India News | Written by Sheikh Zaffar Iqbal | Thursday June 11, 2015
Felling of trees is rampant in Jammu and Kashmir, where timber smugglers and forest officials are party to illegal timber trade. Almost 13, 000 hectares of forest land is reportedly under illegal occupation in the state.
Saturday April 25, 2015
The Odisha government on Saturday asked South Korean steel major Posco to make outstanding payment of about Rs 50 crore towards land premium and Rs 18 crore towards net present value for forest land diversion.
India News | Press Trust of India | Monday April 6, 2015
Amid a raging debate on the controversial land bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused opposition parties of misleading people on the issue of tribal and forest land saying such a campaign will hurt the interests of the country.
India News | Reported by Ketki Angre and Sanjay Tiwari, Edited by Shailaja Neelakantan | Wednesday March 25, 2015
On National Highway 7, right in the middle of a lush, green forest near Maharashtra's Pench Tiger Reserve, is a stretch of land used by a quarter of the country's tiger population to move between the forests of central and southern India. This thickly-wooded corridor -- the only one connecting all the forests -- might soon be bereft of green cover,...
Delhi News | Press Trust of India | Wednesday December 10, 2014
The Delhi High Court was told today that granting relief to slum-dwellers of Rangpuri Pahadi here, who are facing eviction, would embolden the encroachers and will adversely affect efforts of the forest department to protect the Ridge land.
India News | Written by Sreenivasan Jain and Manas Roshan | Monday December 8, 2014
The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), the central body in charge of reviewing all industrial and infrastructure projects diverting forest land, has since May not rejected a single proposal, clearing even those rejected by the previous government.
Tuesday October 28, 2014
The CBI has reportedly initiated an enquiry against unknown officials of JSW Steel for alleged irregularities in obtaining environment clearances to acquire forest land in the state of Jharkhand.
Monday October 27, 2014
Reports suggest that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday has registered a preliminary enquiry against the company and some unidentified officials in the ministry of environment and forest in connection with diversion of forest land for mining between 2007 to 2013.
Sunday September 21, 2014
The proposal for diversion of forest land for Jindal Steel and Power Ltd's (JSPL) coal mining project in Jharkhand may come up for discussion in a high-level panel meeting likely this week.
Thursday January 23, 2014
SAIL had approached the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to secure forest clearance for diversion of 635.986 hectares of forest land in Durgaiburu lease of Gua iron ore mines located in Saranda forest area of Jharkhand.
India News | Written by Sreenivasan Jain | Thursday January 2, 2014
In Barnavi refugee camp in Shamli district, home to nearly 300 families who fled the Muzaffarnagar riots, they tell us the camp was settled on wheat fields owned by the village pradhan.
Wednesday January 1, 2014
The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) may decide on Thursday, January 2 whether Reliance Power's ultra-mega power project in Tilaiya, Jharkhand should be exempted from providing non-forest land to compensate for the loss of forest land to be acquired for the project, according to sources.
Monday November 4, 2013
The CCI may decide whether private power producer Reliance Power's 4,000 MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) at Tilaiya in Jharkhand should be spared from the responsibility of providing non-forest land to compensate for the loss of forest land to be acquired for the project.
Friday September 13, 2013
In the case of DVC, the milestones related to land acquisition, forest clearance and equity investment are not fulfilled, the source added.
Sunday August 4, 2013
Projects by state-run companies are exempted from providing compensation in cases where forest land is diverted.
India News | Written by Nazir Masoodi | Sunday April 14, 2013
Kashmir's vast forest cover has virtually vanished - chopped down by smugglers, or cleared by land mafias in pursuit of the real estate goldmine that the Valley had become. The massive vandalisation is the collateral damage of a violent conflict.
India News | Written by Nazir Masoodi; Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Monday December 17, 2012
Senior Congress leader and Jammu and Kashmir minister Taj Mohiuddin is facing serious allegations of encroaching forest land in south Kashmir. Although he has denied the allegations, documents from the forest department with NDTV indict the minister for illegally occupying forest land.
India News | Reported by Sidharth Pandey; edited by Mala Das | Saturday November 10, 2012
After senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka alleged that he was being victimised by the Haryana government for probing dubious land deals involving businessman Robert Vadra, a former bureaucrat too is crying foul. RP Balwan, a former Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, says that he was persecuted by the state government for trying to protect the forests...
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday August 13, 2012
Forest and land fires in Southeast Asia kill an additional 15,000 people annually when the El Nino weather phenomenon grips the region, scientists have estimated. The deaths are caused by higher particle pollution and higher local levels of ozone, both of which are stressors for the lungs and heart, they said.
South | Press Trust of India | Friday June 15, 2012
Karnataka Government would develop "Siri Chandana Vana" (sandalwood orchards) on 10,000 acres of land in the state, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara said on Friday.
Karnataka News | Press Trust of India | Friday March 30, 2012
An FIR has been filed against Karnataka Forests Minister CP Yogeshwara on a complaint by Nandi Engineering Limited (NEL) that he allegedly cheated the firm of Rs 2 crore in lieu of promising to give land for construction of Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project.
India News | Indo-Asian News Service | Friday January 27, 2012
The Supreme Court today stayed the lokayukta police probe against External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. Mr Krishna had challenged the registration of an FIR by the Karnataka Lokayukta (ombudsman) police on allegations that he had illegally de-reserved forest blocks for mining when he was chief minister 1999-2004.
Friday January 20, 2012
The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the MoEF has rejected approval citing that over 965 hectares of forest land that is to be diverted has good quality forests.
NDTV Correspondent | Saturday October 29, 2011
The Economic Survey has made a case for streamlining land acquisition and environmental clearance policy to encourage development of infrastructure projects and called for setting up of a "National Forest Land Bank" in this regard. Amid increasing problems faced in acquiring forest lands for commercial purposes, the Survey for 2010-11 table...