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Dutch to kill 8,000 ducks to prevent bird flu outbreak (November Week #5 (2014))
AMSTERDAM: Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter.

A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday.


Kolhapur Municipal Corporation waste-to-energy plant to come up in phases (November Week #5 (2014))
The civic body has cancelled its plan to set up the proposed 180-tonne waste-to-energy plant and is instead planning to start the unit in two phases - first, by setting up a facility to treat 100 tonnes of garbage and in the second start treating the remaining
80 tonnes, provided the first one is successful.

The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) took this decision after the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board on Tuesday doubting the feasibility of the project to generate electricity from municipal solid waste.


Delhiā€™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.


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.
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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