Conservation

  • Now you can release a butterfly and get yourself clicked June 20, 2014

    Kolkata: Butterfly lovers can now look forward to releasing a just-out-of-the-cocoon 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 community-led project for their captive rearing. Volunteers of NGO "Nature Mates-Nature...
  • 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...
  • One-week-old elephant calf rescued in Salem June 6, 2014

    Salem: A one-week-old 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 non-compliance of bio-waste 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 bio-medical 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 February 18, 2014

    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...
  • Republican-led US House passes bill restricting abortion June 19, 2013

    Washington: The Republican-controlled 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 55-year-old 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 55-year-old 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 21, 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 anti-poaching 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...
  • Thousands of Amur falcon birds poached in Nagaland November 8, 2012

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN has accessed visuals of shocking massacre of tens of thousands of migratory Amur falcons in Nagaland. The NGO, Conservation India, has documented the slaughter. The NGO has estimated that 12,000 to 14,000 birds are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale every day. The captured birds are kept...
  • PM announces $50 mn for biodiversity conservation in India October 17, 2012

    Hyderabad: India will earmark a sum of $50 million to strengthen institutional mechanism for biodiversity conservation in the country, when it holds presidency of the Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Announcing this while inaugurating a high-level segment meeting at the ongoing CoP-11 at the Hyderabad International...
  • SC refuses to lift ban on tiger tourism October 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to lift its ban on tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves saying that the ban will continue until the National Tiger Conservation comes up with guidelines on tourism-related activities at sanctuaries. The apex court said that it will not pass...
  • Bangalore: Hebbal lake a haven for migratory birds September 25, 2012

    Bangalore: Spread over an area of 150 acres in North Bangalore, Hebbal lake is the success story of a conserved water body that faced lot of controversies and issues pertaining to its rejuvenation and maintenance. But, today it is a haven for a large number of migratory birds. Serving as...
  • Hyderabad: Rs 1 crore for trees? Irrational, say experts September 5, 2012

    Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) authorities have repeatedly assured one and all that even though 3,000 trees had to be cut down to make way for the new service, they would do their best to compensate for the same by translocating trees to the Outer Ring Road and planting...
  • Hyderabad: Endangered animals thrive at zoo July 30, 2012

    Hyderabad: An Asiatic male lion cub was born a couple of days ago at Hyderabad Nehru zoological park besides a a male baby rhino was born on July 5. So far, as many as 46 endangered species of animals, birds and reptiles have been born in the last year at...
  • Poachers galore in TN, Karnataka tiger reserves July 25, 2012

    Bangalore: Even as the Supreme Court's order to ban tourism in core areas of tiger reserves is being hailed by wildlife conservationists, disconcerting news trickles down from Madumalai and Bandipur tiger reserves that hard-core poachers are still at large in the forests of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Close on the heels...