Unjust Development in Manipur

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Written by April Porteria Monday, 15 September 2014 14:45

The Center for Research and Advocacy in Manipur (CRAM) has released their July-September 2014 Newsletter Issue about the development injustice in Manipur. The newsletter talks about the sustainable development goals in the context of the Manipur situation as well as the continuing local struggles such as the heavy militarization of rural areas and the large-scale dam constructions that affect hundreds of indigenous families and communities.

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Center for Research and Advocacy Manipur

Sega Road Hodam Leirak, Imphal Manipur India 795001

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Honouring the life of Sarath Fernando: A fighter of rural people’s rights

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Written by April Porteria Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:33

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Mr. Sarath Fernando, founder of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka, and a member of PCFS.

Sarath, at 72 years old, passed away last 7th September due to cardiac arrest at the Kurunegala Hospital in Sri Lanka.

Sarath has long been a fighter of rural people’s rights. He grew up in a family of activists. He was also a fulltime member of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or Peoples’ Liberation Front from 1969 until 1971. He also joined the popular youth uprising in 1971 and later on decided to join the peasant movement.

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Pirates, pirogues and politicians: The politics of fishing in Africa

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Written by secretariat Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:49

Article by: Peter Dörrie

The story of maritime fishing in Africa is often told as a simple one. On the one side are the continent’s countless artisanal fishermen and women who have plied the seas for hundreds of years in their dug-out canoes and pirogues. Today, they suffer because of the other side. Greedy fishing fleets from the European Union and Asia taking advantage of exploitative political agreements. Pirate fishermen, abusing many countries’ lack of control over their territorial waters. And greedy local elites that close both eyes, as long as they can line their own pockets.

To be sure, all these characters exist and the problems in Africa’s fisheries are real. But, as almost always, the reality is more complex than this simple tale of good and bad. Fishing is more than a simple economic activity. It is a complex social, commercial and political arena where competing interests clash. Here, the obvious solution not always turns out to be the right one.

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BAFLF demand permanent employment for irregular workers in BADC

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:39

BAFLF demand permanent employment for irregular workers in BADC as well as improved retirement benefit, paid weekly holidays and maternity leave.

August 18, 2014 – the Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) conducted a Press Conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka to demand regular employment for irregular workers employed in the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) farm as per Agricultural Farm Workers’ Appointment and Control Policy (1990) and re-employment of illegally terminated 1,604 farm workers. In addition of to improve retirement benefits equivalent to the wage of 60 months instead of 30 months and two days paid holiday per week, BAFLF also demands that paid maternity leave be doubled from 3 months to 6 months, giving farm workers the same maternity rights as farm management and other government staff.

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FAILED DAMS IN MANIPUR? ANY LESSONS LEARNT

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:23

By Jiten Yumnam ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Two parallel absurd realities fast unfold in Manipur. The efficacy of several commissioned mega dams Khuga dam, the Khoupum dam and the Singda dam and even the 105 MW Loktak project is increasing exposed, as evident by wide reporting on their non functioning of their vital components, of regular breach of canals and dams lying idle and defunct since decommissioning. Small scale farmers, fishing communities in and around Loktak wetlands will wilfully testify the unfulfilled promises and the underperformance of the 105 MW Loktak HEP project in Manipur

In another reality, notwithstanding the exposition of efficacy and tacit underperformance of commissioned mega dams, there’s concerted and aggressive move of the Government of Manipur to construct series of mega dams all across the Rivers of Manipur under the Manipur Hydroelectric Power Policy, 2012, even initiating series of global tenders inviting multinational corporations and full preparations of Memorandum of Understandings with these giant profit mongering corporations.

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