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Forest personnel donate money to family of deceased watcher

Days after a 24-year-old Forest Watcher C. Chandru, a native of Pudukottai district, died while retrieving the carcass of an elephant that had slipped into a contour canal and died at Udumalpet in Tirupur district, forest personnel have pooled money to donate it to the family of the deceased. More than 700 Foresters, Forest Guards […]

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Forest, Vet depts. on high alert

Case of a captive tiger developing COVID-19 in a U.S. zoo Wildlife and animal health departments have been put on high alert in the State following a reported case of a captive tiger developing COVID-19 in a U.S. zoo. Surendra Kumar, the Chief Wildlife Warden, Kerala, has issued an advisory to all the field directors, […]

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Trainee forest officers at butterfly conservatory

The 35-member team from other States is currently undergoing training at Tamil Nadu Forest Academy in Coimbatore A group of newly recruited forest range officers from different States — undergoing training in Coimbatore — were taken on a field visit to the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory at Srirangam on Sunday. The objective was to enlighten the […]

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ACB raids forest official, unearths properties valued at ₹3.08 crore

Raids conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu Sleuths of the Central Investigation Unit (CIU) of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) conducted raids on the properties of Kona Rama Krishna, Divisional Manager, Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation Limited (APFDCL), Eluru, on Tuesday. Properties worth about ₹3.08 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income have […]

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Centre likely to extend forest clearances for over 40 mines

Forest clearances for over 40 mines on which leases are set to expire on March 31, 2020, are likely be extended for new lessees that will take over the mines.The environment ministry has drafted a policy of extending forest clearances for non-captive mines that have been already operating for the past 50 years. The policy […]

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Explained: Fires peaked in August, half were in Asia

“Fires in the Amazon sparked a global outcry this summer, but fires have also been blazing in the Arctic, France, Greece, Indonesia as well as many other areas in the world,” the ESA said. Compared to August 2018, there were almost five times as many wildfires across the world in August 2019, the European Space […]

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Centre cautions ex-zoo director

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has “cautioned” former Delhi zoo director, Amitabh Agnihotri, to be “careful in the future”. He would, however, not face any disciplinary action, it said. Multiple irregularities in the Delhi zoo, including false post-mortem reports of animals, were found during his tenure by a 2016 report by […]

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In this forest, window to world is a library

Akshara, which lends books at ₹2 a month, finds a mention in Modi’s ‘Man Ki Baat’ Deep inside the forests of Edamalakkudy is hidden a surprise for the occasional traveller. Here functions Akshara, a tea stall which doubles up as a library, housing works such as Randamoozham, Silapathikaram and most titles of popular Malayalam authors. […]