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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The Department of Environment and Forests was created in the Central Government, which subsequently became the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) by the mid-1980s.  The MoEF is a focal point and a nodal agency in the administrative structure for planning, promotion and implementation of environment, conservation and forestry-related programmes. 

The mandates of the Ministry include conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife, prevention and control of pollution, afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas and protection of the environment. 


These tasks are being fulfilled by the ministry through environmental impact assessment, eco-regeneration, assistance to organizations implementing environmental and forestry programmes, promotion of environmental and forestry research, extension, education and training to augment the requisite manpower, dissemination of environmental information, international cooperation and creation of environmental awareness among all sectors of the country's population.


What began as a book on birds at the Indian International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi grew into “Garden Birds of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur”. (A Bird’S-Eye View, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Batman was in the spotlight again in Hong Kong as the movie's producers came under fire for asking tenants along a waterfront to keep their lights on all night for a week to better show off the city's glass and steel skyline. (Heat Over Batman, Pioneer, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 08, 2007)

Oil price hit $84 a barrel a few days ago, amidst fears that the Kurdish rebel problem would lead to the snapping of Iraq’s supplies. (Are Indian Oil Companies ‘Bidding On The Riskiest Properties’ Overseas?, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 07, 2007)

India’s green energy proponents are looking for a major policy boost to the sector, one that will significantly increase the use of renewable sources for energy generation, including in the transportation sector. (Giving Green Power A Policy Boost, Business Line, N. Ramakrishnan , Nov 07, 2007)

What began as a book on birds at the Indian International Centre (IIC) grew into “Garden Birds of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur”. This exhaustive catalogue written by Samar Singh, with photos by Nikhil Devasar and Amano Samarpan, has been publi shed by . . . . (A Bird’S-Eye View, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The UN's Global Environment Outlook-4 (Geo-4) warns that consumption levels are fast depleting the world's resources, outpacing regeneration. (Abominable Footprints, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 06, 2007)

In what could further hold up the Forest Rights Act, the PM has named two trenchant critics of the government — noted tiger conservationist Valmik (Pm Names Govt Baiters To Examine Rules Of Forest Act, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

It is telling that Will Smith was recently named the one actor who is guaranteed to recoup a blockbusters costs he has largely avoided the gossip magazine circuit and has never, as far as I know, invited Hello! into his lovely home.. (Brad Just Aint Box-Office , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

It would be premature to speculate at this juncture whether Pakistan is destined for another phase of martial law in the event of Parvez Musharraf’s re-election as President being blackballed ~ if club jargon is quite the word ~ by the Supreme Court. (Edits, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has proposed to reduce the Lutyen's Bungalow Zone and rechristen it as New Delhi Bungalow Area. (Proposal To Shrink Lutyen’S Zone , Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

What began as a book on birds at the Indian International Centre (IIC) grew into “Garden Birds of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur”. (A Bird’S-Eye View, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Britons must swap their wasteful habits with food for the thrifty approach of previous generations by buying less and eating leftovers if the UK is to play its part in averting climate change, shoppers were warned yesterday. (Uk’S Colossal Waste Affecting Climate Change Says Report, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

The Indian government wants to recruit retired soldiers to patrol tiger sanctuaries in the hopes of saving the last of the cats after an official report confirmed a drastic drop in wild tiger numbers. (India's Wild Tiger Population Drops, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Planting trees or raising plantations doesnot recover lost habitats or create pristine natural forests. It is, therefore, no antidoteto habitat fragmentation. (“Greening India” But Losing Forests, Hindu, PRAVEEN BHARGAV, Nov 02, 2007)

MOVING quickly, the government has accepted all the demands pertaining to land reforms raised by the 25,000-plus tribesmen, “untouchables” and landless labourers who had converged on the national capital to shame the government into. . . (The Long March, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Oct 31, 2007)

Market capitalisation is not the best indicator. Nor may Reliance Petroleum equity have been counted properly. (Let The Rupee Go, Indian Express, Bibek Debroy, Oct 31, 2007)

NEGLECT threatens to deprive Lahore of its archaeological heritage. Its magnificent Mughal monuments are fast running the risk of losing their splendour to the fatal combination of pollution, human intervention and a lack of money and expertise . . . (Lahore’S Heritage Needs Care, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Oct 30, 2007)

There is a perception in corporate circles that motivation is always a top-down affair with the boss motivating the subordinates, the premise being that the man or woman at the helm of affairs is a highly motivated individual and only . . . . . (Motivating The Boss, Business Line, C. V. Aravind, Oct 30, 2007)

Defending the India-U.S. civil nuclear deal, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar on Sunday said it could help in fulfilling growing energy requirements of the country. (Nuclear Deal Will Be Beneficial, Says Kakodkar , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

WE are living beyond our means and courting environmental, economic and human disaster. (Do Or Die, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Oct 29, 2007)


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