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Mayank Aggarwal

  • Development is important but should have least disturbance to tribals: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government has clearly put down its resolve to get rid of “environment clearances” roadblock and restart India’s growth and thus proposals are apparently being mooted to exempt projects like roads & highways, transmission lines from seeking consent of “Gram...

    Friday, 25 July 2014 - 3:45pm
  • Government rejigs green clearance rules

    New rules: Govt lifts moratorium for such clearances, to "re-assess" Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index on the basis of which 43 polluted areas in the country were being identified

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 6:40am
  • Field trials of rice, cotton on the anvil

    The Union environment ministry on Friday cleared 15 proposals for field trials of certain varieties of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including rice, chickpea, mustard, cotton and others. The decision, however, did not found favour with activists raising voice against GM crops asking government to...

    Saturday, 19 July 2014 - 6:55am
  • What makes Maharashtra and Gujarat rivers most polluted in the country

    The environment ministry has identified 150 polluted stretches of rivers across India which need conservation work but interestingly nearly 1/3rd of those polluted river stretches are in Maharashtra and Gujarat alone.

    Friday, 18 July 2014 - 7:15am
  • River of funds to flow for Ganga

    River Ganga's conservation and development was a major talking point for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his campaign and the Union budget provided a glimpse of what's in store for the river with Rs 2,150 crore being allocated for its conservation and ghats development while around Rs 4,200...

    Friday, 11 July 2014 - 6:55am
  • Rs 100 crore club smacks of tokenism

    In what many felt was merely an action of tokenism to please various constituencies, finance minister Arun Jaitley launched 28 schemes and programmes with allocation of Rs 100 crore each in his maiden budget.

    Friday, 11 July 2014 - 7:20am
  • Deficient monsoon: Government ready with contingency plan

    The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) remains hopeful of monsoon revival even as the truant showers have meant an average 43 per cent deficient rainfall this season with around 90% of the country getting deficient or scanty rainfall. IMD was hopeful of the monsoon's revival in July but numbers...

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 8:00am
  • Withstanding huge development pressure, India's forest grows

    In what could be music to ears of green activists, India's forest cover has increased, even if marginally by only 5,871 square kilometer, withstanding huge pressure for growth and development. India's State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2013, which comes out biennially, released by Environment Minister...

    Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 6:40am
  • Has Uma Bharti done an U-turn on Ganga? Activists believe so

    Firebrand BJP leader Uma Bharti, who once was against dams to save river Ganga, on Monday batted for them claiming advent of new technology allows dams and minimum ecological flow to co-exist. Environmentalist, however, were not impressed with the Union minister for water resources, Ganga...

    Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 6:45am
  • Now, India to give 10 yearly forecast too

    With their weather predictions improving, a confident Union earth sciences ministry is now set to launch the 'decadal forecasts' which would enable government to plan well in advance in case of poor monsoon, drought or excess rainfall. Decadal forecasts in simple terms means climate predictions –...

    Monday, 7 July 2014 - 5:50am

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