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What camera traps saw during survey: More domestic dogs than tigers in major reserves
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Experts say the proliferation of dogs and livestock, mostly feral and abandoned, inside forests carries the risk of transmission of various diseases to wildlife.

741 tigers gained, 4685 sq km of tiger forest lost: Report
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Due in September 2019, the quadrennial report was delayed by 11 months. On July 29, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a summary report, announcing a 33 per cent jump in India’s tiger number from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.

NGT panel red-flags violations at OIL’s Baghjan project
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

In a preliminary report, the panel has recommended “scrutiny of all existing projects of OIL in Assam” in view of “serious and grave infraction against the statutory environmental safeguards”.

No breathability norms in place, ‘sweat chamber’ PPE kits pile up
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Healthcare experts at the forefront of the race to contain the Covid outbreak continue to complain that these kits are “suffocating” and “unwearable”.

Makers of rapid test kits flounder as unclear policy constricts market size
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Till June 19, the ICMR validated 56 rapid antibody test kits, 11 of which are Indian. But the test does not even figure in its June 23 advisory on ‘Strategies for Covid-19 testing’.

Test kits: Firms stuck between zero import duty and export ban
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

While India has reached the 10-million-test landmark, domestic manufacturers supply only 25-30% of RT-PCR kits used. Given that ICMR has validated over two dozen Indian manufacturers, that is a small improvement from the country’s 100% dependence on imported test kits in March.

Days before Assam fire, OIL cleared curbs to get nod for project inside national park
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

On May 11, OIL obtained environment clearance from the Centre for drilling seven wells inside Dibru Saikhowa using the sub-surface Extended Reach Drilling (ERD) technology from three existing wells (Baghjan 3, 5 and 11) adjacent to the park.

Explained: Reading the draft Environment Impact Assessment norms, and finding the red flags
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The Delhi High Court has extended the window for public feedback to the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020. A look at the changes proposed in the norms, and why these bother activists.

Delhi HC rejected, police repeated: bail will ‘send adverse message to society’
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

In its order granting bail to Firoz Khan, an Old Mustafabad resident sent to judicial custody on April 3 in a case lodged in Dayalpur, the High Court said: “Prison is primarily for punishing convicts; not for detaining undertrials in order to send any ‘message’ to society. The remit of the court is to dispense justice in accordance with law, not to send messages to society.”

Environment Impact Assessment draft: Officials propose 60-day extension for responses, get only 20 days
Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Since the draft was published on April 11, the mandatory 60-day public notice period would end on June 10. By setting June 30 as the new deadline, Javadekar in effect settled for an extension of only 20 days.

Paradise Papers: Cox & Kings used offshore route to cut tax in Germany, UK
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

On June 8, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) searched the office of Cox & Kings, the residences of its promoter Ajay Ajit Peter Kerkar and other senior executives under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with a Rs 3,642 crore fraud at Yes Bank Ltd.

Coal India unit misled wildlife board: Expert member writes to Javadekar
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

In a letter to Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, Raman Sukumar, eminent elephant expert and NBWL member, also sought action against North Eastern Coalfields for suppressing from the NBWL the extent of violations at the project site.

May 1 marks the beginning of early trend of reversal in dipping Covid growth rate
Wed, May 06, 2020

According to figures shared by the Union Health ministry, the 7-day compounded daily growth rate (CDGR) of Covid-19 cases started dipping on April 8.

Allow hydel project in NE, but give Rs 4 cr to study tigers, says Institute
Mon, May 04, 2020

Funded by the developer, the WII study concluded that the project would not affect tigers since none was camera-trapped in the project area during the four-month fieldwork.

Centre allows new lessees to mine for 2 yrs before getting fresh clearances
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

The Ministry’s move, in an order issued on March 28, was necessitated by the need to align government policies after the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, was amended in January 2020 to include provisions for transfer of statutory clearances.

Green impact assessment not needed for bulk drug makers: Environment Ministry
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Projects under Category A are appraised by the Ministry, and those under category B by states. Projects exempted from EIA and public hearings are classified under Category B2.

On the heels of Robert Vadra, I-T raids premises of his former aide
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

The searches, I-T officials said, were conducted in the morning in connection with alleged money laundering and benami landholdings in Bikaner. Earlier, properties belonging to the Nagar brothers were searched by the Enforcement Directorate and the I-T Department in April 2017 and October 2019 respectively.

National Museum bars non-vegetarian dishes from Harappan menu in event on premises
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

While sources in the Ministry of Culture said that “a couple of MPs” reacted to the menu shared by the ministry online, additional director general Subrata Nath denied knowledge of any “external interference” in the matter.

Explained: To import cheetahs, or not to
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

Decades after the cheetah went extinct in India, SC has cleared a proposal for importing a few from Africa. It throws the spotlight on the cheetahs’ future, impact on indigenous species, and translocation of lions.

Before London, ED found a Thampi link to Vadra — in Faridabad village
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Thampi, according to ED, is an associate of Vadra and helped him invest in real estate assets in London — he runs Skylight FZE in Dubai which shares its name with a company owned by Vadra in India.

Private plantation scheme shot down by SC panel back on Govt table
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

As an incentive, the proposal stated, the Ministry would give priority to project developers opting for the scheme.

Explained: Reading the new State of Forest Report 2019
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

State of Forest Report 2019 has shown a 1,275 sq km gain in very dense forest, but what this statistic masks is the fact that the country continues to lose its best natural forests. A look at what was gained and lost.

Forest cover up but large tracts of dense forest have turned non-forest
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

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.

Delhi Police film protests, run its images through face recognition software to screen crowd
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Following a Delhi High Court order in a case related to missing children, the Delhi Police had acquired Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software in March 2018 as a tool to identify lost and found boys and girls by matching photos.

Sambhar lake may have been lethal electric trap when birds arrived
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

An investigation by The Indian Express has revealed that a vast network of live wires running thousands of bore wells could have created a submerged electric trap and the carcass of electrocuted birds could have served as the biomass for the toxic bacteria to thrive.

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