Forest Department

  • Chhattisgarh to set up marine fossil park in Koriya August 20, 2014

    Chhattisgarh will set up a 'Marine Fossil Park' in Koriya district where fossils of Permian geological period were found. The state government has provisioned Rs 17.15 lakh to set up the fossil park and the forest department has been tasked to develop it, a public relations officer said. The marine fossils of...
  • Jharkhand plans ropeway in Dalma Hills to promote eco-tourism August 6, 2014

    In an attempt to tap the potential for growth of eco-tourism in the Kolhan region of Jharkhand, the state Forest Department has initiated steps to promote it and has plans to build a ropeway in Dalma in Jamshedpur. Talking to reporters after the Van Mahotsav-2014 function organised jointly by the Forest...
  • Was the Pune landslide tragedy a man made disaster? August 1, 2014

    Pune: Could the massive landslide in Ambegaon in Pune have been averted? Some unheeded alarm bells raised in 2011 by a panel of experts could hold answers to whether the tragedy was a natural calamity or a man-made disaster. The Madhav Gadgil Committee's report on the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats had...
  • Decline in Naxal attacks on key infrastructure since 2011 June 6, 2014

    Maoist attacks on key infrastructure and government buildings including schools, roads and culverts, hospitals and railway properties have witnessed a sharp decline in the past couple of years in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh, according to Intelligence Bureau statistics. Between 2001 and April 2014, Left-wing extremists unleashed numerous attacks on government buildings and infrastructure...
  • Leopard finally captured by forest department in Meerut March 30, 2014

    The forest department officials have captured a leopard from Dayalpur village in Meerut district after the rampaging animal injured one villager. DFO Sushant Sharma said the animal on Saturday got trapped inside a cage set up in the jungles of the village by the forest officials. He said before the officials could...
  • Subrata Roy gets VIP treatment in custody, kept in a guest house in UP March 3, 2014

    Lucknow: After being sent to custody by a court in Lucknow on Friday, Sahara chief Subrata Roy is living in a forest guest house in Lucknow, which is supposed to be one of the best in the city. The police have also closed down the popular picnic spot in order...
  • Sahara Chief Subrata Roy put in Forest department guest house March 1, 2014

    Sahara Chief Subrata Roy was on Friday evening lodged in a guest house of the Uttar Pradesh Forest department after the state police was directed by a local court to keep him in its custody till March 4 when he will be produced before Supreme Court. Police sources said Roy was...
  • Meerut: Leopard strays into city, injures 2 people February 25, 2014

    Meerut: A leopard has strayed into the city and injured at least two persons creating panic and prompting administration to order closure of schools and colleges. District administration has also appealed for closure of markets in the city as forest administration and army officials failed to trace the feline which...
  • Notice issued against BSP MLA for entering forest with arms February 20, 2014

    A notice has been issued against BSP MLA Mohd Ghazi for entering into the reserved forest in Bijnor with arms aiming to kill a man-eater tigress, which had created panic in the area, a forest department official said. Divisional Forest Officer, Najibabad, had issued a notice to the Barhapur MLA on Wednesday...
  • Forest department lodges cases against Ghaziabad civic officials February 18, 2014

    The Ghaziabad forest department has registered two criminal cases against the city's municipal corporation officials for damaging trees and concretising the ground surface, thereby harming the city's biodiversity. Akash Vashishtha, an environmentalist, lodged a complaint with the department in which he said over 208 trees of city forest were damaged due...
  • Four tigers spotted in Indore and Dewas forest ranges: Forest department January 24, 2014

    Evidence suggesting existence of at least four tigers in Indore and Dewas forest ranges of Madhya Pradesh has been gathered by forest officials. The evidence was gathered by forest department officials engaged in counting of wild animals in these ranges. Two tigers were sighted by forest department personnel, while pugmarks suggested presence of as many more in...
  • Tiger kills farmer in Bilary range; second death reported in 2 weeks January 6, 2014

    A 27-year-old farmer was on Sunday killed by a tiger in the Bilary range of Moradabad division. According to Moradabad district magistrate Sanjay Kumar, the tiger which lost its way killed the farmer on Sunday morning when he was working in his field adjacent to the forest. This is the second incident of killing by...
  • Post re-introduction drive, Panna reclaims its tiger populace January 3, 2014

    After the successful tiger re-introduction programme in Madhya Pradesh, Panna Reserve that lost all its big cats to poaching four years ago, now boasts of having 23 tigers in its wild. The tiger re-introduction programme was launched in 2009 by translocating tigers (one male and four females) from other reserves in...
  • Assam: Kaziranga National Park opens for tourists November 1, 2013

    The Kaziranga National Park (KNP), famed for its one-horned rhinos, opened to tourists, on Friday, after it was routinely closed in May last before the onset of monsoons. The Park was opened for four months by Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, on Friday, with over 120 foreign visitors taking elephant rides and...
  • TN: PETA objects to Forest Dept's plan of capturing 3 wild elephants August 28, 2013

    An animal rights organisation has opposed the Tamil Nadu Forest Department's plan to capture and train three wild elephants of a herd at Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve. "Typical taming and training of wild elephants involves severe cruelty, such as separating the animals from their mothers or other members of the family group,...
  • News briefs: Forest officials called in as monkey disrupts court proceedings in Indore August 1, 2013

    A monkey entered the district court premises in Indore and created panic among the officials, advocates and visitors on Tuesday. The rescue team of the  forest department rushed to the court premises on receiving information but the monkey climbed on the roof and escaped. The simian had also created problem...
  • Chennai: Man arrested for carrying venomous snakes in flight April 17, 2013

    Chennai: Customs officials arrested a man at the airport here with a suitcase containing five venomous snakes on Wednesday. Airport sources said the arrested Mohammed Azarudin, who arrived by a Thai Airways flight, told the Customs officials that one of his friends in Thaliand gave the suitcase to him with a...
  • Maharashtra: Tiger cub claims fifth victim in Gondia January 5, 2013

    Gondia: A man eating tiger cub killed a year-old girl in Gondia, Maharashtra, who became its fifth victim in the last three weeks. The tiger's killing spree has created fear in villages adjoining Navegaon Bandh National Park. Angry villagers shouted slogans against the authorities even as officials rushed to the spot....
  • Kerala Forest Department to go hi-tech July 26, 2012

    Kochi: The Forest Department officials will now be able to discharge their duties effectively with the department’s decision to go hi-tech. As part of the decision, PCs and Personal Digital Assistant(PDA) phones will be distributed to the officials for carrying out effective enforcement. Around 25 tablet PCs will be issued...
  • Nagarhole Tiger Reserve smoulders, but who cares? March 5, 2012

    Over 6000 acres of pristine forest cover has been reduced to ashes in four ranges of the hallowed Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. But there hardly seems to be a sense of remorse amongst senior wildlife officials in Karnataka. In fact, the Field Director – Project Tiger (Mr Hosmath) and Mr Vijay Ranjan...
  • Sabarimala: Forest dept to file detailed report January 24, 2011

    Kochi: Kerala HIgh court on Monday directed the head of the Special Team of forest department, appointed to provide assistance to the devotees at Uppupara in Pulmedu, to give a detailed report by Feb 11 on the Jan 14 stampede that claimed the lives of 102 pilgrims. ...
  • Shoot at sight ordered against leopards in Surat November 28, 2010

    Surat: Gujarat Forest department has issued shoot at sight orders in Surat district after a pack of leopards went on a killing spree. Four people were killed by the cats over the past 10 days. Forest department personnel had already shot and injured one leopard that was suspected of killing a...
  • Leopard stoned to death by villagers in Maharashtra June 25, 2009

    Yavatmal, Maharashtra: Villagers in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra stoned a leopard to death, while forest officials stood by. This is the third such incident in days. A number of incidents of leopards being attacked by human beings are being reported across the country. The leopard was trapped on...
  • NREGS activist held for threatening forest officials February 19, 2009

    New Delhi: The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is facing a tough time in Jharkhand with the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) coming under severe criticism. The UPA’s favourite project may just prove to be its undoing and people fighting for work and wages under the scheme are being arrested...
  • Alleged 'maneater' tiger caught in Uttaranchal forest February 11, 2009

    Kumao: The hunt for the alleged 'maneater' tiger on the lose in Uttaranchal has finally ended. The tiger was caught and tranquilised near Corbett National Park on Wednesday morning. It had been the subject of much controversy after it killed a woman who had entered the forest to cut grass...
  • Leopard wanders into a building in Nashik January 7, 2009

    New Delhi: A leopard wandered into a building in the Mahatma Nagar locality in Nashik on Tuesday. It took the Forest Department officials more than three hours to tranquilise the animal. The area was cordoned off and people locked themselves inside the building. This is not the first case of leopards...
  • Delhi Ridge put to private use, officials turn blind eye August 7, 2008

    New Delhi: The Delhi Ridge, the sole green lung of the city is today under threat. The forest, residents allege, is being encroached upon by the land mafia. Delhi Ridge RWA President, Imtiaz says, "Trucks come at night here. There is a small room that they have constructed on one corner,...
  • Forest dept accuses Bâ��lore school of encroachment February 21, 2008

    Bangalore: It is just another day for the children at the Valley School on the outskirts of Bangalore. But the school authorities have been on their toes for the last couple of days. The reason; the Bangalore Urban forest division has filed a case against the school for encroaching upon 4.2...
  • Family drama starring baby elephant June 20, 2007

    Bhubaneswar: When one-year-old Kalinga returned to her family, it was a reunion of jumbo size. The elephant calf got separated on May 6 when her herd attacked the Kalinga film studio near the Chandaka forest in Bhubaneswar. Forest Department officials named her Kalinga, after the studio, and took care of her...
  • Vulture population down by 90 pc in India June 20, 2007

    Surat: India's vulture population has declined by 90 per cent in the last ten years. Today, only a few thousand of these winged creatures exist. Now, the Gujarat state forest department, with help from NGOs has taken up the task of counting the scavengers, assessing the causes for their disappearance...