threats (like the tweet above) to persons who are rationalist in thought and belief.

The rise of religious fundamentalism is bringing the democracy and secularism of India into serious question, and may permanently and irreversibly destabilize the Republic. It is high time for government to declare these religious outfits as terror groups and take necessary actions against them. Without such stern and rapid action, we may soon witness situations like those happening in Bangladesh, where Islamic fundamentalists are killing rationalist bloggers.

The National Alliance of People’s Movements, therefore demands that

1) CBI must thoroughly investigate the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M.Kalburgi with a sense of urgency, arrest the suspected murderers and the guiding forces behind them, and ensure that sufficient hard evidence is made available to the public prosecutor to secure conviction.

2) Prime Minister Narendra Modi must unequivocally declare his stand as well as the union government’s stand regarding all the three premeditated murders, and institute procedures to deal with such acts of terrorism.

3) Terrorist outfits regardless of the religion to which they belong or claim to support, must be declared as “terror groups” since, in direct contravention of the country’s democracy and secularism, they openly violate the freedom of speech by threatening and even eliminating persons who express different views.

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Samajwadi Jan Parishad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah & Ramakrishnam Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh, Nandlal Master – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, J S Walia, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; Bhupender Singh Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Shabnam – NAPM, Delhi

Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands immediate release of Com. Roma and Com. Sokalo

BHOOMI ADHIKAR ANDOLAN    

PRESS STATEMENT

  2nd JULY, 2015                   

Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands immediate release of Com. Roma and Com. Sokalo

Stop police crackdown on people’s peaceful and democratic struggle for their rights!

Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan strongly condemns the arrest of activists Roma, General Secretary of All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), and Sokalo, Adivasi leader of AIUFWP. They were arrested unjustifiably from Robertsganj, Sonbhadra District, Uttar Pradesh on June 30, 2015 early morning. While many other activists who were arrested were later discharged, Comrade Roma and Comrade Sokalo have been sent to Mirzapur jail. The arrests are clearly a planned tactic by the administration to crush people’s struggle for their rights. It needs to be noted that the arrests were done right before the people’s rally to protest against forcible land acquisition was to take place in Robertganj. However,  despite crackdown by the administration and police, the rally was a huge success and saw participation of more than 5,000 farmers, adivasis, dalits and concerned citizens who showed the power of people and resolute to carry on the struggle.

During the last few months, AIUFWP has been organising various mobilisations and protests as part of Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan to challenge the Corporate loot of natural resources and the corrupt nexus between Government-Corporate and the police. It has been holding mass rallies and grassroots programme against the anti-people Land Acquisition Ordinance.  People of Sonbhadra have been facing continued repression in the form of open firing at peaceful protesters at Kanhar dam site on Ambedkar Jayanti as well as constant harassment of leaders and activists. On one hand the CM of UP assured people’s organisations that they would try to “minimize conflict” in the area, and on the other hand, they openly target the people’s movements and arrest its leaders. We condemn this double-talk by the Government and urge them to intervene with fair and just approach.

The Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands:

  • Com.Roma and Com.Sokalo be released at the earliest and all the charges be withdrawn immediately. Action should be taken against the officials for their unwarranted and unjustified action.

  • We also demand that the grievances of the people be solved and their rights be ensured.

Vijoo,             Sanjeev,                 Shabnam,           Satyam

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National Alliance of People’s Movements
National Office : 6/6, Jangpura B, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110014
Phone : 011 24374535 Mobile : 09818905316
Web : www.napm-india.org | napmindia@gmail.com

Thousands made homeless amidst PM Modi’s promise of ‘Housing For All’

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan

Press Invite

Thousands made homeless amidst PM Modi’s promise of ‘Housing For All’

Those struggling for Housing Right were Manhandled

Slum of Mandala (located in Mankhurd Mumbai) was demolished in 2004/05 demolition drive evicting 5000 families without any rehabilitation plan. Social activist Medha Patkar stood with them in their struggle for housing right and launched Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan. Through their intense struggle they were able convince the governments to their demands and received various assurance but none of them have been materialized till date.

They spent more than a decade living with assurance facing brutal eviction twice.

Mandala evictees realized that they have been betrayed all these years and hence decided to return to their land where they were evicted from. On 26th of May, 2015 they launched Awas Haq Satyagrah under the aegis of
Ghar Bahao Ghar Banao Andolan
led by Medha Patkar and resolute to stay put there until they are given housing right. They had previously submitted a proposal of rehabilitating 3200 families under Rajiv Awas Yojna, assurance given that Mandala be made the pilot project of the RAY. Surveys of houses was necessary in order to provide houses to all as per the proposal but in the absence of house structure survey could not be done. Also the RAY was discontinued by the new government at centre. On 19th June, during heavy rains, Mandala evictees who were asserting for housing right since last 25 days by taking leave from their work decided to erect houses structure on the Mandala land and continue with their struggle. Their demand was that their newly built houses should be surveyed and given housing right as per the new housing policy which would replace RAY. They would vacate the land as soon as they were given housing right. Government termed them as encroachers and disrespect their struggle for housing right.

Yesterday when thousands were peacefully asserting their housing right through Awas Haq Satyagrah at Mandala, the Police and MMRDA official surprisingly entered Mandala with JCBs without giving any prior notice risking life of thousands of evictees present there. All the newly built houses were mercilessly demolished. Finally the police entered the pandal under which the Satyagrahis were sitting and peacefully protesting. Police first assured that they would not do any harm to the pandal and the Satyagrahis , the Tehsildar present promised to organize a meeting with the Collector, soon after all these promises, the police suddenly entered in and started dragging the basti leaders, all those who protested were manhandled.  Hundreds of them got arrested voluntarily but were released in the evening after receiving notice under section 149.

Such is the story in the age of PM’s campaign of ‘House for All’. It is in this context, all those who succumbed to injuries would provide testimonies of the brutality they had gone through yesterday and would also explain that why they be given housing right.

Hence, we request you to be present in the Press Conference being held at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh at 3.30pm today.

Venue: Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh,

Mahapalika Marg, Azad Maidan, Fort,

Mumbai-01

Time: 3.30pm

Contact: 09958660556 | 9820636335 | 9029492721

Anwari                       Mukesh          Shriram          Pervin Jehangir                     Bilal

Arrest of Adv. Roma and Sokalo Gond is a condemnable attempt to crush democratic struggles

Arrest of Adv. Roma and Sokalo Gond is a condemnable attempt to crush democratic struggles

Immediately release the activists and accept the demands of struggling people of Sonbhadra, UP

 New Delhi: 30th June, 2015: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses its outrage at the arrest of senior activist and advocate, Roma Malik, Sokalo Gond, and other women activists of the All Indian Union of Forest Working People from the organization’s office in Robertsgunj today morning by the police. We are shocked and amazed at the attempts by the UP administration to repeatedly arrest activists and the struggling people for asserting their constitutional rights and protecting the environment.

 While the memory of ruthless repression where the police open fired at the peaceful protesters at Kanhar Dam on Ambedkar Jayanti is still fresh, this attempt to crush the voice of dissent comes in the wake of the planned people’s rally against land acquisition and loot of natural resources that was to take place tomorrow in Robertsgunj is unjustifiable and unacceptable. The right to peaceful protest is part of the fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India and no government can take away or infringe upon this sacred right. It needs to be noted that in numerous instances in the past the higher courts have repeatedly come down on the authorities for trying to muzzle protests through fabricated cases and arrests.

 We also wish to remind the UP government that some of  met the CM at the CM House in the last week of April, in the wake of the brutal police firings at adivasis and dalits in the Kanhar dam-affected area. The Order of the NGT as well clearly establishes the illegality in the entire process. The CM had assured us that he take note of all the demands in our memorandum and ensure that the conflict is resolved through dialogue with the people and Gram Sabhas. Is this how the Government seeks to resolve conflict? Are these arrests really necessary and lawful?  Such actions will only intensify the conflict and lead to further tensions in the area.

 We hope that the UP Government will take serious note of the national discontent against the arrest of senior activists of the AIUFWP and direct the district administration to drop all chargers and release the arrested activists and villagers. We convey our deep disdain for the approach of the UP government to openly harass and target activists who are engaged with the people’s issues on the ground and are raising important questions of land, natural resources and equality and democracy. We wish to remind the government and the administration that peaceful and democratic struggle of the adivasi and dalit communities, led by the women of Sonbhadra, is their constitutional right and we stand in full solidarity with them.

It would be disgraceful if administration tries to resort to such means to silence democratic voices. The rally, which was announced many days ago and is a matter of public knowledge cannot and should not be stopped by such means, we urge. National Alliance of People’s Movements demands immediate release of Adv. Roma and Sokalo Gond. We also urge the government to redress the grievances of the struggling people and accept their demands urgently.

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad –Samajwadi Janparishad, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti &Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; 

C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah &Ramakrishnan Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Arundhati Dhuru & Richa Singh –Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM, UP;Sudhir Vombatkere, Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union &Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; B S Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini &Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar, Kanika and Shabnam Shaikh– NAPM, Delhi

The politics of impotence | openDemocracy

A systematic mode of thinking is required to ensure rape victims are not blamed for their suffering. Binarism – overly simplistic evaluations – is a default position that causes considerable damage. Sex education and support for feminist movements are vital.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/alexios-arvanitis/politics-of-impotence

 

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.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/audio-news-video/AV-India/Shoma-Chaudhury-should-be-arrested-Vidya-Shet/Article2-1155623.aspx?hts0021