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India’s last remaining stretch of unbroken forests set to be lost to mining

Nimisha Agarwal of Jhatkaa.Org, who has started an online petition to save the forest range, says that the environmental clearance by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for open cast coal mining in Chhattisgarh’s Parsa is an ecological nightmare. “The coal field covers a total area of 1,878 sq km, of which 1,502 sq km has forest cover. Around 80% of this is covered by good quality forest — approximately 1,176 sq km has a canopy cover of over 40%, while an additional 116 sq km has a canopy cover of over 70%,” Nimisha points out, adding that the devastation that will result from the mining will wipe out not just the green cover, but also harm animal life and further man-animal conflict. “It is India’s last remaining stretches of unbroken forests, home to elephants, leopards, bears and myriad other species of plants and animals. The forests are also part of an elephant corridor and cutting through the forest will further increase chances of human-wildlife conflict,” she adds.

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Bengaluru: Ola, Uber should not run polluting cars; Petitioners

The campaign launched by Jhatkaa.org has already generated more than 2,000 signatures. A Jhatkaa spokesperson told Deccan Chronicle, "Last year the Supreme Court had made it mandatory for the vehicles to have Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate to be able to renew insurance. Yet it is not mandatory for cars getting registered with Ola and Uber to have PUC certificates.”

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Online petition campaign against Ola, Uber polluting cars

The campaign launched by Jhatkaa.org has already generated more than 2,000 signatures.A Jhatkaa spokesperson told Deccan Chronicle, “Last year the Supreme Court had made it mandatory for the vehicles to have Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate to be able to renew insurance. Yet it is not mandatory for cars getting registered with Ola and Uber to have PUC certificates.” The spokesperson pointed out that as the app driven cabs are being used extensively in the city, they should be subjected to the same rule as other vehicles. This will help in keeping the city’s air pollution under check. “Ola and Uber are popular not only in Bengaluru, but in every metropolitan city in the country. But these aggregators have still not made PUC certificate a mandatory requirement for vehicles getting registered under them. Earlier Taxi for Sure had made PUC certificate mandatory, but after it was taken over by Ola, it is no longer the case. So we have started a petition,” the spokesperson said.

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Online petitions go viral as B’luru residents plan to oppose elevated corridor

A petition which was filed on Change.org has already been signed by more than 1 lakh people while another online petition posted on Jhatkaa has also registered over 13,000 signatures so far.

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Karnataka High Court Asks Government To Rest Elevated Corridor Project in Bengaluru

Kumaraswamy-led Karnataka government collectively received a massive number of protest against the elevated corridor. Online petitions which included Change org. and Jhatkaa collectively received more than 1 lakh signatures opposing the project and still counting.

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What’s keeping the BMTC from inducting electric buses?

Nimisha adds that it’s surprising that Bengaluru isn’t the first city in India to have a fleet of electric buses, considering that we were the pioneers. “Bengaluru was the first city to have inducted and done a trial run for electric buses. The BMTC has constantly cited the high cost of procurement of electric buses and maintenance for CNG buses as a reason for not rolling out more eco-friendly buses. The National Green Tribunal had proposed that electric buses be taken on lease as a more feasible option. The Karnataka State Pollution control board (KSPCB) has also asked the BMTC to phase out BS-II and BS-III buses and induct electric buses. Yet, the BMTC is not considering leasing as an option for either CNG or electric buses,” Nimisha points out.

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These Illustrations Remind You How 2 Students In Hyd Stood Up To Sexual Harassment

Three months ago, the lives of law students Apoorva YK and Snigdha Jayakrishnan were disrupted after they decided to speak out against one of the professors who sexually harassed students.

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This Illustrated Series Is Using Instagram to Spark Social Change

Infused with irony and important events organised in a timeline, the illustrated series highlights the controversial case which saw Symbiosis Law School (SLS) Hyderabad shutting out two students who took a stand against sexual harassment accusations against a college professor, in October 2018.

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Campaign against K’ntka’s proposed statue on river Cauvery gets 10k signatures

At the time of writing, 9,625 persons have supported an online/ missed call campaign started by Jhatkaa.org in January. Jhatkaa is yet to receive a reply from CM’s office, Karnataka government’s Ministry for Environment and Forests and the state Tourism Department on some questions regarding the acquisition of agricultural land, and feasibility of the project. Jhatkaa also argues that the construction will also directly impact the Cauvery water usage of Bengaluru city which has already been facing water shortage in recent years.

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Campaign against 125 foot statue on cauvery river gets stronger

At the time of writing, 9625 people have signed online/missed call campaign started by Jhatkaa.org

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Indian Transgender Woman Unable to Secure Malaysian Visa, Told to Change Gender to Male

A transgender senior level IT worker from Hyderabad, India, has said she is doubtful she will be able to make the journey to a conference in Penang, Malaysia, due to there being no appropriate gender option on Malaysian visa forms.

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Trans woman fails to get M’sian visa due to gender option

A transgender from Hyderabad was said to have been unable to obtain a visa to travel to Penang for an international summit because there is no option for a third gender in Malaysia’s e-visa application.