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Jackal rescued from house in Agra

Agra, Dec 15 (IANS) An adult male Golden Jackal was rescued from a house in Barauli Ahir village, Agra. The panic-stricken animal was rescued on Friday by an expert team of Wildlife SOS. It was released in the the wilderness of the Taj Nature Walk, 500 metres from the Taj Mahal. The unsuspecting family was left in a state of shock after their children found the animal inside the ...

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Six elephants killed by speeding train in Assam

Guwahati, Dec 10 (IANS) At least six elephants were killed after being hit by a speeding train in Assam's Sonitpur district early on Sunday, officials said. Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) officials said that the incident happened at 135 km marker between Balipara and Dhalaibeel stations. The notified elephant corridors are at km 131 and km 144. So the accident happened at a non-notifie...

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Remove encroachments in Himachal forests, use drones to keep vigil: HC

Shimla, Dec 8 (IANS) Acting tough on forest land encroachments, mainly by apple growers, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state to remove all these, including by cutting power and water supplies, and to ensure that no one is allowed to enter the affected area for cultivation purposes. It also directed the governments to use drones not only to keep vigil on encroached area...

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Tripura creates memorial park for Indian, Bangladeshi heroes of 1971 Liberation War

Agartala, Dec 8 (IANS) After an eight-year-long effort, the Tripura government has created a gigantic memorial and park in memory of the Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 Liberation War. The gigantic memorial and park has been built on 20.20 hectares at Chottakhola (in southern Tripura, 132 km from here) at a cost of Rs 7 crore (o...

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Coast Guard 'rescue' endangered Olive Ridley turtle

Port Blair, Dec 3 (IANS) The Indian Coast Guard carried out a unique rescue operation on Sunday, freeing a trapped Olive Ridley turtle near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A patrol ship in the sea off Andaman and Nicobar Islands found an Olive Ridley turtle entangled in a fishing net. The coast guard crew on board rescued the turtle and handed it over to the Forest Department in...

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Assam suspends eviction drive due to school exams, winter

Guwahati, Nov 29 (IANS) Protests opposing the eviction drive in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary near here continued to rock different parts of Assam on Wednesday even as the state government suspended the drive in view of school examinations and the weather getting colder. The drive, which started on Monday, evicted over 700 families from three places in Amsang -- Yusufnagar, Nabajyotinagar a...

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Ban use of captive elephants for demolition: Animal activist

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) An animal welfare activist has asked Union Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan to ban use of captive elephants to force-demolish illegal structures. The demand came after the Assam government had used the captive elephants to demolished illegal settlements by encroachers in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday. In his petition s...

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Many injured in Assam drive to clear encroachments from sanctuary

Guwahati, Nov 27 (IANS) Several people were injured and hundreds of houses demolished after the Assam government on Monday carried out an eviction drive against illegal encroachers at two areas under Amchang wildlife sanctuary located near here. Meanwhile, hundreds of agitators took to the streets in different parts of the state, demanding immediate halt to the ongoing eviction drive.

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Hyena caught in trap near Agra, rescued

Agra, Nov 25 (IANS) A six-year-old hyena was found trapped in a deadly jaw trap set up by poachers in Phulpur village of Agra district. The critically injured hyena, a protected species, was rescued and is under treatment. Volunteers of Wildlife SOS rescued the animal. The animal's right forelimb was caught in the hunting device and to make matters worse, the trap was coiled arou...

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Bengal youth arrested after posting pics of eating civet

Kolkata, Nov 22 (IANS) A youth in West Bengal, who had posted photographs of feasting on a civet, in social media, has been arrested, police said on Wednesday. We arrested Pranoy Baul from Palta in North 24 Parganas on Tuesday. He was produced in court today (Wednesday), an official of the Titagarh police station told IANS. In a Facebook post, wildlife conservation campaigner Joy...

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Unutilised forest wealth generates huge revenue for Rajasthan's tribals

Udaipur, Nov 20 (IANS) Farming has rarely been a viable proposition in Rajasthan's dry and hilly Udaipur region. A new way has now been found to provide sustainable sustenance for the area's tribals by enabling them to sell -- for a staggering Rs 189 crore ($29 million) in the last two years -- minor forest produce (MFP) that is abundant in the area and has remained unutilised for almost nine dec...

1 month ago
NGT notice to Minister Mahesh Sharma's hospital

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday issued notice to a hospital owned by Union Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma, seeking a response to allegations of illegal construction on a green belt in neighbouring Noida. Acknowledging a petition by environmental activist Vikrant Tongad, the green court issued notice to Kailash Healthcare Ltd, along w...

1 month ago
Leopard captured from Agra village

Agra, Nov 11 (IANS) A five-year-old leopard, which had strayed into an Agra village and caused panic among locals, was captured by a wildlife organisation on Saturday, a Forest Department official said. The leopard was first spotted by some residents of Nagla Padam village in Sadabad, some 30 km from Agra, early on Friday. While returning home from their morning walk, two residen...

1 month ago
Fourth rhino killed in Kaziranga; Assam students protest

Guwahati, Nov 10 (IANS) Poachers have killed yet another one-horned rhino in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, the fourth to die in one week, sparking protests over the state's failure to check the menace. A forest official said they recovered the carcass of the slain rhino cow from near the Kahara range of the park on Thursday. Her horn was missing, indicating she was poached. T...

1 month ago
Assam CM asks police to help forest officials in tackling poaching

Guwahati, Nov 5 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday asked police chiefs of districts surrounding the Kaziranga to assist the Forest Department in containing the menace of poaching after after three rhinos including a calf were killed inside the famous national park in the last 48 hours. While the poachers have killed one rhino on Friday night inside the park, another...

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Women power: How a forest was saved from timber mafia

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Nov 5 (IANS) Armed with just water bottles and sticks, a group of poor tribal women in Muturkham village of Purbi Singhbhum district of Jharkhand trekked miles to the sal forest that surrounded their habitat. Their mission: To save the forest from being plundered and denuded by the forest mafia. Accompanied by just a dog for their safety, these determined women ma...

1 month ago
Odisha show-cause notice for Rs 20,169 cr penalty on Coal India subsidiary

Bhubaneswar, Nov 1 (IANS) The Odisha government has sent a show-cause notice to Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India, as to why a Rs 20,169 crore fine should not be imposed for alleged violation of environmental norms and excess mining, a Minister said on Wednesday. We have sent the show-cause notice to MCL for floating environmental norms, mining plan and consent to...

1 month ago
Odisha imposes restriction on fishing to conserve sea turtles

Bhubaneswar, Nov 1 (IANS) The Odisha government on Wednesday imposed a seven-month ban on fishing along the coast to protect the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles as they arrive during winter for nesting. The ban will be in force from November 1 to May 31, 2018. The endangered Olive Ridley turtles arrive every year during winter for mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth and Ga...

1 month ago
Assam's Parbati Barua trains Bengal's elephant-keepers

Kolkata, Oct 30 (IANS) Noted Assamese elephant trainer and conservationist Parbati Barua, who was in north Bengal recently to train elephant-keepers, says it is important to break down the scientific basis of elephant-keeping practices for the mahouts. Barua was in Bengal's Gorumara at the invitation of the state's forest department. Mahouts know what they have to do but they do ...

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Python shocker for devotees in Mathura

Agra, Oct 21 (IANS) Panic gripped devotees gathered at Vishram Ghat along the Yamuna river in Mathura for a holy dip on the occasion of Bhai Dooj on Saturday as they spotted a strange intruder -- a large python -- in their midst. Though it did not cause any harm to them, devotees immediately alerted the Forest Department, who in turn informed Wildlife SOS, a conservation non-profit organ...

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