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Goa bans sale of alcohol in border village

Panaji, July 19 (IANS) The Goa government on Thursday banned the sale of liquor in North Goa's Surla village for 30 days to curb the nuisance caused by tourists. Issued by North Goa Collector Levinson Martins, the order shuts down about a dozen liquor bars and restaurants serving liquor, liquor shops, pubs, provision stores, etc in Surla, located on the Goa-Karnataka border, around 60 km...

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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...

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Richa Chadha becomes face of Save the Elephants campaign

Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha has become the face and voice of the Save the Elephants campaign by animal rights organisation PETA. An international organisation, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, with the help of Richa, hs sent a letter to the Odisha Chief Minister to seek its support for the campaign. Richa will take on the cause to not just get the government invol...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Is the government in a pre-election haste to revamp green laws?

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS/Mongabay) It is the final leg of the current Indian governments tenure, which began in 2014. As the general elections loom, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has gone into hyperactive mode over the past year, proposing a major overhaul of the countrys environmental laws that govern its forests, fragile coasts, precious wildlife and manage the toxic levels of...

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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...

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Army commando killed in Kashmir gunfight, civilian in clash

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday, while a civilian there was killed when security forces opened fire in a clash with protesters, officials said. Army officials said Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed in the battle that was still ...

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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...

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Army commando killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, army officials said. The officials said Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed in the battle that was still raging till late in the evening in Sadu Ganga forest area of the north Kashmir mountainous district. ...

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Army commando killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) An army commando was killed and another injured on Wednesday in a gunfight between hiding militants and security forces in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, army officials said. Army sources said commando identified as Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed and another soldier injured during an ongoing gunfight in Sadu Ganga forest...

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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...

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Goa village demands closure of bars

Panaji, July 9 (IANS) Residents of a Goa village on Karnataka border have demanded the closure of bars and alcohol shops, alleging harassment by drunk tourists. Speaking to IANS on Monday, the head of the Thana-Dongurli village panchayat Sarika Gaonkar said she had received a proposal from the residents of Surla village and a decision on banning the bars in the village would be taken by ...

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Militant killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, July 9 (IANS) A militant was killed on Monday in an ongoing gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said. The gunfight erupted during a cordon and search operation by the security forces in the forest area of Handwara. Hiding militants opened fire which was retaliated as the encounter started. One militant has been killed so far...

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Forests key to world's future but 'time running out', warns UN

Rome, July 6 (IANS/AKI) Forests are crucial to human livelihoods but time is running out to halt the damaging effects of deforestation, to manage forests sustainably and plant new trees, the United Nations Food and Agriculture agency warned on Friday. Forests are critical to livelihoods, said FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva said as the agency issued the State of the World's F...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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