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MAJORITY OF POSCO ENQUIRY COMMITTEE CONFIRMS THAT POSCO PROJECT IS ILLEGAL

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Today, three of the four members of the committee set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests confirmed that the POSCO project is illegal and that all of its clearances were obtained by breaking the law. The Committee has also found that the project has potentially very dangerous impacts on issues like water, air pollution, and the coastline, and none of this was ever properly evaluated. After a detailed discussion of the huge number of criminal actions by the company and the Orissa government, the Committee says (in the conclusion of the report): “The POSCO project is an example of how... 

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CONDEMN THE ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK PRAFULLA SAMANTARA

Friday, October 1, 2010

On September 19, 2010, Prafulla Samantara, the well known activist intellectual from Orissa, was traveling to Katikela, a village in Jharsuguda in Orissa, where Vedanta is forcing people to leave their ancestral lands. The local people had invited him to address a meeting. The local villagers and activists informed him that there were several goondas of the company moving around in the village, threatening to attack Prafulla. Therefore, it was decided that the meeting should be canceled instead of involving in a confrontation. Prafulla was supposed to address a press conference against the problems... 

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NATIONAL PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL ON KANDHAMAL INTERIM PREPORT

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NATIONAL PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL ON KANDHAMAL JURY’S PRELIMINARY FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS 24 AUGUST 2010 The National People’s Tribunal (NPT) on Kandhamal, held in New Delhi on 22-24 August 2010, was   organized by the National Solidarity Forum – a countrywide solidarity platform of concerned social activists, media persons, researchers, legal experts, film makers, artists, writers, scientists and civil society organizations to assist the victims and survivors of the Kandhamal violence 2008 to seek justice, accountability and peace and to restore the victim-survivors’ right to... 

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TIMELY DECISION: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

It is ‘no’ to Vedanta’s mine project in Orissa

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TIMELY DECISION: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma After a long drawn-out consultation process, the Union government has finally pronounced its verdict against Vedanta Alumina’s $1.7-billion plan to mine bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa. “There has been a very serious violation of the Environment Protection Act, the Forest Conservation Act and the Forest Rights Act,” said Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh. He blamed Vedanta, the Orissa Mining Corporation, and State officials for the violations.... 

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Vedanta – Four member committee report

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Ministry of Environment and Forests, GoI had appointed a four member committee to review whether the Vedanta Resources can be given final environmental clearance to mine bauxite at Niyamgiri hills. The committee submitted the final report at 1pm today. Executive Summary of the report is attached to this mail. You can download full report (4.33mb) from MoEF website: http://moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/saxena_vedanta.pdf. REPORT OF THE FOUR MEMBER COMMITTEE FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY THE ORISSA MINING COMPANY FOR BAUXITE MINING IN NIYAMGIRI Dr N C Saxena,... 

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Exhibition on Kandhamal by Dalit Artists

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dear friends, Perhaps you are aware that even after two years, the Christian adivasi and dalit survivors of the Kandhamal violence are still struggling for justice. Thousands of people cannot go back to their own lands and many are still living in tents in Kandhamal. Education of children is disrupted and their trauma is still continuing. The culprits of communal violence are getting acquitted without any punishment from the courts. In this context, the National Solidarity Forum, a coalition of over 50 organisations from different parts of the country have given a call for protests, public meetings... 

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MAJORITY OF POSCO ENQUIRY COMMITTEE CONFIRMS THAT POSCO PROJECT IS ILLEGAL

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Today, three of the four members of the committee set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests confirmed that the POSCO project is illegal and that all of its clearances were obtained by breaking the law. The Committee has also found that the project has potentially very dangerous impacts on issues like water, air pollution, and the coastline, and none of this was ever properly evaluated. After a detailed discussion of the huge number of criminal actions by the company and... Read More

The Importance Of Income Protection Insurance

Everyone has the duty to cover the monthly bills on or before the payment schedule. To fund all these everyday expenditures, you must have a sufficient quantity of money from your work income. Nevertheless, there are circumstances that would hinder your ability to earn like incidents, sickness, or joblessness. When you no more have a revenue stream, then you’ll fail to compensate your financial obligations.

Don’t fret for there’s a way to rise above this impasse through the aid of income protection insurance. This insurance policy will ensure that in the happening of untimely joblessness or illness, you’ll still be able to fund for your expenditures.

A Short Background of Income Protection Insurance

Once accidents and health problems happen, the insurance policy will cover all the financial bills that might cost you years worth of earnings and this is known as Income Protection Insurance. Until you are prepared to return to work or until the agreed benefit period is over, 75% of your original earnings will be provided to you. Upon recuperation, demise, retirement, or at the end of the contract, the benefit will be repaid.

Waiting Period – How Long?

A certain waiting period is set when acquiring income protection insurance. Waiting period is the amount of time necessary prior to the insurance covers your expenses. The waiting period may require the plan holders to wait patiently from 12 days up to 2 years according to the insurance policy. The longer the period however, the cheaper your premium will be. Insurance providers have the duty to pay your financial obligations within the benefit period. Policies may vary but most of them can last 6 months up to 5 years. In some instances, the age of the holder will tell how much time the benefit period continues.

To read more about income protection insurance and how to make sure you are covered just go to best income protection insurance

Options Provided

As a plan holder, you can pick between the agreed value and the indemnity value. When talking about agreed value, it indicates that the amount of benefit placed initially throughout the insurance application will stay similar within the benefit period. However, indemnity value suggests that the amount of benefit will vary based on the alterations in your income.

Limitations that Must be Obeyed

The income protection insurance firms highly consider your personal background just like stability of your work, age, and health status also. The premium can change based on those factors. If illness or incident has not caused your joblessness, the policy will not pay for any of your expenditures and you have to remember that at all times. Some limits of doing specific jobs are also made by the insurance provider.

In general, income protection insurance will be helpful in the long run. It can be changed based on the customers’ preference such as pooling the expenses towards healthcare or college fees. Incidents are unpredictable and worse, they take place in an event when you least expected them.

Drug Rehabilitation Centers – Efficient Ways In Dealing Drug Addiction

There’s no denying that addiction may cause nothing but misery. Recovery is normally something that drug addicts can barely have. However the thing is, there is no need to worry and lose hope. There will always be corresponding remedies for all the problems; you just need to be patient in seeking for them. Some solutions for this might be consistent medication and continuous support from loved ones. Confessing things favorably should be done by a drug addict first just before engaging to a serious treatment. Acceptance is the very first step, then; one can ultimately go for the medication proper through drug rehabilitation programs.

Those individuals who are reliant to any psychoactive substances are needing drug rehabilitation or simply referred to as the procedure of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment. The whole medication usually takes place in a medical facility, or known as rehabilitation centers. Generally, the treatment can be done in two ways that is through inpatient medication and outpatient services. What is ideal concerning the former one is that it involves a health care establishment where a patient is taken cared of and health care staffs who will be there for help. You also have to be aware that this type of procedure for medication will take an extended period of time. Nevertheless, the latter presents a medication approach that exudes flexibility. With this, the patient could go out and only attend scheduled conferences for the treatment. Yes, this treatment choice is also great just like the other one but the problem here is the high risk of relapse. Therefore for a faster recuperation, it’s advocated that one opt for an inpatient medication. Nonetheless, there is no other individual who could have the final say about this but you. So pick one which you think will help you best.

There are two kinds of treatments provided in a drug rehabilitation establishment namely the health and psychotherapeutic treatments. For the hospital treatment, medicines are prescribed to aid ease the signs of withdrawal. One best thing to do in order to come up with a trustworthy medication treatment plan is recognizing the real cause of drug addiction. In psychotherapeutic treatment, it is anticipated that there are group therapies and individual treatment that will be done. This is a crucial part in the treatment as battling with mind is never simple. These sessions are unquestionably what patients need so they can effectively undergo the treatment procedure without the feeling of being alone.

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Things such as the seriousness of addiction, person’s length of time with addiction, and the level of difficulty of the treatment plan are the bases in figuring out the exact time a drug rehabilitation should last. If you will submit yourself to a drug rehabilitation center nonetheless, anticipate that you will have a minimum of 30 days for the treatment procedure.

The Ways To Successful Weddings In Australia

Wedding is identified as the binding of a woman and a man forever in the eyes of God and the society. This is the time wherein they start their journey as a couple building their very own family. However, as wedding may only be experience once in a lifetime, you should make sure to make this occasion the grandest one.This is for you to achieve a memorable wedding ceremony that will be forever be cherished by both of you. In addition, if you are residing in Australia, there are many choices for you to choose from.

One of the best points to describe Australia is diversity; cultural diversity both contemporary and wild. As a good continent; it has lots of places where you can hold your wedding into. Nevertheless, what should be done first for the wedding to be successful?

At first, couples are encouraged to have a wedding planner when they don’t have the luxury of time to organize everything up. The wedding planners, should of course superb in knowing what precisely are the personal preferences of both parties. Since the internet is but a world of several choices, you can try browsing with your wedding consultant for more discussion with the motif of your wedding. Additionally, it is in the internet where you can acquire some ideas for your wedding in Australia. A lot of firms giving great tips for your weddings are available in the web. The decision lies between you and your wedding consultant on which among the numerous firms will do the preparation for you.

There are lots of wonderful spots on Australia on where you could celebrate your wedding. A good example would be Sydney’s Great Opera House. Couple can choose to have their marriage ceremony at this very place when they have a budget enough for these world-renowned opera house. This is really glamorous since this is the very best icon of Australia making it a very memorable wedding. The mere fact that this venue can accommodate great number of people, then it is totally a great choice for you.

Trisus Wedding Australia is a great option for a wedding card invitation service specializing in original and unique designs and affordable printing prices

Moreover, you can still stick to the traditional means of wedding. There are many churches in Australia for you to select from. Coupled with a great design, these churches can be the best place for your wedding. Indeed, there are wide of options in stored for you if you want to tie the knot in Australia. Along with your partner, browse over the net and make a good option for your wedding. Keep in mind that what God had put together, let no man put a sunder.

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FAULTLINES: Cracks in the Steel

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MZPSG Newsletter No. 1, Oct 2010 Dear Friends, The issue of displacement for ‘development’ has plagued India ever since independence. All development projects involving large-scale displacement have in common the feature that those displaced are amongst the poorest of the poor people, and displacement robs them of their livelihood and reduces them to a state of penury. Recent years have seen a vibrant discussion on the costs (invariably borne by the poor, including those displaced)... Read More

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CONDEMN THE ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK PRAFULLA SAMANTARA

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On September 19, 2010, Prafulla Samantara, the well known activist intellectual from Orissa, was traveling to Katikela, a village in Jharsuguda in Orissa, where Vedanta is forcing people to leave their ancestral lands. The local people had invited him to address a meeting. The local villagers and activists informed him that there were several goondas of the company moving around in the village, threatening to attack Prafulla. Therefore, it was decided that the meeting should be... Read More

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STATE COMPLICITY AND IMPUNITY RULE AS JUSTICE IS DENIED VICTIMS OF KANDHAMAL

The National People’s Tribunal (NPT) on Kandhamal is an initiative promoted by the National Solidarity Forum , a nationwide platform of civil society actors, with the purpose of seeking justice for the victims of communal violence in Kandhamal district of Orissa state. Kandhamal witnessed an upsurge of violence against the minority Christian community beginning on Christmas-eve 2007, which was considerably aggravated in August 2008, following the killing of VHP leader Swami... Read More

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TRIBUNAL ON KANDHAMAL OPENS IN DELHI

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Initial Testimonies highlight abject failure of state machinery New Delhi: The 3-day National Peoples Tribunal (NPT) on the Kandhamal communal violence began today at the Constitution Club here with some 400 people in attendance which included 95 survivors from Kandhamal. The NPT is being organised by the National Solidarity Forum, a coalition of over 65 organisations and peoples’ movements that have come together to highlight the plight of victims and survivors; and attempt... Read More

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Call To Action – Send an Email to Ministry of Forests (India) re the POSCO project

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Dear friends: The situation in Jagatsingpur, the POSCO project area, is tense and explosive. The Orissa Government has begun the land takeover in direct violation of the Ministry of Environment and Forests directive that no forest land diversion must happen till all the requirements of the Forest Rights Act are met with. The Minister, Jairam [...]

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Announcements

National People’s Tribunal on Kandhamal, 22-24 August 2010

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The National Solidarity Forum (NSF) – a countrywide platform of concerned social activists, media persons, researchers, legal experts, film makers, artists, writers, scientists and civil society organizations aims to take up solidarity actions to help the victims and survivors of the Kandhamal violence. With a view to creating pressure on the Indian government it plans [...]

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