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Net Present Value is the upfront payment made by various infrastructure projects for the loss of forests and its ecosystem services, and is used for various conservation efforts by the ministry.(HT Photo)

Government may tweak policy for infra projects in forest areas

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 05:37 AM IST
In 2002, SC had directed that infrastructure projects pay NPV for the forest loss while hearing the TN Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs. Union of India case related to forests.
Four teeth of musk deer, one head, skin and two legs of a mountain goat were recovered from the poachers, say officials. (HT Photo)
Four teeth of musk deer, one head, skin and two legs of a mountain goat were recovered from the poachers, say officials. (HT Photo)

Teeth of musk deer, head recovered from 5 poachers in Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The officials also recovered wires used for trapping the animals.
The Centre had asked the Uttarakhand government to consider avoiding sensitive areas to extend the runway because of an elephant corridor near it.(Representational Photo)
The Centre had asked the Uttarakhand government to consider avoiding sensitive areas to extend the runway because of an elephant corridor near it.(Representational Photo)

No land to extend Dehradun airport’s runway except forest: Uttarakhand govt to Centre

HIndustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 04:51 PM IST
On November 24, the Uttarakhand State Wildlife Advisory Board approved the denotification of Shivalik Elephant Reserve as an elephant reserve to pave way for the expansion of Dehradun airport project.
A sambar fawn speared to death on a fence within Sukhna Nature Trail.(PHOTO: DIVYE MATHUR)
A sambar fawn speared to death on a fence within Sukhna Nature Trail.(PHOTO: DIVYE MATHUR)

Wildbuzz: A fawn not spared

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:40 PM IST
A well-intentioned move can at times have serious repercussions
A public litigation filed at the Punjab and Haryana high court has alleged that Khair trees are being felled illegally in the Siswan forest area.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A public litigation filed at the Punjab and Haryana high court has alleged that Khair trees are being felled illegally in the Siswan forest area.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

HC puts Punjab govt on notice for illegal felling of Khair trees

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 11:39 PM IST
Petition filed alleging forest mafia is using illegal methods to cut trees in Panchayat and forest land
Wildlife rescuers take a snake back to its natural habitat, after it was spotted in an autorickshaw.
Wildlife rescuers take a snake back to its natural habitat, after it was spotted in an autorickshaw.

Snake in your backyard? Wildlife rescuers say don’t panic!

HIndustan Times | By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 12:25 PM IST
Monsoon might be at its fag end, but there’s still at least another month till when there are high chances of you spotting a wild animal or reptile when in Delhi-NCR. Here’s what you ought to do in such a situation.
The state forest department is using innovative pine needle check-dam technology in a bid to reduce the forest fire incidents.(HT Photo)
The state forest department is using innovative pine needle check-dam technology in a bid to reduce the forest fire incidents.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand shows 98% dip in forest area gutted this year compared to 2019

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 10:26 PM IST
In Uttarakhand, 0.17%, 1.60%, 9.32%, 21.66%, and 67.25% of total forest cover comes under extremely fire-prone, very highly fire-prone, highly moderately fire-prone, and less fire-prone categories, respectively.
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HT Image

Leopard with severed paw falls into 15-ft empty water tank in Panchkula, rescued

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yuvraj Kaushal, Panchkula
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 11:33 PM IST
The incident was reported from Tikri village in Morni block of the district at around 10.15am following which the local police and wildlife teams reached the spot
The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)
The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)

Resettlement colony at Aarey will test environment groups

UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The resettlement colony at Aarey will be a test for environment groups that had carried out some of the most sustained public protests in the city against tree felling at Aarey Milk Colony
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HT Image

Tiger attack in Bhandara?

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 01:02 AM IST
Other than being a rich biodiverse forest and a huge carbon sink, Saranda is home to a large number of animal, bird and reptile species(HT PHOTO)
Other than being a rich biodiverse forest and a huge carbon sink, Saranda is home to a large number of animal, bird and reptile species(HT PHOTO)

Don’t jeopardise forests for mining

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 07:06 PM IST
India needs a new policy framework to protect forests

Chandigarh shows highest increase in forest cover among UTs in 2 yrs

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rachna Verma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:47 AM IST
It has gone up by 2% from 21.56 to 22.03 sq km
A screengrab from the video shows the leopard pouncing on the bike.(Twitter/@susantananda3)
A screengrab from the video shows the leopard pouncing on the bike.(Twitter/@susantananda3)

Leopard pounces on bikers, misses by inches. Heart-stopping video captured

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 08:19 PM IST
The video, clicked at night time, shows an empty and dimly lit road. However, a close look reveals a leopard standing on the roadside.
Nearly 2%, or 13,000 sq km, of India’s total forest area is occupied by encroachers, the environment ministry has said(REUTERS)
Nearly 2%, or 13,000 sq km, of India’s total forest area is occupied by encroachers, the environment ministry has said(REUTERS)

2% of India’s forest land is encroached

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 12:36 AM IST
The largest area encroached on is in Madhya Pradesh with about 5347.17 sq km, or nearly 7%, of 7,7414 sq km of forests being occupied by squatters; followed by Assam (11.28%) and Odisha (1.5%), according to the ministry.
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HT Image

Thrust on ecotourism as Himachal cabinet okays new policy

Hindustan Times, Shimla | By HT Correspondent, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2019 11:18 PM IST
The new policy lays special emphasis on ecotourism, agro-organic tourism, snow tourism, lake tourism, adventure tourism, religious tourism, cultural and heritage tourism
The incident came to light due to foul odour emanating from decomposing carcasses.(Getty Images/iStockphoto file photo)
The incident came to light due to foul odour emanating from decomposing carcasses.(Getty Images/iStockphoto file photo)

Legs tied with strings, 90 stray dogs found dead in Maharashtra, case lodged

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 06:01 AM IST
The carcasses of the dogs were found strewn at various spots on Girda-Savaldabara Road in a forest area in the east Maharashtra district on Thursday evening, an official said.
A petitioner at the Bombay high court (HC), along with citizen groups, has identified 86 tree species on the 33-ha plot in Aarey where Metro-3 car shed will be built. (Representative Image)(Hindustan Times)
A petitioner at the Bombay high court (HC), along with citizen groups, has identified 86 tree species on the 33-ha plot in Aarey where Metro-3 car shed will be built. (Representative Image)(Hindustan Times)

Activists find 86 tree species at Metro car shed site in Aarey

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 12:46 AM IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tree authority has already approved the felling of 2,185 trees and transplantation of 464 trees. Currently, no tree can be felled until the matter is heard on September 17.
Large Python rescued on New Yamuna bridge.(HT photo)
Large Python rescued on New Yamuna bridge.(HT photo)

Reptile scare: Residents of Prayagraj City in ‘troubled waters’

Hinduistan Times, Prayagraj | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 12:37 PM IST
Forest department is on alert and has deployed rescue teams for catching the snakes and pythons and releasing them in the forest areas.
Forest department tells court that as many as 95 monkeys had been caught since 2018.(HT PHOTO)
Forest department tells court that as many as 95 monkeys had been caught since 2018.(HT PHOTO)

Chandigarh to intensify efforts to deal with monkey menace

HT Correspondent, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 12:42 AM IST
Forest and wildlife department tells court it has established a helpline number for complaints
A senior DDA said that the land can be allotted only if the Supreme Court agrees to it.(HT image)
A senior DDA said that the land can be allotted only if the Supreme Court agrees to it.(HT image)

Rebuild Ravidas temple at same or alternative site: Vijay Goel

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 01:20 AM IST
The demolition of the temple, which was carried out on the directions of the Supreme Court, has become a political issue with various political parties demanding it be reconstructed.
The Delhi Development Authority’s vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor said the land-owning agency had acted as per SC orders.(Ht photo)
The Delhi Development Authority’s vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor said the land-owning agency had acted as per SC orders.(Ht photo)

Amid police cover, locals make beeline for demolished temple

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 11:39 AM IST
Following the demolition on Saturday, authorities had also reconstructed a portion of the boundary wall of the forest which had earlier been torn down.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) team was put on alert and forest department officials were called in on Wednesday after some locals claimed to have spotted a leopard in the forest area of NTPC Dadri,(Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) team was put on alert and forest department officials were called in on Wednesday after some locals claimed to have spotted a leopard in the forest area of NTPC Dadri,(Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

NTPC Dadri on alert after claims of leopard spotting

Noida | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 01:37 AM IST
According to NTPC officials, some locals claimed to have spotted pug marks but it was unclear which animal made the marks.
The app will record all rescue operations, along with its location and provide inputs to assess man-animal conflicts.(HT Archive)
The app will record all rescue operations, along with its location and provide inputs to assess man-animal conflicts.(HT Archive)

Wildlife department to launch app to record sighting of wildlife species

Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 08:07 AM IST
The department will record sightings of each wildlife species in the district, and officials said the app will have details of each rescue operation, sighting, distribution of wildlife species and their movements.
The data can become a basis to resolve the long pending issue of declaring critical tiger habitats under the Forest Rights Act 2005 through philosophy of co-existence.(Sushil Prajapati/HT FILE PHoto)
The data can become a basis to resolve the long pending issue of declaring critical tiger habitats under the Forest Rights Act 2005 through philosophy of co-existence.(Sushil Prajapati/HT FILE PHoto)

New tiger estimation report provides glimpse of hope for human-animal co-existence

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 05:21 PM IST
The tiger estimation report shows that the flora and fauna in the tiger landscapes of Shivalik Hills and Gangetic Plains, Central India and Eastern Ghats and southern Western Ghats has improved despite people living there, leading to tigers colonising new forest area of about 24,509 square km between 2014 and 2018.
Nalluri Srinivasa Rao was a Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) member representing the Peda Midisileru village.(HT PHOTO.)
Nalluri Srinivasa Rao was a Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) member representing the Peda Midisileru village.(HT PHOTO.)

In Telangana, Maoists suspect TRS leader of being an informer, kill him

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 10:13 PM IST
In the letter, the Maoists alleged that Srinivasa Rao had colluded with the police and was acting as an informer for them.
Fifty-year-old Banalata, who is a resident of Gosaba area, about 87 km to the south of Kolkata, was on a boat when a tiger suddenly attacked the boat.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Fifty-year-old Banalata, who is a resident of Gosaba area, about 87 km to the south of Kolkata, was on a boat when a tiger suddenly attacked the boat.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Out to catch crabs, woman dragged away by tiger in Bengal’s Sundarbans

Hindustan Times, Midnapore | By Koushik Dutta
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2019 12:36 PM IST
Three other women who had accompanied Tarafdar on a boat, managed to return safely and informed the forest department and police station about the incident.
Civic chief Praveen Pardeshi said Mumbai’s infrastructure is not capable of handling climate change and change in rainfall pattern.(HT File)
Civic chief Praveen Pardeshi said Mumbai’s infrastructure is not capable of handling climate change and change in rainfall pattern.(HT File)

Mumbai’s infra can’t handle change in rainfall pattern, climate change : BMC chief

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 08:26 AM IST
Since the 2005 deluge, Pardeshi said, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has spent thousands of crores on monsoon preparedness, but expectations keep rising.
Yeoor forest department officials seized the leopard skin and booked five people in the case.(HT Photo)
Yeoor forest department officials seized the leopard skin and booked five people in the case.(HT Photo)

Skin of adult leopard seized in Yeoor; 5 arrested for poaching

Hindustan Times | By Megha Pol, Thane
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 02:08 PM IST
The accused had allegedly bought the skin from a person in Roha, Raigad
RK Tiwari, sub-divisional forest officer (SDO) Kalagarh said the instructions had been issued by principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Jai Raj, who visited the elephant shelter in Kalagarh on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)
RK Tiwari, sub-divisional forest officer (SDO) Kalagarh said the instructions had been issued by principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Jai Raj, who visited the elephant shelter in Kalagarh on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)

To de-stress elephants, Corbett administration to introduce activities, football

Hindustan Times, Nainital | By Neeraj Santoshi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 06:16 PM IST
The officials are already worried about the increasing aggression in some of the wild elephants in the Corbett Tiger Reserve. In the case of the elephants that are with the Park for patrolling, the officials warned that in the absence of their herd/family and natural way of living in the wild, these elephants may be developing stress.
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