AIR POLLUTION-Reality or Imagination

Air pollution occurs when gases, dust particles, fumes (or smoke) or odor are introduced into the atmosphere in a way that makes it harmful to humans, animals and plant. This is because the air becomes dirty (contaminated or unclean). During our work in the field, we…

Beyond Coal in India

In late August, millions of poor Indians rejoiced on a Supreme Court judgement on the allocation of coal blocks. It was further hoping that the subsequent order which categorically held all, except four, to be illegal. It was a reprieve from a forced displacement,…

District Mineral Foundation

District Mineral Foundation (DMF) as an institution for the welfare of people, under MMDR (Amendment) Act 2015came into being which under which the miners have to contribute 10% of proportionate royalty in addition to the royalty on minerals for leases issued after…

Community Issues in Coal Belts

A short descriptive report on Barddhaman District outlining areas of public health and indicators of health, nutrition and environmental pollution, MDGs. A blog www.alongtheburntcoalcorridor.wordpress.com elaborates more on specific issues of health and education….

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…