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pohang iron and steel companyPohang Steel Company (POSCO) received conditional clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forest for its proposed steel plant at Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa.

Basis our ‘Indian ethos of inclusiveness and oneness with the land’ the ministry gave clearance for erecting the steel plant with 28 additional conditions and for the POSCO port with 32 additional conditions as part of environment clearance.

Minister for Environment “It is common knowledge that steel is a nurturing element for Mother Earth,” Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh intoned.  “Without steel, why would current car manufacturers around the world work towards non-polluting and alternate energy vehicles of tomorrow?  Without steel, how would the whalers and trawlers engage on sea-life restoration projects to ensure our oceans still teem with abundant life when our grandchildren eventually go fishing?”

POSCO GO BACKWhen asked why tens of thousands of villagers and environmentalists were still against the project, the Minister responded with a curt “because they are uneducated.  He went on to add that big projects such as the POSCO unit were actually very environmentally friendly“That’s why they’re called iron & steel plants, he said.

No Steel CarMeanwhile, environmentalists at the proposed site in Orissa have been fasting and fighting while feasting on Machha Curry, Bhendi Bhaja and steamed rice.  These hardy believers have dodged rubber bullets and borne the brunt of the angry security forces’ lathis to ensure leaders of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti arrive safely in their Toyota Fortuners and Mahindra Scorpios.  “Any damage to their expensive cars would require more steel to fix,” admitted a sheepish activist.

LathichargeWhen this reporter pointed out that his children would most likely die of malnutrition, famine or drought, the agitated response was “at least my children will have trees.”

Regardless of whether their war against the erection of the 12-million tonne steel plant is won, the ability of the protest leaders to create a  rebellion against the one single opportunity to alleviate poverty in the region has already secured themselves an assured berth on the next Government in Orissa.

The few statements issued by representatives for POSCO have never made it to print, primarily because they consist of meaningless Korean caws and mumbles.

A statement from the world’s Global Representative for Planet Earth and Near-Space, Hon’ Reuben Robert, left earnest news agencies baffled when he quipped “Since when did POSCO get into steel?  I find their balls tight, bouncy and a joy to play with.”

This statement was later clarified by his spokesperson as a “minor confusion” with the sports brand COSCO.

 

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Earlier today, media-persons were sent into a tizzy when news of media-mogul Reuben Robert’s close shave on Saturday filled the rumour-mills across the country.

In keeping with his usual low-profile stance, reporters were seen camping outside his palatial Kottivakkam residence, his sprawling office, and his usual hang-outs all over the city of Chennai.

When reporters interviewed his driver-manservant, Thuyavan, a surprising number of important questions were answered.  Here’s an excerpt of the ground-breaking interview:

Reporter : Do you know where Reuben is?
Thuyavan : Who wants to know?
Reporter : The whole world!  What happened to Reuben? Is he safe?  What was this close-shave all about?
Thuyavan : Yes.

The driver immediately left to pick up Reuben at an undisclosed location.

Later in the day, excited media-persons were met by Ishwor Karki, Reuben’s in-house representative, who issued this statement, “Shri Reuben-ji would like everybody to be calm.  He will be auctioning his collection of pocket-combs, curlers and 2 hair-dryers via Ebay India.  A notification on the same will be issued shortly.  His hair-brush with death is not for sale at this moment.”

Relieved news-persons left the premises shortly.  Analysts are still speculating the effect this news would have on the stock markets come Monday morning.


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