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No green nod required for 74 coal blocks to be auctioned in February (Issue of the week, December Week #1 (2014)) The 74 coal mines, which the government plans to auction to specific end-users in the first phase of bidding on February 11, will not require any green clearances, a top official has said. The auction will be for the private sector, while state-owned companies
will get mines via allotment

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Urbanisation Nips Noida Botanic Garden in the Bud (December Week #1 (2014))
A promising project, as declared by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1997, the garden was designed for the conservation, research and awareness about rare plant species in India. However, in 2008 due to expansion of metro 31 acres out
of the 200 acres allotted garden land was lost to urbanisation drive. Since then the garden, a landmark on the Dwarka-Noida line as a station is named after it, appears to be stuck between the Noida Authority and the Ministry of Environment

Nature seems to have taken a backseat as the rapidly progressing urbanisation drive had almost killed the already crippled Botanic Garden of Indian Republic (BGIR) in Noida

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Call for adopting green technology (December Week #1 (2014))
Calling for a need to integrate the efforts of all stakeholders, senior government officials from Punjab and Haryana emphasized the need to develop economically viable equipment at cheaper cost in India, in order to protect the environment and sustain
it in the long run at CII EnviroTech 2014, organised by CII and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) here today

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Save Aarey team creates tree map to press officials (December Week #1 (2014))
Mumbai: A citizens' group fighting to preserve the ecology of Aarey Colony forest has mapped 400 trees on the perimeter of a proposed metro car shed to provide people an idea of the massive green damage the project could cause. 

Different city authorities plan to cut down thousands of trees in the colony to build the car shed, to widen aroad and to construct a zoo. Residents from across Mumbai have teamed up to save the trees in the colony that serves as a buffer zone for the
Sanjay Gandhi National Park. 

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4 city schools make it to Nat’l Science Congress (December Week #1 (2014))
Thane: Four groups from Thane city and one from Navi Mumbai have been selected to represent India at the National level of the National Children's Science Congress this year. The competition has been organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology
between December 27 and 31 at Banglore. Thane district has produced the highest number of entries among the state.

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Waste-to-wealth formula takes slumgirl to Lima (December Week #1 (2014))
KOLKATA: At the East Kolkata Wetlands, Mrinmoyee Naskar has taught dozens of women how to churn out office stationery and 'papier mache' gift items from discarded papers. On Saturday, she will travel more than 18,000km to tell the world how to turn waste
into wealth.

The 23-year-old graduate who lives in a slum opposite Goltala bheri at the Ramsar site is travelling to Lima to showcase the Trash2Cash project at the Climate Change Conference. Trash2Cash features among 12 projects selected as Lighthouse Activities from
across the globe by a UN team as part of the Momentum for Change initiative.

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