Iron ore mining is on the wane in Goa but its residents are far from being at peace. Coal is their next big problem, and all their ire has centred on the port at Mormugao.
Villagers are often the first line of defence against elephants wandering into farmland and settlements, so community-led efforts with traditional methods have come to the fore.
If the Meteorological Department had got their predictions right, farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada say, they wouldn’t have sowed their kharif crops when they did.
The Maharashtra government’s Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver may not provide much relief to small and marginal farmers in Marathwada, who are caught in the debt trap of private moneylenders.
Over 1,300 drought-prone villages of the state, as part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, are creating rainwater-harvesting structures to end their water woes.
As mining makes a comeback in Goa, people’s protests against environmental pollution and destruction of livelihoods have resurfaced in the state.
Despite a long-held tradition of marrying off girls once they turn 15, a tribal village in Maharashtra’s Palghar district has stopped the practice of child marriage for the past two years.