Legal Awareness Programme on Forest Acts held in Udhagamandalam
Udhagamandlam: The judiciary will always protect the environment of the Nilgiris, said the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, M.

Jairam Ramesh It is for the government of Orissa to meet the legal rules if the mammoth Posco steel project is to be cleared by him, said Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh.

A day ahead of a meeting with Orisa chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who reiterated that project clearance is vital for both state and nation, Ramesh said:

Despite the Union Government implementing the Tribal Forest Rights Act, still the tribal living near the reserve and wildlife sanctuaries are left in the lurch.

Making further concessions for creating public infrastructure in Naxalite areas, the government on Thursday ordered that projects like building of roads, schools or hospitals on forest land would not require clearance under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 as long as the total forest land to be diverted is not more than five hectares.

In such cases, the state governments themselves would be au

Gram Sabhas given equal say in Forest Rights Act

After a long battle with the Forest Department, this village in a remote, Naxal-affected part of the state on Thursday became the first village in the country to become eligible to own, cut, use and sell bamboo

Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh may have conducted public consultations on Bt brinjal, but his ministry has conceived an apparently far-reaching amendment to the Indian Forest Act (IFA) without consulting the biggest stakeholders

A day after Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh put the forest clearance for the Rs 54,000- crore POSCO steel project on hold, the state government said it would closely examine the MoEF order before taking any further action.

On Thursday, Ramesh had held back forest clearance, asking the state government to recognise the rights of the people of Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages i

Having been tossed between the State and the Centre for the past few months, the question of a forest clearance for Posco project is in the Orissa government's court once again.

On Thursday, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh delayed a final decision on the clearance once again, telling the State that he could not accept its assurance on Forest Rights Act (FRA) implementation as long as i

Orissa will send a letter to the Union Environment Ministry on Tuesday assuring that no Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFD) or tribals were living at the Posco project site for at least 75 years. However, the MoEF nod may take some time with people having complained to Jairam Ramesh that the state