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India State of Forest Report 2017

India’s total forest cover

According to  India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017, released by Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan on February 12, 2018. India’s total forest cover is 708,273 (about 21.54% of India’s total GA) and tree cover is 93,815 (about 2.85% of the total GA).Taken together, it marks an increase

Unsettling the status quo in Jammu and Kashmir

“Or call it winter, which being full of care, Makes summer’s welcome, thrice more wished, more rare.” — William Shakespeare Whatever the motivation, the appointment of the former Director of the Intelligence Bureau (DIB) Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor for Kashmir is to be welcomed. Better late than never. Predictably, the beleaguered Chief Minister

A new Doctrine for the Indian Armed Forces

Top commanders of the Armed Forces and the civilian government discussed the concept of a new doctrine at length during the six-day armed forces commanders' conference held in New Delhi in the month of April 2017. The previous joint doctrine, which was released in 2006, was based on the successful joint operation made during the Kargil War against Pakistan in 1999. Major

Government approves Rs 25,000-crore package for police reforms

The Union Cabinet approved (September 27) a Rs 25,000-crore outlay for upgrading the internal security apparatus in states by upgrading and reforming the police system. According to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved an umbrella scheme, Modernisation of Police Forces, with the

Mega transport connectivity projects in India


India is situated north of the equator between 8°4' to 37°6' north latitude and 68°7' to 97°25' east longitude. It is the seventh-largest country in the world, with a total area of 3,287,263 square kilometres (1,269,219 sq mi). India measures 3,214 km (1,997 mi) from north to south and 2,933 km (1,822 mi) from east to west. It

Rural Development by Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA)

According to the 2011 census of India, 68.84% of Indians (around 833.1 million people) live in 640,867 different villages. The size of these villages varies considerably. 236,004 Indian villages have a population of fewer than 500, while 3,976 villages have a population of 10,000 plus. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) study on Housing Conditions and Amenities in India, 2008-09,