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Friday, July 20, 2018

Kavitha Iyer


Kavitha Iyer works as Associate Editor with The Indian Express, Mumbai.

Bullet train to start in 2022: A look at its progress, hurdles
Wed, Jul 11, 2018

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) says that so far it has not missed milestones set in its timeline for the Rs 1.08-lakh-crore project, being built with an 80% loan from Japan.

Maharashtra will try digital route to review lakhs of forest rights claims
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

The tribal development department subsequently launched the Van Mitra programme to first train officials on the law and then to clear or reopen tens of thousands of pending or erroneously rejected claims and appeals.

Ahead of AIIB meet in Mumbai, a counter convention will oppose global finance
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

The three-day people’s convention on infrastructure financing will be held on June 21, 22 and 23, before the AIIB meets in Mumbai on June 25 and 26.

Community Forest Rights: Out of 12,009 claims submitted since 2006, 61.27 per cent accepted
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

The FRA accords rights to forest-dwelling communities including Individual Forest Rights and Community Forest Rights.

Official figures say 62% of land claims made by tribals were rejected by Maharashtra
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Records show that of the 3,59,745 claims for Individual Forest Rights (IFR) submitted under the law that came into force in 2006, 2,24,874 claims, or 62.5 per cent, were rejected in a three-tier process involving local bodies.

Politicians gather in Palghar to oppose bullet train project
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

The bullet train project, planned after discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, is being built with a Rs 88,000-crore soft loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Set to lose farms to bullet train: Maharashtra’s tribals protest dilution of land alienation laws
Fri, May 18, 2018

The bullet train project, kicked off after discussions between PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, is being built with a Rs 88,000-crore soft loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Palghar bypoll: A rural-urban water conflict intensifies along Surya river
Tue, May 08, 2018

Nearly half of Dhamni dam’s irrigation water promise not met, tribals want project to divert water for Mumbai’s two satellite towns cancelled

Mumbai growth plan: a few firsts, yet limited by what it does not do
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

While promising to protect coastline features including beaches, estuaries, mudflats and mangroves, it proposes adding over 3,700 hectares of land currently marked as no-development zones, including salt-pan lands, for various segments of affordable housing.

Implementation of Forest Rights Act: Govt officials, stakeholders to undergo training
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

To be launched under a campaign titled ‘Van Mitra’ or ‘friends of the forest’, the training module designed by the Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI) in Pune will kick off in the first week of May.

Farmers dump tomatoes as prices slide
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

The promise of better access to processing industries has not borne fruit for vegetable farmers — the capacity of processing industries is barely 2 to 3 per cent of the crop.

Surya Dam protest: A rural-urban water conflict brews on outskirts of Mumbai
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Farmers, including tribals, hold hunger strike against MMRDA’s project to supply 403 MLD water to Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander from irrigation dam

Why Shekhubai marched barefoot to Mumbai
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

For the thousands of farmers from Maharashtra’s tribal districts who walked to Mumbai, the demand for land ownership is tied to their hopes for a better life — that they can dig wells, take loans and live without the fear of eviction. “We went for our stomachs,” they tell The Sunday Express.

Express explains: What is the forest land issue & what farmers were demanding
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

On the Mimimum Support Price as prescribed by the Swaminathan Committee, the government said the Centre has already committed this. Their concerns on water conservation projects and the Nar-Par and Damanganga and Girnar river-linking projects were also taken into account.

New edge to agrarian distress: Why demands are more than loan waiver
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Large numbers of the tribals who have gathered in the Mumbai are not seeking a loan waiver, but the implementation of the vision envisaged in Forest Rights Act, a legislation enacted by Parliament in 2006.

Angry New Year: The buildup to Bhima-Koregaon violence
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

The January 1 violence against Dalits and their protests mark the deepening of a social and political fault line in Maharashtra. Indian Express on what led to Bhima Koregaon and what could follow

Maharashtra bandh: Young faces of protest shock many
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Maharashta Bandh: The issue of children participating in the Dalit protests, especially in stone-pelting incidents, has begun to draw attention after a video of a boy, barely four or five years old, walking on a street in Pune with a stone in either hand surfaced.

Kamala Mills fire: We are setting up system for complying with fire safety norms, says Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

The suspension of five officials for lapses in giving permissions to the restaurant where 14 died in a fire has been followed by demolition of illegal structures in pubs and eateries across Mumbai. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta tells The Indian Express what else is on the anvil in the new year.

Simpy put: Loans have been waived. Why are farmers still angry in Maharashtra?
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Glitches plus inconsistencies plus Aadhaar have added up to delay in credit showing up in farmers’ loan accounts. The Indian Express explains

Hornbill Festival 2017: War dances and crafts to a Naga chilli eating contest, there’s much to see
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The annual Hornbill Festival is currently on in Nagaland, with a host of cultural performances, displays of sacrificial rituals, farewell songs, war dances, fire-making rituals, as well as some fun elements such as pineapple and Naga Chilli eating contests.