Jayanthi Natarajan

  • Modi targeting me as I am vocal against him in snooping row: Jayanthi January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi blamed Jayanthi Natarajan of being corrupt during her tenure as Environment Minister, the Congress has accused him of stooping to his lowest and defaming a woman. Natarajan on her part has said she is...
  • Jayanthi hits back at Modi over tax remark, says he can never be the PM January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused Jayanthi Natarajan of corruption, the former Environment Minister hit back saying that it was an intimidation tactic by the Gujarat CM. "It was the Congress culture that built India and Modi no matter what he does can...
  • Congress hits back at Modi for accusing Jayanthi of taking 'tax' to clear files January 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leaders have taken a strong stand on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement on Jayanthi Natarajan that under her the Environment Ministry used to charge a "tax" to clear files. Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, Ambika Soni and Natarajan herself hit out at Modi saying he...
  • Modi cannot destroy the social fabric of the country: Jayanthi Natarajan January 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for taking a dig at her during his comments on Environment Ministry, saying that the BJP leader was targeting her as she has been at the forefront against his "divisive and destructive politics"....
  • Rahul Gandhi is Congress's PM candidate, says Veerappa Moily January 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as speculations over the Congress's official prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha elections continue, Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily, who took the additional charge of Environment and Forests portfolio on Tuesday, said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is the party's prime ministerial candidate. Moily took charge...
  • Veerappa Moily to take charge as Environment Minister today December 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress Leader Veerappa Moily is set to take over as the next Environment and Forests Minister on Tuesday. This after Jayanathi Natarajan resigned last week to help with the party's preparations for the coming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This even as a controversy has erupted over Jayanthi Natarajan's...
  • Natarajan's exit as minister good for Goa: Parrikar December 22, 2013

    Panaji: The exit of Jayanthi Natarajan as union minister of state for environment and forests was good for Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Panaji on Sunday. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader also said the Congress would be "gone, gone, gone, gone" in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Parrikar was speaking...
  • Controversy erupts over Natarajan's resignation from Cabinet December 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Controversy has now erupted over Jayanthi Natarajan's resignation as the Minister of Environment and Forests and questions are being raised over the reason why she was removed from the ministry. While the Congress has maintained that the step was taken as she wanted to work for the party...
  • Congress prepares for 2014 polls, more ministers to quit, work for party January 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A shaken Congress is aiming for a complete overhaul after its severe mauling in the recently concluded Assembly elections and is in an urgent need of a makeover ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections as a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party under Narendra Modi's leadership appears to be leading....
  • Jayanthi Natarajan quits as Union Minister, to return to Congress work January 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Jayanthi Natarajan resigned on Saturday as the Minister of State for Environment and Forest for 'party work'. Reports say Natarajan will return to work for the Congress with the 2014 Lok Sabha elections approaching. Veerappa Moily has been given additional charge of the Environment and Foreign Ministry. This...
  • Phase III of Yamuna Action Plan approved for Delhi December 10, 2013

    The Environment ministry said it has approved the phase III of Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) for Delhi besides sanctioning two projects of pollution abatement for the river in Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana. "The YAP Phase III project for Delhi has been approved by the ministry at an estimated cost of...
  • Don't blame Rahul for Congress reverses, says Jayanthi Natarajan December 8, 2013

    Do not blame Rahul Gandhi for the Congress reverses in the Assembly polls, Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan suggested on Sunday maintaining that it was a "collective failure" and the party will introspect. "Congress is not a one man show. ...It is a collective defeat and collective failure," the Congress leader said...
  • Narayanasamy, Jayanthi Natarajan against PM visit to CHOGM November 4, 2013

    Two more central ministers have spoken out against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in view of that nation's alleged atrocities on Tamils. The government is yet to decide whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the CHOGM summit Nov...
  • Jayanthi joins the chorus against PM's visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The controversy over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting (CHOGM) refuses to die with Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Monday requesting him to skip the summit over alleged war crimes and atrocities against Tamils in the island nation....
  • Govt directs 5-star hotels to donate leftover food, offer half portions to guests August 13, 2013

    Top hotels could soon be donating leftover untouched food and partially used toiletries, allowing guests to order half portions and buying toilet tissue and towels made from recycled paper, besides re-using all their waste under the government's green agenda. Amid concerns that posh hotels generate a lot of wastage and misuse...
  • Government comes out with guidelines for 'green' hotels August 13, 2013

    Top hotels could soon be donating leftover untouched food and partially used toiletries, allowing guests to order half portions and buying toilet tissue and towels made from recycled paper, besides re-using all their waste waste under the government's green agenda. Amid concerns that posh hotels generate a lot of wastage and...
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  • Is it impossible to rein-in the sand mafia? August 9, 2013

    Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday claimed that her ministry has found evidence of illegal sand mining in Greater Noida, the district from where IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended. ...
  • We have evidence of illegal sand mining in Greater Noida: Natarajan August 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday claimed that her ministry has found evidence of illegal sand mining in Greater Noida, the district from where IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended. Natrajan told CNN-IBN that a government panel set up by the Centre has found illegal sand mining activity in...
  • Green signal for 11 hydro projects, were in downstream since 2006 August 5, 2013

    Eleven hydropower projects in the downstream of Gaumukh in Uttarakhand have got clearance from the Environment Ministry since 2006, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said the Ministry accords environmental clearance (EC) for hydropower projects after conducting studies and following due procedures subject to compliance of...
  • Govt hikes FDI in 13 sectors, blames Opposition for late decision July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday decided to hike Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 13 sectors, including 100 per cent in telecom and higher caps in insurance and defence sectors, to boost the sagging economy. The government's effort to woo investors seems to have come too late as the rupee...
  • 'Ecological concerns will be studied after rescue operations' June 30, 2013

    Chennai: With environmentalists citing ecological degradation as the reason for the natural disaster in Uttarakhand, the Centre on Sunday said it would take stock of the situation and study such concerns once rescue operations were completed. "We have to wait till the rescue operations are over and then we have...
  • Green ministry not a bottleneck for development: Natarajan February 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid the ongoing debate over delay in green clearances hampering key development projects, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Tuesday said her ministry is not a "bottleneck" for economic development but "partner in development". "There has been considerable debate about environment ministry being a bottleneck for economic development. But I...
  • 'Railways indifferent to animal deaths by trains' January 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Tuesday accused the Railway Ministry of remaining "indifferent" to the death of wild animals particularly elephants caused by speeding trains. In a letter to Railway Minister Pawan Bansal, Natarajan said, "Despite repeated pleas, railway authorities remain indifferent to the death of wild animals particularly...
  • Nagaland falcon poaching: Will Environment Minister step in? November 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The Amur falcon, a tiny majestic bird from the raptor family is being poached in thousands in North East India. The small raptors arrive in North East India from Siberia en route to their final destination in Southern Africa, stopping briefly in Nagaland where they are poached in...
  • Nagarjuna's wife Amala Akkineni arrested in Hyderabad October 10, 2012

    Amala Akkineni, who is also the wife of actor Nagarjuna has been arrested in Hyderabad. The actress, along with nine others were arrested for protesting against Coal Mining in forest areas. Amala took part in the protest as a Greenpeace activist which was staged near the historical monument Charminar. However,...
  • Jayanthi Natarajan not in favour of investment board October 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has written a strongly-worded letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opposing any move to bypass required green clearances for mega project approvals by the proposed National Investment Board (NIB) mooted by Finance Minister P Chidambaram. The proposed NIB is envisaged to act as a...
  • Govt halts Navy project in A&N Islands October 5, 2012

    New Delhi: After CNN-IBN reported how missile installations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands could hurt the existence of the endangered bird species Nicobar Megapode, the Enviornment Ministry has rejected the proposal. "The habitat of the megapode should not be disturbed and the missile firing range should not come up in...
  • Hyderabad: Telangana shadow over UN biodiversity summit October 1, 2012

    Hyderabad: Hyderabad will be hosting India's first United Nations Conference on Biodiversity on Monday. Tight security arrangements are in place for the summit as it comes a day after the Telangana march that took a violent turn on Sunday with protesters going on a rampage, destroying media vans and public...
  • Centre may impose new conditions on Kudankulam September 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Government on Friday said it was open to imposing additional conditions on the Kudankulam nuclear power project, if directed by courts, to protect the marine ecosystem of the region. The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) has met all the conditions set by the Environment Ministry while granting clearance...