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Climate Change Impacts Already Feared to Hit Orange Production in Manipur

Winter bliss is slowly covering the hills and moving towards the valley of Manipur. And it brings with it the pleasure of devouring winter fruits and vegetables. Of all, orange has become symbolic of winter bliss and consuming it is a casual ritual for most people in Manipur. But this year, it is feared that people may have to settle for fewer oranges or purchase it higher prices. Reason: the impact of climate change impact! Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata) is

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New Report on Climate Change Impact Assessment for India Highlights Key Concerns for Northeast

Assessing the impact of climate change on cities, states and nations has always been a challenge. To measure the impacts and forecast its impending results is but a stepping stone in the fight against climate change, to work out sustainable solutions. India has proudly moved forward in the right direction by releasing a major report titled “Climate Change and India: A 4X4 Assessment”. The report provides an assessment of impact of climate change in 2030s on four key sectors of

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Emu Rearing: Innovative Poultry Farming in Northeast India

Most of the states in Northeast India have been practicing hunting for food and as well as in cultural associations during festival. However, the age old hunting practice has now become a threat to several endangered species in the region. Birds like the Hornbill are now rarely found, in regions where they once frequented in huge numbers. The biodiversity of this biodiversity hotspot is under threat of extinction and something surely needs to be done before its too late. One

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Comments Invited on Draft Nagaland Biodiversity Rules 2010

India is a party to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which calls upon all parties to prepare National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) for conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Accordingly, India had developed a ‘National Policy and Macro level Action Strategy on Biodiversity’ in 1999. During 2000-2004 an externally-aided project on NBSAP was also implemented in the country. Involving a highly participatory process of various stakeholders, India enacted the Biological Diversity Act in 2002. The

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Mizoram Bags the IPVM Green Award 2010!

The Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra (IPVM) Awards were instituted in the year 1986 to recognize the pioneering and innovative contribution made by the individuals and institutions in the field of afforestation/wasteland development. Nominations for the IPVM Awards 2010 were assessed on the basis of criteria like replicability, innovation, setting up of grassroots organizations, soil and moisture conservation work and other related activities. Target groups like women/weaker sections of society, people in inaccessible/remote areas, work being done over and above the

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KUT: Post Harvest Thanksgiving Festival of Kuki-Chin-Mizo

India is primarily an agricultural economy and this beautifully translates into several agricultural related festivals across the country. Most important among these festivities are the festivals of harvest which have different names in different languages and are celebrated in different forms. In Punjab, the harvest festival is popular known as ‘Baisakhi’ and is celebrated with much gaiety, dance and music. Magh Bihu in Assam and Pongal in South India are other harvest festivals celebrated with much vigour and enthusiasm. In

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Agitation Against Big Dam Construction Intensifies Within Assam

The issue of big dam construction in the Northeast, which has been at the center stage in Arunachal Pradesh, is now steadily gaining momentum in the state of Assam as well. The situation has reached such a stage that the deliberations in the coming days may well decide the fate of the ruling Congress party in Assam. This is certainly a big threat to the political agenda and the interest of the Unite Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Center.

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Faith Induced Forewarning from Jaintia Hills: Earthquake on October 25, 2010

When the clock strikes 12 midnight, an earthquake might shake the entire Meghalaya state in Northeast India. October 25, 2010 may become the day of destruction for the people in the region, especially if adequate pre-disaster preparation measures are not taken. Predicted to initiate from Ri War, in the southern part of Meghalaya, the earthquake that will strike is believed to last for three record breaking hours. This message has been received as a revelation by a local Minis Kyndait,

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‘Wild Meat Trail’ , A Film on Hunting in Northeast India Wins Green Oscar

Northeast India are pretty much the ‘Green Lungs of India’ and the region is one of the seven original biodiversity hotspots in the world. Blessed with rich natural resources and home to around 225 tribes, the region has remained enchanting and unexplored. Lack of awareness and illiteracy has handicapped many people living in these remote areas in the region to treat nature as a fast depleting and endangered resource. And even though they may not even have heard of anything

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First Naga Women Battalion: The Other Tale of Northeastern Girls in Delhi

Perhaps ever since the first batch of girls from Northeast India set foot in the national capital, they have faced unwanted glances and had untold experiences to convince her that she is different from others living in the city. Many Northeastern girls in Delhi have been a soft target to criticisms for being who they are, behaving in certain ways and being tagged in an often unthoughtful manner. Security has been an alarming issue not only for them but for

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