Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Road-widening projects can start without forest clearance, rules Supreme Court
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New Delhi: In a major relief for the road sector, the Supreme Court today ruled in favour of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) delinking environment clearance from forest clearance. The judgement allows companies award contracts to start their road-widening work with just the environment clearance, without needing to wait for forest clearance.

However, the apex court ruled that forest clearances will be necessary for stretches that fall under forested areas.

Also, the delinking of clearances is valid only for road-widening projects. Most of the work being done in the road sector includes upgrading or widening of road projects from two to four or four to six lanes.

About 24 projects, which have been cleared by the expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), will now get the final clearance. After the EAC nod, the proposals will go to the Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who will finally clear or reject the environment clearance to these projects.

The case pertains to the Supreme Court's July 6, 2011 judgement, when it had permitted French cement-maker Lafarge to resume limestone mining in Meghalaya to feed its $255-million cement plant in Bangladesh. The apex court had also stated that both - forest clearance and environment clearance - are needed to start any construction or mining activity.

Based on this judgement, the environment ministry notified that any environment clearance without forest clearance is invalid. However, NHAI moved the Supreme Court to challenge the notification. Later, when it withdrew its petition, MoEF filed a petition seeking review of the link between the two clearances.

Earlier this year, GMR had terminated its contract with NHAI for the Rs.7,500 crore-Ahmedabad-Kishangarh-Udaipur highway project citing delays in environmental and forest clearances.

Courtesy: NDTV Profit