FORESTS

  • Maharashtra bans sale and use of 'manja' kite strings 2 days ago

    Nashik: The Maharashtra government has issued a circular banning the sale and use of sharp kite strings called 'manja' which injure and kill birds as well as people. The circular under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act 1986 was issued after a petition seeking a ban on 'manja' was filed by...
  • Why Apple bought 36,000 acres of forest 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Like all the products by Apple, their packaging too is highly sophisticated with a certain paper that is smooth to touch and gives such a distinct look that you don't feel like throwing away the packaging long after the device has been put to use. Ever wondered how...
  • Andhra Pradesh Police kills 20 red sandalwood smugglers in forests of Chittoor April 7, 2015

    Chittoor: In a major operation the Andhra Pradesh Police on Tuesday claimed to have killed 20 red sandalwood smugglers in an encounter inside the forests near Tirupati in Chittoor district of the state. Police officials said that a joint operation against the smugglers was launched with the help of forest officials...
  • No fresh green nod required for mining projects having valid environment clearances April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Ahead of proposed auction of mines, including those bearing iron ore and limestone, the government has made it clear that firms having valid environment clearances (EC) for their projects are not required to obtain fresh green nod at the time of renewal of the leases. "It is clarified that...
  • 82 per cent of tribal rights entitlement cases quashed: RTI March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Under the 2006 Forest Rights Act, providing land rights to forest-dwelling communities of the country, only 15 lakh complainants out of the 39,56,262 cases filed; were given the legal recognition to their property. Responding to an RTI query, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs stated that 39,56,262 complaints were...
  • Prakash Javadekar and NGO squabble, time to put environment before dollars February 11, 2015

    Bengaluru: Tiger numbers may have increased over 25 per cent, from 1740 to 2286, in the Indian forest landscape. But let us not get excited. There are too many loopholes that dog our conservation policies, detrimental to the future of our flagship species. The problem is at three levels. It begins...
  • Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress saying she felt suffocated; party hits back, says she is corrupt January 31, 2015

    Chennai/ New Delhi: The Congress suffered a major embarrassment on Friday with its senior leader and former Union Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan accusing party vice-president Rahul Gandhi of interfering in her ministry's while she was in the Manmohan Singh government. In a letter dated November 5, 2014 to Congress president Sonia...
  • Karnataka forests bound to have more tiger trobule next year December 26, 2014

    Bengaluru: As we head into the New Year, we have to brace ourselves for more man-animal conflicts in the periphery of all tiger reserves in Karnataka. We are bound to have more tiger trouble. The recent man-eating incident near the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is just the beginning of what is to...
  • Tiger kills a pregnant woman, Karnataka government orders catch or kill the man eater December 26, 2014

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government has ordered the forest department and the police either to shoot a man eater tiger dead or capture it alive. A man eater tiger killed a pregnant woman at Maragayi village in Khanapur taluk of Belagavi district on Wednesday night. After this horrific incident, thousands of...
  • 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...