Bangalore, DHNS:

The State Forest Department has been a mute spectator to the gross violation of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as mechanised earthmoving equipment are being moved into the State protected areas and tiger reserves.

Maharashtra preparing to relocate people but without groundwork

Aarti Dhar NEW DELHI: The Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) has released another batch of five bear (Ursus thibetanus) into the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. The bear, hand-reared at the CBRC, were being acclimatised in the wild at Upper Dikarai since September.

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Marcus Dam KOLKATA: Two Czech nationals, held for allegedly smuggling specimens of beetles and moths from the northern range of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on June 22, were remanded to judicial custody by a local court at a special session on Wednesday after their pleas for bail were rejected for the second time. The insects were found in the possession of the two men, Peter Svacha and Emil Kucera

Forest officials arrested three persons and detained one Tata Mobile vehicle for allegedly involved in catching frogs at Gaonkarwado-Usgao on June 7 at about 12.30 am. According to reports, arrested ones include Thomas Sebestiao and Patrick Pacheco (both from Raia, Salcette) and Anand Chandwadkar from Bethora-Ponda and recovered 70 frogs from them. They have been arrested under Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. Frogs are in demand in many restaurants and hunting is done specially during the monsoons.

Hinting that there could be a

coastal campaign: The National Fishworker's Forum began a two-month campaign in Gujarat to draw public attention to the centre's move to dilute Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991, and

Tuticorin: The Department of Forests will carry out a Centre-sponsored project for conservation and management of Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve on an estimated outlay of Rs.50 lakh during this financial year. Speaking to The Hindu, L. Nadhan, District Forest Officer, said that the project was aimed at augmenting the infrastructure and income generation activities along the coastal villages of the district thereby reduce the dependency of fishermen on the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere for their livelihood.

The number of antelopes is dwindling day by day in the district, thanks to nature's fury and the laxity of authorities. Hundreds of antelopes including Chinkara, Chousinga, Spotted Deer and Sambar were living in the islands of Godavari River including Narayanalanka, Addankivarilanka, Veedhivarilanka, Kedarulanka, Sathemmalanka and Nandapallilanka.

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