Ministry Of Environment And Forests

  • PIL seeks ban on plastic in platforms, trains: HC asks Central Railway to reply May 14, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has asked Central Railway to file a reply to a PIL seeking a direction to re-impose the ban on plastic bags of food items at platforms on suburban network and in local and long-distance trains. A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka also asked the Railway...
  • MP for tracking Kuno tiger to avoid fight with Gujarat lions February 16, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh has recommended to the Centre that the lone tiger in its Palpur Kuno sanctuary be fitted with a radio collar to check any possible conflict with lions proposed to be introduced in the reserve from Gujarat. Palpur Kuno sanctuary, under Sehopur district of Gwalior division, has been chosen as the...
  • Posco not to cut trees till Odisha gives forest clearance January 24, 2014

    The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed that South Korean major Posco will not cut any trees in a village in Odisha for developing its Rs 51,000 crore steel project till the state government gives the final forest clearance. "It is now between them (Posco) and the state," a bench headed...
  • Will courts function at liberty of executive: NGT to Uttarakhand January 24, 2014

    Irked over Uttarakhand government's failure to hold a meeting of an expert panel set up to examine impact of projects and development work after the natural disaster there, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday asked if courts will have to function at the liberty of the executive. "Why are they (committee)...
  • Odisha govt to conduct Gram Sabhas to decide the fate of Vedanta July 18, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government is set conduct Gram Sabhas in 12 villages of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts to decide fate of the proposed bauxite mining for Vedanta atop Niyamgiri Hills. The Gram Sabhas will be held in four phases within July 30. Vedanta will be allowed to mine in the...
  • PMO put pressure on MoEF to ease coal mining rules, reveals RTI query May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Just two days after the removal of Ashwani Kumar as Law Minister over the coal scam, there seems to be more trouble for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A Right to Information application shows that it was the Prime Minister's Office that put pressure on the Environment Ministry to...
  • SC order on Vedanta to impact all mining operations in India April 18, 2013

    Vedanta Aluminium's plan to mine the bauxite-rich Niyamgiri mountains in Kalahandi district in Orissa suffered a major jolt after the the Supreme Court on Thursday said that consent must be taken from the Gram Sabha first. ...
  • Vedanta can mine in Odisha if Gram Sabha allows: SC April 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Vedanta will be allowed to mine in the Niyamgiri Hills in Kalahandi district of Odisha only if the Gram Sabha allows, said the Supreme Court on Thursday, adding the final decision on the project would be taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in consultation with the...
  • Elephantine problem May 21, 2012

    A tiger death raises a million eye brows. An investigation is immediately sought. Conservationists make a hue and cry demanding the arrest of the poacher. But they don't show same intensity of concern when an elephant dies due to poaching or electrocution. Invariably the blame is thrust on elephants for crop-raiding....
  • Environment Ministry gives clearance to Lavasa November 9, 2011

    New Delhi: The environment ministry on Wednesday gave conditional clearance to the first phase of Rs.3,000 crore Lavasa hill city project near Pune in Maharashtra, officials said. "The ministry has cleared the Lavasa project, saying all the preconditions have been met with the Maharashtra government taking action against the company for...
  • Decide on Lavasa application in 3 weeks: HC September 23, 2011

    Mumbai: Giving a last chance, Bombay High Court (HC) on Friday directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to pass the final order on regularisation application of the Lavasa Corporation, with regard to constructions at township project near Pune, in three weeks. "The union ministry has been given time...
  • Ramesh people's choice despite reshuffle July 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Maverick politician Jairam Ramesh may have been shifted to the rural development ministry from environment, where as a minister he has enforced some contentious green laws, but he still remains popular with a large section of the people in an online poll on the Cabinet reshuffle. The 57-year-old,...
  • Nirma Bhavnagar plant has to relocate: Govt to SC May 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the controversial cement plant of Nirma Industries in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat is situated in an environmentally sensitive wetland area and has to be relocated. The MoEF told the apex court through an affidavit that...
  • MoEF grants conditional go ahead to Lavasa March 30, 2011

    Mumbai: The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on Wednesday granted 'conditional' permission to Lavasa Corporation to complete its under-construction buildings at its housing project site near Pune even as the realty firm backtracked on its plea to withdraw the petition challenging the stop-work notice issued by the Ministry. ...
  • Lavasa: HC stays MOEF order, calls it "drastic" December 7, 2010

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday stayed the directive of the union Ministry of Environment and Forests to Lavasa Corporation to stop construction of a township in a hill station in Maharashtra, calling the order "drastic" passed without giving prior hearing. A division bench of Justices DK Deshmukh and ND...
  • Ministry intentions malafide: Lavasa November 29, 2010

    Lavasa responded to the notice issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest stating that the intentions of the Ministry were malafide. ...
  • Centre stalls Vedanta expansion plans October 21, 2010

    New Delhi: The Indian Ministry for Environment and Forests has put mining giant Vedanta’s expansion plans on hold citing environmental violations. The ministry has refused to grant permission for the company’s expansion saying that while the mining major can continue its operations, further expansion won’t be allowed. Vedanta Aluminium Ltd.,...
  • Vedanta: No plans of quitting Orissa September 15, 2010

    New Delhi: Vedanta on Wednesday submitted a reply to the Ministry of Environment and Forest in response to a showcause notice filed by the environment ministry inquiring why the plant should not be shut down for violating environment laws. The Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had on August 31 issued a...
  • Toxic ship gets clean chit from Environment Ministry October 24, 2009

    New Delhi: A Ministry of Environment and Forests report has given a clean chit to a US ship - Platinum II - anchored at Alang port for scrapping. Although environmentalists allege the ship contains 200 tonnes of toxic asbestos, the Environment Ministry report says no toxic material has been found...
  • US ship at Alang poses toxic threat to India October 17, 2009

    New Delhi: The Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat is in the thick of controversy again. A US ship, Platinum II, allegedly loaded with highly dangerous toxic waste has been permitted to dock off the Alang coast before it is to be broken down for scrap. This has caused environmentalists to...
  • Watch: Jairam out on mission to save Sariska tigers July 27, 2009

    New Delhi: Minister of Environment and Forest, Jairam Ramesh, is a man on a green mission. In Sariska, he's getting a firsthand glimpse of the mammoth task underway to guard tigers that were released in Sariska exactly one year ago. ...
  • Environment Ministry goes back to Cong after 10 yrs May 30, 2009

    New Delhi: Winds of change are sweeping through the corridors of the Ministry of Environment and Forest. For ten years the MOEF has had a minister from the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK). With the appointment of a minister from the Congress, many environmentalists are optimistic. “We hope he will bring...
  • Mercy killing delayed, sick elephant succumbs to injuries October 3, 2007

    New Delhi: The camp elephant of Dehradun's Rajaji National Park, Arundhati, who had suffered multiple fractures on her right foot after falling into a marsh early this month, succumbed to her injuries before park authorities could put her to sleep. The 80-year-old elephant, who had been suffering for the past...
  • Dying elephant caught in red-tapism in Uttarakhand October 2, 2007

    New Delhi: It has been 15 days of suffering for 80-year-old Arundhati. The camp elephant of Dehradun's Rajaji National Park, Arundhati suffered multiple fractures on her right foot after falling into a marsh early this month. The Ministry of Environment and Forests and Uttarakhand Forest Department have now granted permission...