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2 days ago
Himachal HC asks Army's Eco-Task Force to clear forest encroachment

Shimla, July 20 (IANS) Upset over the delay in getting the encroached government land back from apple growers in upper Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday asked the Eco-Task Force, comprising ex-servicemen, to get it vacated. A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol directed the Eco Task Force, set up by the Indian Army for carrying out plantation, to deploy pers...

3 days ago
Strictly implement ban on Chinese 'manjha', directs Delhi

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday directed the Delhi pollution board to strictly implement the ban on Chinese 'manjha' (kite string) in the city during the upcoming festive season. The status of implementation of the ban was reviewed in the meeting chaired by the Minister and attended by the Environment Secretary, Member Secretary of Delhi Po...

3 days ago
Sisodia reviews Delhi's first 'Green Budget' meeting

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Chairing Delhi's first Green Budget review meeting on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the work of installing solar panels, promoting clean fuel and planting 30 lakh trees in Delhi is on track. Green budget, which had a 26 point agenda, had its first review today (on Wednesday) in a consolidated manner. 21 projects are on track while five pro...

4 days ago
Delhi Golf Club denies charges of illegal tree axing

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Delhi Golf Club on Tuesday denied charges levelled by the Delhi government, which has filed a police complaint against the Club alleging illegal axing of trees within its premises. We categorically deny any wrongdoing in the matter; the case is an attempt to malign the reputation of the Club and an effort to wrongly implicate its governing authorities, the D...

4 days ago
Delhi Golf Club charged with illegal tree axing

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The Delhi government has filed a police complaint against the Delhi Golf Club for illegally cutting trees inside the club. The government has demanded that an FIR be registered against the club after the Forest Department discovered that the trees had been felled. The Minister for Forest and Environment had ordered the department to submit an inspection ...

7 days ago
Haryana launches plantation drive in Gurugram

Gurugram, July 15 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday launched a 'Paudhagiri campaign' (plantation drive) to increase the green cover in the state under which over 22 lakh plants will be planted during the monsoon season. He launched the campaign by planting a 'maulsari' sapling in Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex premises here. Khattar said that under the camp...

10 days ago
Once in a blue bloom: Kerala's famed neelakurinji set for rare mass bloom

Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS/Mongabay) Starting late July, the Anamalai hills near Munnar in Kerala will be resplendent, clad in a purplish blue carpet. The famed neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) will burst into flower - a phenomenon that occurs once in 12 years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Munnar hills to behold the spectacle that lasts up until Octo...

10 days ago
Assam raises new force for protection of one-horned rhinos

Guwahati, July 11 (IANS) In an attempt to help the Forest Department to protect the one-horned rhinoceros, the Assam government has raised the Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF), consisting 90 youth living in areas on the fringe of the Kaziranga National Park. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday gave away appointment letters to 90 youth as constables in the newly-rais...

12 days ago
Goa Minister wants bison herd tranquillised, relocated

Panaji, July 9 (IANS) After a young woman was killed on Monday in a bison attack, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane demanded the tranquilisation and relocation of a herd of Indian bison or 'gaur' in Sattari sub-district. The herd has so far gored two women to death in just over a month. An enraged Rane said that unless a wild bison attacks a Forest Department official, it would...

18 days ago
No public or private functions in east Delhi park: NGT

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday barred any public and private functions at a park in east Delhi. Observing that flora may get destroyed, if the park is allotted for purposes like marriage and religious functions, a bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim thereby restricted civic bodies from holding or allow any such function to be ...

18 days ago
Revoke permission to cut trees, Delhi government tells L-G

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Delhi Environment and Forest Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday said the AAP government had written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to seek revocation of permission to cut trees for redevelopment projects in south Delhi. Talking to reporters here, the Minister said that a penalty should be imposed on user agency for alleged violations in redevelopment projects ...

20 days ago
Jharkhand CM kicks off tree plantation drive

Ranchi, July 2 (IANS) Nine lakh saplings were planted on Monday on a river bank in Jharkhand under the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das. He kicked off the 'Nadi Mahotsav' on the banks of the Subarnarekha river in the state. The plantation drive will conclude on August 2. Addressing a gathering he stressed that Today simultaneously nine lakh trees will be planted across t...

20 days ago
Over 80 houses razed in Manipur's forest area

Imphal, July 2 (IANS) More than 80 houses belonging to people who had encroached upon Manipur's forest land were razed to the ground early on Monday by the police in Imphal East district. Additional Superintendent of Police M. Kumarjit, who led the demolition drive in the Khetri Begoon area, said the action came following repeated government notices that were ignored by the encroachers.<...

22 days ago
Fishermen harass tiger in Sunderbans river

Kolkata, June 30 (IANS) The forest department on Saturday said it would take action against those involved in a video, which went viral, showing a tiger being tormented by fishermen in a Sunderbans river. A group of fishermen were seen harassing a tiger from a trawler using bamboo poles when the animal was swimming across the river towards Kendo island. The video showed the tiger...

25 days ago
Glimmer of hope for co-existence of conservation and livelihood in the Gulf of Mannar

Chennai, June 27 (IANS/Mongabay) The struggle for daily sustenance is a reality for many fishermen in the Gulf of Mannar on Indias southeastern coast. It is home to a rich population of marine species threatened by over-exploitation, habitat destruction and pollution. The strip of 21 islands at the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, off the east coast of Tamil Nadu, is a marine biodive...

25 days ago
Delhi minister seeks documents of redevelopment colonies from Union Ministers

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday wrote to Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri demanding various clearances for a number of Central government employees' colonies, for which thousands of trees were to be cut in the national capital. The documents he sought...

26 days ago
Delhi Environment Minister directs action against tree cutting

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday directed the Forest Department to lodge an FIR against cutting of trees despite a stay from the Delhi High Court after receiving a complaint from an environmentalist. Acting on a complaint from green activist Vimlendu Jha regarding the tree cutting in Netaji Nagar area of south Delhi, Hussain, in a letter to th...

28 days ago
'Chipko' movement in Delhi to save over 16,000 trees

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) To save about 16,500 fully grown trees from being chopped down in the city, locals and social organisations have come together to hold a campaign on the lines of 'Chipko' movement for tree protection here on Sunday. According to official sources, while 3,000 trees have already been cut down since last year in south Delhi area, the Central government-run construc...

1 month ago
A British landmark in Shimla set to become wellness centre for tourists

Craignano (Himachal Pradesh), June 22 (IANS) After reducing another British colonial landmark to rubble, the state government is now coming up with a wellness-cum-interpretation centre to attract tourists to this place, now being developed as a nature park amidst blooming red and pink tulips. A pre-Independence retreat situated at a height of 7,700 feet, Craignano, just 12 km from the st...

1 month ago
SC junks plea for restoration of clogged rivers

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to entertain a plea seeking restoration of the rivers flowing through reserve forests in Uttar Pradesh with their beds overloaded with sand, bajri (gravel), morang and boulder as it questioned the bonafides of the petitioner. Petitioner Gopal Chandra Sinha is the Assistant Conservator of Forest in the State Forest Departmen...

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