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Environmentalists praise Pakistan ban on hunting of rare bird (August Week #4 (2015))
Wildlife campaigners today welcomed a decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court to ban the hunting of a rare desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs for being an aphrodisiac.

Wealthy hunting parties from the Gulf travel to Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province every winter to kill the houbara bustard using hunting falcons, a practise that has sparked controversy in recent years because of the bird's dwindling numbers.

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Ban on Vehicles in Rohtang: NGT Extends Stay Till November 30 (August Week #4 (2015))
NEW DELHI: Heeding to Himachal Pradesh government's submission that it would curb vehicular pollution in the eco-sensitive area of Rohtang Pass, the National Green tribunal today extended its stay on banning the entry of all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles
till November 30.

The Tribunal had restricted the number of vehicles to 1000 vehicles (600 petrol and 400 diesel) per day on first come, first serve basis.

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MoEF limits eco-sensitive zone around Okhla Bird sanctuary (August Week #4 (2015))
After consulting members of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) on Tuesday, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Delhi will be kept within reasonable limits, keeping
in mind the requirements of property buyers within the 10 km radius of the sanctuary. A move that is likely to cheer home-buyers in the region, the limiting of the ESZ does not amount to any violation of orders, Mr. Javadekar assured the press.

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Ban on single-use plastic goods from tomorrow (Issue of the week, August Week #2(2015))
All the 19 town panchayats — 12 in Sivaganga district and seven in Ramanathapuram district — would step into the environment-friendly zone on August 15 when the ban on single use plastic goods would come into force.

Acting on a directive of the Directorate of Town Panchayats, the urban local bodies have adopted resolutions to ban the use of plastic items, especially single-use plastic carry bags of below 40 microns.

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Scientists find green solution for PoP idols (August Week #2(2015))
PUNE: Scientists at the city-based National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) have found a more environment-friendly solution for household and big Ganapati idols made from plaster of Paris that are taken for immersion on Anant Chaturdashi.

The liquid solution called 'Jal Abhishek', for sentiments' sake, can dissolve the idols and the residue can be used as a fertilizer. Pune Municipal Corporation can thus ensure that idols handed over at hundreds of immersion tanks are disposed of with dignity.

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Coliform bacteria level high in ground water in many areas (August Week #2(2015))
Government today said coliform bacteria limit is exceeding in ground water in 83 per cent of the locations being assessed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). 

"Total and Faecal Coliforms, which indicate presence of pathogens in water are conforming to the desired levels in 47 per cent observations and 62 per cent observations respectively in river water samples, whereas, the coliform bacteria limit in ground
water samples is exceeding at 667 out of the 807 locations," Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

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