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Avinash Bali, key witness in Keenan and Reuben murders found brutally murdered

Avinash Bali (also known as Avinash Solanki), key witness and the complainant in the case double murder of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes in 2011 has been found murdered in MIDC area at Chakala in Andheri. He had been missing for 24 hours before the body was found. The identity of the body has been …

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Residents suffer noise and air pollution for nearly a decade, courtesy Indian Railways

By Raju Vernekar The residents of the Akash Horizon Premises Cooperative Society Limited, located bang opposite Western Railway’s (WR) car shed at Mumbai Central (east side), have complained about constant air and noise pollution, they are suffering for nearly one decade, due to the work of maintenance of trains, in the car shed adjacent to their …

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Stop selling the sea shells from the sea shore and sea bed!

Those seashells you see in shops and people’s home? Turns out they are real. And they may have been alive when collected. A mind boggling article in the National Geographic describes in “Seashell souvenirs are killing protected marine life“, the thesis project of Amey Bansod, who initially came to Kanyakumari to study the livelihood of …

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The Cantonment roads and vested interests in defence lands

Background- Cantonments & Military Stations in India Cantonments derive their name from Swiss Cantons, or districts and were set up by the British in India for entirely different reasons. When the British troops arrived in India, they fell sick very often due to malaria, dysentery and other infectious and waterborne diseases. These diseases also took …

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10 saplings do not a mature tree equate – Delhi’s horticultural suicide

The Forest Department has given permission to chop down nearly 17,000 trees in Delhi for the redevelopment of Central Government accommodations. While the government is talking euphemistically about the destruction, the numbers are staggering. 11,000 out of 13,128 trees in Sarojini Nagar will be felled. 1,465 out of 1,513 in Nauroji Nagar. 3033 out of 3906 in …

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A long march of the dispossessed to Delhi

Imagine a democratic protest where a million farmers, labourers and others march to the capital and compel discussion of the exploding crisis of the countryside in a special three-week session of Parliament   India’s agrarian crisis has gone beyond the agrarian. It’s a crisis of society. Maybe even a civilizational crisis, with perhaps the largest …

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8 months in Jail without Bail – Dr. Kafeel Khan’s letter to the country

This is a letter by Dr. Kafeel Khan, whose sole “crime” was trying to prevent deaths from deprivation of oxygen. He was arrested and has now spent 8 months in jail without bail for little reason more than the state needing a scapegoat for its own failures. 8MS, IN JAIL WITHOUT BAIL AM I REALLY …

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Profex Super pesticide poisoning of farmers in Yavatmal and crucial questions

Varying accounts report between 9 and 18 deaths in 15 days and 800 instances of poisoning and 25 losing vision among farmers and farm labourers after spraying Profex Super pesticide on their Bt Cotton crops in Yavatmal. While most mainstream media is content to attribute the poisoning to farmers not taking adequate safety measures while …

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Anjali Damania receives threat from Pakistan to drop cases against Eknath Khadse

Anjali Damania reported that she got a threatening call from a number in Pakistan, Karachi asking her to drop all cases against Eknath Khadse. Transcript of the threatening call to Anjali Damania: Caller: Anjali bol rahi hai? Anjali: Haan… Caller: Anjali, tune jo case kiya na khadse pe Anjali: haan… Caller: woh waapas le Anjali: …

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