A Landslide Welcome to 10/10/10 in Nagaland

On 10th  August, 2010 (10/10/10), as people across the Planet came together to take action on climate change, yet another landslide took place in Nagaland and shook our passive attitude towards taking action for “saving our environment”. The state witnessed major landslides at different locations in Pezielietsie Colony and lower Chandmari, destroying about seven houses during the wee hours of Saturday on October 9th. It is reported that incessant downpour for the past few weeks in the state capital may

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Vice President’s Address at World Bamboo Day Function in Kohima

September 18th has been declared as the World Bamboo Day since 2009 by the World Bamboo Organisation (WBO). The declaration was made by the WBO along with the Thai Royal Forest Department during the 8th World Bamboo Congress which was held at Bangkok in that year. To commemorate the day this year, the Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari visited Kohima, Nagaland to participate in the celebrations in a region where bamboo is central to the very survival

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Successful Completion of Enviro Lecture Series on Northeast in Delhi

An “Enviro Lecture Series” organised by the Northeast Center for Environmental Education and Research (NECEER) in partnership with Delhi Greens and Jamia Millia Islamia was successfully conducted last month in New Delhi. Many young enthusiastic students and research scholars attended the lecture series which highlighted the environmental issues and impacts of climate change in the Northeast region of India. The event brought together prominent figures who are concerned and have worked in the region to share their experiences and thoughts

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Priorities, Situations, Efforts and the Act to Protect

A conference titled “The Future of the Bengal Tiger” was recently held in the capital city of Delhi. The event witnessed around 150 delegates, speakers and other participants from all walks of life. I considered myself fortunate enough to attend the event and involved myself in the many ongoing talks and discussions on the issue of saving tigers in India. The Hon’ble Minister for Environment & Forests (MoEF) Shri Jairam Ramesh graced the occasion with much enthusiasm and shared many

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Call for Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Implementation and Rural Development of Manipur

Migration has always been a major issue leading to population imbalance and conflicts of all kinds across the country. The general trend of migration is usually from rural to urban, especially by farmers owing to the seasonal nature of agriculture in many regions. Sometimes, as has been more pronounced lately, farmers move to towns and cities when their produce is destroyed completely owing to untimely rains or drought, all impacts of a changing climate. There is thus an urgent need

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World Wildlife Week: PM’s Address to the Nation

To raise awareness towards conservation of wildlife and prevent extinction of endangered species, October 1 to 7 is observed as the World Wildlife Week. The week was marked well across India and wildlife groups and organisations rededicated themselves to the cause of saving our wildlife.The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)’s Wildlife Division bears the responsibility of carrying out the activities relating to wildlife conservation in the country. The Division is responsible to deal with state governments and provide them

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More Funds to Protect Tigers in Assam

The Government of India (GoI) has sanctioned funds towards the continuance of the  ‘Project Tiger’ Scheme in three tiger reserves of Assam. These are Nameri, Kaziranga and Manas Tiger Reserve. The funds released is the first installment of the conservation funds and is to be utilized according to the agreement signed at Dispur last year. A total amount of Rs. 573.08 lakh is released for the current fiscal, of which Rs. 272.72 lakh will go to Kaziranga, Rs. 237.50 lakh

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North Eastern Council Meeting Concludes Successfully in Delhi

The 59th meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) was held successfully in New Delhi on September 28, 2010. Conducted every year, the NEC meets to discuss issues pertaining to the development of each states of the region and chalk out plans with budget for the next coming year. The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya,

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