The News Minute: Army violates ban on burning of waste in open spaces, Bengaluru residents fume
Jhatkaa, Bengaluru-based multi-issue campaigning organisation, has taken several steps to raise awareness about the menace. Speaking to TNM, Avijit Michael, Executive Director of Jhatkaa, says, “The BBMP is not taking very strict actions against violators. The fines and penalties are not enforced at all. Under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Act 2013, the amount of fine is very low – Rs. 100 for the first offence and Rs 200 for repeat offenders."
Deccan Chronicle: New forest policy draws citizens’ ire
With the last date to submit objections to the draft National Forest Policy 2018 soon approaching, the citizen groups and organisations have upped the ante gathering signatures and views from the citizens. Jhatkaa.org, a campaigning organisation has gathered 500 signatures and is in the process of taking suggestions to have robust National Forest Policy.
Deccan Chronicle: Garbage burning: 'Jhatkaa' for BBMP zonal commissioners!
Jhatkaa, an organisation that takes up pro-people campaigns in the city, has served the four zonal commissioners of the BBMP with the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to put a blanket ban on garbage burning, as the organisation failed to find any evidence of the civic agency complying with the orders.
The News Minute: How toxic is Bengaluru’s air? This installation shows you
An initiative by Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation, this structure was installed on January 29, 2018. The lungs are made out of HEPA filters, which is also the material used in face masks, Avijit Michael, Managing Trustee of Jhatkaa, tells TNM. They also have exhaust fans inside them to pull the air in from outside.
The New Indian Express: #Killbill bigger than #steelflyoverbeda?
In addition to the petition of Heritage Beku, another online petition was launched by Jhatkaa.org, a campaigns and petition platform that has also joined hands with Heritage Beku to oppose the amendment of the KPT Act. The platform also launched an initiative whereby citizens who want to support the campaign merely give a missed call on a number specified by the org to show their support.
Times of India: When art helps drive home a critical message
2 Feb, 2018
"...We wanted people to see what this means to be exposed to bad air all the time. So, we worked with artists, who used the filter material to make giant lungs, which we placed on the air quality index monitor, which shows in real-time what the pollution levels are. Collaborating with Avril was a natural progression, since she had already done this earlier," says Avijit Michael, director, Jhatkaa.org.
NewsX: Green vs Growth: Forest dwellers demand scrapping of project
The battle to save Mumbai's last green cover continues with environmentalists taking the fight against the govt head on against the ambitious metro car shed project on 33 hectares of Aarey forest land in Mumbai's Goregaon. After much delay the NGT will finally take up the matter on January 16.
Asia Times: Industry’s policy on new Indian pollution curbs: ignore them
Dec 12, 2017
“Power plants have failed to act on a warning that’s two years old and now want even more time to install the necessary emission reduction technology,” said Avijit Michael from the campaigning group Jhatkaa, which received shocking Right To Information (RTI) responses from power producers showing that they haven’t even begun the groundwork called for by the new rules.
Deccan Chronicle: Breathing clean air or poison?
Dec 12, 2017
As many as 4000 people from Koramangala alone have joined a campaign platform "airalert" that focuses on air pollution in the city , reflecting the growing concern of Bengalureans about the quality of the air they are breathing.
The Hindu: Activists call for action against coal plants
Dec 8, 2017
To mark the emission deadline day, a group of citizens, volunteers and activists from Greenpeace India, Help Delhi Breathe, My Right to Breathe, Jhatkaa and many other groups representing people across India, gathered outside the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change “to remind the Minister about the expiring deadline tonight [on Thursday], and claiming their right to life and clean air”.
Economic Times: Coal-based power units flouting emission control norms: Report
Dec 8, 2017
"Out of the 90 power plants that we asked information from, we got responses from 17. Most of these plants have technologies in place for PM but none for SO2 or NOx," said the report released by the volunteers and activists from Greenpeace India, Help Delhi Breathe, My Right to Breathe, Jhatkaa, The Climate Agenda and URJA.
DNA: 300 coal power plants throw pollution norms to wind
Dec 8, 2017
Avijit Michael from Jhatkaa.org said, "It is disappointing to note that power plants have not taken sufficient action in the past 2 years, and are now requesting even more time to install the necessary emission reduction technology. Thousands of Indians have petitioned Dr Harshvardhan. The MoEFCC must penalise defaulters to clearly demonstrate that they consider the health of Indian citizens as a priority. "
Mid-day: Pune Bus Service Not Too Fussy About Environment
Nov 30, 2017
Since July, they have been throwing their support behind the initiative of no-diesel buses by signing an online petition on Air A!ert, a digital campaigning platform for air pollution. The campaign has over 900 supporters.
Noah D'Mello, a senior campaigner, said, "Punekars have a chance to avoid years of poor air quality by prioritising cleaner public transport options. We hope our voices will be heard."
The Manila Times: CNG buses pushed in Indian city
Nov 2, 2017
Civic activists and various organisations including Parisar and Jhatkaa.org, on behalf of Pune citizens, have written to PMPML and Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad mayors asking them to reconsider this decision.
Deccan Herald: Increase in noise levels reported during Deepavali
Oct 22, 2017
Jhatkaa.org, an NGO, recently installed an air monitoring system in Koramangala to check on the air quality. NGO member Noah D’Mello says that they chose the area as there is no government installed monitoring system there to check on the pollution levels.
The New Indian Express: Bengaluru breathes easier this diwali
Oct 21, 2017
A monitoring device stationed at Koramangala by an NGO Jhatkaa.org showed an alarming increase in pollution levels on Thursday. While the permissible level of PM2.5 for India is 60 µg/m3, levels of PM2.5 touched 566 at 10 pm on Thursday - over 9 times the permissible level.
Deccan Chronicle: Chipko: HAL residents hug trees
Aug 14, 2017
CM Siddaramaiah’s convoy passed through the protests and sloganeering by nearby residents, who are determined to save the 60 trees which have been marked by the civic authorities to be chopped.
Mr Avijit Michael from an online campaigning organisation, Jhatkaa, said that the government is hardly concerned about environmental issues.
The New Indian Express: Residents join hands to save trees
Aug 14, 2017
Avijit Michael, executive director of the NGO ‘Jhatkaa’, said about 384 people joined the human chain. Michael said, “As per Supreme Court order, if the government wants to axe more than 50 trees, it has to consult residents. While they have cut 46 trees until now, they have marked more trees to be cut. We have filed an RTI to get to know the exact process.”
The Hindu: Over 3,000 sign petition against KCDC plant
Aug 11, 2017
Mr. Banyal said civic officials have often claimed only a few people are protesting against the plant. The signature campaign is proof this is not the case. “The campaign was launched on Tuesday. We managed to get 3,000 votes in three days. This shows how widespread the problem is,” he said.
Times of India: PMPML mulls procuring 400 brand new CNG-run buses
An online campaign was started recently where PMPML CMD Tukaram Mundhe has been requested to introduce more CNG-run buses rather than the diesel-run ones due to pollution concerns.
The campaign on act.airalert.in titled 'Pune needs CNG buses: Do not buy polluting diesel buses for our city', had received over 530 signatures by the time this report was filed.
Raiplay: Mondo Nuovo
Translated version: In India, we follow a group of young people who promote a campaign against deforestation in some areas by using innovative forms of communication.
NDTV: Air Pollution: Going the Delhi Way?
Bhavik Lathia, Campaigns Manager, Jhatkaa.org: "We have a long way to go when it comes to public awareness, but I'm really optimistic. Jhatkaa is a public mobilization group and people are increasingly on mobile phones. We launches a platform called Air A!ert where anyone can start a campaign on air pollution."
Deccan Herald: Not enough green cover for people in the city, says expert
‘Mara Habba’ was organised to create awareness among citizens about the depleting green cover in the city and how they could get involved in increasing the number of trees. Jhatkaa has asked people to join a signature campaign on its website www.jhatkaa.org or give a missed call to 7676022555 to ask the BBMP to form greening committees across the city to monitor the green cover.
Deccan Herald: RTI query belies BBMP claim on green panels
To a query filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by a city-based campaigning organisation Jhatkaa.org, BBMP public information officer (PIO) has replied that the two-tier committees created by BBMP for monitoring the greening of the city — the Greening Committee for Bengaluru North and South and Samanvay (Co-ordination) committee — do not exist.
Bangalore Mirror: Treeson on Jayamahal
Now RTI queries by Jhatkaa.org, a local organization, has revealed that the no feasibility studies of any kind was conducted on the proposed axing of 112 trees on that road.
The News Minute: Does BBMP care about Bengaluru's trees? According to its RTI replies, not really
It has now emerged that the two committees responsible for monitoring the city’s tree cover and the environmental cost of such projects (the Greening Committee for Bengaluru North and the Co-ordination/Samnvay committee) have remained non-existent for the past two years. This admission has been made by the Public Information Officer of the BBMP Commissioner’s office in a Right to Information reply to NGO Jhatkaa.
Bangalore Mirror: Citizens’ watch = Perfect Timing
Feb 24, 2017
The Steel Flyover Beda campaign has “almost entirely been fuelled by social media, volunteer meetings and WhatsApp -- the almost exponential growth for each milestone — the human chain had 8,500 people joining in, change.org petition had 60,000 people signing it and the Jhatkaa call in crossed a lakh.
Bangalore Mirror: 500 messages in a day: Bengalureans won’t let BBMP get away with murder
Feb 8, 2017
Tania Devaiah, who works as a campaigner for Jhatka.org, said the construction of the steel flyover on Jayamahal Road has already faced immense amount of public backlash and legal restrictions.
"How can they cut down so many trees for a project which has not been sanctioned? We are happy because the media supported us and helped us reach more and more people. If the BBMP supports us, we can help the people of Bengaluru from not coming on the streets again," she said.
Live Mint: Protests intensify against Bengaluru’s proposed flyover project
A campaign by a non-government agency, Jhatka, to collect what are called ‘missed calls,’ where the caller hangs up before anybody answers the phone, is also underway. Messages inviting missed calls to protest the proposed tree cutting for the project were circulating on various social media fora, such as instant messaging platform WhatsApp.
The Hindu: BDA takes steel flyover above and parallel to Hebbal flyover
Jhatkaa.org had given out a mobile number asking people to give a missed call if they are opposed to the felling of trees. The post went viral on social media and social messenger apps. “We will plan the next course of action with those who have responded with the aim of influencing the decision makers in the city,” said a statement from the organisation.
The Times of India: Bengaluru's steel flyover: Bengaluru residents raise pitch of protest, to form human chain
To draw the attention of Bengalureans to the rampant felling of trees in the city to pave way for infrastructure projects, Jhatkaa.org launched a missed call campaign on September 21. Started in the wake of the Karnataka High Court order, which stated that a pending road-widening project on Ballari Road be implemented, the campaign has demanded that no trees be harmed along the stretch till alternatives were explored, and public consultations held.It has already garnered 8,000 signatures.
Indiatimes: The 'Kodaikanal Won't' Girl Is Back Challenging Unilever To Clear The Mercury Mess!
A year after taking an undisguised jab at the global giant Hindustan Unilever for dumping toxic mercury in its Kodaikanal plant in Tamil Nadu, through her epic rap battle titled 'Kodaikanal Won't', Tamil activist-rapper Sofia Ashraf is back once again hitting out at the consumer goods company for its response to mercury waste and its claims to address all the problems raised by Sofia.
The Quint: Kodaikanal STILL Won’t: Sofia Ashraf Calls Out Unilever, Again
Multinational companies thinking that they can get away with their callous actions without any consequences, should think again.
Sofia Ashraf, of the Kodaikanal Won’t video song that went viral last year, is back telling Unilever that the mercury mess their factory has made in Kodaikanal wouldn’t just vanish without the company cleaning it up.
The Hindu: A burning problem
In an attempt to put pressure on civic agencies to realise the seriousness and scale of the problem, civic activist group Jhatkaa has launched an online interactive map where residents can mark the locations where garbage us burnt and send pictures.
Bangalore Mirror: THE AIR WE BREATHE IS KILLING US
Garbage burning is not only hazardous to the environment but it also affects health. Yet civic agencies have conveniently ignored the issue. To make people aware of the issue, an NGO called Jhatkaa.org had started the online mapping of garbage burning in the city on May 28.
Times of India: Fumes from burning garbage more harmful than vehicle emissions
Every time we walk past a pile of burning garbage, we are inhaling all sorts of toxic substances, which can wreak havoc on our health," adds Divya, who is also a campaigner with Jhatkaa.org, which, as part of their campaigns related to air pollution , has started an online petition to highlight the issue and spread awareness.
DNA India: HUL signs settlement with ex-employees over mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal
Hindustan Unilever has settled with 591 former workers from its
thermometer factory in Kodaikanal after a 15-year-campaign by workers and supporters, according to a press release on kodaimercury.com. The company has signed a settlement with Pond's HLL ex-Mercury Employees Welfare Association, representing the former employees thermometer factory, HUL said in a statement.
Business Standard: HUL settles dispute with Kodaikanal unit staff
Hindustan Unilever(HUL) and the Pond’s HLL ex-Mercury Employees Welfare Association, representing workers at the multinational’s now-closed thermometerfactory in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, both announced the signing of a agreement to settle a long-running dispute on the union’s demand for compensation and rehabilitation.
Business Standard: How rap drew attention to the HUL-Kodaikanal issue
In a communique, Jhatkaa said, "People power works. That’s the key lesson we’re drawing from today’s big announcement. We’ll continue to lift up the hundreds of thousands of voices who have joined this campaign since last July to ensure that Unilever now cleans up its mercury mess in Kodaikanal."
Live Mint: HUL settles with Kodaikanal workers affected by mercury factory
The children of Kodaikanal, who have lived with mercury-laden soil, for decades now, since Hindustan Unilever’s thermometer factory opened here in 1987, may finally get some respite from the toxic metal that causes muscle atrophy, kidney failure, dermatological reactions and respiratory disease.
Youth Ki Awaaz: Varanasi 2014, Ganga And A Decade Of Empty Promises
Eight hundred and twenty five crore litres of sewage flows into the Ganga and its tributaries every day. A shameful fact given that for the 20 million people living near its banks, this is their drinking water supply. The river also fuels irrigation, industry, and power plants across five states and ‘Maa Ganga’ is revered as holy for the vast Hindu population of the country. The Ganga basin constitutes 26 percent of the country’s landmass and is the lifeblood of 43 percent of its population.
The Times of India: Now a campaign against craters
The pothole problem in the city, which is posing a threat to the lives of commuters, has prompted an NGO to kickstart a campaign against the craters. Jhatka, a city-based NGO, has launched a campaign where citizens can leave a missed call to 9243511888, which will be registered as a signature demanding that BBMP fix the roads.
Mid Day: Give the government a jhatka, virtually
We can’t just complain and expect things to change, we must be ready to put in the hard work that is required to transform our lives and our country,” says Deepa Gupta. And the 25-year-old, who plans to dedicate her life to the campaigning website Jhatkaa.org she recently set up, really does put her money where her mouth is.
OxStu: OUP continues to pursue copyright case against Delhi Uni
Deepa Gupta, director of campaign group Jhatkaa, stated: “If OUP/CUP win the case the most likely scenario is that they make sure Delhi University signs onto a licencing agreement under the IRRO which would increase the cost of all the course packs by 50% and add significant pressure to lower income background students.
Varsity: Cambridge copyright claim threatens Indian students
Jhatkaa.org, a recently formed campaigning group, has created a campaign, the goal of which is to force the universities to drop their lawsuit. Delhi University and Rameshwari Photocopy service, the other named party in the lawsuit, photocopy CUP and OUP textbooks in order to create affordable course packs for students. Many students cannot afford original textbooks and so are reliant on the course packs to continue their studies.
The New Indian Express: Now, give a missed call when you see a pothole
If the number of potholes in the city has you worried about the state of your back or even for your safety, pick up your phone and give a missed call. That is all it takes to register your displeasure with the authorities. A new campaign by Jhatkaa.org, an NGO, has led to around 4,000 missed calls being registered in the past few days.
The Times of India: Battle rages on for DU’s right to photocopy
The Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) on Tuesday defended the students' interest in the Delhi High Court in the matter of copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishing houses against Delhi University and it's local photocopy shop. This year in March, ASEAK became the third party defender in the case, the first being Rameshwari photocopy centre and DU the second. The next hearing is on October 21.
Bloomberg: Oxford, Cambridge Publishers Urged to Drop Indian Copyright Suit
Jhatkaa, an Indian advocacy organization focusing on development and governmental accountability, has begun a petition drive asking academic publishers to drop a copyright suit related to photocopying textbooks.
Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Informa Plc’s Taylor & Francis unit are suing Delhi University and a local photocopying service over the creation and sale of photocopied course packs.