Jay Mazoomdaar

Articles By Jay Mazoomdaar

Tiger count up but official photos show one in seven could just be a paper tiger

An Express Investigation: Tiger count is up but official photos show that one of seven could be a paper tiger photographed twice; in some cases even thrice; photos repeated, and photos repeated but shown as that of different tigers in the data set.

Over-reporting of tigers: Questioned, officials rush to amend but holes remain

The modified album has brought down the number of total photos from 1,696 to 1,686 and reduced the number of unique tigers claimed from 1,635 to 1,540 — but that’s still 126 more than a maximum of 1,414 individuals found in the data.

Overriding rule, Govt OKs NGT members for 3 years or ‘until further orders’

In February 2018, the Supreme Court stayed the move, ruling that the terms and conditions for appointment and termination of NGT members would be governed by the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010.

Uttarakhand minister seeks PM intervention to clear road through tiger reserves

Stretches of the old Kandi road between Haridwar and Ramnagar run through the core of Corbett and the buffer of Rajaji tiger reserve.

Congress flaunted forest rights law in Delhi, dodges it in Kanker

Chhattisgarh government said “for projects like construction of roads, canals, laying of pipelines, etc where linear diversion of forest land is involved, there is no requirement to obtain the consent” of gram sabhas concerned unless right of primitive tribal groups are affected.

Tiger numbers double since 2006 but no presence in three reserves: Census

This is also an incredible 210% rise from 1,411 recorded in 2006, according to the all-India estimation — ‘Status of Tigers, Co-predators, Prey and their Habitat, 2018’ — released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Mauritius route: Four ships, a Hong Kong firm & Jindal Steel

The Hong Kong company owned these ships through a Mauritius company controlled jointly with Jindal Steel and Power Limited, records of Conyers Dill Pearlman show.

New offshore records reveal several Indian firms tapped Mauritius route to save on taxes

The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) was signed between India and Mauritius in 1982. Under this, any entity could apply for tax residency and pay zero capital gains tax. This became the principal reason why Mauritius emerged as a top channel for investments being routed into India.

Subansiri dam: Work on despite assurance to NGT that it won’t

Records reviewed by The Indian Express show massive concretisation has been carried out to construct the project’s extended spillway that has widened the dam base by over 100 metres.

For Subansiri okay, Govt looks at report of panel under judicial scrutiny

The constitution of the three-member committee was first challenged in the National Green Tribunal, which dismissed the plea without citing reasons.

Missing in national job market: 2.8 crore rural women over the last six years

The decline, according to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-2018 report by NSSO which the government has withheld, is more acute in the working age group of 15-59 years.

Casual farm labour shrinks by 40% since 2011-12, total job loss nearly 3 crore: NSSO data shows

The share of rural households with major income from casual labour in agriculture decreased by 10 percentage points since 2011-12. That works out to a drop of 15 million families (from 36 million to 21 million) dependent on casual farm work (see chart).

National male workforce shrinking, says labour report that Govt buried

2017-18 data shows 28.6 crore employed male, down from 30.4 crore in 2011-12. The yet -to-be-released PLFS report put the unemployment rate for male in urban and rural segments at 7.1 per cent and 5.8 per cent, respectively.

For promised road, Uttarakhand wangles land from tiger reserve

On Monday, the National Green Tribunal barred construction of the Ramnagar-Kalagarh stretch of the proposed highway through Corbett Tiger Reserve. However, work in the Haridwar-Kotdwar stretch through Rajaji Tiger Reserve has already begun without statutory clearances..

Bear Grylls in India: When a TV star came to Corbett around Feb 14

Grylls’ office in the United Kingdom did not respond to queries from The Sunday Express on his assignments in India. Top Uttarakhand Forest Department officials declined to confirm whether a film crew was allowed inside the Corbett tiger reserve on February 14.

Before backing tribals in SC, govt diluted their gram sabha powers in Forest Act

According to the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Rules 2016, the district collector needs to complete the process of vesting of forest rights under the FRA and obtain written consent of the affected gram sabhas before any project proposal reaches the forest department for consideration.

On Income Tax radar: Former MP Jay Panda’s Bahamas transactions

According to the records of the Bahamas registrar of companies, Finlay, Messina and Pikika were incorporated in June 1993, January 1995 and March 2003 respectively at the same address in Nassau, Bahamas, with proxy office bearers.

Fact Check: Was Kanha tigress really eaten by a tiger? What the evidence suggests

Nature does not consider cannibalism as “ungodly” as we do. The cannibal morph of tiger salamanders feed on the non-cannibal ones for extra nutrition.

Uttarakhand HC tells Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy: Share benefit with indigenous people

Divya Pharmacy had argued in the High Cout that being "purely an Indian company", it was not supposed to share any benefit under the 2002 Act.

Golfer Jyoti Randhawa jailed for poaching in UP tiger reserve

A .22 caliber rifle mounted with a range-finder, binoculars, a dead jungle fowl and a sambar deer hide were recovered from Randhawa’s SUV

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