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Buxwaha Diamond Mining Project: 2 Lakh Trees, Tribals’ Livelihood at Stake

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Ashwanth Vidhya, Mumbai Uncensored, 28th June 2021:

Essel Mining & Industries Private Limited, owned by the Aditya Birla Group, won the tender for the Bunder Diamond Block Project approved by the government of Madhya Pradesh in December 2019 with exclusive mining rights through a 50-year government lease.  The project was first handled by a large Australian mining company called Rio Tinto that exited the project after they failed to obtain clearances and permissions required for the Mine. This project requires around 382 hectares of protected forest land from the Buxwaha forest. According to the forest clearance report released, 215875 trees will be cut.

According to the website of the company, they plan on developing a processing plan with the investment of almost 2500 crores and claim that it has the potential to become one of the largest mines in Asia. They plan on beginning the development of the mine and the construction of the processing plant by the end of Fiscal Year 2022 post obtaining the required clearances.

The mining project has faced opposition from environmentalists because of the environmental degradation and deforestation associated with the project and some sections of the society who argue that there will be loss of livelihood of the tribals who are associated with the forests. But as per the report submitted by the Chief Forest Conservator of Chhatarpur, where the proposed area lies, no individual is dependent on the piece of land allotted for the project. Those supporting the project argue that it will increase the revenue of the state government and will provide local employment, a point also mentioned in the report.

Environmentalists protesting the move were denied permission to protest at the Chhatarpur District Headquarters. The move to protest followed the online campaign on June 6, The World Environment Day and the move of some groups to hug the trees in the Buxwaha Forest, as a reference to the Chipko Movement. 

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The Philippines to acquire $375 million deal to buy BrahMos

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India finally bags a $375 million deal for exporting BrahMos supersonic missile to the Philippines

Akankshya MUKHERJEE – Mumbai Uncensored, 15th January 2022:

The Philippines confirms on Friday that they will be acquiring 3 Batteries of the BrahMos cruise missile, which was developed both by Russia and India. The deal is worth a $375 Million, it is viewed as a development which can boost India’s efforts to becoming a major exporter of Defence Hardware. The Philippine Defence secretary Mr Delfin Lorenzana has recently signed the “Notice of Award” which is the acceptance of this proposal for supplying this missile. It will be supplied for the Philippine Navy’s shore based anti-ship missile acquisition project.

The Government of India has negotiated to the delivery of 3 batteries, training for operators, maintainers and necessary Integrated Logistics Support package as mentioned in Mr Delfin Lorenzana’s Facebook post. The BrahMos dela was conceptualized as of 2017, the Philippine President’s office approved in the Horizon 2 Priority Projects in 2020 for inclusion. This is the first ever contract to export a 290km range BrahMos missiles, such a deal will also lead a way for more such deals from other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

This deal also saw a strategical backdrop of China’s expansionism and strong arm-tactics with other nations in the South China Sea. This contract is for the Navy for the purpose of coastal defence, another contract expected can be for their military and similar talks continue for exporting BrahMos missiles to Indonesia is at an advanced stage.

Other countries have also shown their interest in acquiring the BrahMos Missile, it can be viewed on emerging as the precision strike weapon of choice. Countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa have shown their interests. India plans to sell the indigenously developed, Akash Missile systems which can interpret helicopters, drones, subsonic cruise missile and hostile aircrafts at the range of 25km to countries such as Kenya, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, and Algeria. The BrahMos missile have been deployed in eastern Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh during an on-going military confrontation with China, its being extended from 290km originally to 350/400km.

The Indian armed forces have placed orders of Rs.36000 crore for the BrahMos missile over years, the Army has 4 BrahMos regiments as of now and another one has been added. The Navy on the other hand has equipped 11 of its frontline warships, which includes destroyer INS Vishakhapatnam with the BrahMos vertical launch systems. THE IAF includes 2 land-based BrahMos squadrons, with a sleeker air launched version which progressively fits on the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets.

One of the potential areas to use BrahMos by the Philippines is South China Sea. The Permanent Act of Arbitration in Hague ruled that specific portion of the south China Sea has been claimed by China and Philippines which belonged to Philippines alone in 2016. China rejects this and continues to send their vessels into the disputed water. Former Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Arun Prakash says it was a long- delayed decision, this can alter the Indo-China strategic equation. By such deals India is helping to bolster their security and also give China a taste of their medicine. We are awaiting such confirmations form Vietnam and Indonesia.

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Female tourist falls while boating, rescued by Mumbai Police

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A lady tourist was rescued by the Mumbai Police from drowning at the Gateway of India, Mumbai

Akankshya Mukherjee, Mumbai Uncensored, 9 th January 2022:

Everyday thousands of tourists visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai because of its historical importance and boating is one of its major attractions.

On Sunday, a female tourist fell into the sea while riding a boat. This incident took place at the Gateway of India, south Mumbai. The Colaba Police and a team of Coastal Police immediately rushed towards the rescue of the woman from drowning.

The tourist boarded a boat to Elephanta where the incident took place. The tourist was enjoying the boat ride with her friend near the Gateway of India in South Mumbai on a Sunday afternoon when this incident took place. It was when the South Region Police Control Room got a distress call a controlling boat was immediately rushed towards the rescue.

The woman was found in the middle of nowhere, although she was wearing her life jacket, she was unable to swim due to the strong currents. She was saved with the support of two Coastal servicemen.

On reaching the spot immediately one of the policemen threw a rope and swam towards saving the lady. They tried effortlessly to reach up to the rescue boat. Even in the crisis hour the girl kept trying to reach to the boat with patience. It isn’t the first time Mumbai police has risked their life for the citizens. They rescued both the lady and a man.

The individuals rescued have been identified as Mr Vikas Salvi and Ms Nikita Damania, as said by the officials. After rescuing the victims, they were immediately rushed to a hospital near-by for a checkup. The girl is in a stable condition now.

The rescue team from the Yellow Gate Police Station, Mumbai included ASI Vasaikar, ASI Manoj Patil, ASI Jorvekar and a constable, Boondile.

The video has been shot from the Gateway of India, Mumbai. The clip showed how the policemen threw the rope on reaching the incident spot to get the victims to a safe spot. This video is currently viral on every social media platform, which reminds of another such incident which took place in July, where the Police saved a 55 years lady who fell into the sea from drowning.

According to Mumbai Police reports, the accident took place due to a strong ocean current which hit the boat causing the lady tourist to lose her balance and fall directly into the sea.

With this incident, the Mumbai Police Department (Mumbai Police) again showed its fearlessness and bravery. And has been praised always for risking their lives for the betterment of its citizens and not forgetting to mention the girl who never gave up, lost her courage she yet continued to try to swim even while drowning. The Mumbai Police department has again successfully made their citizens take pride and faith in them.

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18 Senior Officials and 114 Policemen test positive for COVID 19

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114 cops, 18 senior level officers including 13 DCPs, 4CPs, and 1 Joint CP have tested positive for COVID

Akankshya Mukherjee, Mumbai Uncensored, 10th January 2022:

Since the inception of COVID 19 virus, the metro cities in India have been the most infected zones. Mumbai being one of the highest in numbers of COVID positive patients also infects the Mumbai police officials and cops. In the past 48 hours, 114 police personnel, 18 senior level officials including 13 Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), 4 Commissioner of Police (CP) and 1 Joint CP (Level officer) were found positive for COVID, confirmed by the Mumbai Police on Sunday.

Till date 125 policemen have been found positive. Mumbai today has recorded as much of 19,474 fresh cases of COVID and has observed around 7 deaths in the last 24 hours. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have also informed that so far 8,063 patients have been discharged after recovering fully. The total count of people infected have crossed 7 lakhs in Mumbai.

A large number of cops in police stations, police headquarters and almost all units have been infected severely due to the virus lately. At present the Mumbai Police Department (Mumbai Police) has informed that there are 523 positive COVID Cases. 82 percentage of the new cases are asymptomatic, and 20% of the beds in Mumbai hospitals have been occupied for patients.

The Mumbai Mayor, Mrs. Kishori Pednekar on Sunday morning visited the Gateway of India and has requested all the citizens precisely follow and maintain COVID protocols and new guidelines introduced as safety measures.

The Government of Maharashtra has imposed new guidelines on Sunday due to the rising cases of COVID 19, they have declared that gyms and salons will have only 50% occupancy. The salons will remain closed from 10 PM to 7 AM every day, the removal of masks shall not be allowed so only activities involving wearing masks will be allowed in salons. All the staff engaged should be vaccinated fully, and also customers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed only. Gyms also need to follow similar rules, only fully vaccinated people will be allowed in gyms be it the trainer or trainee.

Also, due to the rising of the cases, the Government has imposed a night curfew from 11 PM to 5 AM starting from Monday,10th January 2022 onwards. Swimming pools, parks, spas, zoos, museums, and entertainment parks will be shut down until further orders come. And institutions, schools, and colleges also remain closed till 15th February 2022.

Total active cases in Mumbai are 1,73,238 of COVID, while Omicron variant cases rise up to 1,009 as per the State Health Maharashtra currently has the highest number of active cases in India.

With India continuously witnessing a large number of COVID patients, health experts and professionals say that the infection is likely to double and the next two weeks will be crucial. They suggest all citizens must be vigilant, take all necessary precautions, and urge everyone to stick to the Government protocols.

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