On paper, much of this destruction of quality natural forests was compensated by plantations — a total of 10,227 sq km of non-forests became dense forests in successive two-year windows since 2003. Again, more than half of this — 5,458 sq km — since 2015.
Elephant experts now say the development is a sign not only of a rise in elephant numbers in the country, and the fact that they are travelling, but also that they can thrive at a place given the right conditions.
Raising concerns, Gogoi said exemptions kept in the Bill for ILP and 6th Schedule areas were mere cosmetic measures. “This Bill is creating a division between tribal and non-tribal people and has been brought purely for political mileage,’’ Gogoi said.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who led a delegation to meet Shah on December 3, told The Indian Express that the measures could either be an entry and exit permit system, or a provision for Inner Line Permit (ILP).
The NCW on November 29 sent its team to conduct their own inquiry in the rape and murder. The team had met with the victim’s family as well as with the Telangana police. The NCW was expected to submit its report to the Union and State governments Friday.
Former Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki, who met Shah on Saturday, told reporters: “We oppose CAB because, if illegal immigrants are given citizenship based on religion, their population will spread across many states. Which state will give them land?”
The report – UNEP's annual Emissions Gap Report – says that unless global greenhouse emissions fall by 7.6 per cent annually between 2020 and 2030, "the world will miss the opportunity to get on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement."
It is in Chandel that the Naga-Kuki clashes of 1992 began, for control of the lucrative border town of Moreh, and spread across the state over a few years. As many as 115 Kuki men, women and children were believed to have been killed by the NSCN-IM in Tengnoupal in 1993 — a day still marked by the Kuki as a ‘black day’.
With talks getting extension, immediate fear of violence has passed. But as confusion over Naga demands persists, and voices emerge of their ‘impracticality’, Art 370 abrogation is making Northeast uneasy.