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Delhi’s pollution woes: More than 15-year-old vehicles not permitted to ply (November Week #5 (2014))
Dismayed at increasing air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday held that all vehicles that were more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on the city roads.

A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, also directed that wherever such vehicles of this age are noticed, the concerned authorities shall take appropriate steps in accordance with law including seizure of the vehicles.

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Now, a grass that could prevent landslides (Issue of the week, November Week #4 (2014)) Almora: Bilayat grass, also called trap grass, could be the thing to prevent landslides. The roots of this variety of grass grows into soil and rock, and binds matter so fast that land will not slide. A non-governmental organisation in Nainital, working
in collaboration with the Bareilly-based Indian Veterinary Research Institute, has suggested that this grass could be grown in the hills of Uttarakhand to prevent landslides.



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Japanese delegation visits TN village (November Week #4 (2014))
A delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) inspected T Ellaiyur village, near Vadipatti, in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

The Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project (TAP) 1998 has been implemented under the JICA that involves planting in nearby forest and barren lands, conservation of soil and construction of check dams and percolation ponds and development of villages bordering
the forest areas


Hill mynas reappear at Similipal Reserve (November Week #4 (2014))
BHUBANESWAR: Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) is now abuzz with the fluttering of hill myna birds, a species that was on the verge of extinction at the reserve.

The birds were sighted by the Similipal authorities at Chahala tourist site within the reserve on Sunday. Human interference in the sanctuary and stealing of eggs by villagers had resulted in their numbers dwindling over the last five years.



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Dr Dakshinkar repaying society’s debt to animals (November Week #4 (2014))
NAGPUR: Though wildlife is a small part of the veterinary curriculum, Dr NP Dakshinkar, who heads clinics at the Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex & Nagpur Veterinary College, is an exception when it comes to treating large carnivores like leopards
and tigers.

His dedication can be gauged from the fact that just a day after undergoing angioplasty in November 2008, he treated the tigress Jui, who had been rescued from Chandrapur and brought to Maharajbagh. Braving ill health, he reached the zoo to treat Jui and
suggested a blood transfusion. This was perhaps the first case of blood transfusion among tigers, done under the guidance of Dr Dakshinkar.


Green activists seek immediate stop to de-silting of old Patiala lake (November Week #4 (2014))
PATIALA: As de-silting of historical Rajindera Lake in Patiala city has thrown up several surprises, including a rare species of soft shell turtle, ecology lovers and green activists have demanded that the process be immediately stopped, so as to preserve
flora and fauna of the water body.

Apart from a soft shell turtle, which was accidently recovered by municipal workers while cleaning the lake and classified as "one among the rare species" by wildlife experts, several varieties of snakes, bales of young turtles and precious parts were
reportedly recovered from the lakebed.


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