Heavy rains for the second day prevented the land acquisition for Rs 52,000 crore POSCO 12 MT steel plant project by Orissa government, even as social activists and leaders rushed to the area to support the anti-displacement brigade.”Like Friday, heavy rains prevented acquisition of land on Saturday also. Our teams were ready, but work could not be started because of rains,” Additional District Magistrate Paradip Sarojkanta Choudhury said.The process of land acquisition was stalled due to protests by locals as well as ‘Raja’ festival for five days since Sunday and will commence again on Monday.”Everything depends on the weather,” Jagatsinghpur district special land acquisition officer Surjit Das said.The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements with deployment of police force in the proposed plant site near Paradip to prevent any untoward incident.Meanwhile, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which spearheads the agitation against land acquisition has plans to oppose the acquisition by forming human chains.Politicians, social and civil right activists along with educationists are now making a beeline to Dhinkia village in the proposed plant site.A group of activists led by Swami Agnivesh rushed to the proposed project area. “It is illegal to hand over fertile land to a multinational company. The government has no right to destroy a well developed agrarian economy in the name of establishing the country’s biggest FDI,” Agnivesh said.While a delegation of Congress is slated to visit Dhinkia soon, leaders of CPI and CPI(M) and a BJP team are scheduled to tour the area next week.– With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Substitute Munir El Haddadi scored the equaliser to rescue Barcelona from suffering their first home defeat in more than two years.Barcelona’s season has not been up to the mark as they dropped points for the third game in a row after drawing 1-1 against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.El Haddadi scored the equaliser in the 84th minute, meeting a cross by Lionel Messi who had been sent on along with Sergio Busquets in the second half as Barca chased the game.Oscar de Marcos had given Athletic a deserved lead in the 41st minute with a volley after Inaki Williams had missed two clear chances to score for the Basque side, who had not picked up a point at the Nou Camp since 2004 when current Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was in charge.Barca are top of the table with 14 points after seven games but will lose their lead if Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in a city derby later on Saturday.Despite drawing at home to Girona and losing at minnows Leganes after starting without key first-teamers such as Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti, Barca coach Valverde made the eye-catching decision to field a team without midfield anchor Busquets and all-time top scorer Messi.The Catalans made a strong start and had an early penalty appeal waved away when Philippe Coutinho went over in the area but Athletic, who were beaten 3-0 at home by Villarreal in mid-week, soon started to put their stamp on the game.advertisementWilliams narrowly missed the target as he struck a bouncing ball around the area and the forward later rounded Marc-Andre ter Stegen but failed to capitalise.Barca had sporadic chances down the other end, as Suarez struck wide from a free kick and was then thwarted by goalkeeper Unai Simon at point blank range, but Athletic made it third time lucky when De Marcos slid to convert Markel Susaeta’s cross.Messi was brought on 10 minutes into the second period to a rousing reception from the home fans and Barca’s play instantly improved, with the Argentine smashing a shot against the post and narrowly firing wide, after Coutinho had struck the crossbar.Athletic’s resistance finally caved in when Munir turned in Messi’s low cross and Ivan Rakitic had a final chance to win it late on for the Catalans, but sent the ball flying over the bar.(With inputs from Reuters)