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Jay Mazoomdaar


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
Sun, Sep 13, 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.

After dodgy count, tiger panel calls for revamp
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

The Tiger Cell, the NTCA note observed, has been functioning as a single entity in Dehradun under two senior WII faculties assisted by a set of contractual staff which “centralised the overall structure and has been a challenge to source and disseminate information.”

The Shell Game
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

The unravelling of the India leg of the global off-shore investigation that took the world by storm.

Rakesh Asthana case: Polygraph report says bribe claim appears truthful
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

In January this year, the CBI had moved an application in Delhi’s Patiala House Courts, seeking consent for conducting polygraph tests on the accused and the complainant in the case.

Not only Kudankulam, ISRO, too, was alerted of cyber security breach
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

The breach at the Kudankulam plant became public on October 28 after some of the plant’s data showed up on, an online malware scanning service.

Delhi to Brussels, ties of two groups behind EU MPs’ trip go way back
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

The IINS, a think tank, was founded in 1980 by Pramila's husband Govind Narain Srivastava.

CBI officer who led investigation in Rakesh Asthana case seeks voluntary retirement
Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Satish Dagar’s exit comes after HC gave CBI 4 months to wrap up probe. Dagar, who joined the agency in 1986, serves as Superintendent of Police in CBI’s anti-corruption unit III. He had also investigated the charges against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Tiger count up but official photos show one in seven could just be a paper tiger
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

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
Mon, May 04, 2020

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’
Thu, Sep 05, 2019

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
Wed, Jul 31, 2019

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
Tue, Jul 30, 2019

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
Mon, Aug 19, 2019

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
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

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
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

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
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

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
Thu, Apr 18, 2019

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
Mon, Mar 25, 2019

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
Thu, Mar 21, 2019

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).