Daily Archives: March 21, 2012

Orissa diverts 12,000 hectares forest land for mining industries

Close to 12000 hectares of forest land have been diverted in the state in the past 10 years for mining activities and also to make way for industries in sectors like steel, aluminium, power and petroleum refining. While mining activities have taken the lion’s share of the forest land (10,182 hectares), 1749.02 hectares have been

Maoists declare ceasefire, float list with 13 demands

Three negotiators to involve in dialogue with the state, scrapping of Operation Green Hunt among top demands Following the abduction of two Italian nationals in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on 14 March, the state leadership of the banned Maoist party has declared ceasefire and issued a set of demands (see box). Late last night, the party