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Forest dept staff in sensitive areas can carry arms: HP govt

Forest personnel posted in sensitive areas adjoining Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir can carry pistols, guns, revolvers or rifles during raids to check illegal felling and smuggling of trees.

Court seeks CBI's reply on Peter's plea about secret witness

Court seeks CBI's reply on Peter's plea about secret witness

A special court here on Monday asked CBI to file its reply by July 7 on the plea of Peter Mukerjea, former media baron and a co-accused in Sheena Bora murder case, seeking the statement of a secret witness submitted to the court by the central agency.

Japanese boy, left alone in bear-inhabited forest by parents for being naughty, found alive

Japanese boy, left alone in bear-inhabited forest by parents for being naughty, found alive

Police are considering filing neglect charges against the seven-year-old boy's parents.

Two more days to put out forest fire in Uttarakhand, says Prakash Javadekar

Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, on Monday, said the fire which destroyed around 2,000 hectares of forest land in Uttarakhand would be put out in the next two days.

Police, forest dept officials in Chhattisgarh shoot bear which mauled three to death, activist condemns act

Police, forest dept officials in Chhattisgarh shoot bear which mauled three to death, activist condemns act

Social activist Kunal Shukla on Sunday condemned the police and the forest department officials for shooting dead a bear, which mauled three people to death in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh yesterday.

17,000 trees cut during Jat stir in Haryana

17,000 trees cut during Jat stir in Haryana

About 17,000 trees were cut during Jat agitation which were used to put blockades.

Delhi's forest area disappearing very fast, HC told

 Forest areas in capital was disappearing very fast due to rampant encroachment.

Special cell for forests, environment of Northeast states: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister of State Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said a "special cell" would soon be set up to ensure forest and environment are protected while sustainable development also takes place in eight north-eastern states.

Afforestation programme crosses target in Mangaluru circle

The Mangaluru forest circle has a total geographical area of 8,64,563 hectares with 2,87,641.19 hectares of notified forest area.

Private companies to get degraded land for forest harvesting

Private companies to get degraded land for forest harvesting

The government Tuesday said it has decided to give degraded land, which is about one-third of the total forest area, to private industries on lease for commercial forest harvesting to boost employment and generate revenue.

Wild elephants stray into Tezpur town

Wild elephants strayed into Tezpur town of Assam's Sonitpur district on Friday triggering panic among residents, a senior forest official said.

Tigress found dead in Bihar tiger reserve

 A tigress was found dead near a railway track in Valmiki tiger reserve in Bihar's West Champaran district on Thursday, officials said.

HC seeks action plan to preserve Delhi's forests

 The Delhi High Court, informed on Wednesday that about 50 percent of notified forest areas have been "encroached upon", asked the Delhi government to come out with a concrete action plan to preserve the forest area falling under city's region.

Leopard scare in Kovai outskirts

 A leopard was seen on a road in Thudiaylur locality on the city outskirts today, triggerign panic among the residents of the area.

Walls to be erected in villages adjoining forests in Uttarakhand

 To minimise frequency of man-animal conflicts, animal protection walls will be erected in villages adjoining forests in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said.

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.

11 Asiatic lion cubs born in Gir National Park: Here are the pictures

11 Asiatic lion cubs born in Gir National Park: Here are the pictures

 Four Asiatic lionesses have given birth to 11 cubs in Gir National Park in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, officials said.

Haryana forest cover to increase to 10 pc in next 5 years: Minister

 Haryana Environment and Forests Minister Capt Abhimanyu on Wednesday said the government has set a target of increasing the state forest cover to 10 per cent from the present 7 in the next five years.

NGT raps govt for failing to conduct study on plastic use

The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the government for failing to come up with a study on plastic packaging of products and generation of such municipal waste, saying the people should know whether its use is harmful.

Industries, NGOs to be part of Maha's new afforestation plan

Maharashtra Government Monday announced a revised policy to boost afforestation of degraded forest land with participation from industrial establishments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).