In politics, the dramatic always finds place in history's viewfinder. The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, has emerged as India's most spectacular green warrior.

The Integrated Land and Eco System Management to Combat Land Degradation and Deforestation is being launched in Madhya Pradesh from August 10. On this occasion, a workshop will be organised at the Academy of Administration, Bhopal. Forest Minister Shri Sartaj Singh will be the chief guest at the workshop, which will begin at 9.30 am.

Chhindwara: Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Sartaj Singh today said that the state has an estimated 425 tigers. ''Although the Wildlife Institute of India will provide official report of tiger census by October, but according to a gross esitmation, there are over 400 tigers in the state,'' he said media here.

The Environment Ministry on Wednesday referred 17 mining and infrastructure projects falling in areas adjoining tiger reserves to a newly-constituted committee to study their impact on tiger conservation efforts.

THE environment ministry has formed a panel to examine the impact of 17 projects, relating to mining and infrastructure development, on conservation of tiger.

The four-member committee of former National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) chief P K Sen and NTCA members Prakash Murlidhar Amte, Samar Singh and Urmila Pingle will submit its report within a month.

Bhopal: Forest Minister Sartaj Singh held a meeting with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in connection with their cooperation to provide employment to the people living in forest areas of the state. He made it clear that the work will be done through the forest committees.

The State Government have allotted an amount of Rs 363.23 lakh for drinking water transportation in twelve districts.

RASHME SEHGAL
NEW DELHI

Environment & forests minister Jairam Ramesh and minister of road transport and highways, Kamal Nath have locked horns yet again.

Mr Nath has been pushing for the setting up of a 1,320 MW coal-based thermal power plant by Adani Power in his Chhindwara constituency. The power project was expected to be set up in the close proximity of the

Environment Ministry not to allow diversion of water from protected areas

The power project of Adani Power Limited (APL) in Madhya Pradesh seems to have run into rough weather with the Environment Ministry giving enough indications that it would not approve the proposal of the company to draw water from Pench Tiger reserve for its project in Chhindawara district.

The environment minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh, on Tues- day indicated that his min- istry would not approve Adani Power

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