SHILLONG: Uranium mining in the State still appears to be a distant reality with prominent NGOs either not favouring or undecided over the project even as the visiting Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) officials claimed "fruitful and productive talks" with the State Government and anti-mining bodies.

SHILLONG: Despite prolonged opposition from NGOs and political leaders, the Centre has continued its all-out campaign over the touchy issue of uranium mining in the State, offering hefty development package and strongly maintaining that the uranium project would be carried out in an environment-friendly manner.

JOWAI: People of Narpuh Elaka have welcomed the setting up of a Rs 360-crore cement plant - the Hills Cements Co Limited (HCCL) -- at Mynkre village in Jaintia Hills, under Khliehriat Sub-Division, ov

SHILLONG: Despite the Supreme Court ban on illegal tree felling and trade, unauthorised saw mills are still operating in West Garo Hills.

SHILLONG: Proliferation of cement industries in Jaintia Hills, including those set up by Meghalaya Cement Limited (MCL), Adhunik Cement Limited (ACL) and Cement Manufacturing Company Limited (CMCL), h

Meghalaya, despite its low population density and little industrialization, contributes least to global warming, but could become one of the worst sufferer of the impending climate change, Governor RS

Guwahati: Insurgency has claimed yet another casualty in Assam in the form of decreasing forest cover in strife-torn hilly districts, though the state still boost of a better forest cover than the national average.

The forest cover in districts such as Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills has gone down according to Forest Survey report, 2005, Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain informed here on Wednesday.

These districts have been encountering serious insurgent problems with tribal militant groups creating grave law and order problems in these virgin lands.

The much touted Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 has not made much progress in several states including in the states of two concerned ministers - PR Kyndiah and his Deputy Rameshwar Oraon.

And the reason for such lax, given in case of home states of both the Ministers - Meghalaya and Jharkhand, is quite interesting.

In Meghalaya, the translation of the Act in local languages is held up on account of "non-availability of the Act's legal lexicon in local languages," according to sources.

PETA has approached the Central Zoo of Authority about the transfer of animals and birds from the Lady Hydari Park, Shillong as requested by the State Government, while stating that it cannot keep the inmates on its own.

Talking to The Shillong Times, PETA India's Chief Functionary Anuradha Sawhney appreciated the offer of the Forest Department to transfer the animals.

SHILLONG: The government slogan that "Let's Make Meghalaya Clean and Green" may end up being an empty rhetoric if urgent steps are not taken to deal with the problem of thermocole pieces or styrofoam dumped by fish-loaded Shillong-bound trucks on the National Highway 40. Mounds of this non-biodegradable pollutant seen on various stretches of highway are not just an eyesore to tourists visiting Meghalaya. They are a potential threat to the environment and human health as well.