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

The drivers of discord between humans and wild species often lie deeper than the shallow measuring implements of science can reach. We explore the lived experience of conflict between fishing communities and turtles in two very different socio-ecological contexts in the Lakshadweep Islands and the Orissa coast.

Based on our studies in Norway and India, and the rapidly expanding scientific literature in this field, it is safe to say that human-wildlife conflicts are a universal state of affairs. This is a serious issue because it represents a long term threat to the persistence of wildlife as well as negatively affecting the lives of millions of people. Our conflict research is motivated by a desire to identify paths towards conflict reduction and mitigation, for the benefits of both people and wildlife.

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