Forests

  • Akhilesh Yadav suspends 10 forest officials 3 days ago

    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 forest-rich 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 eco-tourism strategy: CAG July 15, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal does not have a forest policy or an eco-tourism 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 anti-Naxal operation in Sukma July 6, 2014

    Two CoBRA jawans were injured in a gun-battle between security forces and ultras in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit 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 16-17 last year in Uttarakhand was aggravated manifold due to heavy constructions and infrastructure-led development in the hill state, says a new report. Titled 'Uttarakhand: Development and Ecological Sustainability' by environmentalist Ravi Chopra, the report calls for long-term 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 Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh, according to Intelligence Bureau statistics. Between 2001 and April 2014, Left-wing extremists unleashed numerous attacks on government buildings and infrastructure...
  • 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...
  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86 May 28, 2014

    Winston-Salem: 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Landmine recovered during anti-Naxal operation in Saranda May 7, 2014

    A powerful landmine was detected by the security personnel during an anti-Naxal operation in the Saranda forest in adjoining West Singhbhum district on Wednesday, a senior police officer said. The recovery was made when the security personnel were on a combing operation in the naxal-affected Saranda forest, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer...
  • Centre plans socio-economic survey in forest villages May 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre is planning to conduct an exclusive socio-economic survey of the people living in and around forest areas to bring forth the role of forest products and ecosystem in their lifestyle. The Union Environment and Forests Ministry says the exercise is necessary to assess the dependence of...
  • Fire breaks out in Hastinapur sanctuary May 3, 2014

    A fire broke out in Hastinapur sanctuary here and death of various animals in Tikola forest range and Amanghar range of the area is suspected, forest officials said. According to Forest Range Officer S K Bansal, the fire, which broke out yesterday and spread to nearby areas, has not been controlled...
  • Forest officer's 21-year-old son shoots himself dead with father's service gun April 26, 2014

    A 21-year-old man, son of a forest officer, on Saturday committed suicide by shooting himself with his father's service gun, police said. The incident took place at the official residence of Forest Ranger Abhay Pratap Singh Baghel in Surjkund Ground area in Khandwa, police said. The deceased was identified as Tapan Baghel,...
  • Forest guard goes missing, police begin probe April 26, 2014

    A forest guard on duty at Palkot wildlife sanctuary went missing since Friday in Gumla district, police said on Saturday. Vishwanath Singh, the forest guard, was reported to duty but mysteriously went missing. An FIR has been lodged in this connection by the Forest Ranger, Akhilesh Prasad Singh. The police have begun investigation...
  • Naxals kill road construction company staff in Saranda forest range April 21, 2014

    An Ultra Left outfit has killed the site-in-charge of a road construction company at Peeding village near naxal-affected Saranda forest range in Jharkhand, a police officer said on Monday. A group of ultras killed the site in-charge before setting ablaze the the earth moving equipment on Sunday, Sub-divisional Police Officer (Chakradharpur...
  • Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria April 15, 2014

    Maiduguri: Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said. The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, on the edge of the Sambisa...
  • Japanese agency approves Rs 674 crore loan to Uttarakhand forest project April 15, 2014

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved a loan of about Rs 674 crore for a forest project in Uttarakhand. "The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of India in New Delhi to provide up to 11,390 million yen (around Rs...
  • Naxalite arrested after encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh April 15, 2014

    A Naxalite was arrested following an encounter with security personnel in the insurgency-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police said. The Ultra was arrested following the gun-battle between rebels and the joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and district force in Chandameta forests under Darbha police station limits, Bastar...
  • Two security personnel injured in Naxal blast in Bijapur April 11, 2014

    A day after polling in Chattisgarh's Bastar Lok Sabha seat, two security personnel were on Friday injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Naxals in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of the region, police said. "The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force...
  • Violence hits Jamui on poll day; 2 CRPF jawans killed in Naxal attack April 10, 2014

    Two CRPF jawans were killed on Thursday in a bomb blast in in Jamui parliamentary constituency in Bihar at around 5:30 am, one and a half hour before the start of polling in the area. The incident took place when CRPF and Bihar Police team were travelling in two jeeps and were on their way to...
  • Explosive materials seized in Nawada after Maoist encounter April 9, 2014

    Security forces on Tuesday recovered a large quantity of explosive materials following an encounter with Maoists in Mahuar forest in Bihar's Nawada district, police said. The encounter between the Maoists and the security forces went on for an hour during which several rounds were fired, the SP said, adding that there...
  • Using posters and banners, Maoists ask people to boycott Lok Sabha polls April 7, 2014

    Maoists on Sunday called for a boycott of the Lok Sabha election in Jamui parliamentary constituency of Bihar, and told cadres to attack security forces during the poll, police said. A police official said Maoist leader Pragati issued the diktat at a 'janata darbar' held in Vishanpura forest, saying no poll...
  • 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...