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
Alipurduar, Jan. 27: Three women

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.


Timbers worth about Tk 10 crore are being damaged at various range offices of Forest Department in Khagrachhari due to negligence of officials concerned and a High Court 'stay order' on inviting tender to sell them.

DIBRUGARH, Nov 12: Illegal cutting and smuggling of timber still continue in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts despite a Supreme Court ban on such activities.

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WATTLE and bluegum trees have been found to be felled in 100 acres in Ooty forest and smuggled.

KOKRAJHAR, Sept 29: In a major breakthrough, the Bodoland Forest Protection Force of the Forest Department under Kachugaon forest division and local NGOs including Green Forest Conservation and Green Leaf Society unearthed a major illegal timber business recently approximately worth Rs 1 crore in a raid at Jhalabila area under Parbhatjhora subdivision of Kokrajhar district.

One range officer and five guards of forest department sustained serious injuries on Sunday when some timber smugglers ran their vehicle over them in Shungli Bandy area of Teshil Oghi, Mansehra district. The forest department had deployed a team on Jabor Road near Shingle Bandy forest to restrict illegal cutting. According to police, the forest department team signaled a suspected vehicle to stop, but the driver of the vehicle laden with timber did not stop and ran it over the forest team.

The timber mafia in NWFP has wreaked havoc on the forest of Chitral by illegally felling green trees and smuggling them to other parts of the country. However, the government has failed to take action against the network despite initiating investigations through the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).