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Green panel allows Great Nicobar plan to advance -Pankaj Sekhsaria

-The Hindu Environment Appraisal Committee which flagged concerns over project has now ‘recommended’ it ‘for grant of terms of reference’ for EIA studies The Environment Appraisal Committee (EAC) - Infrastructure I of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has flagged serious concerns about NITI Aayog’s ambitious project for Great Nicobar Island (‘NITI Aayog vision for Great Nicobar ignores tribal, ecological concerns’, The Hindu, March 21, 2021). The committee has,...

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Hurry! Applications for the 2nd round of NFI Fellowships for Independent Journalists reporting in English and Malayalam languages are now open till May 21st, 2021

India is facing a second and worse wave of Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, the country requires journalism to tell the stories of courage, of loss and grief, of the state of preparedness and about the efforts being made by communities, individuals, civil society and government. Journalists are needed to document with rigour the gaps and lacunae in governance when it appears. At the same time, journalists need to be vigilant about...

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Care centres in Telangana a boon for children of COVID-19 positive patients -Rahul V Pisharody

-The Indian Express Pratyusha Sharma, joint secretary of the SCSC, said the three centres are fully equipped to ensure a secure Environment for children in the age group of 7 to 14 till their parents recover from Covid-19. Hyderabad: Last Wednesday, when 41-year-old Raman Jeet Singh received a phone call informing him about the need to temporarily house a 10-year-old boy whose parents were hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment, Singh himself was positive...

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A ‘One Health’ approach that targets people, animals -Atul Chaturvedi

-The Hindu The battle against COVID-19 should also be used as an opportunity to meet India’s ‘One Health’ targets The father of modern pathology, Rudolf Virchow, emphasised in 1856 that there are essentially no dividing lines between animal and human medicine. This concept is ever more salient as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions that took place around World Veterinary Day, on April 24, 2021, focused on acknowledging...

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Environment ministry eases norms for industry expansion -Jayashree Nandi

-Hindustan Times Earlier this week, the ministry released a user manual for online submission of an undertaking on no increase in pollution load due to expansion, on its Parivesh website. The Environment ministry has allowed companies operating in several industries, including some polluting ones, to expand capacities on the basis of a self-certification that this will not “increase the pollution load”, creating the room for potential misdeclaration (and misuse), especially in light...

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