The Electronics Division of State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned 13 MW of solar power plants across the country under its solar photovoltaic business in 2011-2012.

The country recorded a decrease of 367 square km in forest cover last year, compared with 2009, according to India State of Forest Report 2011, released here on Tuesday.

The Lakshadweep administration on Saturday night started to dump 300 tonnes of damaged rice off Minicoy coast, without clearance from the Environment and Forest Ministry.

Setting a precedent, the tiny island of Lakshadweep is all set to become the first town in the country to install nearly 12,000 ecofriendly toilets in its buildings

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The Environment Ministry is considering the idea of developing bioshields comprising mangrove and non-mangrove species in coastal areas adjoining critical infrastructure projects such as power plants and oil storage depots.

The idea of promoting mangroves and other biological shields to provide a

In the wake of the massive tsunami devastating Japan, the Environment Ministry is mulling to make its norms more stringent by giving approval to only those new or expansion projects, particularly in coastal areas, which promise sufficient safeguards during such disasters.

The Ministry has asked its four Expert Appraisal Committees (EAC) relating to industry, infrastructure, thermal power and nu

New Delhi: For the second year in a row, Puducherry is the number one state in terms of Educational Development Index (EDI) at the elementary level (class I to VII/VIII), followed by Lakshadweep and Kerala.

Kerala has made remarkable progress in primary education

For the very first time an Island Protection Zone Notification, 2011 is being notified and published covering Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. This notification reconcile three objectives: protection of livelihoods of traditional fisherfolk communities; preservation of coastal ecology; and promotion of economic activity that have necessarily to be located in coastal regions.

James Bond uses it and now so will island hopping tourists in India. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel launched Jal Hans, the first seaplane of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, at a ceremony held in Mumbai today.

Patel said the government planned to expand the service to India