KOKRAJHAR, May 7: The felling of valuable trees at Ripu and Chirang Reserve Forests in Kokrajhar district and smuggling is continuing unabated despite BTC Forest Department has taken initiatives to check it.

Why is the enquiry report in Rongrenggre RF scuttled? -II

By Patricia Mukhim

Europe should push for tighter laws to curb the illegal timber trade by making both importers and exporters get licenses to show their wood does not come from endangered rainforests, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

BONGAIGAON, April 20: Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB), Ministry of Home Affairs, engaged in guarding the Indo-Bhutan international border conducted a patrolling and seized huge quantities of timber of about 8,000 cubit feet worth Rs 4 lakh after receiving specific information, stated a press release.The booty was seized in a place between border post pillar No 194-195 by BOP Panbari of 15 Batallion SSB,

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The Flying Squad of Ampara District Forest Conservation Office, within an hour of its inception seized three lorry loads of timber valued at over Rs.1, 000,000 each in transit with measurements different from those given in the permit. The raid was conducted by District Forest Officer in Ampara, Lalith Gamage on information received by him.

Foiling a smuggling bid, Forest Protection Force (FPF) have seized 86 Deodar scants (sleepers) in Doda district last evening.

Chandigarh: After the Aravali forest reserves, the Union minister of environment has declared the Sultanpur wildlife sanctuary, a destination for eco-tourists in NCR, an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ). Issuing a notification to this effect on Thursday, the ministry invited objections, if any, from locals and directed the state government to ensure steps for its strict implementation.


The picnic spot on the bank of the Poro. Picture by Anirban Choudhury
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SHILLONG: GSU Khasi Hills zonal general secretary RK Momin has alleged that employees of the forest beat house including police personnel of the police out post at Athiabari, West Khasi Hills are hand in glove with smugglers involved in illegal transportation of timber from Athiabari to Assam.