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Maharashtra to bid for UN recognition to six wetlands (With Images)


September 7th, 2012 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 7 (IANS) Maharashtra will identify and categorise its more than 200 large or small wetlands and make a bid for UN recognition in order to get ... Read more...

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Kerala court quashes charge sheet in Sabarimala case


July 13th, 2012 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, July 13 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Friday quashed the charge sheet filed by police in the controversial Sabarimala "astrological finding" case, which included Kannada actress Jaimala among the ... Read more...

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Kerala plans unique botanical garden


July 12th, 2012 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS) The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is working out a plan to set up a unique botanical garden to showcase the flora and fauna found abundantly ... Read more...

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Western Ghats put on World Heritage Site list


July 2nd, 2012 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) The eco-sensitive Western Ghats along the west coast of India have been included on the coveted list of the World Heritage Sites, at a meeting ... Read more...

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Sena men shut down ‘pollution tax’ post at Lonavala


June 25th, 2012 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS
Pune, June 25 (IANS) An illegal 'pollution tax' collection centre at the popular hill resort of Lonavala in Maharashtra was shut down Monday by angry activists of the Shiv ... Read more...

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Capturing changing Mumbai landscape through dying hill (With Image)


June 4th, 2012 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The hill stands like a dark stump of basalt covered in a motley sheet of grime, algae and construction in the teeming heart of Andheri ... Read more...

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Special train to spread biodiversity awareness


June 1st, 2012 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) In a bid to raise awareness about the unique biodiversity of the country, the central government will be running a 16-coach train named 'Science Express ... Read more...

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India-born professor donates sustainability award money


May 11th, 2012 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 11 (IANS) India-born professor Kamal Bawa has donated the entire prize money of one million Norwegian Kronor (about Rs.10 million) from the world's first major international sustainability ... Read more...

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Humble kokum is highlight of Konkan fruit fest


May 11th, 2012 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, May 11 (IANS) Not Alfonso, hailed as the king of fruits, but the humble kokum - a modest looking, dark red, sour as hell, fruit of the Konkan region ... Read more...

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Maharashtra to share 50 percent cost of two railway projects


March 8th, 2012 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Aiming to speed up the work on Pune-Nashik rail link, the Maharashtra government has decided to contribute 50 percent towards the cost of the Rs.1,900 crore ... Read more...

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Indian-born Kamal Bawa wins award for sustainability work


February 18th, 2012 - 1:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Kamal Bawa, an Indian-born professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is the 2012 winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award, the world's first ... Read more...

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Karnataka says no to immediate ban on bizarre ritual


February 3rd, 2012 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Feb 3 (IANS) Karnataka's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government Friday said while it opposed a ritual in which people rolled over the leftovers of meals eaten by Brahmins ... Read more...

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Guwahati reptiles withstand urbanization onslaught


February 2nd, 2012 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
Guwahati, Feb 2 (IANS) Despite rapid urbanization, the herpetofauna population of Guwahati has not been severely affected. There are some 63 species of herpetiles in this Assam city."This is good ... Read more...

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In Sabarimala, a season of crowds, snakes and pickpockets


January 9th, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala, Jan 9 (IANS) Last year, this place suffered a terrible tragedy when 102 people died in a stampede. But pilgrims are still thronging the Sabarimala temple, the revered Hindu ... Read more...

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Karnataka banks on education to end bizarre ritual


December 15th, 2011 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Dec 15 (IANS) Karnataka's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has struck a fine balance of preferring education to legislation to end a temple's bizarre ritual denounced as ... Read more...

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Sabarimala earnings surge


December 4th, 2011 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala, Dec 4 (IANS) Unfazed by last season's tragedy where 102 pilgrims died in a stampede, this year's Sabarimala season is heading for a record collection.According to the Travancore Devasom ... Read more...

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Sabarimala pilgrimage begins


November 17th, 2011 - 1:22 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala, Nov 17 (IANS) The Sabarimala pilgrimage in Kerala, during which over 100 pilgrims were killed in a stampede early this year, began early Thursday morning as the sanctum sanctorum ... Read more...

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Cleaning drive begins near Sabarimala temple


November 7th, 2011 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Kerala), Nov 7 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Monday oversaw a massive cleaning operation at the foothills of the famed Hindu temple in Sabarimala.Close to 6,000 volunteers, ... Read more...

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Moratorium on new projects in coastal Maharashtra extended


October 31st, 2011 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The union environment ministry has extended till December 2011 the moratorium on considering new projects in Maharashtra's coastal Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, officials said Monday.However, ... Read more...

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Drive to save Goa’s green cover goes global


October 15th, 2011 - 9:46 am ICT by IANS
Panaji, Oct 15 (IANS) The campaign against illegal mining in Goa and the battle to save greenery in the coastal state has just got global.Green campaigners of Goan origin are ... Read more...

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Court offers reprieve to Kannada actress in temple case


October 13th, 2011 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Oct 13 (IANS) Kannada actress Jaimala, accused of outraging religious feelings at the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala, got a reprieve Thursday when the Kerala High Court stayed the ... Read more...

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Will it be Bond versus Goa’s waterfall deity?


September 15th, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Sep 15 (IANS) If British super-spy James Bond comes visiting at the Dudh Sagar waterfall, he had better take care of some do's and don'ts. Local people regard ... Read more...

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Government trying to resolve heritage sites dispute


September 6th, 2011 - 11:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS) The government is trying to resolve the dispute over the inclusion of 39 sites in the Western Ghats in the list of Unesco's World Heritage ... Read more...

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Landslide blocks Konkan Railway, thousands stranded


August 30th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Aug 30 (IANS) A major landslide blocked tracks in a section of the Konkan Railway Tuesday, hitting services between Mumbai and the southern states and leaving thousands of people ... Read more...

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Highly endangered cat species spotted in Corbett


August 12th, 2011 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) A highly endangered cat species - the rusty spotted cat - has been spotted by a team of wildlife experts in the Corbett Tiger Reserve ... Read more...

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Tigers in Goa? Forest minister dodges queries


August 8th, 2011 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Aug 8 (IANS) Goa Forests Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues questioned the existence of tigers in the state Monday, nearly two years after a male tiger was poached on the ... Read more...

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Goa urged to set up tiger reserve


July 23rd, 2011 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, July 23 (IANS) Even while the Goa government is dithering over the setting up of a tiger reserve in the state, a member of the National Board for Wildlife ... Read more...

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Indians discover world’s most heat-resistant fungi


July 23rd, 2011 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 23 (IANS) In a significant discovery that can be a major breakthrough in biotechnology, Indian mycologists have discovered fungi spores, considered as being able to withstand ... Read more...

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Mining in Western Ghats may be curbed


July 19th, 2011 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Capping the extent of mining in the Western Ghats, stretching from Maharashtra to Kerala, is being considered, the head of a panel monitoring the area's ecology ... Read more...

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Home stay at Coorg with freshly brewed coffee, butterflies (Travel with IANS) (With Images)


July 17th, 2011 - 12:45 pm ICT by IANS
Madikeri (Karnataka), July 17 (IANS) If you find Ooty, Kodaikanal or Munnar a bit too touristy and crowded a destination in southern India, Coorg is that perfect holiday spot in ... Read more...

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Actress Jaimala gets court summons in Sabarimala case


July 15th, 2011 - 4:49 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, July 15 (IANS) A Kerala court Friday asked Kannada actress Jaimala to appear before it on Sep 18 in connection with a case against her for allegedly violating religious ... Read more...

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Activists roar for tiger reserve as Goa drags feet


July 11th, 2011 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, July 11 (IANS) Even as the Goa government is dragging its feet over drafting a proposal to set up the Mhadei tiger reserve in a wildlife sanctuary ringed by ... Read more...

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Businessman shot dead in Maharashtra


June 20th, 2011 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS
Satara (Maharashtra), June 20 (IANS) Panic gripped the twin hill-stations of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani here when a businessman was shot dead by three unidentified assailants early Monday, police said.The accused barged into ... Read more...

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Sheshadri’s ‘Bettada Jeeva’ ideal tribute to the environment (Kannada Movie Review)


June 19th, 2011 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS
Film: "Bettada Jeeva"; Cast: Daththathreya, Rameshwari Varma, Suchayeendra Prasad, Director: P. Sheshadri; Producer: Basanth Kumar Patil; Music Director: Manohar; Camera: Ananth Urs: Rating: ****"Bettada Jeeva" is based on Jnanpith awardee K. ... Read more...

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Greens hop along to catch Goa’s frog poachers


June 10th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, June 10 (IANS) The first monsoon thunder in Goa comes along with a rather modest but equally harmonious accompaniment in the form of croaking bull frogs that are hunted ... Read more...

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