Monday, 3 October, 2022
TopicEnvironment Ministry

Topic: Environment Ministry

Exemption for ‘strategic’ highways, mining extensions: How govt’s reshaping environmental clearance

Experts say some of the changes introduced & proposed by environment ministry are similar to those in the draft 2020 EIA notification, which never saw light of day post heavy criticism.

‘Won’t dilute safeguards’, Modi govt defends environment clearance ranking system for states

Govt's new system for rating states on environmental clearance has drawn much criticism from environment experts, who say it could lead to hasty clearances.

Cheetah ‘all set to return’ to India 70 years after it went extinct in the country

Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav launched an action plan under which 50 of these big cats will be introduced in the next 5 years. The cheetah went extinct in 1952 in India.

Oil drills, safaris — Amendments to forest act could increase economic activity in reserved areas

On 2 October, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change published a document with 14 proposed changes to FCA allowing more economic activity in protected areas.

Regional offices can now grant forest clearance to ‘supplementary’ mining projects

This means clearances required for additional roads, railway lines, and conveyor belts attached to mining projects need not come from the central government

Govt hails IPCC climate crisis report, says India stand on developed nations’ role ‘vindicated’

Amid pressure from the West to cut emissions to net zero, India has maintained over the years that bulk of responsibility for climate action lies with global north.

After delay due to Covid, Delhi govt says first smog tower will be ready by 15 August

The Delhi cabinet had approved the Rs 20-crore project in October last year. The 20-metre-tall structure, being set up to improve air quality, is being constructed at Connaught Place.

‘Misappropriation’ of funds, lack of transparency in environment ministry schemes: MPs’ panel

Committee found the overall utilisation of funds by the ministry ‘satisfactory’, but raised concerns over implementation of ‘Control of Pollution’ and afforestation schemes.

Caught between SC & Centre, 24 Uttarakhand hydel projects stuck on paper after 2013 floods

Despite 31 Supreme Court hearings and 3 government committee reports, a clear policy on hydroelectricity projects (HEPs) in Uttarakhand has remained elusive. 

Yamuna oxygen levels below detection limit in 5 states, UP has most polluting drains — govt

In affidavit submitted to Supreme Court, pollution control board and environment ministry say 100 of 150 drains are emptying untreated sewage into Yamuna, Haryana & Delhi need an action plan.

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Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
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RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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