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Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 34, 2011

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 34 (starting August 22), 2011

1. No need of forest scam probe, babu tells CVC

Is this why the clamour for a Lokpal Bill has struck a chord? Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had recommended probe into a forestry scam in Haryana, and asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to suggest which agency should conduct the investigation. But a vigilance officer in the ministry instead wrote to the CVC, stating the case has been closed and did not require any further action.

2. Government to prepare a national bio-energy mission to boost power generation from biomass

The government is preparing a national bio-energy mission to boost power generation from biomass, a renewable energy source abundantly available in India.

3. Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, organises ‘The Book Week’

Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, hosted a grand exhibition on the occasion of ‘The Book Week’, which was inaugurated by Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society, in the presence of school principal Jyoti Bose, the staff, members of the managing committee and students.

4. Bhopal holocaust victims troop to Anna

These families have been waiting for justice for more than 26 years. The disaster that struck on a December night changed the lives of not only the survivors but also of their future generations. Still battling with the effects of the gas that poisoned them, injustice and their economically weak condition, these men and women have extended their support to anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

5. Planning Commission concerned at coal shortfall

The Planning Commission has sounded the alarm over falling coal supplies, saying that special consideration should be made for projects in environmentally sensitive areas.

6. Thriving used-products market to hit e-waste recycling plan

A thriving second-hand market will restrict implementation of compulsory recycling of old televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, air-conditioners, computers and mobile phones from May next year, say manufacturers.

7. SC stops mining in Chitradurga, Tumkur

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered suspension of iron ore mining in Chitradurga and Tumkur districts based on the Central Empowered Committee’s finding that rampant illegal mining has caused serious damage to environment there.

8. Green panel recommends clearance to SAIL, MOIL joint venture in Chattisgarh

A proposed ferro alloys joint venture between SAIL and MOIL in Chhattisgarh worth an estimated Rs 400 crore has been recommended for clearance by a green panel, but with certain riders.

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Aastha Kukreti
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Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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