A herd of wild elephants have destroyed banana plantation of one R Rangappa at Nayakana palya near Savandurga.

KRISHNAGIRI: Efforts by the forest officials to push the elephant herd into the forests went in vain for the third day on Wednesday.

D. Arun, District Forest Officer, told The Hindu that the herd, which came out from the Poyyappatti hills around 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday through Karadithittu, was pushed through the already planned path i.e. via Keelanaur with torch lights and fire balls.

COMPENSATION: Forests Minister N. Selvaraj handing over a cheque to P. Anandan, son of Pachamuthu, the forest guard who lost his life, on Saturday.

KRISHNAGIRI: A forest guard was trampled to death by a wild elephant near Singarpettai in Krishnagiri district on Friday night.

JORHAT, July 15: More than a 100 strong elephant herd which has been creating havoc in areas of North-West Jorhat since last month is now exploring the isles along the Brahmaputra.

Forest Department sources said that, the herd moved from Kartik Sapori to Aruna Sapori last night and that forests guards were camping at Kolbari, the nearest place adjoining the Aruna Sapori.

Forest officials have taken measures to check wild elephant menace in Lingdalli in Tarikere taluk. Officials have been directed to protect the crops, said MLA D S Suresh.

Speaking after inaugurating various developmental works in Nandibattalu in Lingadalli, he said action plan has been prepared to help the residents of Lingadahalli.

Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh

The high court has asked the MCD to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to a woman, whose husband was killed when a stray bull had attacked him in 2005
In a recent order, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat directed the MCD to pay the compensation as the incident occurred due to the civic body

Villagers of Yadavare, Kusubooru and Aigooru under the banner of Yadavare Elephant Action Committeee organised a protest in front of the Forest Department Office recently, blaming that officials of ignoring them even when their farms were being destroyed by rogue elephants.

Deputy Conservator of Forest B B Mallesh has informed that the Central government has approved the setting up of Elephant Project Directorate in Madikeri to curb the tiff between the wild elephants and human beings.

The office will be set up soon, he said addressing a news conference at Aranya Bhavan in Madikeri on Tuesday.

Tribal Education institution Head M B Prabhu has urged the Minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh to take steps to set up Directorate of Elephant Project in Kodagu and control elephant menace through public-private participation.