Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicMinistry of Environment

Topic: Ministry of Environment

Why haven’t vacancies in states been filled? Parliament panel pulls up govt on forest fires

The panel says environment ministry hasn't responded to committee's observation on lack of human resources in forest departments, wants it to submit action taken report.

SubscriberWrites: Time to see climate change in terms of national, personal security and cause of economic crash

Currently, public awareness around climate change is quite narrow, as the reportage of natural disasters usually cover it as a matter-of-fact one-off occurrence, writes Ameya Karnad.

Ministerial panel questioning NGT mandate, but forgets the body is always on Centre’s side

The National Green Tribunal decided on 34 appeals against the Centre’s decision to grant environmental clearances in 2020 — it dismissed all except three.

Elephant death ‘inhumane’, Modi govt asks Kerala to identify officers who acted irresponsibly

Calling it a case of negligence, the environment ministry asked the Kerala govt to look into the matter on priority & nab the culprits immediately.

Modi govt amends mining law, community work will not require green clearance

Environment ministry has exempted several activities, including mining by potters and construction work under MNREGA, from needing green clearance.

Modi govt drafts new rules on battery waste management, wants people to give suggestions

The rules will make it mandatory for manufacturers and dealers to collect used batteries against the new ones they sell.

10 more Indian wetlands identified as crucial to global biodiversity. Here’s why it matters

According to India State of Forest Report, 2019, the country has 62,466 wetlands covering 3.83% of its recorded forest area.

India wants international curbs on timber trade lifted, says woodwork industry suffering

As Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna meets in Geneva, India to urge it to delist timber as exotic & endangered species.

Lotus was never notified as the national flower, minister tells Rajya Sabha

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, MoS Nityananda Rai said no notification has been issued regarding a national flower by the government.

On Camera

YourTurn

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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