Singing to the sky
Media watch brief:
'Dawn' of hope
The BJP is now looking at Pakistan for donations. The party has been advertising in the country’s leading newspaper ‘Dawn’ asking people to donate for the “Modi for PM fund”. The ad says “Bharat ke Ujwal Bhavishye ke Liye Yogdaan De” (Donate for India’s bright future). Indians are not donating enough, is it?
You were good friends with Orwell. Was he a happy man?
That was the last thing he was.
Meanwhile in the Shah commission report on illegal mining in Goa,
"On going through the records available, it is noticed that MoEF (Environment Wing) has taken inconsistent and arbitrary stand while imposing specific condition for the mining leases though they are having the same parameters yardsticks while according Environmental Clearances under the EIA Notifications during the year from 2005 to 2010. Further, after imposing conditions, no action has been taken to follow up and for implementation of the conditions. Though this matter was in full knowledge of MoEF (Environment, Wildlife Wings) but the officers remain silent on the issue and permitted illegality to continue.”
The route to Nandi Hills is not really scenic anymore with too many construction activities - luxurious villas, resorts, golf course and what not. Scary to imagine how this place is going to look 5yrs from now. Of course, the falcon is coming!
"Exempted from environmental governance, small hydel projects can have and are having major impacts on communities and ecosystems. The Netravathi and Kumaradhara rivers have more than 44 small hydel projects planned bumper-to-bumper. But by a questionable omission in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification (2006), hydel projects less than 25 MW are exempt from environmental clearance. Hence, such projects require no EIA, public hearing or environment management plan, no matter how severe their impacts maybe. SANDRP has been writing to the Ministry of Environment and Forests with evidence of impacts, requesting these projects be brought under EIA Notification. We haven’t received any response.”
A beautiful house off DVG Road, Bangalore