India's forest cover shrank by 367sq km with the maximum 80 per cent loss recorded in Andhra Pradesh mainly due to Naxals felling trees in Warangal and Khammam districts, according to a new survey released on Tuesday.

Forest and tree cover of the country as per the biennial assessment report released by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) is 78.29 million hectares, which is 23.81 per cent of the geographical area. This includes 2.76 per cent tree cover.

‘Governments snatching lands without consent of gram sabhas'

A fact-finding team representing a collective of 40 farmers' organisations, Raitu Swarajya Vedika, has found an alarming rise in the number of suicides by farmers — as many as 90 in the last month

Geothermal power continues to be one of the least exploited renewable energy segments in India. Almost the entire estimated potential of about 10,600 MW remains unutilised except a few pilot installations for power generation and direct heat transfer. India is yet to establish its first commercial geothermal power plant.

Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has called for fast tracking construction of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Naxalite-affected districts.

AP Genco to add 500 MW at Kothagudam thermal power station
Hyderabad, Aug. 4:

The inquiry committee report on the anti-cervical cancer vaccine study project finds serious ethical violations. (Editorial)

For smooth implementation of the

Khammam, Jan. 31: The district administration has started implementation of an action plan to curb usage of plastic products strictly in all six municipal towns across the district.

In Khammam town, awareness camps are being conducted by the municipal authorities.Officials conducted inspections and imposed penalities on sale and usage of plastic covers and glasses.

Khammam, Dec. 7: Under the influence of cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, the district experienced heavy rainfall on Tuesday. Rainfall had started on Monday evening and it continued on Tuesday. As result of downpour, paddy and cotton crops were heavily damaged across the district.
Sheaf of corns and bundles of grain stocks which are kept in the fields after reaping were inundated by the rain water.

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