Workshop on Occupational Health and Safety 29-30 August 2014, Kolkata

A Two day workshop on Occupational Health and Safety was conducted on 29-30 August, 2014 at Kolkata. The workshop was organized with the help of “Workers Initiative”, a common platform of different independent Trade Unions and struggling workers of Kolkata along with…

Situation of Unwed Mothers in District Angul

Situation of Unwed Mothers in Angul District – A Field perspective from select development blocks Single mothers bear a social taboo, especially in rural India. One of the factors for such a situation is rapid transformation of micro economy thereby inviting outside…

Hydropower Projects in The Sutlej River Basin North Western Himalayas

Rivers as natural watercourses have remained the most efficient systems to sustain lives and livelihoods of millions of people irrespective of whom they are serving but the scenario has been transforming as the pressures on these water systems and attached ecology has…

Rio in Bunderland – diamonds or dust?

Mining giant Rio Tinto expects to reap massive profits from its new Indian venture at Bunder in the Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand region, Madhya Pradesh state. The company describes this as: “[t]he most advanced diamond project worldwide (sic) and the most…

Impacts on Water – Some Examples from India

This is a quick and not so dirty compilation of some of the work we have been doing in the recent past to understand the implications of mining on water resources. The overview and examples have been put together to provide an agenda point for discussions for the ICN…

Developing Code of Ethics for Indian Industry

Second decade of this new millennium mega trend is ‘responsible business’. The consumer movement and human rights activists have become increasingly empowered, and they actively publicize news of unethical conduct of companies. These in turn have tremendous political…

Mining Matters

Our country is endowed with huge resources of many metallic and non-metallic minerals. The mining activities are extremely poorly regulated despite the fact that as early as 1948, the founding fathers of the constitution realized this need. Over 80000 mines operate…

Impact Assessment of Bridges and Barrages on River Yamuna in Delhi

Structures across rivers have been built since times immemorial until this day – logjams and Bamboo bridges to Steel and Concrete structures. However, the rapidity at which rivers are being stopped, bridged, dammed and altered has begun to reach alarming proposition…

Environmental Democracy in The Himalayas

An Assessment of Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand The Access Initiative (TAI) is a global coalition of public interest groups.  The coalition is led by a Core team comprising of Advocates Coalition…