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Issue Date: Jul 15, 2014

Sardar Patel statue project has no green clearance: activists

Issue Date: Nov 7, 2013
Protesting against the construction of Statue of Unity project in Gujarat, a group of activists on Thursday wrote to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), saying the project should be stopped. Concerned Citizens, a network of activists and individuals, alleged that construction of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s much-talked-about project has begun without any environmental clearance, assessment or consultation.

Out of catch

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013

Mirage of a river

Issue Date: May 31, 2013
It is claimed to be an exemplary project. It has won two awards for excellence in innovativeness and urban planning; one from the Prime Minister’s Office. Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, recently hailed it as his big achievement. He pitted the restoration of the river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad against the poor record of the Delhi government in looking after the Yamuna, the capital’s lifeline river. The media has showered praise on the project. Claims apart, what are the facts on the ground?

Green tribunal stays filling up of Maheshwar dam reservoir

Issue Date: Jun 2, 2012
The National Green Tribunal has stayed the permission granted by the Union environment ministry on May 1 to partially fill up the reservoir of the Maheshwar dam on the river Narmada. In its order passed on May 31, the tribunal has asked the project proponents to maintain status quo till further orders.

A fish moves west

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2010
Aminul Islam looked to the sky and in an instant brought his eyes to rest on a small mound of hilsa.

SSP falls prey to political machinations

Author(s): Ruksan Bose
Issue Date: Sep 15, 2003

Homeless hilsa

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2010
At Chandpur, about 150 km south of Dhaka, Anisur Rahman has a scientific explanation for the predicament of fisher people like Samaad.

Cultural icon

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2010
In Bangladesh, journalist Shankarlal Das recounts that hilsa could be had for a taka some 40 years ago. “During monsoons my father would come home dangling a hilsa from both hands. Mother would then take over.
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