Watered down

Mar 18, 2016- For many Nepalis, the water resource issue instantly comes to the forefront as far as Nepal-India relations are concerned. They say the white gold that gushes down Nepal’s mountains and gorges—making up to 70 percent of the Ganga’s lean season flow—is…

Heavy metals in fly ash a cause for concern

Green activists are very much worried over traces of toxic substances Along with spewing pollutants into the air, the fly ash being produced by the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) and stored in the ever-growing ash tanks is causing surface and ground water…

Referendum that echoes a difference

India has just witnessed a unique event – its first green referendum in which people had to vote for or against a mining project. The results are out though the process of referendum has not yet concluded. A majority of people have already voted against the project….

Dark clouds of uncertainty

The scenes seem apocalyptic. Darkened skies and torrential rains lashing across the north of India, especially in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, have brought in their wake death and destruction. So far, more than 120 people are feared dead and over 60,000 people…

Mining Ministry’s Zero Loss Theory

HOW DO you defeat attempts to punish corruption? For the Union Ministry of Mines the answer is simple: set up a commission and then sabotage it. TEHELKA has documents to prove that top officials in the mining ministry, which set up one such commission to investigate…

Fighting the fibrous hazard

Even as the delivery of India’s second aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov, has been pushed back towards the end of 2013 owing to repairs in the malfunctioning boiler section, activists and environmental advocacy groups have expressed concern over reported use of…

Fact Sheet: The Mines Bill

As India prepares for the winter session of Parliament starting Thursday, India Real Time brings you fact sheets for key pending legislation that lawmakers are likely to consider for approval.  Name: The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011…

Asia facing ‘epidemic’ of worker deaths, report warns

Hong Kong (CNN) — Ramesh Makwana knew the risks to his health by working in an agate factory, but at $4 a day the rewards were too great. Now, after 14 years of breathing in the fine dust created by grinding and polishing the gemstone, Makwana has silicosis, a…