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To end illegal mining, Madhya Pradesh plans to make it legal in parts of Chambal sanctuary
Tue, Jun 21, 2022

In a December 2021 proposal submitted to the MoEF-CC, the state said opening up the five stretches would minimise the conflict with illegal miners, gain local support, and fetch revenue from royalty.

I-T flagged ‘misreporting’ of Rs 1.06-cr, black money SIT judge opted for amnesty scheme
Wed, Jun 15, 2022

Rs 3.66-cr income from arbitration: I-T order; why rake up settled matter: Judge

After NGT notice, Govt forest panel seeks report on Arunachal projects
Fri, May 20, 2022

The NGT had sought replies from the Environment Ministry, the Arunachal government and NHPC on compliance of conditions for forest clearance granted to the 3,000-MW Dibanghydroelectric project in the Dibang Valley district.

Central univ imposes fine on KPMG, partner now acting V-C
Tue, May 31, 2022

In September 2019, KPMG partner Amber Dubey was inducted into the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) as Joint Secretary on a three-year contract under the parallel entry scheme.

Sariska Tiger Reserve not fire-prone, but burned despite early warnings
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

At six past two on Sunday afternoon, Rajasthan forest officers received two fire alerts on their mobile phones and emails from the Forest Survey of India (FSI), thanks to a NASA-ISRO-FSI collaboration on satellite data. These were no routine alerts.

Explained: How many tigers are too many
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Reports suggest the Sunderbans' tiger population is pushing the reserve's carrying capacity. The optimal number of tigers in a forest in determined by physical and biological factors, and perceptions of conflict.

Short shrift to green nod: Experts seek Supreme Court push, revamp in compliance
Sat, Feb 05, 2022

Experts were unanimous that non-compliance is one of the biggest challenges facing environmental governance in the country.

Cabinet set deadline for Ken-Betwa link before it got clearances in place
Fri, Feb 04, 2022

KBLP got wildlife, environment and preliminary forest clearances on condition that no units of the proposed 78-MW powerhouse would be constructed in “the forest area...to avoid constant disturbance in the Panna” tiger reserve.

Ignoring green commitments: Weak political will, lack of a monitoring system
Sat, Feb 05, 2022

The Union Environment Ministry has less than 80 officials for field verification under green laws, who are expected to visit thousands of project sites at least once a year. At the same time, between 2014 and 2019 alone, the Ministry granted over 11,500 environment and forest clearances.

Ken Betwa link to new Goa airport to Odisha mine: 6 mega projects ignore green commitments they made
Sat, Feb 05, 2022

There are six mega projects across key sectors, cleared between 2004 and 2020. In each, stringent conditions to compensate for the project's high environmental impact have been sidestepped, ignored or, in some cases, met only on paper, an investigation of their records by The Indian Express revealed.

Since 2019, loss in dense forests higher than gain in net cover
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

The report testifies to the continuing loss of natural old-growth forests across the country.

Manufacturers question ICMR’s 5-day window to license its Omicron kit
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Their contention: Since the anticipated Omicron surge will trigger an unprecedented but relatively short-lived demand for targeted test kits, any head start over those who missed the 5-day window will hugely benefit a few who did not.

Corbett tiger safari: No sanction as Uttarakhand pushes work, cost up six times
Fri, Dec 31, 2021

🔴 The project was initially envisaged as an animal rescue facility with open-to-air enclosures and an interpretation centre for tourists.

In SC’s Chardham order: Defence supreme, green compliance monitoring comes full circle
Wed, Dec 15, 2021

The Supreme Court also noted that the Chardham project “is riddled with environmental issues” and made the approval for wider roads conditional on implementing all the recommendations made by the HPC it appointed.

Explained: The Char Dham road debate
Fri, Nov 12, 2021

Why deciding the width for mountain highways does not warrant a defence-vs-environment debate, and how destabilisation of the hills undermines concerns and the very idea of a reliable all-weather road

KYC registering agency gets cyber vulnerability alert
Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Access to KYC data can potentially enable malicious actors to launch customised attacks aimed at financial fraud, identity theft, extortion, impersonation etc. CVL says vulnerability has been mitigated.

Pandora Papers: Oswal’s BVI firm sold coal from Indonesia mine he partly owned
Thu, Oct 14, 2021

During 2010-2011, records show, almost the entire sale of coal mined by PT Garda Tujuh Buana TBK (GTBO) took place through Briskon Holdings Ltd (BVI) which also received over $21 million from the Indonesian company for supplying machinery.

Arrested this week, Unitech promoter’s wife got offshore trust, Dominica passport
Mon, Oct 11, 2021

Records of corporate service provider Trident Trust show that Unitech Group defaulted as early as 2009 on servicing a $210-million loan from Credit Suisse for investing in realty projects in India.

Cyprus via British Virgin Islands: Arms agent family widens empire
Sat, Oct 09, 2021

Records of Demetrios A Demetriades & Co (Dadlaw), a law firm that provides corporate services, show that it received direct instructions from Bhanu Choudhrie on managing Lifedream Trading Ltd which was incorporated in Cyprus in 2001.

Pandora Papers: Suris took tax haven route to hotel projects in Dubai, London
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

According to records of Trident Trust (BVI), a corporate service provider, investigated by The Indian Express, Bharat Hotels promoter Jyotsna Suri’s interests in hotel projects Dubai and London were held by an offshore subsidiary of Deeksha Holdings Limited, the largest shareholder (40.41%) in Bharat Hotels Limited.

Pandora Papers: India-Pakistan duo passed proceeds from football deals to Seychelles firm
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

Bengaluru-based Satyajit Sadanandan is a former FIFA grassroots instructor “specialising in sports investments and talent development”. Syed Mohsen Gilani is a Pakistani settled in Colombo and a former FIFA development officer.

Pandora Papers: 3 offshore companies connect Swiss bank, top arbitrator and his wife, Gulf tycoon
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

Hiroo Advani founded Advani & Co, India’s “oldest specialised arbitration practice” in 1986. The law firm’s website describes him as a “world authority on arbitration law” and “one of only two Indian lawyers ever listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitrators”.

How Pramod Mittal ‘owed’ $1 bn to Pramod Mittal — and got his deal
Fri, Oct 29, 2021

Trust shields Mittal assets from those who lent money to his businesses

Pandora Papers: Samir Thapar owns BVI firm holding ‘non-promoter’ stake in JCT Ltd
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

A certificate of incumbency issued by Trident Trust (BVI) in September 2011 records Thapar as the holder of all 50,000 shares of Musk Holdings Ltd (BVI). In the same year, records show, he acquired Zanha International Ltd (BVI) as its beneficial owner.

What ‘bankrupt’ Anil Ambani didn’t tell: his $1.3-billion web of offshore firms
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Pandora Papers | Made disclosures to Indian authorities as required to be made in compliance with law: Anil Ambani's lawyer.

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