Ministry changes stance on tribals’ forest rights

The secretary of the Union tribal rights ministry, reversing the stand of his subordinates, and going existing regulations, has said that forestlands can be diverted for mining and other industrial purposes if no claims have so far been lodged for community ownership...

The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning.Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific...

‘589 MP workers died of silicosis in Gujarat’

As many as 589 labourers, mostly tribals from western Madhya Pradesh, died due to silicosis in last 10 years while working for the quartz crushing factories in Gujarat, according to a study.The deceased were among 1,721 people from 743 families hailing from...

Other states to adopt Raj model on silicosis

Jaipur: The Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission’s (RSHRC) pioneering efforts to provide solace to silicosis victims in state have garnered appreciation at the national level. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has accepted it as a model programme in...