Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers.He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

Will work out a scheme to protect tiger corridors: Prakash Javadekar

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.
Two days after Hindustan Times reported that surplus tigers dispersing out of the Ranthambore National Park might become easy targets for poachers, Union minister of environment, forest and climate change Prakash Javadekar said his ministry will work out a scheme to incentivise industry for reforesting tiger corridors under the “compensatory afforestation scheme”.(Hindustan Times Photo)
Two days after Hindustan Times reported that surplus tigers dispersing out of the Ranthambore National Park might become easy targets for poachers, Union minister of environment, forest and climate change Prakash Javadekar said his ministry will work out a scheme to incentivise industry for reforesting tiger corridors under the “compensatory afforestation scheme”.(Hindustan Times Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2016 09:36 AM IST
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Where are the big cats? Curious case of Ranthambore’s missing tigers

As India’s tiger numbers went up in the last five years, 12 tigers also disappeared in Ranthambore. What happened to them?(Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava/ HT Photo)
As India’s tiger numbers went up in the last five years, 12 tigers also disappeared in Ranthambore. What happened to them?(Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2016 08:01 PM IST
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Scientists say a vulture’s services worth over Rs 5 lakh

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.
Vultures at the Panna tiger reserve. (HT photo)
Vultures at the Panna tiger reserve. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2016 06:05 PM IST
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Pesticides suspected to be carcinogenic escape govt ban list

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.
A farmer sprays pesticide in the cotton field at Pandharkawada in Maharashtra. Many pesticides, likely carcinogenic in nature and banned in many countries, continue to be used in India.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
A farmer sprays pesticide in the cotton field at Pandharkawada in Maharashtra. Many pesticides, likely carcinogenic in nature and banned in many countries, continue to be used in India.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2016 11:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Steady growth of women as farmland owners in a decade

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.
The number of female landholdings swelled by 36% and the area under their control went up by 24% in that decade.(Deepak Gupta/ HT Photo)
The number of female landholdings swelled by 36% and the area under their control went up by 24% in that decade.(Deepak Gupta/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2015 01:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Economic factors, not beef ban, influence cow population

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.
Farmers use cows to thrash paddy after harvesting in a village near Assam. A ban on slaughter doesn’t automatically lead to a flourishing cow population, analysis of government data found.(AP Photo)
Farmers use cows to thrash paddy after harvesting in a village near Assam. A ban on slaughter doesn’t automatically lead to a flourishing cow population, analysis of government data found.(AP Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2015 08:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

GM mustard project may lose main source of funds

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.
Pental is the chief developer of GM mustard in India.(AFP File Photo)
Pental is the chief developer of GM mustard in India.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 17, 2015 10:23 PM IST
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Questions raised over nuclear scientists’ suicide data

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.
Nuclear research reactors within the premises of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, on the outskirts of Mumbai.(AP)
Nuclear research reactors within the premises of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, on the outskirts of Mumbai.(AP)
Updated on Oct 10, 2015 01:30 AM IST
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Climate goals: India’s ambitious plan trumps US and China

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.
India plans to reduce carbon emission intensity by 33-35% from 2005 levels over 15 years.(HT File Photo)
India plans to reduce carbon emission intensity by 33-35% from 2005 levels over 15 years.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2015 12:54 AM IST
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Envt ministry didn’t respond on tribal rights report for 8 months

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.
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.(HT Photo)
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.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2015 09:57 AM IST
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Maharashtra’s sugar-baron politicos owe farmers crores

File photo of Malegaon sugar co-operative in Baramati in Maharashtra.(Satish Bate/HT photo)
File photo of Malegaon sugar co-operative in Baramati in Maharashtra.(Satish Bate/HT photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2015 03:04 PM IST
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Govt to allow pvt sector to manage 40% of forests

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
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‘Oil block auction may hit Naga accord’: Nagaland CM Zeliang

The fields are controlled by Nagaland under a 2012 policy and have been allotted to private companies.
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Updated on Sep 09, 2015 01:05 PM IST
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‘Centre, states undermining tribal rights’

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
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Rural labour market goes from boom to bust

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
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Rural migrants return to villages but find no work there either

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.
Migrant labourers, at Jaipur's 200-feet Bypass, waiting to be hired (Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava/ HT Photo)
Migrant labourers, at Jaipur's 200-feet Bypass, waiting to be hired (Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava/ HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2015 12:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Rahul Noronha & Prabhjit Singh, Jaipur/bhopal/mohali

Rules to bypass forest law for tribals in BJP-ruled states?

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.
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Updated on Aug 10, 2015 11:07 PM IST
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Chhattisgarh puts economic growth ahead of environmental concerns

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.
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Updated on Aug 10, 2015 03:34 AM IST
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VIP sugar mill owners fail to pay debt-hit Karnataka farmers

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.
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Updated on Aug 04, 2015 01:56 AM IST
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India lost original forests 70 times Delhi’s area in 14 years

Records show loss of 10.6 m hectares between 1999 and 2013.
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Updated on Jul 17, 2015 03:22 AM IST
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Few farmers sign up for mobile weather alerts

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
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Updated on Jun 27, 2015 06:53 AM IST
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