Ranchi, Feb. 28: Eighteen villages of Ranchi district will be the first to receive community rights over local natural resources under the forest act in Jharkhand by next month.

‘Greed of a few people putting ecology in peril’

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on Monday recommended cancellation of 49 mining leases in three districts of Karnataka, including some belonging to both BJP and Congress politicians.

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on Monday filed its final report on illegal mining in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts of Karnataka recommending cancellation of 49 mining leases for

New Delhi: Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Monday said, “I shall reject any project recommended for clearing without adhering to the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and the ministry’s orde

SHILLONG: A joint investigation committee (JIC) comprising State Chief Conservator of Forest and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest from the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment, Regional Office has been constituted to relook into the alleged random exploitation of forest land by the cement industries in Jaintia Hills district.

The constitution of the JIC came even after the State constituted high level committee’s (HLC) findings submitted in November 2011 acknowledged that the cement industries have intruded into the forest land.

NEW DELHI: Senior forest officials are slated to meet environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan to yet again raise complaints against the Forest Rights Act.

Kannada movie on brigand’s life being shot inside elephant habitat

violation: Crew members of ‘Attahaasa’ shooting in a forest in Chamarajanagar district. ‘Attahaasa’, a Kannada film based on slain forest brigand Veerappan, is again in the news for the wrong reasons. The movie by A M R Ramesh of ‘Cyanide’ fame is being shot in the forest area in violation of the Forest Act.

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday chided the Forest department for attempting to award ''huge'' punishment for a ''trivial'' offence.

The Division Bench consisting Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna did not agree with the government advocate’s claim that Fayaz Khan, a resident of Channapatna, was guilty of illegally stocking sandalwood nine years ago.

A Parliamentary panel has expressed concern over massive rejection of title deed claims of forest dwellers by the State Governments.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment reviewed the government rules for allocation of title deeds to forest dwellers in this report on Forest Rights Act, 2006.