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Arunachal’s Dibang Valley becomes trending, 2.7 lakh trees to be felled for hydro project

The Union Environment Ministry’s Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) is considering to take a call on granting clearance to hydroelectric project in one of the most biodiverse Himalayan zones in Arunachal Pradesh, Dibang Valley.

Dibang Valley, in Arunachal Pradesh, forms part of the Eastern Himalaya Global Biodiversity Hotspot, one of the 36 such global biodiversity hotspots across the world that contain 60% of the planet’s faunal diversity. The valley harbors more than 75 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and 43 species of amphibians.

The proposed hydropower project will remove over 2.7 lakh trees from dense tropical forests in the valley. Conservationists and scientists have expressed their concerns over the project.

Uttarakhand Forest Dept seeks to temporarily transfer Rajaji land for Kumbh facilities

Uttarakhand Forest Dept has proposed to transfer vacant lands in Rajaji National Park and the Narendra Nagar Forest division temporarily to the Kumbh Mela Samiti to create facilities for devotees. The decision has caused considerable concern among the environment and wildlife activists.

A proposal has been moved to the Centre, seeking permission to transfer 778 hectares of land to the Kumbh Mela Samiti for nine months. Around 10 crore devotees are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela which is likely to start in January next year.

Himalayan peaks visible from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh

While the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic by following lockdown rules and isolating themselves, nature seems to be on a rejuvenation mode with lots of heart-melting moments being captured across the globe. This time it was Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The AQI index, which in India is generally well on the higher side, dipped below 50 in the region, allowing residents to wake up to the beautiful sight of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas. It was for the first time in 30 years, residents recalled. Earlier, in the first week of April, residents of Jalandhar were surprised when they woke up to see Himachal Pradesh’s Dhauladhar mountain range from their rooftops.

Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh becomes coronavirus free

Kangra district, where the first two cases in the state surfaced on March 20, has become coronavirus free. A total of five cases were reported from Kangra district. Four of them recovered. Whereas a 69-year-old man who had traveled from the USA died of coronavirus on March 23. Twelve patients from Una district, five each from Solan and Chamba, four from Kangra and one patient from Sirmaur district also recovered. The remaining active cases are from Una, Hamirpur, Chamba and Sirmaur districts of the hill state. Chamba district has also become COVID-19 free on Saturday.

IIT-Guwahati comes up with bamboo furniture for hospitals

A team at IIT-Guwahati has come up with an innovative idea to create temporary COVID-19 health care facilities of bamboo, mass production of which will be quick and low cost. The step will aid the fight against COVID-19 and meet demands arising out of the hospitalization of more people.

The team at IIT Guwahati’s design department has pitched the idea to the authorities and highlighted that the furniture can be used at primary health care centers in rural areas and makeshift isolation wards can be set up in places like indoor stadiums. It can be easily disposed of when the virus has been contained.

(By: Gautam Kumar)



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