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El Nino may lead to rainfall deficit, drought in 2014

Issue Date: Apr 16, 2014
There is a 40 per cent chance that rainfall in 2014 would be less than average and a 25 per cent chance that there would be a drought, says a forecast released by private weather forecasting company Skymet. The agency has also predicted that there is no chance of excess rainfall this year. India will receive 94 per cent of normal rains and all four months of the rainy season (June to September) will individually also receive less rain. See also:  Interview Ten of 13 drought years in India since 1951 were in the years of El Nino  

What drains mean to cities

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently directed the municipal bodies of Delhi and other authorities responsible for maintenance of stormwater drains to protect them from encroachment and pollution. NGT has also come down heavily on hospitals for releasing toxic pollutants into stormwater drains. The tribunal's order came in response to a petition filed before NGT by Manoj Mishra, a retired Indian Forest Service officer, and Madhu Bhaduri, a former diplomat, opposing covering of stormwater drains.

SC stays own decision to transfer environmental cases from high courts to green tribunal

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
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Supreme Court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
Transgender people will no longer have to compulsorily term themselves as male or female for getting government benefit.

Foreign Vedanta funds Cong, BJP

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2014

Forest officials have subverted premier research body for personal benefit: CAG

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
Over a 100 Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers, whose job is primarily to protect and conserve forests, are presently occupying numerous higher posts of researchers in the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)—the apex body in the country for research in forestry. They have neither the knowledge nor the experience in research that qualifies them for these posts.