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At the cusp: Serene beauty of the setting sun on the year-end evening
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Villagers in remote north-east India have revived irrigation systems to overcome water shortages and boost agriculture in a region suffering from insurgent violence and government neglect The districts of Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri of Assam on the India- Bhutan border were once lush green. However, rapid urbanisation and deforestation has turned these areas into arid zones. The once perennial sources of water are now almost dry in winter. Deforestation and climate change has made water scarce and pushed local communities towards hunger and poverty. India and Bhutan share a number of transboundary rivers. While the Indian side of the border comprises mostly of dry plains, the hills on the...
When critics find the gross national happiness of idyllic Bhutan being blurred by large-scale unemployment that leads to a deep frustration among the youths making them susceptible to drug and drug-related deaths, a group of youth from a sleepy town of Bhutan are all set to try their destiny. With strong determination the River Guides of Panbang is ready to promote eco tourism by initiating river rafting in Drangme Chhu in Zhemgang district. The 11- member group, all in their 20s and 30s, underwent basic training in river rafting from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.While industrial development has become the buzzword for almost all its neighbours, it is good to see this tiny Himalayan nation...
India has scripted history by successfully placing its spacecraft in orbit around Mars, becoming the first country in the world to succeed in such an inter-planetary mission in the maiden attempt  itself. At 7.17 am, the 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) sizzled with life as it burnt along with the thrusters to slow down the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to be captured by the Red Planet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Dr. Jitentranath Goswami, one of the leading scientist of the Mars mission present in ISRO’s control room in Banglore and thanked for his contribution. Modi has met  ISRO scientists in Dr Goswami is the director of Physical Research...
The Central government has decided to build to 3000 MW Dibang Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh without any public consultation and study about probable impact and precaution measure to be taken in downstream Assam. With U-turn on mega dam construction, Modi government as the BJP leaders including Narendra Modi had assured voters of northeast India not to support mega dams in the region. But now the Modi government in power puts the Dibang Multi-purpose project for final environment and forest clearance this month before two expert bodies.The Dibang project was put on the agenda for 77th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects held...
“If the government of Assam thinks that nature conservation is important, it must clear the Deepor Beel, a Ramsar Site and one of the best wetland ecosystems, from encroachment. It is a crucial time for Earth and our ecology, and we must act sincerely to protect what nature has bestowed on us.” Renowned wildlife filmmaker and environment crusader Mike Pandey made this observation raising concerns on the indifferent and selfish attitude of human beings towards conservation of nature. He was delivering the Dr. Robin Banerjee Memorial Lecture at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture in Guwahati. “It's a shame to find Deepor Beel, a Ramsar site, turned into a dumping ground. It is time to...
Reacting to the latest Loksabha poll election results, Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman of FICCI, North East Advisory Council said “We are happy that this election was fought on a development agenda. The unprecedented voter participation and the clear results thereafter is a mandate for development. We hope the new Government under Narendra Modi will focus special attention on the North Eastern Region.”For India to develop into a leader of the 21st century, we cannot afford to have the North East remain backward. FICCI had drawn up a number of proposals for development initiatives including development of a 4000 km ring road connecting all the north eastern states, rail connectivity with all the...
It is not boundaries, but water, that has emerged as the most critical issue for the people of Assam or rather Northeast India. While the contentious issue of Brahmaputra water sharing continue to dominate bilateral agendas, the 2014 United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) concludes that the world's fresh water resources will suffer from efforts to meet the growing global demand for energy. Launched in Tokyo last week at UN World Water Day conference, the report critically reviews the lack of coordination and planning at all levels to avoid shortage in energy and water supplies, and further deterioration of natural resources.Demand for energy and freshwater will increase...
Naga, Wokha and Pangti have reached Africa last week, Center for Conservation, Education and Research has confirmed. They left Doyang in Nagaland (India) on and after November 7. Naga and Pangti were detected over the Arabian sea on November 14 morning and Wokha was way behind poised to enter Odisha air space from the Bay of Bangal on that morning. The trio of Amur falcons and their group are now on the 'largest and most hazardous ' stretch of their migration as they head towards the warmer climate of South Africa.Naga villages pledge to save Amur FalconsAmur FalconsRemarkable turnaround: No Amur falcon hunted in Doyang roosting site this seasonAmur Falcons at MorigaonThe trio of Amur...
Assam Police arrested a man with three tockey geckos November 10 at Paltanbazar area of Guwahati , the capital city of Assam. Now it is not only rhino horn, ivory or bones of tiger most valuable for poachers and smugglers of wildlife parts of the state of Assam in Northeast India. It is the 20 inch long tokay geckos too which are fetching crores. The exorbitant valuation of geckos came to the fore recently when Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) chief Dilip Nunisha was arrested earlier by Dispur police along with two colleagues. Despite grave threats posed to mega species such as tiger, rhino and elephant by the multi-billion dollar illegal trade in wildlife is well known, but not many would...
Wildflowers, the birdwatchers' group of Centre for Conservation, Education and Research, counted more than two thousand Amur Falcons at Borbori in Morigaon district on October 29th. The bird arrived in Morigaon district last week and could be seen perching on the High Transmission wires. Thousands of the migratory Amur Falcons have arrived for roosting at hilly forest terrains of Karbi Anglong and Morigaon districts on their way from Mongolia, north China and Siberia to Africa. Mubina Akhtar, a conservation activist and director of CCER says "The Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis), formerly known as Eastern Red-footed Falcon, is a small raptor of the falcon family and this is for the firsttime...