Thirty-five more Maoist affected districts will now be able to divert forestland for creation of critical public utility infrastructure like schools, hospitals, police stations and rural roads with

When the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, announced the formation of the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP), popularly known as Justice Srikrishna Committee (SKC), the proponents of Telangana Statehood received it with a healthy dose of skepticism.

1,166 farmers committed suicide in financial year 2012-13

The Maharashtra government has officially admitted to a rising farm suicide rate that saw, on an average, more than three farmers taking their own lives every day in the financial year 2012-13.

Based on a report by the Dhubri Deputy Commissioner to the Border Areas Department, the department took up the issue of erosion with the Union Home Ministry.

In a bid to speed up development in naxal-affected areas, the environment ministry has decided to exempt public infrastructure projects from seeking forest clearance in 35 additional districts.

On June 16, an orbiting Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) meteorological satellite captured imagery of dense cloud formation building over Uttarakhand.

Rescue and relief operations were intensified on a massive scale today in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand as multiple agencies evacuated the worst-affected Kedarnath town and other areas even as the deat

As flow of funds for Kudankulam nuclear power plant protests come under scanner, a whopping Rs 30 lakh transfer from London to the bank account of a woman, whose husband is linked to the stir, has led to suspicions prompting police to file a case against her.

The case against Ambika under Sec 102 CrPC has been registered by police after a branch of Canara bank here reported the transfer of Rs 29,98,782 into her savings bank account, Police said today.

Rhinos in Assam are back in the cross-hairs of poachers. Following a lull of hardly a month towards the end of 2012, the poachers have returned to Kaziranga National Park, gunning down seven rhinos in the current year. That makes it one rhino killed every week there alone. And two other rhinos have been killed elsewhere in the state.

"Yes, incidents of poaching have gone up in the past few weeks," said Assam forest and environment minister Rockybull Hussain. "What is alarming is that while earlier it was criminals and smugglers who were involved in poaching of rhinos, recent incidents have revealed the involvement of armed militant groups."

India’s northeastern state Nagaland has declared independence from the Union oil ministry and invited bids for 11 exploration blocks in the state without involving the petroleum ministry, which has rushed to the home ministry in protest.

The centre was caught napping, when Nagaland invited “expressions of interest” from oil companies after setting up a ministerial group on petroleum, officials in the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, technical arm of the oil ministry, told ET.
“It appears that this action of the state government of Nagaland is ultra vires of the Constitution,” director general of hydrocarbons RN Choubey said in a letter to the oil ministry.

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