Forests

  • Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria 15-04-2014 11:53 PM

    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...
  • Japanese agency approves Rs 674 crore loan to Uttarakhand forest project 15-04-2014 06:59 PM

    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 15-04-2014 03:48 PM

    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,...
  • Two security personnel injured in Naxal blast in Bijapur 11-04-2014 04:07 PM

    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...
  • Violence hits Jamui on poll day; 2 CRPF jawans killed in Naxal attack 10-04-2014 10:28 AM

    Two CRPF jawans were killed on Thursday in a bombblast in in Jamui parliamentary constituencyin Bihar ataround 5:30 am, one and a halfhour 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...
  • Explosive materials seized in Nawada after Maoist encounter 09-04-2014 08:09 AM

    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...
  • Using posters and banners, Maoists ask people to boycott Lok Sabha polls 07-04-2014 08:18 AM

    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...
  • Leopard finally captured by forest department in Meerut 30-03-2014 01:57 PM

    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...
  • Two Maoists held, poppy crop demolished 26-03-2014 07:39 PM

    The security forces arrested two hardcore Maoists and destroyed poppy crop under a forest area in Bihar's Jamui district, on Wednesday, the police said. Carrying out a combing-cum-search operation in Gurmaha forest, the security forces nabbed two ultras, one of whom was identified as Madan Koda, the Deputy Inspector General...
  • This might make 'selfie' history. Sachin Tendulkar seen trying to click a selfie with a lion in the background at Gir in Gujarat 24-03-2014 12:25 PM

    Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had visited Gujarat's Gir forest, the abode of Asiatic lions, along with his family members and friends in Vadodara over the weekend. In the first image, Tendulkar and his family are seen inside the Gir forest, getting ready for the tour. The second photo, the most...
  • Wildfire continues to rage in Tirupati, efforts on to control it 20-03-2014 01:48 PM

    Hyderabad: The forest fire continues to rage on the hills of Tirumala in the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. With authorities going all out to control it, Air Force choppers have been put on stand by to air spray water. The chief secretary and Governor have asked all...
  • Kejriwal not declared as AAP's PM candidate: Patkar 10-03-2014 10:29 PM

    Social activist and AAP candidate from Mumbai North-East seat, Medha Patkar on Monday said that although Arvind Kejriwal is the "best person" to become the prime minister, AAP has not declared him for the top post as doing so before the Lok Sabha polls is "unconstitutional". "Kejriwal is the best...
  • Subrata Roy gets VIP treatment in custody, kept in a guest house in UP 03-03-2014 09:15 AM

    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 28-02-2014 11:29 PM

    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...
  • Amit Jethwa murder case: SC grants bail to BJP MP Dinubhai Solanki 25-02-2014 12:09 PM

    New Delhi: In a major relief to Gujarat BJP leader Dinubhai Solanki, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted him bail in the Amit Jethwa murder case. Jethwa, a RTI activist, was shot dead by unidentified persons outside the Gujarat High Court in July 2010. He was reportedly exiting a building...
  • Meerut: Leopard strays into city, injures 2 people 24-02-2014 09:43 AM

    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...
  • Man killed after being attacked by tiger 21-02-2014 05:56 PM

    A person was killed in tiger attack in the district under the Bhira range of south Kheri forest division here, an official said on Friday. The unfortunate incident occurred in Dimraula village last night and victim's partially eaten body was recovered Friday morning from a sugarcane field, DFO South Kheri...
  • Notice issued against BSP MLA for entering forest with arms 20-02-2014 03:18 PM

    A notice has been issued against BSP MLA Mohd Ghazi for entering into the reserved forest in Bijnorwith 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...
  • Government to push Rs 46000 crore mission to increase forest cover 19-02-2014 08:04 PM

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the UPA government has decided to push a Rs 46000 crore ambitious mission to increase forest cover in the country. Environment Minister M Veerappa Moily said the Union Cabinet will consider on Thursday the Green India Mission, one of the eight missions...
  • Forest department lodges cases against Ghaziabad civic officials 18-02-2014 08:52 PM

    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...
  • MP for tracking Kuno tiger to avoid fight with Gujarat lions 16-02-2014 10:31 AM

    Madhya Pradesh has recommended to the Centre that the lone tiger in its Palpur Kuno sanctuary be fitted with a radio collar to check any possible conflict withlions proposed to be introduced in the reserve from Gujarat. Palpur Kuno sanctuary, under Sehopur district of Gwalior division, has been chosen as...
  • Sugar mill, distillery, dairy plant to be inspected if they discharge effluents into Ganga 13-02-2014 12:14 AM

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and its Uttar Pradesh unit to inspect a sugar mill, a distillery and a dairy plant on whether they were discharging effluents into the Ganga river. The NGT was inquiring into whether the Simbhaoli Sugar Mills...
  • Two minor girls raped in separate incidents 12-02-2014 09:24 AM

    Two minor girls were allegedly raped in separate incidents in Hazaribagh district, the police said on Tuesday. A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by 20-year-old youth identified as Chotu Sao at Kumhar village under Keradari police station area on Monday, DSP (rural) Satish Kumar Jha told reporters. Sao was arrested...
  • Major fire engulfs Valmiki Nagar tiger reserve, 100 acres of forest gutted 09-02-2014 06:02 PM

    A major fire broke out in the Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve (VTR) in West Champaran district on Sunday. The fire broke out in Madanpur forest area under the Reserve and spread over a vast tract of about 100 acres destroying trees, District Forest Officer (DFO) Nandkishore said. Many animals also...
  • Six Maoists arrested; arms, ammunition seized 04-02-2014 05:11 PM

    Six Maoists were arrested and a huge quantity of explosives was recovered in Bihar's Munger district on Tuesday, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a combing operation near Bhimbandh forest and arrested the Maoists and recovered the...
  • Rajasthan government plans joint campaign to rein in illegal mining 01-02-2014 06:06 PM

    A month-long joint campaign will be launched to check the illegal mining menace in Rajasthan from February 3. The campaign will be conducted by officials from Police, Forest and Environment, Mines, and Transport departments, and will be monitored at the state level by DIG (Vigilance) of the Mines Department. It...
  • Constructions made over years on disputed land can't be razed: SC 30-01-2014 09:23 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday held that State cannot be allowed to demolish massive constructions made over the years by declaring the disputed land as a "private forest" after long and inordinate delay. The apex court said it cannot put the clock back when the possession of the...
  • Forest officials attacked on trying to stop felling of trees in Sheopur 30-01-2014 01:37 PM

    Four forest officials were injured in an attack by a dozen armed persons, who were allegedly involved in tree felling in Karahal area of Sheopur district in Madhya Pradesh, police said. The incident occurred when officials reached Karahal forest after getting information that a mafia gang was involved in felling...
  • London Zoo launches 5.7 mn pound project to save Indian lions 26-01-2014 08:44 PM

    The London Zoo is coming to the rescue of India's endangered Gir lions with a 5.7-million-pound project as part of international efforts to save the Asian breed of the big cat. The project by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) that runs London Zoo includes plans to increase the size...
  • Four tigers spotted in Indore and Dewas forest ranges: Forest department 24-01-2014 11:18 PM

    Evidence suggesting existence ofat least four tigers in Indore and Dewas forest ranges ofMadhya Pradesh has been gathered by forest officials.The evidence was gathered by forest departmentofficials engaged in counting of wild animals in these ranges. Two tigers were sighted by forest departmentpersonnel, while pugmarks suggested presence of as many...