SO HERE WE ARE, 50 years after landing — by most accounts — on the surface of the moon, an event that, at the time, seemed a harbinger of a national future marked by something much more fantastic than space-program spinoffs such as Tang, Velcro and, ultimately, annoying mobile phones. And yet: A half-century after the flames of Apollo 11 fizzled, rather than zipping around in jet-pack nonchalance, without worry or want, we find ourselves conjuring not whether things might go bad for America but when and where the subsequent long slide into mediocrity began — and even more important, who can be held responsible. The Backstory: The dark side of the moon-landing conspiracy theory This assignment-of-blame phase is beloved by historians, who, when not attending conferences in Omaha, sift through the shrapnel of failed civilizations and fit together enough chunks to re-create the unraveling. The honest ones will attest that the closer this navel-gaze is to the initial big … [Read more...] about Yes, we landed on the moon. If you don’t believe it, try telling an astronaut.
BENGALURU: Namma Metroâs Phase 2 projects have run into rough weather mainly due to land acquisition issues . The yet-to-be solved land issues are likely to further delay the project that missed several deadlines in the past. According to BMRCL officials, the high court recently stayed the acquisition of NICE land for the RV Road-Bommasandra corridor . âFor the lands required for Mysuru Road-Kengeri, Nagasandra-BIEC and Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura corridors, Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) has to fix the compensation to be paid,â said a BMRCL newsletter. For the forest land in Kadugodi for the Whitefield depot , the ministry of forest and environment has given Stage I clearance. âThe ministry has informed BMRCL to get the compensatory afforestation lands declared as reserve or protected forest before giving Stage II clearance,â it said. For the land at UM Kaval forest required … [Read more...] about Land hurdles may delay Namma Metro Phase 2
NOIDA: The Meerut anti-corruption court has rejected the bail plea of one of the main accused in the Rs 126-crore land scam in which former Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority ( YEIDA )) CEO PC Gupta and eight other former officials were allegedly involved. The court rejected the bail plea of former tehsildar Ranvir Singh, who had urged that be granted bail, as a chargesheet against him was not filed within the stipulated time periods of 90 days. The chargesheet was filed the same day the bail application was filed, officials said. Sirajuddin Alvi, additional government counsel, Meerut anti-corruption court, told TOI that Singh had applied for bail on September 25 alleging that he was incarcerated in jail since February, and a chargesheet had not been filed. âThe plea was heard by judge Irfan Qamar and rejected,â he said. Singh had earlier approached Allahabad high court and got a stay on his arrest. The court had directed that … [Read more...] about No bail for ex-tehsildar in YEIDA land scam
XIAOXIHE, China — Every year, the message is the same: the government will fix China’s left-behind countryside through a raft of reforms. This year was no different, with measures meant to help farmers move to cities, educate their children, and invest in improving their land. But every year, the gap between village and city remains stubbornly wide. Many blame this on the fact that farmers are not allowed to own land, a policy that goes back to one of the founding decisions of the Communist revolution. In Xiaoxihe, a rolling eastern Chinese region of rice paddies and fishponds, farmers speak of land ownership as something so improbable that it defies imagination. Dai Jialiang, a 69-year-old farmer, grows rice and vegetables on a small plot of land his family leases from the government. That means that Dai’s family has made a modest living off toiling the land but their gains are limited. “Ownership is not possible in China,” Mr. Dai said. … [Read more...] about Barred From Owning Land, Rural Chinese Miss Spoils of Country’s Success
For almost 20 years, the people of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation have advocated for protection of their traditional lands in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Now these lands will be at the center of one of the country’s largest protected areas—covering over 2.6 million hectares (10,040 square miles). The designation of the park, Thaidene Nene, was announced today by the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, Parks Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation and Canadian government will co-manage the park with a goal of sustaining healthy lands and clean water that will contribute to boreal forest conservation efforts. Much of this will be accomplished by Indigenous Guardians, who incorporate traditional culture and western science into their land conservation plans. The creation of Thaidene Nene is a nation-to-nation partnership that can serve as a conservation model throughout Canada while contributing to the … [Read more...] about See Canada’s Newest Park Protecting First Nation Land and Boreal Forest