Pune: Researchers are studying the migration corridors of tigers in the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), focusing on the landscape outside the protected areas to cut down man-animal conflict.

The state government faces an uphill task in meeting its target of planting 19.86 crore saplings this year as part of the five-year plan to plant 100 crore saplings across the state.

Large scale tree-cutting, destruction of hills and quarrying, pollution of water bodies and the erection of cellphone towers are taking a toll on the diverse habitats available for birds in the cit

Green activists have alleged that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to comply with an interim order of the Bombay high court directing the civic body to issue notices to those who hav

Experts Find That Much Of It Has Degraded Into Scrubland

A study on the status and distribution of forests of a portion of the Western Ghats has revealed that more land is in private hands than the area under protected forests, but large tracts have degraded into scrub and wastelands.

Unregulated Tourism, Fires, Encroachments Pose Threat

It was in July 2012, when the Western Ghats made it to the world heritage list and a cluster of 39 sites here were crowned among the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. A year on, the prestigious tag seems to have had little impact on the way the state treats these ecologically sensitive areas.

Experts, though, deem it premature to call it a recurrence of an epidemic

With two cases of swine flu reported in West Bengal recently, concerns have been raised over a possible recurrence since a two-and-a-half-year hiatus.
Officials of the State’s Department of Health and Family Welfare, though, said on Sunday that it was “too premature” to comment on whether the threat of another swine flu epidemic loomed.

The recent outbreak of dengue in the State became yet another issue over which the leadership of the Congress and the Trinamool Congress locked horns over the weekend after West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) president Pradip Bhattacharya alleged that the State government is “suppressing facts” in connection with the epidemic – an allegation that was dismissed.

Although the State government maintains that dengue has claimed three lives and infected 638 persons (until September 1) this season, unofficial reports claim that the figures are much higher.

The West Bengal Government has filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court which declared the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, “unconstitutional”.

“We have filed an SLP in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict given by the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court. We will come to know the date of the hearing later,” said Kalyan Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP and one of the legal counsel for the State Government in this case, on Friday.

If the Centre is not yet convinced that it can provide foodgrains to everyone and not just to those who are below the Poverty Line, it can turn to the example of several State governments who have already done so, said Surya Kanta Mishra, Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, here on Wednesday.

“We are demanding that everyone must be given 35 kg of rice or wheat at Rs. 2 per kg…. Is it possible to do so? If there are any doubts then the Centre only has to look at the manner in which State after State has continued to provide subsidised foodgrains to the people.