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  • 3.5 lakh litre oil spills into Shela river, threatens Sunderbans ecology December 12, 2014

    Dhaka: The Sunderbans in Bangladesh continues to reel from a major oil spill after an oil tanker sank in the Shela river on Tuesday. Bangladesh on Thursday retrieved an oil-leaking sunken tanker, two days after it capsized in a river at the Sunderbans, as the oil overnight spread in 34,000...
  • On India's forest fringes, widening animal-human clashes November 11, 2014

    Bengaluru: It's the harvest season, and on the fringes of a south Karnataka forest, Muthamma (she uses one name) prepares for the raids on her fields of jowar, or sorghum, an ancient, nutritious grass that is raised as grain. The raiders are wild herds of Asian elephants from the Nagarhole...
  • Kerala: Activists allege illegal transfer of elephants October 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Animal rights activists have voiced concern over illegal transfer of ownership of captive elephants in the state. Heritage Animal Task Force, a Kerala-based animal rights group has alleged that the ownership of elephants was transferred in violation of the directives of the National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by private...
  • Greenpeace hopes for draft plan to protect wildlife, forests October 7, 2014

    Raipur: Greenpeace India expressed hopes on Tuesday that the central government would draft a comprehensive plan to protect wildlife and dense forests from mining, while auctioning new blocks in future, after the recent Supreme Court decision to cancel coal blocks across several states. "We hope that the new government at...
  • Delhi: PWD, Forest department have failed to adopt proper methodology, says NGT September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Thursday said that Public Works Department (PWD) and Department of Forest have failed to adopt proper methodology for transplantation of trees for construction of elevated road from Vikaspuri to Mukarba chowk resulting in degradation of environment. The observation came after the counsel for PWD...
  • Send students for wildlife week celebrations requests forest department September 24, 2014

    Coimbatore: The Forest Department has requested educational institutions to send students in large numbers for the proposed painting, quiz competitions, scheduled on September 28 as part of the Wildlife Week celebrations from the first week of October. The competitions are planned for students studying form LKG to College level and...
  • Prakash Javadekar launches online portal for monitoring of zoos September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday launched an online portal for grant of recognition to zoos and their monitoring besides an Earchival and retrieval management system for the Central Zoo Authority. A book "Zoos in India 2014" was also released at the event. The online portal for grant...
  • India, Malaysia agree to cooperate on environment, climate September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India and Malaysia on Monday agreed to strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership in the area of environment and climate change. During their meeting here, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Malaysia's Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri G Palanivel emphasised the need to work closely in the domain...
  • Actress Nargis Fakhri given 'guard of honour' by forest guards; people demand action, say it is a disgrace to the uniform August 27, 2014

    Bangalore: Believe it or not. Hindi film actress Nargis Fakhri was given a ceremonial 'Guard of Honour' by the forest department officials at the Kabini wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka, recently. She was shooting for a 'save tiger' show of a private news channel at the Kabini wildlife sanctuary in Mysore district,...
  • 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...
  • Maoists using jungle caves as hideouts: Police August 18, 2014

    Maoists are using caves in forests of south Chhattisgarh as hideouts or temporary camps, police said on Sunday after raiding one such cave in Kanker district. Maoist propaganda material, medicines and commodities of daily use were recovered from a cave in Mashpur forest under Rowghat police station limits by a joint...
  • Naxals trigger IED explosion, one CRPF jawan injured August 15, 2014

    A CRPF jawan was on Friday injured in an IED explosion triggered by Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The incident occurred in the restive Tadmetla forests under Chintalnar police outpost limits when the paramilitary personnel were on an operation to cordon off the region, Sukma Superintendent of Police...
  • Jharkhand plans ropeway in Dalma Hills to promote ecotourism August 5, 2014

    In an attempt to tap the potential for growth of ecotourism 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 Mahotsav2014 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 manmade disaster. The Madhav Gadgil Committee's report on the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats had...
  • Akhilesh Yadav suspends 10 forest officials July 27, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday suspended 10 forest officials for alleged dereliction of duty. Forest Officer Manoj Kumar Shukla and Regional Forest Officer Pilibhit Rajiv Mishra had been placed under suspension with immediate effect by the CM, an official spokesman said. The two officers are charged with dereliction of...
  • Activists voice concern over shrinking forest cover July 18, 2014

    With the forestrich Chhattisgarh losing its green cover to development activities, mining and encroachment, environment activists have voiced their concern against the forests being "sacrificed" in the name of growth. An Indian State of Forest Report (ISFR)2013 released recently by the Centre has revealed that forest cover in the state declined...
  • Forest cover increases to 12.86 per cent in Bihar: P K Shahi July 17, 2014

    Forest cover in Bihar has increased to 12.86 per cent even as extensive afforestation campaign was on to achieve the target of 15 per cent by 2017, state forest and environment minister P K Shahi said on Thursday. "We are on course to achieve forest cover target of 15 per cent...
  • Akhilesh Yadav suspends Mirzapur Forest Range officer over 'illegal mining' allegations July 17, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav suspended forest range officer of Mirzapur DN Singh with immediate effect and ordered a disciplinary action against him. Mirzapur District Magistrate had recommended action against Singh following illegal mining and transportation in Mirzapur forest area, an official spokesman said. Following recommendations of the DM of Mirzapur,...
  • Naxal wanted in several crime cases arrested in Kondagaon July 17, 2014

    A Naxal was arrested and a cache of ammunition and electronic gadgets recovered in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh's Kondagaon district, where security personnel exchanged fire with rebels, police said. Jugdhar Muria, a member of banned CPI (Maoist), was nabbed from his native Lakhapuri village under Mardpal police station limits on Tuesday...
  • Police, ultras exchange fire in Khunti July 16, 2014

    Police and the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) ultras on Wednesday exchanged fire in the jungles of Khunti district even as the police claimed a couple of extremists may have been wounded in the encounter. "The encounter began at 5 pm and lasted for about an hour, during which the...
  • West Bengal without forest policy and ecotourism strategy: CAG July 15, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal does not have a forest policy or an ecotourism strategy to meet the objectives set in the National Forest Policy, the Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed out in its latest report. In 2006, the National Forest Commission had recommended that each state should have its own forest...
  • Two CoBRA jawans injured in antiNaxal operation in Sukma July 6, 2014

    Two CoBRA jawans were injured in a gunbattle between security forces and ultras in Chhattisgarh's insurgencyhit Sukma district on Sunday. The jawans received minor injuries in the firing that took place in the restive Karikunda forests of Bhejji region, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said. A joint team of CoBRA's...
  • Smartphones can help save forests, prevent poaching July 6, 2014

    Washington: A US startup has come up with a unique way of saving forests and preventing illegal poaching by bugging the forest with discarded smartphones. The system developed by California based nonprofit company Rainforest Connection uses a handful of old, donated smartphones which hide in a forest and generate a...
  • Commandant killing: CRPF team arrests three suspected Naxals July 4, 2014

    A CRPF team combing Lakharia forest region in Bihar's Jamui district nabbed three hardcore Maoists, including a woman, suspected to be involved in the encounter in which a Commandant was killed on Friday morning. The Naxals were identified as Mini alias Rina, wife of top Maoist commander Siddhu Koda, Raju Soren...
  • Heavy constructions aggravated Uttarakhand devastation June 16, 2014

    The devastation on June 1617 last year in Uttarakhand was aggravated manifold due to heavy constructions and infrastructureled development in the hill state, says a new report. Titled 'Uttarakhand: Development and Ecological Sustainability' by environmentalist Ravi Chopra, the report calls for longterm measures to create a development model that is environmentally...
  • 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 Naxalhit Chhattisgarh, according to Intelligence Bureau statistics. Between 2001 and April 2014, Leftwing extremists unleashed numerous attacks on government buildings and infrastructure...
  • 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...
  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86 May 28, 2014

    WinstonSalem: Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why...
  • 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 reimpose the ban on plastic bags of food items at platforms on suburban network and in local and longdistance trains. A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka also asked the Railway...
  • Government prohibits illegal collection, transportation of tendu leaves May 14, 2014

    The Chhattisgarh government has prohibited illegal collection and transportation of tendu leaves in the state, instructing officials to constantly monitor the process. "Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand has instructed control of illegal collection, transportation and storage of the leaves because it not only causes a loss of tax to the state...