SRINAGAR: Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad today stressed the need for preservation of forest wealth which is must for environment and ecology.

New Delhi: ‘Dil hai Hindustani’ is a phrase that best sums up Association for India’s Development’s vast network of workers and volunteers for whom all roads lead to India.

The fresh leases were granted to OMC for captive use in the light of a very large integrated steel plant proposed to be set up in Kadapa district by Janardhan Reddy’s Bramhani Steels. However, the lease orders issued by the government mentioned no such condition, thus allowing the company third-party sales.

The government may introduce the Land Acquisition Bill this Monsoon Session, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour on Thursday.

New Delhi:There may soon be another layer of clearance for mega projects like Posco with the Centre considering the demand that the Union tribal affairs ministry be made a mandatory clearing house for proposals which displace STs.

A committee of secretaries has been set up to look into the demand made by tribal affairs minister Kantilal Bhuria to the PM.

NEW DELHI: The National Advisory Council's recommendation that all private projects must secure consent from 70% of members of all affected gram sabhas before land acquisition is permitted promises to become the biggest headache for the industry if accepted.

As of now, such provisions only exist for forest land under the Forest Rights Act and they too have been observed mostly in breach.

A number of Adivasis and forest dwellers from across the country staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here on Friday to demand an end to grabbing of forest land for the benefit of Central and State governments and private companies.

Joined by leaders of the CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML) Liberation and Gondwana Ganatantrak Party, the protesters tried to march towards Parliament but were detained by the poli

HC issues notices to Centre, state govt and Posco India on PILs filed by affected villagers
Land acquisition work for the Posco project suffered a setback on the third day today due to non-cooperation of the villagers who backed out of the process as a mark of protest over the arrest of 32 activists of United Action Committee (UAC), a pro-Posco outfit on Thursday.

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MUMBAI: Union minister Jairam Ramesh's order notwithstanding, the state forest department is unwilling to transfer the rights over harvesting bamboos to forest dwellers. The department currently holds the right to harvest bamboo in the state.

PANJIM, Crime Branch sleuths investigating the illegal mining scam allegedly involving NCP leader Jitendra Deshprabhu and top bureaucrats, have sought assistance from mining experts to locate the illegal mining operation.
Sources said that the investigating team has approached Mines department and local Panchayat office for assistance in the probe.