Tata fat cats banning turtle computer game?

This Greenpeace video says about itself:

TATA is releasing the world’s cheapest car. It’s also driving turtles to extinction. Sign the letter here: http://www.greenpeace.org/turtles

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Tata to sue Greenpeace over turtle game

Indian manufacturing giant is suing for use of its logo in a spoof computer game highlighting port’s threat to local wildlife

* Adam Vaughan
* Monday 26 July 2010 17.13 BST

The Indian manufacturing giant Tata is suing Greenpeace India over a computer game it has created to publicise the alleged impact on turtles from the company’s development of a new port.

The Pac-Man-style game is defamatory and an abuse of copyright, Tata Sons, Tata companies’ bulk shareholder, said on Friday at the New Delhi high court. The court has served notice to Greenpeace, which has until tomorrow to respond to the lawsuit.

Greenpeace India launched the game at the start of June, the latest step in its seven-year campaign against Dhamra port, which is due to open this summer at Bhadrak in Orissa, a state on India’s eastern coast. The environmental group alleges that the development will endanger local turtles. Turtle Vs. Tata, which is still live online and has been played by nearly 25,000 people, places a turtle in the role of Pac-Man battling against Tata logos in the place of ghosts.

Tata is a huge international conglomerate with revenues of $70.8bn in 2008-09. It owns Jaguar Land Rover and the steel company Corus in the UK.

Areeba Hamid, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace India, told the Guardian the case had no merit either on grounds of copyright infringement or defamation. She added they will not change the game unless the court directs them to.

Ashish Fernandes, oceans campaigner for Greenpeace India, said: “This is a desperate attempt to stifle the growing criticism over their port project, and divert attention from the real issue of the impact it will have on a biodiversity-rich area. Public opinion is on the side of the turtles – over 150,000 Indians, leading scientists and turtle biologists, politicians and national NGOs have come out against the port. By first ignoring and now trying to silence these voices, Tata has shown that it cares only about its bottom line, and not the environment.”

Tata Steel is jointly developing the new port in a 50:50 project with L&T, another Indian conglomerate. …

Greenpeace has been campaigning against the port since 2003. The group says the developers’ environmental impact assessment report was flawed. It describes the site as “ecologically sensitive”, noting that it is 5km from India’s second largest mangrove forest, the Bhitarkanika Sanctuary, and less than 15km from Gahirmatha nesting beaches, the world’s largest mass nesting site for Olive Ridley turtles. Hamid added the NGOS was also concerned about a white-bellied snake and a frog that a 2007 Greenpeace assessment of the site found were the first recorded instances of the species on the Indian mainland. The case begins tomorrow.

Health and safety campaigners have demanded that company directors be held personally accountable for “serial killing workers” after yet another employee was killed at a Corus steelworks: here.

A petition signed by over 30,000 people against a planned mine expansion in India will be delivered to the mining company on Wednesday: here.

Action Aid and Amnesty International have dismissed attempts by British mining firm Vedanta to play down its alleged pollution and human rights abuses in India before its AGM in London: here.

British transnational Vedanta Resources has been told by India’s environment ministry to immediately halt all construction work on its aluminium refinery in the Indian state of Orissa: here.

Loads of amazing turtle images and films: here.

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    India: Environment minister Jairam Ramesh urged railway authorities yesterday to ensure the safety of elephants after seven were killed by a train in eastern India.

    The herd was crossing the tracks in Banarhat forest in West Bengal state at midnight on Wednesday when the freight train ploughed into the animals, killing all of them.

    Many wild bison, deer, boars and leopards have died in Banarhat after being hit by trains because train drivers routinely ignore laws protecting them.



  2. Support the anti-Posco struggle in Odisha, India

    POSCO, a large Korean corporation with US capital, wants to invest in the mining industry in Orissa (India) and build a steel plant, captive power station and port in Erasama block of Jagatsinghpur district – people’s protest intensifies.

    It is the largest single investment project and the struggle over it is a symbol for the type of development India should embark on: the globalist capitalist one with the expulsion of the people, destruction of environment, waste of ressources and production for the global market or the pro-people one based on the careful use of the natural ressources organised by the people themselves.

    The struggling popular organisations call for awareness and support:


  3. Sea erosion in Orissa destroys Olive Ridley turtle eggs

    Published: Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 18:07 IST | Updated: Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 18:07 IST
    Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

    A large number of eggs of Olive Ridley turtles were destroyed due to sea erosion in the mouth of Rushikulya river in Odisha’s Ganjam district where the endangered sea species nest.

    “We think around 10 to 20% of eggs were washed away due to the sea erosion,” divisional forest officer, Berhampur AK Jena said.

    Around 1.06 lakh eggs were laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles in the Rushikulya river mouth, one of the nesting sites in the state in February.

    Very few Olive Ridley turtles had nested in the place, where largescale sea erosion was taking place, DFO said.

    Local activists, however, said around 50% of the eggs washed away in the high tidal wave.

    The sea erosion took place just ahead of their hatching. The hatching is likely to be taken place in the second week of this month, about 45 days of the nesting, experts said.

    “As a large number of eggs destroyed due to the high tidal wave, this year very few hatchlings are likely to emerge from the eggs,” said an expert.

    Instead of their traditional site, the Olive Ridley turtles had nested in a new site, measuring about two-km near the river mouth. The new site is like an island and very vulnerable to sea erosion, DFO said.

    He said the forest officials were waiting for the baby turtles, which are likely to emerge from the eggs from April 15 to 20. “We will take steps to protect the baby turtles by deploying forest staff and volunteers in the area,” he said.

    Besides Rushikulya river mouth, other famous nesting sites of the Olive Ridley sea turtles are Devi river mouth and Gahiramatha off Odisha coast.


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