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Shifting lions from Gujarat: MP govt seeks Rs 7cr from Centre (Issue of the week, August Week #5 (2013))

"... the Supreme Court has passed final orders on the shifting of Asiatic lions from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh directing the ministry of environment and forests to take urgent steps for their reintroduction,"
former Madhya Pradesh principal chief conservator of forests (Wildlife) PK Shukla has said in a letter to enviroment ministry (MoEF).

Shukla had sought grant of Rs 737.42 lakh for various works, including transportation of animals, strengthening of protection infrastructure and 

habitat development among others at the sanctuary, located about 300 kms from here.


Kaziranga reels from twin blows (August Week #5 (2013))

Kaziranga National Park suffered a double blow today with poachers killing two rhinos in the wee hours of the morning and the Union defence ministry turning down a proposal of deploying unmanned aircraft at
the world heritage site.

The rhinos were killed at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park around 3am. The poachers managed to remove the horn of the female rhino before fleeing.

Forest guards responded and there was a shootout with the poachers after which four cartridges of AK-47 rifles were recovered. Today's incident takes the number of rhinos killed in the park this year already
to 18. Last year, the park had lost 17 rhinos.


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.


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