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Hydel project to choke Dooars!

Hydel project shadow on Dooars; Sankosh-Teesta Canal May Wreak Havoc On Forests



The Union government is reportedly planning a mega hydroelectric project on the Sankosh river in Bhutan that experts feel may lead to massive loss of greenery and wreak havoc on the biodiversity of the Dooars. 
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Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has said the great demand for Tiger and leopard parts in China is a serious threat to conservation.

Ramesh said the traditional 'Year of the Tiger' being observed in China this year is of particular concern, as it would induce poaching due to lucrative returns.

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A radio-collared Tiger in the Sundarbans has reportedly crossed over into Bangladesh, forest officials have found. A radio collar worth around Rs 6-7 lakh was placed around the neck of the Tiger on May 21.    

“This once again confirms that wild animals do not understand political boundaries and often move across the


A Tiger entered into Kalitala village of the Shamshernagar area in North 24-Parganas on Sunday evening. It was spotted on a village path by three youths on a motorcycle. The petrified youths’ scream for help and the headlight of the bike scared the big cat, which dived into the nearby river and swam to the forest.     

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Four bison died after being chased by villagers and forest officials at Banerhat, Dooars, on Sunday morning. The four were part of a herd of five bison that had strayed out of a forest early in the day. 

While two of the bison died of cardiac arrest after foresters fired tranquillizers at them, the third one succumbed to


Two days after a female elephant died after being hit by a speeding train at Banerhat in the Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district, a sub-adult female elephant was run over by a special train carrying BSF jawans from J&K to Guwahati in the early hours 2.10 am of Thursday. 

The accident occurred on the NJP-Alipurduar route between


Many questions will again be asked over impacts of tourism in Tiger Reserves. It has over & again been proved that tourism is a positive factor to conservation. But alarm bells are ringing loud in parks like Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Corbett & a few others where mafia calls the shots with a section of corrupted foresters. Will


Foresters have caught as many as five tigers in the Sunderbans in the last four days. Of these, three had strayed into human habitat. Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR) officers have run along the length and breadth of Sunderbans for the last few days, with tigers lurking in villages adjoining the forest areas.    

On Thursday,


A Tigress captured in the Sundarbans on May 18th had to be brought to the Alipore Zoo Hospital in Kolkata for treatment yesterday. The Big cat was trapped in the Netidhopani forest & was supposed to be fitted with a radio collar. But officials soon realised that the animal was ill & would not be able go bear the strain of


This case has yet again alarmed us all on how we treat our animals. The news is pathetic but not surprising at all !  

Many of you might have been witnesses to the hooliganism of a section of tourist operators that have been growing like a cancer in parks like Bandhavgarh. In February 2007 we were witness to such a case when