HT had, on January 31, reported that India lost nearly one-third of its natural wetlands to urbanisation, agricultural expansion and pollution over the last four decades, according to a study by NGO Wetlands International South Asia (WISA). Among south Asian countries, India has maximum wetlands — a total of 7,57,062 — covering around 4.6% geographical area of the country, and it is home to 37 Ramsar sites or wetlands designated to be of international importance, according to WISA. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court admits petition challenging new rules for wetlands
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Indeed, in most of the areas of high voltage anti-minority violence, in police action, overwhelmingly higher number of Muslims were killed. Here is a paradoxical and inexplicably strange phenomenon of about 60 per cent of deaths in police firing and 77 per cent of casualties of mob-violence being drawn from the Muslim community. Does not this fact pose a serious question mark on the professional integrity and the commitment to the rule of law of the officers of police and executive magistracy, in those notorious riot affected areas? (The above data on violence is taken from base papers of appendix (v) of R B Sreekumar's second affidavit to the commission dated 06-10-2004)It is well known that the Gujarat government, true to its motive of portraying the 2002 riots as a spontaneous, uncontrollable articulation of justifiable ire against the community of the alleged perpetrators of Godhra train fire tragedy by the 'victim majority community', has till date, … [Read more...] about Gujarat genocide: The State, law and subversion
Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD of Tata Motors, said, “The National Automotive Innovation Centre brings together our U.K.-based engineering and design experts to one setting, providing greater synergy on ground-breaking design and technologies with a focus on connected, electric, shared and safe, that will help shape future mobility solutions in India. … [Read more...] about Prince Charles opens new Tata JLR innovation centre in U.K.
Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands want to keep finances under tight control, but a group of 15 Southern and Eastern European countries are keen to ensure that current levels of expenditure on infrastructure and agriculture are at least maintained, if not raised. … [Read more...] about EU leaders begin complex process of setting new budget
State Coop Election Authority’s move aims to ensure fair voting; special fund approved to set up a website The State Cooperative Election Authority (SCEA) has decided to conduct elections through an online system. The move aims to cater to numerous flat owners who are members of cooperative housing societies, but stay away from premises as their houses may be rented or vacant. It is often observed that for elections of the managing committee, the absent demographic stays away, with only those staying on the premises choosing a candidate. The state on Thursday approved a special fund to create a website for this cause, for which work has been assigned to Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation Limited aka MahaIT. Online voting access will be provided to all cooperative housing society members, secured with passwords and OTPs, eliminating paper ballot and physical presence to vote. Filing nomination papers, publishing a voters’ list, and document scrutiny will also be … [Read more...] about New online system to help take part in hsg soc polls from outside