on january 1, 2008, the government after much vacillation notified the rules of Scheduled Tribes and Other Tradi- tional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act. The day before, it had notified "critical tiger habitats' in 28 existing and eight proposed tiger reserves. It scored on both tiger conservation and protection of tribal rights.

The Romanian parliament is deliberating an anti-cyanide bill, which, if passed, will block a project to build Europe's biggest open cast gold mine. According to its sponsor, Senator Peter

Faced with 25,000 landless people from across the country marching up to parliament on October 29 to register their protest, the United Progressive Alliance (upa) government announced the creation of

Even as Niger recently permitted uranium mining in the Sahara desert in the country's north, its parliament sanctioned around us $60 million to defend mining companies against attacks by

The Left parties were elated when the Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2005, was passed by a voice vote in the Lok Sabha. But the gaffe was discovered later

Aprovincial parliament in Argentina recently suspended all open-pit mining and also stopped issuing new exploration and mining permits in the province, citing environmental threat. The Mendoza

the cabinet gave its nod to the amendments in the Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill 2005 on December 7, 2006. It has decided to go along with the recommendations of the joint

FM focuses on political environment

Even remote areas can be electrified through biomass gasification

• Kochi has been selected as one of the centres for a major study, undertaken by the US-based Oakridge National Laboratory, to measure the phenomenon of global warming. • An

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