Forest Resources

  • Crushing Aravalli forests to dust

    SC Banned Stone Mining Here In 2002 But Mafia Strikes Back In Full Force Gurgaon: Five years after the Supreme Court banned illegal mining in the Aravalli hills in 2002, the unlawful activity has resumed in Gurgaon district, thanks to the alleged connivance of some forest officials with the mining mafia.

  • Whole hill system is forest land: SC

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court order of October 20, 2002, had banned mining in the Aravali hills and had observed that the whole hill system came under the category of

  • Forest produce grown on Pvt land through committee

    Bhopal, Feb 18: Forest Department has taken the decision to allow sale of forest produce grown on private land. This sale would be effected through Forest Committees. In the wake of this decision, farmers would be able to get better prices for their forest produce. Forest Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah has issued instructions to every forest range to implement this system this year. All the conservators of forests have been instructed to ensure implementation of this scheme and send the compliance report of the same within one month.

  • Forest cover loss in NE alarming

    Notwithstanding tall claims by the north-eastern States, the region has recorded huge losses of forest cover, with the Forest Commission calling for an end to nexus between politician, bureaucrat and contractor in Assam and three other States. If the nexus between politician, bureaucrat and contractor goes on developing, as is the case in Assam, Uttaranchal, Himachal and Kashmir, then any attempt of development will be diminished and then the exploited tribal people will try to take revenge, the Commission warned.

  • DG (Forests) to be member of court-appointed forest panel

    Move hopes to end acrimony between Govt panel looking after diversion of forest land for developmental projects and Central Empowered Committee NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21: In the light of repeated acrimonius exchanges between the Central Empowered Committee (CEC)

  • Bid to revive State forest cover

    Young students on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to save the earth's greenery and contribute towards the welfare of the society under the aegis of Junior Red Cross (JRC). More than 200 students of nine city based schools took part in an adventure trekking and skirted through Kharghuli, Chunnsali and Ramsai Hills, spending almost six hours discovering the hidden secrets of nature. The expedition was flagged off by Dr RDS Tanwar, CCF, Central Assam. Addressing the students, Dr Tanwar stressed the need for reviving the depleting forest covers in the State and called upon the students to come forward and help in the conservation efforts of the Government. He further said that the students could play a major role in the greenery recovery efforts by participating in plantation drives. The skies were clear and presence of the young people at Kharghuli gave a youthful and jovial appearance to the place. What was really wonderful was the enthusiasm of the students that caught the others also. Though the route was lengthy and hilly and the trekkers were totally exhausted, it showed on the bodies and did not dampen the gusto and eagerness for participation in other activities that followed the expedition. "The expedition is part of the JRC's effort to sow the seeds of voluntary service and love for the environment and society in the young mind,' said Rani Pathak Das, co-ordinator of JRC. Rani said that taking the students to the lap of nature helped in changing the perception and inculcating the human values. "In the midst of nature, these young people learn to be good and helpful,' said Rani. The expedition was guided by a six member team of mountaineering experts led by Ajit Kalita. "The interest of the young people in adventure sports is growing in Assam,' said Kalita praising the trekkers. He said that the young people had evinced keen interest about their surrounding and maintained discipline during the expedition. The trekkers later spend the time exchanging pleasantries as well as their ideas with each other. The JRC officials said that the interactive session after the expedition gave the students an opportunity to make new friends and build their confidence.

  • Green light for Mundra UMPP, Sasan awaits clearance

    With the ministry of forests and environment (MoEF) giving the crucial environment clearance, implementation of Tata Power's 4,000-mw Mundra ultra mega power project (UMPP) has gathered momentum. However, Reliance Power's 4,000-mw Sasan UMPP is yet to receive the MoEF clearance. The ministry has emphasised the need for an integrated proposal for forest clearance, covering forest area involved in the project limits, and the mining area. While the implementation schedule of the main plant of Sasan project is spread over five years, the development of mines takes about two years. Thus, with the main plant in the process of being implemented, the forest clearance proposal for the mining area can be submitted separately after obtaining an approval for the mining plan. According to power ministry sources, "Power secretary Anil Razdan has recently reviewed the implementation progress of Mundra and Sasan UMPPs. The Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL)

  • Wood fest concludes

    The 5th edition of the Indiawood, Asia's largest sourcing ground for wood working machinery, tools, accessories, products and materials which concluded on Tuesday, evoked a good response from the Indian as well as the foreign wood working industry. Wood working machinery, tools, products and accessories worth Rs 1,000 crore were sold during the five-day event. Nearly 400 exhibitors participated, and over 400 machines from 31 countries were on display.

  • Mumbai HC blow to 1.75L owners of flats built on forest land

    The Bombay high court on Monday dismissed some leading developers' petitions challenging the stop-work notice issued to them by the BMC for constructing flats on private forest land in blatant viola

  • A few good acres

    Acquisition rates have to be responsive to give armers a good information environment

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