Women are India’s fiercest forest protectors

Even the monsoon rains don’t keep the women of Ghunduribadi, a tiny tribal village in India’s eastern state of Odisha, from patrolling the nearby forest at dawn.Clad in colorful saris and armed with sticks and machetes, they file in the rain through rice fields and...

Why we must have water budgets

Groundwater plays an important role in our lives and India’s economy, but it is disappearing fast. There is mounting evidence that we are extracting more than can be naturally replenished. In the hard-rock aquifers of peninsular India, drilling 800 ft or deeper is...

Green penalty may go up from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 crore

New Delhi: Seeking to impose a serious and effective deterrent to prevent violation of environmental laws, the Centre plans to introduce an amendment bill proposing to scale up the fine to a minimum of Rs 5 crore up from Rs 1 lakh and imprisonment up to seven years...

Jharkhand coal scam: CBI court defers its judgement till Mar. 28

Ranchi (Jharkhand) : A Special CBI Court on Monday deferred its judgement till March 28 in a coal scam case pertaining to allotment of a Jharkhand coal block to Jharkhand Ispat Pvt. Ltd (JIPL).The case involves JIPL and its directors R.S. Rungta and R.C. Rungta, who...