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Madhya Pradesh

Tribals, forest department at loggerheads over tendu leaves

Issue Date: May 29, 2012
Tribal residents of village Bod in Baitul district of Madhya Pradesh have refused to hand over three truck-loads of tendu leaves gathered by them to the forest department, demanding that they be paid Rs 250 for 100 bundles of leaves instead of the Rs 75 they are being paid now.

Tigers buffered

Issue Date: May 31, 2012

‘Government of MP has always tried to fudge data’

Issue Date: May 14, 2012
What has been the response of Madhya Pradesh government on questions regarding supply of clean drinking water?

Supreme Court stalls Centre’s plan to reintroduce cheetahs in India

Issue Date: May 8, 2012
The Supreme Court has stayed the Centre’s ambitious cheetah re-introduction project. The project initiated by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2010 aimed to bring the cheetah, which became extinct from India’s forests in 1952, back to the country.

Supreme Court refuses to lift stay on sand mining in Andhra Pradesh

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: May 8, 2012
The Supreme Court has refused to vacate the stay granted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on sand mining in the state. While considering a bunch of special leave petitions (SLP) moved by the state government and others, the apex court directed the state government to approach the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to get clearance for sand mining in accordance with the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) notification.

Heat waves strike Gujarat, Rajasthan

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Apr 7, 2012
With summers setting in and temperatures soaring, heat waves struck Gujarat and Rajasthan in west and north India. The temperature in Gujarat and Rajasthan crossed 40oC in the last week of March. In Maharashtra day temperature rose up to 39oC in the first week of April.

Madhya Pradesh bans gutkha and other chewing tobacco products

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Apr 3, 2012
Concerned over increasing cases of mouth cancer in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government has banned all chewing tobacco products like gutkha from April 1. In three days tobacco worth over Rs 38 lakh and 26 lakh pouches was confiscated. Earlier in March, health minister Narottam Mishra had announced in the state assembly that licences of two gutkha manufacturing companies, Rajshree gutkha and Guru gutkha, had been cancelled and no new company making chewing tobacco would be allowed to set base in the state.

Baigas cheated of community forest rights

Issue Date: Mar 6, 2012
Residents of Ranjra, a Baiga tribal village in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh, spent many months of 2011 collecting a variety of edible tubers, roots and medicinal plants found in their forest.

Green tribunal fines appellant for frivolous litigation

Issue Date: Feb 9, 2012
In an effort to control frivolous litigation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on a person who first challenged the environmental clearance granted to a thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh but later withdrew his plea saying the project was good for development of the region.
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