CONSERVATION

  • Iranian woman dances without hijab defying conservatives November 28, 2014

    Tehran: An Iranian woman has defied the country's ultra-restrictive laws by dancing publicly without her hijab (veil), and what is more, it was filmed and posted on social media. The unidentified young woman, who could be seen dancing on a Tehran subway train to a song by the British pop group...
  • Gujarat gets Rs 444.44 crore to conserve Sabarmati river November 28, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The Central government has approved a grant of Rs 444.44 crore for the second phase of Sabarmati River Conservation Project. As per the approval, 70 per cent of the cost (Rs 311.72 crore) would be borne by the Centre, while the remaining 30 per cent (Rs 132.72 crore) would be...
  • Deadly virus pushing tigers towards extinction November 7, 2014

    New York: Adding to the existing pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of a deadly virus. According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), canine distemper virus (CDV) has the...
  • Conservative Muslim clerics condemn #HajjSelfies as they flood social media October 6, 2014

    Mina (Saudi Arabia): Raising his arm, Yousef Ali hugs his elderly father in front of one of Islam's holiest sites as they grin for a selfie -- a craze that has hit this year's hajj. But not everyone is happy about young pilgrims from around the world constantly snapping "selfies", photographs...
  • Indian author sentenced for US campaign laws violation September 24, 2014

    New York: Conservative Indian-American author and Obama-critic Dinesh D'Souza, who had pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign laws, has been spared a prison term but sentenced to five years of probation, mandatory community service and fined $30,000. D'Souza, 53, of California was sentenced on Tuesday before US District Judge Richard Berman...
  • Exclusive: If the tiger can survive, it's in India September 11, 2014

    To many, in fact most, tiger estimation or census is about knowing a number the final count of a majestic beast, the sight of which inspires awe in unlimited measure but the existence of which lies in the hands of the Homo Sapiens. However, very little does the society...
  • Centre asks states to stress on improving water conservation September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: To mitigate droughtlike situation and water scarcity, the Centre on Tuesday directed states that 50 per cent of all works taken up at district level under MNREGA should be for improving water conservation. The decision was taken by Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari in response to widespread criticism...
  • Now you can release a butterfly and get yourself clicked June 20, 2014

    Kolkata: Butterfly lovers can now look forward to releasing a justoutofthecocoon little creature in the open and also getting the special moment photographed at an expense of Rs 50. By doing this, they become partners in conservation of butterflies under a communityled project for their captive rearing. Volunteers of NGO "Nature MatesNature...
  • MP, Chhattisgarh lock horns over shifting of tigers June 8, 2014

    Chhattisgarh's efforts to get tigers for its Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary from Madhya Pradesh has come to a halt with the latter asking it to get a viability study done before a decision on handing over the big cats could be taken. Chhattisgarh, where the tiger population is just about 26, has...
  • Oneweekold elephant calf rescued in Salem June 6, 2014

    Salem: A oneweekold elephant calf was rescued by forest department officials on Friday at the forest areas bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Conservator of forests P Ganesan said the calf was part of a herd of seven elephants which came on Thursday to the river for drinking water and later...
  • State government serves notices to 18 hospitals over noncompliance of biowaste rules May 4, 2014

    The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) has issued notices to 18 government and private hospitals, including AIIMS Raipur, for allegedly ignoring the rules for disposal of biomedical waste. "On the direction of Chief Minister Raman Singh, the Board has intensified its vigilance to check pollution in the hospital premises. "In this line,...
  • In support of 'Earth Hour campaign' Howrah Bridge to go dark for an hour March 28, 2014

    Some of the iconic structures in Kolkata, including the Howrah Bridge, would go semi-dark for an hour on Saturday to support conservation of energy under the Earth Hour campaign. Between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Saturday, all ornamental lights would be switched off at the famous Howrah Bridge and the...
  • Gul Panag shows solidarity towards residents suffering from water shortage; stays away from Holi March 17, 2014

    Chandigarh: Bollywood actor Gul Panag, the AAP's Lok Sabha candidate in Chandigarh, stayed away from Holi celebration Monday to promote water conservation. "In solidarity with the residents of Chandigarh who are suffering from acute water shortage, I will not be playing Holi," Gul tweeted. "Celebrate a vibrant, safe and environmentally friendly Holi...
  • Conservationists oppose move to open Taj Mahal on Fridays January 24, 2014

    Conservationists in Agra have opposed a government proposal to open the Taj Mahal on its weekly off on Friday to those who pay $100 or Rs 5,000. Agra Divisional Commissioner Pradeep Bhatnagar said a new proposal has been forwarded to allow entry to the protected monument on a holiday at a...
  • NTCA says no to reintroduction of white tigers in MP December 22, 2013

    The National Tiger Conservation Authority has refused to give its nod for reintroduction of white tigers in Madhya Pradesh saying they have no "conservation value", a decision that may come as a setback to the state's efforts to secure these rare species. The decision was taken sometime ago during a meeting...
  • Hiware Bazar village becomes a model of development, economic progress December 22, 2013

    Pune: Pucca houses, clean roads, water supply at 7 am, lush green fields are sights such that are rare even in the most developed of towns, but Hiware Bazar near Pune is a unique and successful experiment. Its story is unique as it presents an alternate model of development based...
  • FTP: Oil minister Moily travels by metro: Should more VIPs use public transport? October 9, 2013

    Delhi Metro has a VIP commuter now as Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily has started his drive to save fuel by commuting through metro to work. Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily took the metro to the ministry on Wednesday. He plans to do so every Wednesday and he has also adviced his...
  • Oil Minister Veerappa Moily travels to work in metro to save fuel October 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily took the metro to the ministry on Wednesday. The minister took the Metro from a station near his residence and travelled to the Central Secretariat station, which is near Shastri Bhawan. The Petroleum Minister latest action is said to be part of a fuel conservation...
  • Veerappa Moily to unveil mega fuel conservation campaign today September 24, 2013

    Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily will on Tuesday unveil a mega fuel conservation campaign aimed at cutting oil demand so as help the nation save up to USD 20 billion in foreign exchange. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked Moily to prepare a plan to cut oil import bill by at...
  • Tony Abbott sworn in as Australia's new PM September 18, 2013

    Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister on Wednesday and promised immediate action to slow the stream of asylum seekers arriving by boats from Indonesia and to repeal an unpopular carbon tax levied by the previous administration. Abbott was the first of 42 government executives to be sworn...
  • Republicanled US House passes bill restricting abortion June 19, 2013

    Washington: The Republicancontrolled US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation severely restricting abortions, a move that could alienate women from the conservative party. The bill would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization occurs, a time when a fetus begins to feel pain, Republicans said. The legislation makes exceptions for victims...
  • Union cabinet approves Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission May 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The union cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission to conserve and restore the sites associated with the Father of the Nation. "The mission would be entrusted with the identification, collation and assessment of information on Gandhi heritage material for its management and deployment,"...
  • Govt to declare 2013 as Water Conservation Year May 9, 2013

    New Delhi: With per capita availability of water depleting at a faster pace, the government on Thursday approved a proposal to declare 2013 as Water Conservation Year under which awareness programmes will be launched for conservation of the scarce natural resource. Under the proposal, which got the nod of the Union...
  • UK: Lawmaker Nigel Evans arrested for allegedly raping two men May 5, 2013

    London: British MP and senior Conservative Party politician Nigel Evans was arrested on Saturday by the London Police after being accused of raping two men. The reports identify the politician as Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, a 55yearold from Lancashire, northwest England, who has served in Parliament for two...
  • Lawmaker arrested on suspicion of rape, say reports May 5, 2013

    London: British media say that a senior Conservative Party politician has been arrested for questioning on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The reports identify the politician as Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, a 55yearold from Lancashire, northwest England, who has served in Parliament for two decades. British police do...
  • Chhattisgarh: Court issues summons to Jindal Power April 2, 2013

    Raigarh: Jindal Power Ltd (JPL) was on Monday issued summons by the district court in Raigarh for alleged violation of environmental norms in connection with its coal washery at Libara and Dhaurabhatha villages in Chhattisgarh. Chief Judicial Magistrate Raigarh GK Neelam issued the summons to JPL, its Executive Vice President...
  • Tiger conservation: Govt needs to increase buffer zones January 18, 2013

    Bangalore: While the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) laments the growing number of tiger deaths in Indian reserves, there seems to be an increase in population in Karnataka. Virtually every month a transient tiger has been caught in the precincts of the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. For the record five stray...
  • Letter from the editor: Why it pays to watch the rocky movies January 16, 2013

    Some of you might remember the cover image of the badly bruised face of a man staring at you from the Forbes India Investment Guide 2012, around exactly the same time last year. It wasn't a pretty sight, signalling the onset of a brutal year for investors. It did turn...
  • 'Tiger population in India has increased significantly' December 27, 2012

    New York: Tiger population in India has significantly increased in the wild, thanks to protection of additional habitat of the big cat and stringent antipoaching patrols, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said. In southwestern India, where WCS research and conservation efforts began 25 years ago, a major rebound of tigers...
  • German experts to help conserve Kolkata's landmarks November 22, 2012

    Kolkata: Renowned German heritage conservationists will visit Kolkata this November to help draw conservation plans for four of the city's iconic landmarks. Touring the city for two days on Nov 28 and 29, a group of 10 German experts, including the director of Museum of Asian Art, Berlin, will visit...