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News this week: Commission finds that big corporates mined Rs. 45000 Cr worth iron ore, Delhi residents protest waste incinerator and POSCO's clearance to be revalidated.

Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in Odisha

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News this week: Toilets in only 30% urban slums, pipeline being laid close to Golconda fort and 99 illegal dyeing units unearthed in Tirupur

Welfare schemes not of much use to urban slums

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Kejriwal frees water in Delhi

HC upholds ban on plastic packaging for junk food in HP

Vacates stay on Himachal Pradesh government's order banning plastic packaging for 25 junk food items. Directs enforcement of the ban from January 26, 2014.

MoEF gives conditional nod to Haryana's nuclear power project

News this week: NSSO says drinking water quality worst in Kerala, migratory birds desert flooded wetland and villagers protest against hydel project in Uttarakhand.

Kerala scores worst in access to potable water: NSSO

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New MoEF Minister delays final notification on Western Ghats 

Draft notification for declaring eco-sensitive area in the Western Ghats has been put on hold as the new Environment Minister wants to invite comments from CMs of the six states.

Uttarakhand govt initiates allotment process of small hydel projects

Centre issues guidelines to simplify green clearance process

MoEF comes out with new guidelines on environmental clearance that will give more powers to states and help them quicken the decision making process.

SC issues notice to MoEF and states for worsening critically polluted clusters

India allowed to construct Kishenganga hydel project

The International Court of Arbitration rejects Pakistan's contention and allows India to divert water from Kishenganga river for power generation.

Odisha's disaster management earns UN felicitation

News this week: Bihar villagers oppose asbestos plant, J&K government restricts civilian movement near Kishanganga dam site and dams for Mumbai result in tribal displacement.

10,000 Bihar villagers file petition against asbestos plant

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Two different hydroelectric projects on a single dam built on the Nethravathi hide under the guise of a mini-hydel project and blatantly flout green norms. Is this another scam?

I was looking for Greenko’s 24.75 MW Perla Mini Hydel Project at Perla village near Bantwal, Mangalore. One would think that you wouldn't really have to search for a hydel project site given its size and scale but the villagers at Perla were puzzled when I asked them to take me there as the Project Design Document had noted the project location as Perla village. They pointed to a dam in the downstream part of the river and said, “You mean the AMR project, its not at Perla, but at Shamburi village.”

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