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anti-sterlite protest: madras high court stays vedanta plant expansion


written by arun janardhanan | tuticorn | updated: may 24, 2018 5:02:51 am protesters demanding the closure of the vedanta unit in tuticorin hit the streets again wednesday. (pti photo)observing that “the economic benefits of encouraging industries cannot be ignored” but “the toll extracted on available resources, water and soil regimes by such industries cannot also be lost sight of” and given that there is “another stakeholder… one that is invisible in the array of parties, the environment… (the) hapless party”, the madurai bench of the madras high court wednesday stayed the expansion of the sterlite copper smelter plant of the vedanta group in tuticorin.the interim order by the bench of justices m sundar and anita sumanth came amid ongoing protests against the ex...






anti-sterlite protest: madras high court stays vedanta plant expansion


written by arun janardhanan | tuticorin | updated: may 24, 2018 8:48:01 am protesters demanding the closure of the vedanta unit in tuticorin hit the streets again wednesday. (pti photo)observing that “the economic benefits of encouraging industries cannot be ignored” but “the toll extracted on available resources, water and soil regimes by such industries cannot also be lost sight of” and given that there is “another stakeholder… one that is invisible in the array of parties, the environment… (the) hapless party”, the madurai bench of the madras high court wednesday stayed the expansion of the sterlite copper smelter plant of the vedanta group in tuticorin.the interim order by the bench of justices m sundar and anita sumanth came amid ongoing protests against the e...






day after 11 protesters killed, madras hc stays expansion of vedanta’s sterlite


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 23, 2018 12:26:19 pm smoke billows from burning barricades as agitators march through streets demanding the closure of vedanta’s sterlite copper unit on tuesday. (pti photo)the madurai bench of the madras high court on wednesday stayed the expansion of vedanta’s sterlite industrial plant in thoothukudi (tuticorin), tamil nadu. the bench also insisted that the company seeks public consultation before expanding its unit. in february this year, the company filed an application to obtain environmental clearance to expand its plant in the coastal city, entailing a doubling of the capacity of the smelter to 800,000 tonnes per year.the court’s order comes a day after at least 11 people were killed and several wounded after the tamil nadu...






anti-sterlite protests in tuticorin: why people want vedanta plant closed


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 22, 2018 4:52:07 pm the anti-sterlite protests turned violent on tuesday, with police resorting to lathi-charge. (source: ani)the months-long protest demanding the closure of vedanta’s sterlite copper unit entered its 100th day today with agitators pelting stones and toppling police vehicles after they were prevented from marching towards the plant.the agitation against sterlite copper, which represents the copper unit of vedanta limited, escalated in february this year after the company announced the expansion of its unit in the coastal city of thoothukudi (tuticorin) in tamil nadu.in march, the residents in and around the plant conducted peaceful demonstrations at the chidambaram nagar bus stand in the district demanding the closure ...






anti-sterlite protest: green consent pending, plant shut, wanted to raise capaci


by: express news service | new delhi | updated: may 23, 2018 7:09:44 am tuticorin: police personnel prepare to tackle a crowd as agitators demanding closure of vedanta’s sterlite copper unit entered the 100th day, in tuticorin, on tuesday. (pti photo)related newsconcerns over pollution have dogged sterlite copper unit that has been in operation in tuticorin since its inception over two decades ago. at the heart of the fresh protest at the unit, one of the country’s biggest copper smelters that is owned by vedanta ltd — a majority-owned subsidiary of london-listed vedanta resources — is a brownfield expansion of the plant, entailing a doubling of the capacity of the smelter to 800,000 tonnes per year.protesters at the site have cited pollution from the copper plant, including i...






kamal haasan joins anti-sterlite stir; seeks unit’s closure


by: pti | tuticorin | updated: april 1, 2018 6:07 pm actor turned politician kamal haasantop newstamil actor and makkal neethi mayyam chief kamal haasan today expressed solidarity with the protest against vedanta’s copper making unit sterlite near tuticorin, and sought its closure. “the expansion (of sterlite copper, a unit of vedanta) should not at all be allowed…if possible it will be good to close down this (existing) unit,” he told reporters in tuticorin.staunchly opposing the copper smelter plant’s proposed expansion, he said lives of people were more important than producing copper.the makkal neethi maiyam chief asked “what is the necessity to put up the plant near residential and agricultural zone? …to say that the location is close to the port is not acceptable.?...






anti-sterlite protests live updates: four killed, several injured in clashes wit


heavy deployment of police personnel in thoothukudi, tamil nadu, as hundreds of residents and activists stage an anti-sterlite protest on tuesday (source: ani)at least four people were killed and several others people injured on tuesday after the tamil nadu police resorted to lathi-charge as protests against sterlite’s industrial plant intensified in thoothukudi (tuticorin). four people have been admitted to local hospital and are in critical condition. residents are demanding the closure of the plant, citing that the pollution it generates is causing serious health issues. the agitation against sterlite copper, which represents the copper unit of vedanta limited, recently escalated after the company announced the expansion of its unit in the city. sterlite copper, which currently opera...






anti sterlite protests: panel to check vedanta plant only on paper


written by arun janardhanan , sowmiya ashok | updated: may 25, 2018 7:29:10 am protesters demanding the closure of the vedanta unit in tuticorin hit the streets again wednesday. (pti photo)as the death toll in the tuticorin violence rose to 13 thursday and union home minister rajnath singh sought a report on the situation in the tamil nadu town, the indian express learnt that a sub-committee, recommended two months ago by a ministry of environment and forests (moef) expert panel to assess the environmental clearance (ec) granted to the sterlite copper plant of the vedanta group in 2009, is yet to be constituted.ministry sources said a planned site visit has also been delayed in view of the protests against the plant — residents and activists have been seeking closure of the ...






anti sterlite protests: panel to check vedanta plant only on paper


written by arun janardhanan , sowmiya ashok | updated: may 25, 2018 5:33:34 am protesters demanding the closure of the vedanta unit in tuticorin hit the streets again wednesday. (pti photo)as the death toll in the tuticorin violence rose to 13 thursday and union home minister rajnath singh sought a report on the situation in the tamil nadu town, the indian express learnt that a sub-committee, recommended two months ago by a ministry of environment and forests (moef) expert panel to assess the environmental clearance (ec) granted to the sterlite copper plant of the vedanta group in 2009, is yet to be constituted.ministry sources said a planned site visit has also been delayed in view of the protests against the plant — residents and activists have been seeking closure of the ...






anti-sterlite protests: all you need to know


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 23, 2018 5:27:00 pm tuticorin: police personnel tackle agitators demanding the closure of vedanta’s sterlite copper unit as the protest enters the 100th day, in tuticorin, on tuesday. (pti photo)related newsa day after 11 people were killed after police opened fire at protesters marching against the expansion of sterlite copper in tamil nadu’s tuticorin, another protester lost his life in fresh police firing on wednesday.  kaliappan, 23-year-old, was shot when a group of youths were pelting a police vehicle with stones.the protest, which has been on for over 100 days now, saw an estimated 15,000 people march towards the collectorate on tuesday.here’s all you need to know about why the protests were organised and the subsequent fa...






what is the sterlite copper plant project in tuticorin?


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 23, 2018 10:23:58 am the company has units in tamil nadu and in the union territory of dadra & nagar haveli (source: http://www.sterlitecopper.com)vedanta’s sterlite copper plant, which is facing intense protests over its failure to follow environmental norms, is a business unit of vedanta limited, formerly known as sesa sterlite limited/sesa goa limited. vedanta limited is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource majors with operations in zinc-lead-silver, oil and gas, iron ore, copper, aluminium and commercial power.the company has units in tamil nadu and in the union territory of dadra & nagar haveli. it operates a 400,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) copper smelter as well as a 160 mw coal-based power plant in th...






sterlite protests: rajnath singh expresses pain at loss of lives; what has happe


even as the death toll in the anti-sterlite protests reached 12 on thursday, the dmk and other opposition parties in tamil nadu called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh on friday, condemning the police action against protesters in tamil nadu’s tuticorin. meanwhile, dmk working president mk stalin, who was holding a protest outside tamil nadu secretariat, has been detained by the police. several others detained too.on wednesday evening, tension gripped tuticorin on wednesday evening when video clips purportedly of police beating a protester emerged, who died later in the afternoon, and personnel taking aim and firing the previous day at hundreds protesting against the local expansion plans of sterlite copper owned by the vedanta group. anti-sterlite protests live updatesagitators in tuticorin, nea..






anti-sterlite protest: toll 12, videos of police beating, police firing raise he


written by arun janardhanan | tuticorn | published: may 24, 2018 1:38:11 am anti-sterlite protesters outside tamil nadu house in new delhi on wednesday. (photo: tashi tobgyal)tensions remained high in tamil nadu’s tuticorin wednesday evening as video clips emerged purportedly of police beating a protester, who died later in the afternoon, and personnel taking aim and firing the previous day at hundreds protesting against the local expansion plans of sterlite copper owned by the vedanta group.the beating of a 22-year-old man, identified as kaliappan, was purportedly captured on camera by a mediaperson. visuals show the youth lying on the road with a group of policemen beating him and purportedly asking him to “stop acting” and get up. officials later confirmed that the youth ...






sterlite issue | sterlite protest in tuticorin: top developments


new delhi: tensions continued in tamil nadu’s thoothukudi for the third consecutive day even as cm palaniswami defended the action of the police saying that they had fired at the protesters in self-defence. on tuesday, 13 people were killed in police firing as they were staging an agitation against the expansion of sterlite copper + in the town. here are the top developments from the day: * congress backs opposition's call for 'bandh' in tamil naduthe congress has announced its support to a day-long 'bandh' called by dmk and other opposition parties in tamil nadu to condemn the police action against protesters in thoothukudi. the dusk-to-dawn bandh on friday demands closure of vedanta's sterlite unit in thoothukudi and seeks justice for those affected by the...






anti-sterlite protest: tension simmers in tamil nadu’s tuticorin after police fi


written by arun janardhanan | chennai | updated: may 22, 2018 9:57:46 pm other than the nine dead, nine were battling for life in hospital. “most had bullet marks on their face, chest or abdomen. one of them is a girl aged 17,” said a doctor attached to the tuticorin district medical office. three of the dead were from the village of cruz puram. (pti photo)at least nine persons were killed and another nine seriously wounded when police opened fire tuesday following clashes with hundreds marching to the district collectorate in tuticorin, protesting the proposed expansion of a copper smelter of sterlite copper, a unit of the vedanta group.more rounds were fired again in the evening to break up the protests. this was the hundredth day of the protests with residents and activist...






anti-sterlite protests: rajnath condoles loss of lives in tuticorin, says mha wi


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 24, 2018 2:41:46 pm union home minister rajnath singh. (express photo by prem nath pandey)home minister rajnath singh on thursday expressed grief over the loss of lives in tuticorin. the home minister, in a tweet, expressed pain over the deaths and said the mha has taken cognisance of the matter. he said the ministry has also sought a report on the firing incident and the prevailing situation in the tamil nadu district, some 600 kilometres from chennai. twelve people have were killed in the clashes that broke between police and locals who are protesting against the expansion of vedanta’s sterlite copper’s industrial unit in the area.read | anti-sterlite protests live: cm palaniswami defends police firing, says natural course against...






anti-sterlite protests: 13 killed in firing, tamil nadu cm defends police action


by: express web desk | new delhi | published: may 24, 2018 10:36:05 pm people protest against police firing at people protesting against sterlite copper outside tamil nadu house, in new delhi, on wednesday. (pti photo)related newsthe death toll in police firing at anti-sterlite plant protestors in tuticorin rose to 13 on thursday, as the region continues to witness unrest. the police registered cases against opposition leader m k stalin and actor-politician kamal haasan for defying prohibitory orders, and arrested over 100 people who were protesting against the police firing.the dmk working president, who held a sit-in protest at the state secretariat, fort st george, was physically lifted and removed by security personnel. several other leaders were detained too. the dmk and other o...






act against those organising protests without permission: madras high court


by: pti | madhurai | published:june 29, 2017 7:11 pm madras high court (file photo)related newsthe madras high court on thursday asked the police to take action against those organising “sudden” agitations without obtaining prior permission and causing inconvenience to the public. a madurai bench of the high court gave this direction to madras high court, protest, madras protest, samuel ebinazer, tasmac liquor shop, liquor fake protest, indian express news, india newsthe police on a petition by a state native samuel ebinazer. the division bench of justices a selvam and n authinathan directed the police to act against those organising stirs without permission in the name of opposing liquor shops and causing disturbance to the public.the petitioner submitted that several protests we...






anti-sterlite protests live: pollution control board snaps power supply at tutic


smoke rises from vehicles set on fire during protests in tuticorin, tuesday. (express photo)tensions continue to remain high in tamil nadu’s tuticorin town after 12 people were killed in clashes that broke out between police and locals who are protesting against the industrial plant. nine were also critically injured in the firing. chief minister e k palaniswami condoled the deaths and constituted a commission of inquiry headed by retired madras high court judge aruna jagadeesan to probe circumstances leading to firing. the centre and nhrc have also sought a report over the violence.the dmk, led by mk stalin, and other opposition parties in the state have also called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh on may 25, condemning the police action against protestors. the madurai bench of the madras high ..






anti-sterlite protest: ‘900 workers, families told to leave tuticorin’


written by arun janardhanan | tuticorin | published: may 25, 2018 1:49:39 am policemen charge at protesters demanding closure of sterlite copper in tuticorin thursday. (pti)related newsabout 3 km from tuticorin city, the sterlite copper unit spread across 400 acres seemed abandoned on thursday. more than 300 police personnel were deployed outside the gate and 150 private guards of the company were keeping vigil inside. the plant stopped operations nearly two months ago after the state pollution control board denied them green consent.a top official of sterlite copper said that about 900 workers and their families were told to leave tuticorin fearing public wrath. “all senior officers and managers are in madurai now, others have vacated their houses and returned to their native p...






sterlite issue | sterlite protest in tuticorin: top developments


new delhi: tensions continued in tamil nadu’s thoothukudi for the third consecutive day even as cm palaniswami defended the action of the police saying that they had fired at the protesters in self-defence. on tuesday, 12 people were killed in police firing as they were staging an agitation against the expansion of sterlite copper in the town. here are the top developments from the day: * tamil nadu cm says cops fired at protesters in self-defencetamil nadu chief minister ek palaniswami blamed "certain political parties", "ngos" and "anti-social elements" behind the violence. "the entire episode which happened was primarily because of certain political parties, ngos and anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path. if someone is attacked, the natural cou...






all you need to know about the violent protests in tuticorin


tuticorin in tamil nadu is on the boil after thousands of protesters clashed with the police on tuesday leaving at least eleven dead and more than 30 injured. the agitators were demanding the closure of sterlite copper,an industrial plant charged with generating pollution. the protesters had gathered outside the collector’s officeand allegedly went on a rampage, destroying public property. police opened fire and resorted to lathi-charge resulting in casualties. a cop in plain clothes armed with an assault rifle was recorded firing at the protestors from the roof of a bus.sterlite copper is a subsidiary of the uk-based vedanta resources. it was fined rs 100 crore by the supreme court in 2013 for flouting green norms after locals complained of breathing problems. meanwhile, tamil na...






madras high court stays bidding process for tamil nadu’s street lights


by: pti | chennai | published:march 29, 2017 8:01 pm madras high court (file photo)the madras high court has put an interim stay on a bidding process to purchase led street light fittings worth rs 329 crore to install them across tamil nadu. a bench of acting chief justice huluvadi g ramesh and justice rmt teekaa raman stayed the tender process temporarily when it was pointed out that one of the bidding terms said the bidders have to be evaluated by the chennai corporation which, however, had no accredited facilities.the court was adjudicating a public interest plea filed by social activist c karthikeyan, a member of the federation of anti-corruption team india (fact india).the bidding for the centrally-funded scheme was invited through e-tender notice for e-bids from eligible bidders...






mk stalin, kamal haasan question who ordered police firing at sterlite protester


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 23, 2018 1:51:44 pm dmk’s stalin said that immediately after the supreme court’s verdict on the issue, the centre should have a filed a review petition. express photo by arun janardhanandravida munnetra kazhagam (dmk) working president and leader of opposition mk stalin on wednesday questioned the police action that led to the ‘mass murder of innocent people’ who were protesting vedanta’s sterlite copper industrial plant in thoothukudi (tuticorin) a day before. in a string of tweets, dmk’s stalin questioned the directive to use automatic weapons to disperse the crowd over rubber or plastic bullets, which would prevent fatal injuries.“who ordered the police firing on protestors? why were automatic weapons used to disperse th...






cattle slaughter ban: now, supreme court too stays centre's cattle slaughter ban


new delhi: following the madras high court's similar action in may, the supreme court (sc) too on tuesday ordered a three-month stay on the centre's rules banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter+ . the sc forced the centre to undertake before it that it would not implement these rules, which the madras high court put on hold on may 30. these orders staying the new 'no slaughter' regulations give some reprieve to butchers' business across the country. meat suppliers had already planned to petition the supreme court about the huge setback to their businesses with the new central rules. on may 23, the centre had issued new rules banning the sales of cattle for slaughter. a week later, the madurai bench of the madras high court stayed this '...






cattle slaughter ban: now, supreme court too stays centre's cattle slaughter ban


new delhi: following the madras high court's similar action in may, the supreme court (sc) too on tuesday ordered a three-month stay on the centre's rules banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter. the sc forced the centre to undertake before it that it would not implement these rules, which the madras high court put on hold on may 30. these orders staying the new 'no slaughter' regulations give some reprieve to butchers' business across the country. meat suppliers had already planned to petition the supreme court about the huge setback to their businesses with the new central rules. on may 23, the centre had issued new rules banning the sales of cattle for slaughter. a week later, the madurai bench of the madras high court stayed this 'slaughter ...






palaniswami defends police firing; blames opposition, anti-socials for ‘delibera


by: express web desk | chennai | updated: may 24, 2018 4:40:04 pm palaniswami said the state government was making efforts for the closure of the plant since 2013 when late j jayalalithaa was the chief minister. (ani)a day after 12 people were killed in clashes with security forces in tuticorin, tamil nadu chief minister k palaniswami on thursday accused rival political parties of “instigating” violence. reacting to the protests which have been staged by locals demanding the closure of a copper factory of the vedanta group, palaniswami also said that power supply to the plant was discontinued following a direction from the state’s pollution control board. he also said that the aiadmk government was taking the legal route to ensure that the sterlite copper smelter plant was sh...






madras high court stays centre’s order on cattle slaughter


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:may 30, 2017 4:34 pm photo for representational purposethe madras high court on tuesday granted a four-week stay on the centre’s decision to ban the sale of cattle meant for slaughter. the madurai bench of the high court sought responses from the state government and government of india on the issue. for all the latest india news, download indian express app© ie online media services pvt ltd






puducherry: congress extends support to day-long strike over sterlite issue


by: pti | puducherry | published: may 24, 2018 6:33:35 pm smoke rises from vehicles set on fire during protests in tuticorin on tuesday. (file photo)  top newsthe ruling congress on thursday announced its support to the day-long bandh called by various political parties in puducherry tomorrow to condemn the ‘killing’ of 11 people during anti-sterlite protests in neighbouring tamil nadu. pwd minister and pcc president a namassivayam said the congress supported the bandh being observed here tomorrow to demand closure of vedanta’s sterlite unit in tuticorin and to seek justice for those affected by the police action.the dmk and other opposition parties in tamil nadu have called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh tomorrow, condemning the police action against protesters in tuticorin.tuticor...






cattle slaughter ban: now, supreme court too stays centre's cattle slaughter ban


new delhi: following the madras high court's similar action in may, the supreme court (sc) too on tuesday ordered a three-month stay on the centre's rules banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter+ . the sc forced the centre to undertake before it that it would not implement these rules, which the madras high court put on hold on may 30. these orders staying the new 'no slaughter' regulations give some reprieve to butchers' business across the country. meat suppliers had already planned to petition the supreme court about the huge setback to their businesses with the new central rules. on may 23, the centre had issued new rules banning the sales of cattle for slaughter. read this story in kannadaa week later, the madurai bench of the madras...






cauvery row: tamil movie industry observes silent protest


it also opposed the operation of copper smelter plant of the vedanta group in tuticorinchennai: tamil film fraternity led by veteran actors-turned-politicians kamal haasan and rajinikanth on sunday observed a silent protest demanding the setting up of a cauvery management board and the cauvery water regulation committee (cwrc).it also opposed the operation of copper smelter plant of the vedanta group in tuticorin.the protest organised by the south indian film artistes association, popularly known as nadigar sangam, saw the participation of members of tamil film producers council and film employees federation of south india.leading actors, movie and music directors and other technicians participated in the protest. among those present were music directors illayaraja, shankar-ganesh, actors






madras hc quashes fir against anti-liquor protesters; seeks report


by: pti | chennai | published:may 5, 2017 8:08 pm madras high court. (file photo)taking note of protests against the liquor outlets in tamil nadu, the madras high court on friday sought a detailed report on the matter from top government officials for giving guidelines on handling the situation. a bench of justices n kirubakaran and v parthiban sought the report while quashing an fir against a group of supporters of naam tamizhar katchi which had staged a protest against the opening of a tasmac indian-made foreign liquor shop in a residential area in thirumullaivoil.the bench suo motu made the state home secretary, the director general of police, the chennai police commissioner and the general manager of tasmac as parties to the issue and asked from them the status reports on the situ...






don't-miss kids events in phoenix this week, 2/22-3/1


this is impulse is one of the art installations at canal convergence scottsdale 2017.(photo: ulysse lemerise) 139 connect 6 linkedinemailmorebeginning in february, a long list of events get kids outside, including the scottsdale arabian horse show,  arizona renaissance festival, scottsdale's canal convergence, tempe's playday and the gilbert outdoor expo.the arizona science center also recently launched a new exhibit devoted to the world's most feared predator: sharks.check out azcentral.com/thingstodo for even more events, many of them free.2/23-26: canal convergence water + art + lightthis interactive event brings together local, national and international artists along the scottsdale waterfront. visitors can experience eight large public art installations in the arizona canal, including