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Villagers say won’t ever leave sanctuary (August Week #5 (2013))
And one approaches the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern ridge, one would hope to leave behind all this and enjoy exotic plants, rare animals amid dense forests and water bodies. What comes
across, however, is totally unexpected.

Welcome to Sanjay Colony, a village of 25,000 people living illegally in the sanctuary without access to proper housing, toilets, drinking water 

and other similar amenities.....

The villagers — artisans in stone-cutting and quarrying — migrated from Pakistan via Rajasthan.  They mined quartzite rocks, which yielded 

high quality silica sand — locally known as ‘Badarpur’ or ‘Bajri’.  Mining continues in Haryana across the border and in some parts of Delhi.


Wind-solar energy projects best for Melghat (August Week #5 (2013))

Even if hilly Melghat has good potential for solar energy, heavy rain during monsoon makes solar energy projects ineffective.  

To tide over the crisis wind-solar energy projects can be the best solution for tribal-dominated region in Amravati district. ..............

Rithe explained about the projects being implemented by NCSA in Melghat villages. Banthia was highly impressed by the man-made lake 

developed by the society at Muthwa. He called to promote ecotourism in the tribal belt with the help of locals.


Vedanta urges Odisha to explore laterite mining (August Week #5 (2013))

Laterite is a minor industrial mineral whose exploitation would not require central government approval, Vedanta's presentation to the ministers points out.

"The company, while it was shut for six months, experimented with laterite from Andhra Pradesh, and brought this to our notice. But as an industrial mineral, it falls under the revenue department... we have
to look into it," said Odisha's steel and mines minister Rajanikant Singh.

Deposits occur within 100km of Vedanta's plant, which is equipped to use it as an alternate exigency feed, said a Vedanta official who asked not to be quoted.

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Exclusive park for Butterflies (August Week #5 (2013))
The unique park for butterflies was inaugurated at Beluvai near Moodabidri on Sunday. Named Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park, it is dedicated to the growth of the butterflies and for public viewing. Various varieties of butterflies
can be seen.

Park promoter Sammilan Shetty, who is a post graduate degree holder in Bio-Science, was driven by his love for butterflies and dedicated 7.35 acres for this park. 

Shetty said that butterflies attract everybody, from children to the elderly, with its beauty and colourful wings. He displayed a slide show of various varieties of butterflies at the programme.


Heavily-used infrastructure contributing to tiger population dip: Jayanthi Natarajan (Issue of the week, August Week #2 (2013))
Mrs. Natarajan, however, said the country level tiger population, assessed once in every four years using the refined methodology, has shown an increasing trend.

The findings of the second countrywide assessment of the status of tigers indicate a countrywide 20 per cent increase in the number of tigers in the year 2010 with an estimated number of 1706, she said.


Is dust pollution speeding up melting of Himalayan glaciers? (August Week #2 (2013))
The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) proposes to set up a working group to study the impact of dust and black carbon from forest fires on the accelerated melting of snow and glaciers on the Himalayas. The decision was taken at a
recent meeting in Davos, Switzerland.   Ramesh Singh at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Chapman University in California, who was formerly a professor of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, has been asked by the IACS to submit a
detailed proposal bringing out objectives of the proposed working group.  .................................... He added that pollution in the Indo-Gangetic plains from industrial activities, biomass burning and sometimes forest fires further contributed to
the warming of troposphere and the Himalayan snow/glaciers.................Singh added that under the proposed Himalayan ice melt collaborative study, India's ministry of earth sciences may consider deploying a network of automatic weather stations and dust
monitoring stations. 


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