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All green buildings will get special logo in 2015 (January Week #1 (2015))
NEW DELHI: All green (environment friendly) buildings - identified on the basis of use of water\energy conservation methods, recycled materials, solar power, natural lighting and energy self-sufficiency - across the country will get special logo in the
New Year.

The environment ministry is working on a methodology by factoring in the existing norms to issue such logo which will be developed by inviting designs from general public and experts.

Bhutan crew films Sikkim's first organic festival (January Week #1 (2015))
GANGTOK/KOLKATA: A Bhutanese film crew is in India to capture the essence of organic villages in south Sikkim, renowned for its organic produce, which are being showcased at the maiden Nagi Pokhari Tourism and Organic Festival.

Sikkim has set for itself the goal of becoming an organic agricultural state by 2015.

Bombay High Court grants stay on cockfight in Ulhasnagar (January Week #1 (2015))
Taking serious note of violation of the provisions in the Act for animals, the Bombay high court has granted a stay on a cockfight that was scheduled to take place in Ulhasnagar Thursday.

A stay on the cockfight was granted while hearing a public interest litigation filed by N.G. Jayasimha, the director of the Humane Society International, India, and an animal welfare organisation based in Hyderabad. Justice Gautam S. Patel in his order,
passed on Tuesday said, “This (the cockfight) is ex facie illegal and contrary to the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.”

Boost for bio-diesel research at GU (January Week #1 (2015))
GUWAHATI, Dec 29 – In a significant development that may have far-reaching impacts in tackling fuel scarcity and global warming, the Gauhati University (GU) Biotechnology Department has discovered the best strain of indigenous algae, which is the most
voracious carbon-dioxide absorber.

The discovery has been made by the GU Department in its bid to find out an effective solution to global warming and climate change and to produce bio-fuel in the process under a bio-refinery approach. The algae strain has been registered with the Gene
Bank under the accession number – KC 792552.1.

Indore: NGOs up the ante against Carbide waste disposal (January Week #1 (2015))
NGOs have stepped up campaign to oppose MP government’s move to dispose of 346 tonnes of toxic Union Carbide waste in a Pithampur-based waste disposal facility.

Addressing a press conference, NGO Lok Maitri member Gautam Kothari said Shahbaz Khan, a former supervisor, who worked at the plant from 2010 to 2012, has stated in an affidavit that the plant management is flouting rules in disposal of toxic industrial
waste for financial reasons. However, officials of Ramky Enviro Engineers, who manage the disposal facility, have rubbished the charges.

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