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Conversion of forest land the reason behind weakening of monsoon: Research

Conversion of forest land the reason behind weakening of monsoon: Research

The study undertaken by the IIT's Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies warned that the condition would become "more critical" if deforestation continues at the present rate.

Evict encroachments on forest land post Jan 1, 1977: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court Friday directed the state government to remove encroachments on forest land post January 1, 1977.

Prakash Javadekar launches e-payment for afforestation funds

 Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday launched an e-payment module to make quicker and more transparent the process of payments for diverting forest land under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) fund.

1.84 lakh hectare of forest land diverted for non-forest use

Government Thursday said that over 1.84 lakh hectare of forest land was diverted for non-forest use in 7716 cases in past five years.

Wildlife in India is screaming for help: Valmik Thapar

Wildlife in India is screaming for help: Valmik Thapar

Sustained effort is required to protect wildlife in India which is presently screaming for help and attention says author and wildlife expert Valmik Thapar in his new book.

'Over 1 lakh hectare forest land approved for development projects'

 The government has accorded approvals for use of around 1.25 lakh hectares of forest land for various development projects during the last three years, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Will fast track Andhra's forest land demand: Javadekar

 Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Friday said his ministry will fast track a proposal seeking forest land for the creation of Amravati - the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Green cover in Odisha threatened by mining

Odisha's decision to open more mines is set to affect the green cover in the state further, environmentalists have warned.

CBI starts new inquiry against JSPL for forest land diversion

CBI has started a fresh inquiry against unknown officials of Jindal Steel and Power Limited for alleged diversion of forest land in Jharkhand for mining purpose in collusion with Environment Ministry officials.

Government mulls dilution of tribal forest rights: Jual Oram

A landmark law recognising the rights of India`s tribes over forest land may be diluted to clear the way for infrastructure projects such as roads, railway lines, electricity towers and irrigation canals, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram has said.

Congress accuses Odisha CM of shielding land grabbers; govt orders probe

Opposition Congress accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of shielding BJD leaders who allegedly grabbed above 100 acre of forest land on the outskirt of the state capital even as the Odisha government ordered a joint probe into the alleged land scam.

Odisha govt orders inquiry on alleged misuse of forest land

With the BJP accusing the ruling BJD leaders of illegal land acquisition, the Odisha government on Thursday asked the Divisional Forest Officer to probe into the matter while admitting construction of road in the said land.

CAG raps Odisha for giving forest lands for industry

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has rapped Odisha for allotting forest land for industrial usage, violating the forest laws.

MoEF may take up Hindalco's coal proj for clearance next week

The Environment Ministry may meet next week to take up the issue of granting clearance for diversion of forest land pertaining to Hindalco's coal mining project in Odisha.

`200,000 hectares forest land diverted in four years`

Over 8,000 projects, involving a diversion of 200,000 hectares of forest land, have been cleared by the central government in four years and this was double the clearances given in three decades, environmentalist Sunita Narain said here Friday.

Panel for institutional mechanism for implementation of forest clearances

Amid concerns over delays in project approvals over forest land, a central committee has suggested putting in place an institutional mechanism for expeditious implementation of forest clearances.

SC permits `pandals` for marriages, parties on Har forest land

The Supreme Court Monday permitted traders to carry on their business activities, including erecting tents and pandals for marriage functions and parties, on forest land in Haryana.

4400 hectare forest land still with encroachers

A total of 4400 hectares of forest land in Kerala is still in the hands of encroachers, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the Assembly today.

‘J&K govt diverted 1883 hectares of forestland‘

The CAG has pulled up the state forest ministry for allegedly diverting 1,883 hectares of forest land for non-forest purposes in violation of rules in this district of Jammu and Kashmir.

LDF stages walkout over forest land issue

CPI-M-led LDF Opposition in Kerala Thursday staged a walkout in the assembly alleging that the government had failed to take effective steps to protect and conserve forest land in Nilambur.