Articles by Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava
Corridors are crucial links between the protected forests — national parks and wildlife sanctuaries — that tigers use to shift habitats. Compensatory afforestation is carried out by project developers on non-forest land or degraded forest land in lieu of the land diverted for their project.
Updated on May 18, 2016 09:36 AM IST
Updated on Jun 04, 2016 08:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava
As Nature’s primary scavengers, vultures have always been credited with performing a useful service to society and now scientists have put a value to it, highlighting that the birds’ declining population could be costlier than thought.
Updated on Feb 15, 2016 06:05 PM IST
Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi
A clutch of pesticides that could be carcinogenic and banned in many countries will continue their run in India, though a government panel has recently decided to ban 18 insect killers hazardous to human health and prohibited abroad.
Updated on Feb 14, 2016 11:47 PM IST
India witnessed an impressive surge in the number of women owning or managing agricultural land in 2001-11 with landholdings under them registering a faster growth in this period than the ones controlled by men, shows a World Bank-backed study that points to improved gender equity in land rights.
Updated on Dec 12, 2015 01:36 AM IST
A ban on slaughter doesn’t automatically lead to a flourishing cow population, an HT analysis of government data has found, with states like Madhya Pradesh — where cow killing is outlawed — reporting a more than 40% decline in their numbers in rural areas over a decade.
Updated on Nov 24, 2015 08:48 AM IST
The organisation funding the development of genetically modified (GM) mustard crop is considering pulling out of the project, potentially putting a question mark over the fate of the transgenic crop awaiting government nod for commercial production in India.
Updated on Nov 17, 2015 10:23 PM IST
The department of atomic energy appears to be underreporting unnatural deaths of its employees as data show a substantial number of staff suicides at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai over six years since 2008.
Updated on Oct 10, 2015 01:30 AM IST
India’s ambitious climate plan may be better than those by the United States and China but the world needs to do more than what is pledged if global temperature rise is to be capped within a safe limit of two degree Celsius by 2100.
Updated on Oct 03, 2015 12:54 AM IST
The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) has not responded in the past eight months to a slew of letters from the tribal affairs ministry (MoTA) asking for its comments on the report, HT has learnt through the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Updated on Oct 02, 2015 09:57 AM IST
Updated on Sep 28, 2015 03:04 PM IST
The government is set to throw open the management of up to 40% of Indian forests to the private sector to revive degraded forests but experts warn it may destroy complex ecosystems and deprive local communities of a livelihood.
Updated on Sep 13, 2015 09:43 PM IST
The fields are controlled by Nagaland under a 2012 policy and have been allotted to private companies.
Updated on Sep 09, 2015 01:05 PM IST
After tribal rights activists and opposition parties attacked the central government’s policies for not respecting tribal rights, it’s now the National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog which is criticising the government for “undermining” the tribal rights law.
Updated on Sep 07, 2015 01:11 PM IST
The decline in labour-to-land ratio till 2012, due to migration of farm workers into construction and the government’s increased spending on social sector schemes, contributed to a rise in workers’ incomes.
Updated on Sep 07, 2015 01:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi/jaipur
As workers find it difficult to make a living in urban areas, more of them are now going back to villages and fewer rural people are migrating to cities. If the situation remains unchanged, 12 million more will join the agricultural workforce in rural areas by 2018-19 than those in 2012, a study by credit rating firm CRISIL estimated last year.
Updated on Sep 09, 2015 12:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | , Jaipur/bhopal/mohaliKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Rahul Noronha & Prabhjit Singh
Several BJP-ruled states have brought rules and orders that could scuttle implementation of the forest rights act (FRA), reveal documents available with Hindustan Times.
Updated on Aug 10, 2015 11:07 PM IST
The BJP government in Chhattisgarh appears to have put economic growth ahead of environmental concerns, following the central forest ministry’s lead in attempts to dilute tribal’s rights over forestland to push industrialisation.
Updated on Aug 10, 2015 03:34 AM IST
Karnataka’s 65 sugar mills owe Rs 2,238.8 crore to farmers for the past two October-March sugarcane crushing seasons, government data show. HT learnt that a third of this amount is to be paid by factories owned or controlled by leading politicians from the ruling as well as opposition parties.
Updated on Aug 04, 2015 01:56 AM IST
Records show loss of 10.6 m hectares between 1999 and 2013.
Updated on Jul 17, 2015 03:22 AM IST
Only one in nine farming families has signed up for SMS-based weather alert services offered by the government and private players because of lack of awareness and the absence of a concerted push by states
Updated on Jun 27, 2015 06:53 AM IST