KOCHI: About 18 months after its inauguration, the muchtouted National Green Tribunal's (NGT) circuit bench in Kochi has been permanently shut down. The bench stopped functioning from November 10.

Bhayandar : Illegal dumping of construction debris and garbage has already sounded the death knell for vast stretches of lush mangrove cover and wetlands.

Against the backdrop of a dwindling marine fisheries resource base, declining catch rates, and escalating conflicts about securing rights over oceanic resources, this paper emphasises the need to relook at the marine fisheries regulatory regime in the country with a view to better align it to address outstanding issues and emerging challenges.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on Construction Labour Vs Union of India & Others dated 10/11/2017 regarding effective implementation of the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996. Secretary in the Ministry of Labour informed the Apex Court that certain schemes have already been prepared for the benefit of construction workers and a national portal is under construction which can be used by NGOs.

Currently, only 70% of land needed to be acquired to start a project, which often led to stoppages and delays

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on Construction Labour (NCCCL) Vs Union of India & Others dated 30/10/2017 regarding state of construction workers in India. Affidavit filed on behalf of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India reveals the state of affairs with regard to the utilization of cess collected under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

The pollution level in industrial towns across Haryana is set to rise with the Khattar Government doing away with mandatory greenbelts around industrial colonies.

In 2012, then Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan overruled the views of the expert members of the NBWL standing committee and granted it wildlife clearance.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Federation of Indian Mineral Industries & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 13/10/2017 regarding establishment of the District Mineral Foundation under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and the contribution required to be made to the District Mineral Foundation by the holder of a mining lease or a prospecting licence-cum-mining lease in addition to the payment of royalty.

Supreme Court passes the following directions:

ACCRA - Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales.

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