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The elephant that died at Mannarkad | Facebook

Pregnant elephant may have accidentally eaten cracker-filled fruit: Environment Ministry

The Environment Ministry also noted that locals often resort to an illegal act of planting explosive-filled fruits to repel wild boars from entering plantation farms.
A locust infestation | Bloomberg

Locust attack badly-timed serious infestation, says environment ministry official

Soumitra Dasgupta, IG Wildlife at Ministry of Environment, said that it happens on a small scale but the current attack is a once-in-a-three decade situation.
Ganga-Brahmaputra delta

How Farakka barrage & govt’s river linking project can sink Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta

Ganga–Brahmaputra–Meghna delta also faces threat from sea-level rise around it as recent study says sea level could reach 85-140 cm by end of this century.
Tourists at a beach in Goa

India wants more Blue Flag beaches, set to identify 20 sites for the voluntary eco-label

Modi govt identified 13 pilot beaches in July 2019 for voluntary eco-label Blue Flag. Ten of these sites are likely to be sent for certification soon.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks at the event Monday

India’s green cover up by over 5,000 sq km but existing forests lost trees: 2018 survey

India State of Forest Report shows maximum increase in tree and forest cover in Karnataka, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Habitats of critically endangered Great Indian Bustard to be declared conservation reserves

According to a Wildlife Institute of India report, there are just 150 of the bird species left in India.
File photo of Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar. | ANI Photo

India will restore 50 lakh hectares of barren land for cultivation by 2030, says Javadekar

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says the target is in addition to India’s pledge to restore 13 mn hectares of degraded land by 2020.
River Yamuna in Delhi

Govt sanctions Rs 5,800 crore for cleaning 34 polluted river stretches, Ganga excluded

The Centre has already released Rs 2,522 crore out of the sanctioned amount under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
Elephants crossing a road |Representational image |Commons

Wild elephants in India have killed more than 1,700 in four years

The deaths have prompted the government to step up measures to minimise potential clashes of elephants with humans.
Environment minister Harshvardhan

Environment minister Harsh Vardhan wants forest officers inducted into tribal affairs ministry

Vardhan rules out rechristening name of forest service since doing so would be ‘a complex process’.

On Camera

Copper fittings | Flickr

Unthinking politics has led to India’s copper shortage. It can’t be aatmanirbhar without it

Shutting down one copper smelting plant has made India a net importer for the first time — and that’s bad news if we want to compete with China’s resource nationalism.
Two amazon packages

These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.