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Environment, Natural Disasters, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009


State`s climate patterns disturbed by global warming, says expert (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8: Though little action has been taken in the
state on issues like global warming and climate change that the world is facing
today, Manipur like other parts of the globe is feeling the impact of the same.
This is clearly indicated by the prevailing weather conditions in the state.
Unusually heavy rainfall during the off season in the state in the last few days
and sudden fall and rise in the temperature are results of global warming and
climate change which is plagueing the world, a state environment and ecology
wing office analysis report has said…….more…

Jhum cultivation major culprit behind extreme environment changes in state (IFP,

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Shifting cultivation (jhuming practice)
which is directly linked with deforestation, is one of the main causes for
extreme weather changes in the state despite steps being taken to wean the
practices of the same by the state forest department.
This is amidst the environmentalists projection of increased landslides,
flooding in Manipur and other north eastern states by the impact of global
warming. ….more…

Manipur a part of biodiversity hotspot fast becoming the most endangered

IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspots,
which Manipur is part of, becomes one of the most threatened biodiversity
hotspots due to the rate of resource exploitation and habitat loss.
Among the proximate causes for loss of biodiversity, the shrinkage of cultivable
land and subsequent reclamation from the forests and wetland areas is also one
which are leading to degradation of a number of endemic species, according to a
study of the state environment and ecology wing.

Gariphema bans fishing, hunting(NPT, 24-2-08)

The Gariphema Village Youth
Organization (GVYO) has banned the use of poisonous powder, liquids, machine of
any form for fishing; hunting of animals, birds etc or camping without prior
permission. The organization also banned on burning of jungle without accurate
necessity, plucking of natural flowers, cutting trees or collection of
miscellaneous items from its jurisdictions.


demands full protection to the rhinos of KNP
From our Correspondent
GOLAGHAT, Feb 8: The Golaghat district AASU along with Bokakhat Mohkuma AASU and
Kaziranga Jeep Safari Association demanded the Government for giving full
protection to the Rhinos of KNP here yesterday.


elephant found ‘loitering’, creates panic in Mangaldai(SEN,9-2-08)
From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Feb 8: Reflecting the ignorance of the domestic elephant owners about
the provisions given in the rules, a female elephant without the mahout on its
back, was found loitering on the night of February 4 in the heart of Mangaldai
town, which created a situation of panic. On being informed, the forest staff
and the owner of the elephant, however, brought it back to its home before it
could cause any harm or damage to life and property.

Guards heave a
sigh of relief as pachyderm re-enter KNP
JORHAT, Feb 8: With the herd
of wild elephants ravaging areas in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Golaghat
districts entering the Agaratoli range of the Kaziranga National Park in the wee
hours yesterday, it is time for the 40-odd forest guards on their trail to take
a breather, and especially so for Majuli beat officer Atul Das.
The Jorhat Forest Division under which Majuli forest office falls, has picked
out Atul Das for special praise for taking the initiative in developing a
strategy to direct the herd of 110 pachyderm towards the forests of Kaziranga.
Assistant conservator of forests Gunin Sairia said that though it was team work,
Atul Das remained ceaselessly in pursuit of the herd come rain, cold or shine
for five months at a stretch without taking a break like the others.



AXX honours renowned naturalists

From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 9: The Jorhat branch of the Assam Xahitya Xabha (AXX) bestowed the
title of Prakritipran to renowned Naturalist and Taxonomist Anundo Chandra Dutta
at a felicitation ceremony on his 85th birthday held at the Radha Kanta Handique
Bhawan here yesterday.
The Jorhat branch of AXX also adopted the resolution to seek an honorary
Doctorate degree to Dutta for his contribution in the field of Botanical
science. Dutta has published the first dictionary of medicinal plants in the
region entitled “Dictionary of Economic and Medicinal Plants”.

Governor takes stock
of anti-erosion measures in Majuli (SEN, 17-2-08)
JORHAT, Feb 16: Reiterating the importance being accorded to the
protection of Majuli, Asom Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh on Friday asked the
departments entrusted with the task of execution of anti-erosion projects to
keep the administration and the people informed about the works. Singh was
speaking at a meeting held with the chief engineer of Brahmaputra Board,
xatradhikars, freedom fighters and local residents at the Circuit House in the
river island during a visit yesterday. The Governor laid stress on the need for
peace for the development of the State.

Lift elephant
sale ban: Asom

NEW DELHI, Feb 16: Asom has demanded that the ban on sale of elephants
should be lifted in the interest of conservation of the animal, but the Centre
has reservations on the proposal. UNI

Experts brainstorm on how to control Barak flood(SEN, 19-2-08)
Government attitude towards flood victims condemned

SILCHAR, Feb 18:
Embankments which were breached during the last devastating floods in 2007 in
Barak Valley have become a cause for concern among the people as the rainy
season is not far off.
MN Dutta, aditional chief engineer of the Water Resource Department of the
valley, while speaking at the 19th foundation day of the Institution of
Engineers here on Sunday on the theme Flood problem of Barak Valley and its
solution, said that during the last nine decades, the region has been hit by the
floods more than 16 times, affecting the economy adversely.


Manipur weather cold

(SEN, 7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: The weather remained cold in Manipur with the minimum
temperature being recorded at 5.3 degrees Celsius.

Pachyderm herd
creates havoc near Dergaon(SEN, 7-2-08)
JORHAT, Feb 6: One Bipin Kurmi, who was injured by wild elephants
near Dergaon on Monday night, succumbed to his injuries last night taking the
toll of those killed by elephants in the last six months to 5.
Meanwhile, the more than 40 forest guards, who had been engaged in driving away
the elephants, are breathing a sigh of relief with the herd having entered the
Dhansiri Sapori adjacent to the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) this morning.

Pobitora closed from Feb 10-12(SEN, 7-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: In view
of the rhino translocation under IRV-2020 programme from Pobitora Wildlife
Sanctuary, the Divisional Forest Officer of Guwahati Wildlife Division has
informed that the sanctuary will remain closed for visitors from February 10 to
12, a press release states.


rifles for KNP staff

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: Asom Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain today
visited the Kaziranga National Park along with top-level officials of the
department, and held a meeting with KNP officials who are on security duty.



condemns(SEX, 9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8: The killing
of MD Talibur Rahman has been strongly condem-ned by Threatened Indige- nous
People’s Society. “Ev-ery step taken up by the JAC formed in connection with the
killing of Rahman and other related activities would be promptly joined and
supported by this society”, said a release issued by general secretary of TIPS
Asemcha To- ndon.



shortage in CCpur
Govt caught slumbering !
IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Inspite of the fact that people living in Tipaimukh, Parbung, Thanlon, Singnat
and Henglep sub-divisions of Churachandpur district are facing acute shortage of
food as a fallout of the Bamboo flowering phenomena and the subsequent
devastation caused to food crops by the multiplying rodent population, the State
Government is yet to act and take up some immediate arrangement for providing
food to the starving population.Talking to The Sangai Express, Chief Minister
in-charge Thoudam Debendra said shortage of food among the people living in
Tipaimukh, Parbung, Thanlon, Singnat and Henglep sub-divisions of Churachandpur
district as a result of the bamboo flowering and the devastation caused by
rodents on available food crops has come to the knowledge of the Government.


KCP relaxes
stricture against Forest Dept

IMPHAL, Feb 9: In view of hardships
being endured by people living in the hill and remote areas of the State due to
the bamboo flowering event and the rodent menace associated with the phenomenon,
the proscribed Kangleipak Commu- nist Party (MC) has an-nounced relaxation of
the ban imposed against the State’s Forest Department.
A KCP (MC) statement issued by its commander-in-chief Lamyanba Khuman said the
relaxation decision was taken in solidarity with suffering of hill people who
are reeling under the impact of the destructive event.



Manas may regain UNESCO recognition(AST_17_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – The
picturesque Manas National Park – a World Heritage Site is now on a recovery
path following a prolonged period of social unrest in the 1990s — could get back
the coveted title in a couple of years. Park officials said that a visiting
delegation of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee was satisfied with the
recent corrective measures aimed at restoring the Park’s infrastructure and
security. It is the animal population that remains an area of serious concern,
with the number of several key species plummeting during the troubled period.

Elephant festival(AST_17_2_K8)
 DERGAON, Feb 16: The fourth elephant festival will be held from April 18
to 20 at Kaziranga. The festival which was scheduled to be held from February 27
has been rescheduled in view of the outgoing examinations and the elephant
census at Kaziranga. – Correspondent

Migratory birds killed by poisoning
NAZIRA,Feb 16 – Despite
protests against poaching and killing of wildlife and stress on implementation
of the Wildlife Act, some unscrupulous people have been rampantly killing
endangered species of birds at Dimow Pathar in Sivasagar district.


Tusker dealers arrested(AST_17_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 DIPHU, Feb 16 – A team of Diphu police led by additional SP NN Goswami and
forest officials apprehended three ivory dealers from hotel Holiday, Diphu
recently in Karbi Anglong.


poachers arrested in Kaziranga(AST_19_2_K8)

BOKAKHAT, Feb 18 – Acting
on a tip-off, the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) forest officers and Bokakhat
police today arrested six poachers in connection with the rhino poaching case of
Methoni that took place last month. According to Bankim Sarmah, DFO, EAWD,
Bokakhat, the poachers– Adhir Datta (Golaghat), Naren Borah (Kalyanpur, Bokakhat)
and Sunu Gogoi (Kaziranga-Dergaon) – were arrested by the forest personnel from
different parts of Golaghat and Bokakhat.


Protest rally at GU against
rhino poaching
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Members of the Gauhati University (GU) community on Saturday
took out a procession to register their protest against the incidents of
poaching of rhinos. The procession was organised by the University’s
Post-Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU).

Concern over govt apathy
towards Silapathar flood problem
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Feb 18 – The flood-affected people of Dhemaji district have been
demanding of the State as well as Central governments solution of the flood
problems, but the concerned authorities have not taken suitable measures to
fulfil the demands of the public.

Timber seized at Hojai(AST_19_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 HOJAI, Feb 18 – In a raid led by S Das, ACF, along with S Ahmed, protection
range officer, 120 cft illegal band saw mill sawn teak timber was seized from a
furniture shop owned by one Deepak Sutradhar from his Dhorirampathar residence
in Hojai. ….more…

National seminar on environment(AST_19_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, Feb 18 – Gargaon College, in collaboration with ONGC, Nazira, is
organising a national seminar on ‘Environmental issues in NE India: Past,
present and challenges ahead’ on May 10-11 next.

Forest cover loss in NE
alarming(AST, 21-2-08)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 20 – Notwithstanding tall claims by the north-eastern States,
the region has recorded huge losses of forest cover, with the Forest Commission
calling for an end to nexus between politician, bureaucrat and contractor in
Assam and three other States. If the nexus between politician, bureaucrat and
contractor goes on developing, as is the case in Assam, Uttaranchal, Himachal
and Kashmir, then any attempt of development will be diminished and then the
exploited tribal people will try to take revenge, the Commission warned.

Reconstruction of Narayanguri
dyke going on in full swing
BARPETA, Feb 20 – To put to an end the misery of the distressed
people due to the seven months continuous flood this year in Barpeta and Baksa
districts, the Biki dyke in Narayanguri is being reconstructed and the work for
this purpose is going on in full swing. The construction has commenced since
February 3 last and till now the progress of the work is going on ahead of the
schedule. It is expected that all the work will be completed within March.

Public meet confers
‘Prakritipran’ title on self-taught Jorhat botanist

JORHAT, Feb 20 – A
largely-attended public meet organised at the Daanbir Radhakanta Handique Bhawan
of the Asam Sahitya Sabha recently conferred the title, ‘Prakritipran’ on
self-taught Botanist Ananda Chandra Dutta of Club Road here. The felicitatory
meet was timed to coincide with the noted senior citizen’s 86th birthday.


Flood management Rs 8,000 crore
NEW DELHI, Feb 20 – In a big boost to flood management under state
sector an estimated cost of Rs. 8,000 crore (11th Plan period 2007-12), has been
sanctioned, official sources said.

Over 1 lakh families hit by
Mautam famine

Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Feb 20 – More than one lakh families are affected by Mautam famine,
which has ravaged more than two-thirds of paddy fields in the State, according
to official figures.


Workshop on disaster management
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 22 – A day-long workshop on disaster management
for the districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji was held recently at the State
Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) campus, Chawul Dhowa Ghat, Lakhimpur. The
workshop was organised by Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), an NGO,
with technical support from the District Disaster Management Cells of Lakhimpur
and Dhemaji districts.

Tuskers causing havoc in
Golaghat dist
From Our Correspondent
 DERGAON, Feb 22 – Due to heavy loss of habitats, the wild elephants have been
forced to intrude into areas inhabited by humans in search of food and space.
After commissioning of NRL, the depredation at Numaligarh in Golaghat district
has been increasing. At present tuskers have been causing havoc in Numaligarh,
Thuramukh, Quami, Murphulani and Dergaon-Jorhat.

HC admits PIL on man-elephant

GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The Gauhati High Court today admitted a public
interest litigation (PIL) on protection and conservation of wild elephants
arising out of frequent human-elephant conflicts and for protection of human
life and property from elephant depredations in the State.

Panel suggests slew of

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – The 12-member committee formed in the aftermath of
the recent rhino poaching incidents in and around Kaziranga National Park has
recommended constitution of a special task force for Kaziranga and other
rhino-bearing habitats, setting up forest camps every two km on National
Highway-37 along the Park, enhancing manpower in Kaziranga, equipping the
personnel with sophisticated arms and gadgets, augmenting the intelligence
network, infusing young blood in frontline patrolling, achieving greater
coordination with police, restricting parking trucks on NH-37 near Kaziranga,
and creating more awareness in fringe areas, among others. Significantly, the
report also suggested that poacher gangs could have links with militant outfits
of the North-east but fell short of establishing it conclusively.

Elephant herd creates panic in

From A Correspondent
 JORHAT, Feb 2 – The district has been reeling under the threat posed by a
marauding herd of elephants which has been foraging in the riverine areas along
the Brahmaputra river for the past one month. Due to the failure of the Jorhat
Forest Division to chase away the wild jumbos from human-inhabited areas so far,
the situation has turned tense in vast localities in north Jorhat.

Foreign scholars visit Deepor
From Our Correspondent
 AZARA, Feb 2 – A group of foreign scholars led by the members of Assam
Kala Tirtha visited the ramsar site Deepor Beel, famous for flaura and fauna
recently. The group of scholars consisted of Dr Kush Bisar (Holland), Churang
Puthupai (Thailand), Dr Nuria Md (Malaysia), Dr Rojali Md (Malaysia), Rosalia
Hemull (Hungary), Dr Chite Lila R Hingis (France) and Dr Mohan Kr Ramswami
(Karnataka). ….more…

Protest rally against poaching(AST_3_2_K8)
DERGAON, Feb 2 – After the tragic killing of a female rhino by poachers
on January 19, protest from all corners have been pouring in. A protest rally
was taken out recently under the aegis of Kaziranga Jeep Safari Association
where they demanded stern action against the poachers.


Timber seized

 KOKRAJHAR, Feb 3: Acting on a
tip-off, the Forest Protection Force, led by R Chaudhury, DFO, Haltugaon Forest
Division seized 21 valuable logs at Samsingkila No. 2 village, near Champa river
and arrested one person. – Correspondent


Minors should be sensitised on conservation: CM(AST_4_2_K8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – “We
must live in complete communion with nature without which our existence will be
at stake,’ said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the launching of outreach campaign
: Understanding Planet Earth organised by Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, Assam at
Latasil playground here on Saturday, an official release said.


Illegal tree felling in Poba
reserve forest alleged
JONAI, Feb 3 – Taking advantage of the Forest Department’s weak
infrastructure, local timber smuggler and illicit traders of forest wealth have
been continuing their trading unabatedly in Jonai subdivision.
The denudation of the remaining part of forest in POBA Reserve Forest (RF) at
Jonai town’s outskirts is almost complete thanks to policies of the State
Government. ….more…

Injured monkey released after
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 3 – A critically injured female adult Rhesus monkey, (Maccaca
mullata), which underwent treatment for about a month at sub-station of Wildlife
Rescue Center, Wildlife Trust of India, Sadiya branch, was released at the
centre of the forest patch under Margherita tea estate among different troop of
monkeys on January 29.

CBI probe into wildlife trade

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – Hinting that the stock of wildlife body parts such
as tiger skin, rhino horn, ivory, etc., under the custody of the State Forest
Department could well have found their way to the illegal international racket
in wildlife trade, Nature’s Beckon, an environmental NGO, today called for a CBI
probe into the matter. Addressing a press conference, Soumyadeep Datta,
director, Nature’s Beckon, said that as per information obtained by it from the
Forest Department through application of the RTI Act, the number of rhino horns,
elephant tusks, tiger skins and leopard skins under custody of the Forest
Department (either seized or recovered from natural death cases) were 1,498,
1,334, 6 and 3 respectively.

Weeds threaten Manas

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – Invasive weeds have posed a serious threat to the
grassland of Manas National Park, a biodiversity hotspot that shelters the
country’s highest number of endangered animals (21 species). A long-term study
on the biodiversity status of Manas Biosphere Reserve by a team led by Prof CK
Baruah of the Dept of Botany, Gauhati University, with support of the Union
Ministry of Environment and Forests, has confirmed the weed invasion as serious.

‘Faulty GMC tendering cause of
slow garbage removal’
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – While the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is
trying to improve its garbage-cleaning pattern through newer reforms, a few
insiders blame that faulty tender process as the root cause of the inefficient
services.  Problems are unlikely to end for the civic body top brass, with a few
of the councillors planning to move the GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with a
demand of re-examination of reports on tender of conservancy.

Failure to protect forest
resources decried
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Assam Unnati
Sabha (AUS) staged dharna at the offices of the DFOs and Conservators of Forests
offices on Saturday demanding protection to the wild animals like rhinos.
The AASU and the AUS said in a joint statement that they would continue with
their agitational programmes if the Government fails to conserve the forest
areas of the State.

A ‘Bodo village’ in

Nagoya, Japan!

GORESWAR, Feb 4 – Three
Japanese resource persons, who are well-known nature and culture lovers, visited
Assam recently with a view to explore the Kaziranga and Manas National Parks
including Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary for their natural scenic beauty and
exquisite flora and fauna.


Cold wave in

Meghalaya, Sikkim
SHILLONG, Feb 4 – Cold wave
conditions prevailed in Meghalaya with the mercury plummeting to below five
degree Celsius at different places in the State yesterday.
A spokesperson at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati said the
mercury dipped below normal for the first time this season since Saturday at
various places in the North East.


One more rhino killed in

bokakhat, Feb 5 – Amidst statewide protests and dharnas, poachers
killed one more rhino at Bokabil Haldhibari area near Kohora in the Kaziranga
National Park at around 6.45 am today. According to Bankim Sarmah, DFO of the
Eastern Assam Wildlife Division at Bokakhat, the poachers killed the male adult
rhino in the morning and took away its horn.


Rockybul for CBI probe into rhino poaching(AST_6_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – The
State Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain today dispatched a letter to the Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi urging him to initiate steps for an enquiry by the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the rising instance of poaching of the
one-horned rhino in the famed Kaziranga National Park. Briefing the media here
today, the Minister asserted, “I have no problems even if the enquiry is
conducted by Scotland Yard. If required, I will step down from the chair of the
Forest Minister to facilitate the probe.”


Two trampled to

NAKKATI CHAPARI (Dergaon), Feb 5 – After creating panic at Kartik
Chapori and Bhakat Chapori in Jorhat district, the herd of the wild elephants
entered the Dhodag Chapari in Golaghat district yesterday. The herd comprising
of more than 100 elephants with calves continued depredation in the area. The
herd damaged as many as 30 houses and several granaries in the area. The wild
elephants injured one Bipin Kurmi (56) of Bhagedhara Chapori seriously who
succumed to his injuries today at Golaghat Civil Hospital. The villagers had to
spend sleepless nights along with Forest personnel.

BTC forest personnel get field
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 5 – Under the auspices of Primate Research Centre (PRC),
NE India, and US Fish and Wildlife Services, 153 forest kits were distributed
among volunteers of Bodoland Forest Protection Force (BFPF) working under
Kachugaon Forest Division and Haltugaon Forest Divison on Friday.

Tuskers trample one to death;
1,000 homeless
DERGAON, Feb 5 – The herd of wild elephants that was on the rampage in
Jorhat area, headed on Sunday evening towards Dhoolang, where the herd was seen
at Majuli Bhakat Chapori. Forest personnel with the help of villagers tried to
confine them to Nimati Hatisal but the herd headed towards Dhoolang Chapori and
wrought devastation in the villages.

PCBA plan to check vehicular

GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – In view of the growing vehicular pollution in the
city, the Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has prepared an action plan for
checking the climbing pollution graph and urged the State Government and the
administration to implement it at the earliest. The PCBA action plan follows a
number of ambient air quality tests at different locations in the city, which
confirmed the presence of “higher values of respirable suspended particulate
matter (RSPM),” with vehicular emission being one of the major sources of RSPM,
and also suspended particulate matter (SPM).

‘Cloudy condition in NE likely
to continue’
GUWAHATI, Feb 8 – Cloudy weather condition is expected to continue in
NE region for the next two to three days with scatter rainfall over the entire
region till February 12, said spokesman of the Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC)
HN Das here this evening. He said that the cold weather condition is expected to
prevail in the region during the above period with appreciable fall in day
temperature (that is maximum temperature) by 3 degree Celsius to 4 degree
Celsius below normal.

Civet cat rescued(TEL_23_2_K8)

One civet cat
was rescued from a place near Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra at Panjarbari on
Friday. The animal was later shifted to the zoo.


meet to save rhinos(TEL_24_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 23: Environmentalists and senior
citizens from all over Assam will meet at Kohora in Kaziranga National Park
tomorrow to launch a campaign for the protection of rhinos. The All Assam
Students’ Union has organised the meeting to build public opinion on how best to
protect the rhinos, which are being rampantly killed by poachers.


Manas status up for review(TEL, 18-2-08)

asks officials to submit wildlife database in a month



Guwahati, Feb. 17: The World Heritage Committee of
Unesco may consider taking the Heritage Site in Danger status off Manas National
Park, but everything hinges on the efficiency of the park authorities. The
Unesco/IUCN monitoring team, which visited Manas last week, has asked the
authorities to submit an adequate baseline information on the wildlife database
of the national park within a month so that the international heritage committee
can consider removing the danger tag.


dusty wind yet to blow in region(AST_20_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – Subdued
day temperature in the region has this time eclipsed the pachowa batah
the dusty dry winter wind, a common phenomenon of the season. According to
Director of the Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) H Pathak, subdued day
temperature was responsible for the absence of pachowa batah this time.
Though this period (February-March) is usually known for the dusty dry winter
wind, locally called pachowa batah, this time this wind is not blowing
due to the lack of sufficient day temperature, Pathak said.


Centre approves 75 State flood
control schemes(AST_20_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – The Central Government has approved 75 flood
control and anti-erosion schemes proposed by the State Water Resources
Department (WRD) for implementation from this financial year. The schemes are
worth around Rs 434.839 crore, 29 thousand. The Centre is releasing before March
next the first installment worth Rs 97.83 crore against the schemes. However,
the release of funds will depend on the progress of implementation of the
schemes. ….more…

Elders’ tips to prevent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – The Guwahati Senior Citizens’ Association in its
meeting held on February 16 last suggested formation of public resistance groups
in the localities surrounding the reserved forest areas and wildlife sanctuaries
in order to protect and preserve the wildlife like the one-horned rhinos from
the clutches of the poachers.

SSB drive against timber
smuggling continues
BARPETA, Feb 19 – Illegal traders of timber based in Barpeta and Baksa
districts have to spend their days in rough weather due to the continuous and
strict vigil of the Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB) engaged in key locations of the
districts. ….more…

Jumbo herd unleashes new wave
of terror(SEN_20_2_k8)

JORHAT, Feb 19: The forest guards who had accompanied the
110-strong herd of jumbos, which had left a trail of death and destruction in
three districts, up to the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), had breathed a sigh of
relief too soon.
Hardly had one week elapsed when the herd split and 70 per cent of the mammoths
are wending their way back wreaking havoc in their wake. Yesterday night, 14
huts were destroyed at Dainigaon near Nimatighat.

arrested at Nagaon

NAGAON, Feb 19: In two separate raids against Rhino poachers conducted
jointly by Forest officials and police personnel recently total 14 Rhino
poachers including four Rhino horn, elephant smuggler and poachers were
arrested. ….more…

State advances relief to CCpur,
IMPHAL, Feb 19 : Even though Central aid is yet to come for the people of
famine affected people of Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Chandel districts, the
State Government has decided to release an additional 13,400 quintal of rice to
the affected people. ….more…

5.89 Cr for State under Relief Fund
Manipur Info Centre
NEW DELHI, Feb 19 : An amount of Rs. 5.89 crore has been allocated to Manipur
under the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) for the year 2007-08 comprising Rs 4.42
crore as Central contribution and Rs. 1.47 crore as State contribution.
In reply to a letter from Lok Sabha MP Dr Thokchom Meinya regarding provision of
assistance to deal with the situation caused by floods in some districts of
Manipur, V Radhika Selvi, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs stated that
the first instalment of Central share of CRF amounting to Rs. 2.21 crore was
released on June 21 last year.
In addition, the instalments of Central share of CRF for the year 2005-06 (Rs
4.17 crore) and 2006-07 (Rs 4.29 crore) amounting to Rs 8.46 crore, which were
not released due to non-submission of utilization certificate by the State
Government, were also released on the same date as requested by the State

Devotees unhappy over the destruction of the ‘tranquil trail’(SXP, 20-2-08)

GANGTOK, February 19:

Devotees from as far as Bhutan
have started making a beeline to the ancient Tashiding monastery to witness the
Bum Chu ceremony and to get a drop of it, believed to spiritually empower a
person. The water measuring ceremony considered a sacred procedure will be held
in the main shrine hall of Chogyal Lhagang on the

of February 20 and will be witnessed by the Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative
Assembly DN Takarpa as the State Representative along with Senior Gendrung of
the Ecclesiastical Department, Sonam Gyatso Dokhampa.



Mauled: tree and memories (TEL, 20-2-08)
Feb. 19:
A callous Dhubri
Municipal Board has allowed a contractor to chop off a portion of a 100-year-old
sirish tree and, along with it, the childhood memories of a generation
that grew up playing under its leafy boughs. Residents of Harijan Colony were
taken by surprise when a retinue of chainsaw-wielding workers descended on the
locality, along Guru Tegh Bahadur Road, recently and felled half the tree in no
time. By the time some of them organised a protest, the contractor’s men were
shifting blocks of wood to a saw mill.


Tiger depletion echo in jumbo headcount(TEL, 20-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 19: For a team that spends most part
of the year chasing elephants from human habitats, the forest department knows
without even counting that the number of homeless pachydrems has increased in
the past year. What it hopes to find out during the weeklong elephant census
that begins in Assam tomorrow is whether this homelessness has affected the
jumbo count. ….more…


Manipur cleared 173 sq km of forest cover in two years(IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Manipur is second only to Nagaland among
seven states of the country which have suffered biggest losses of forest
reserves in a period of two years.
The loss of forest area in Manipur comes amidst the efforts of the state
government to recover the lost forest reserves of the state by implementing
various afforestation schemes taken up through the state forest department.

Rs. 5.89 cr allocated to state
under calamity relief fund(IFP_21_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 19: An amount of Rs. 5.89 crore has been allocated to Manipur
under Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) for the year 2007-08 comprising Rs. 4.42 crore
as Central contribution and Rs. 1.47 crore as state contribution.
In reply to a letter of Dr. Thokchom Meinya, MP Lok Sabha, regarding provision
of assistance to deal with the situation caused by floods in some districts of
Manipur, V Radhika Selvi, Union minister of state for home affairs stated that
the first instalment of Central share of CRF amounting to Rs. 2.21 crore was
released on June 21, 2007. In addition, both the installments of Central share
of CRF for the year 2005-06 (Rs. 4.17 crore) and 2006-07 (Rs. 4.29 crore)
amounting to Rs. 8.46 crore, which were not released due to non-submission of
utilization certificate by the state government, were also released on the same
date as requested by the state government.

Elephant count begins in Jorhat

From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 20: The Jorhat Forest Division has begun an elephant count in the
district from today.
Assistant Conservator of Forests Gunin Saikia said that the exercise would
continue for five days and would cover three forest reserves — Disoi, Disoi
Valley and Tiru Hills and Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary — besides a head count of
those which had migrated from elsewhere.

technology for earthquake prediction(SEN_21_2_k8)

SILCHAR, Feb 20: After the devastating earthquake of 1869,
Barak Valley was hit by another tremor of serious dimension in 1984. The studies
then carried out by experts from the Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Jorhat,
and the National Geographical Research Institute, Hyderabad, revealed that this
valley and the entire North-east region is active seismologically.

History of
earthquakes in Barak Valley

Year     Date     Epicentre          Richter Scale

1926    Oct 23             250 N 930 E 5.6
1957 Dec 12 24.50 N 930 E 5.6
1984 Dec 31 Sonaimukh 6
1996 Nov 19 42.60 N 92.60 E 4.8
1997 May 8 Bangladesh border 5.7
2001 Feb 27 Myanmar border 4.7

forest cover fast depleting(SHT, 21-2-08)

NEW DELHI: Shifting cultivation, inter-state boundary disputes,
private land tenure pattern, cross-border timber smuggling, illegal tree felling
and nexus between politicians and contractors are primarily responsible for
rapid shrinking of the forest cover of the North-East as well as the
country.According to the latest report prepared by Forest Survey of India (FSI)
on state of forest, India has lost about 728 square kilometres of forest in just
two years, from 2003 to 2005, while another 630 square kilometres of productive
forest has been turned into degraded patches with little ecological value. .

take govt to task for neglecting flood problem(AST, 22-2-08)

SILAPATHAR, Feb 21 – The flood-affected people of Dhemaji district
have been demanding from the State as well as Central government a solution of
flood problems since the last wave of floods, but the authorities concerned have
not yet taken suitable measures to fulfill the demands of public. In this
connection, a public meeting was held at Sripani MV School premises on February
17 demanding construction of a guide bund of Gai river, which was breached
during the last floods. The meeting was organised under the banner of Sripani
Anchalik Students’ Union. .

Dolphin may be declared as
state river animal(AST, 22-2-08)

DHUBRI, Feb 21 – River dolphin, an endangered river animal found in
the Brahmaputra and a few of its tributaries, is going to be declared as the
State River Animal by the State Government soon. This was disclosed by H Sarma,
DFO, Dhubri at a meeting organised here by the Centre for North East Studies and
Policy Research (C-NES) recently.
The NGO C-NES, which is working on the conservation of this rare and endangered
water animal in the rivers of Assam since 2006, is holding this public awareness
programme at Dhubri for the second time. .

Bid to revive State forest
cover(AST, 22-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Young students on Thursday reaffirmed their
commitment to save the earth’s greenery and contribute towards the welfare of
the society under the aegis of Junior Red Cross (JRC). More than 200 students of
nine city based schools took part in an adventure trekking and skirted through
Kharghuli, Chunnsali and Ramsai Hills, spending almost six hours discovering the
hidden secrets of nature. .

Leopard attacks zoo keeper(AST,

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Zoo keeper Chand Mohammed had a providential escape
today when a leopard he thought was inside its cubicle jumped on him and
inflicted head injury. According to zoo authorities, Chand Mohammed could free
himself from the deadly clutch of the leopard and escape. The incident occurred
around 7.30 in the morning. .

3 poachers held near
Pobitora(AST, 22-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Close on the heels of the arrest of several poachers
near Kaziranga National Park, a joint team of forest and police personnel
apprehended three poachers at Gorumorajan near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary under
Mayong police station late last night. Significantly, one of the poachers,
Abidur Zaman, happens to be the munshi of a local mosque. While Zaman has been
arrested, his accomplices have been detained for interrogation. .

‘Forest dept-timber smuggler
nexus’ behind depletion of forest cover(SEN_22_2_k8)

TAMARHAT, Feb 21: At a time when the State Government is blowing its
own trumpet saying that it is serious about preserving the forest resources of
the State and has implemented schemes like the Seuj Prakalpa, massive denudation
of forest cover in the reserve forest in Dhubri district has made the State
Government’s so-called “intention” a mockery of sorts. According to sources,
Dhubri district has become a safe haven for timber smugglers which has
threatened the very existence of the forest resources in the district. .

Panchayat body rebuilds breached Buri Dehing dyke
DIBRUGARH, Feb 21: The rebuilding of the dyke at Dehingthangaon
under Barbarua Police Station here has been welcomed by the people of the area.
The structure was breached by the waters of the Buri Dehing river during the
floods last year and had raised doubts among the local farmers over the
possibility of growing crops this year.

Rs 5.91 crore ‘washed away’
by Jia Bhoroli(SEN_22_2_k8)

ITAKHOLA, Feb 21: The Naduar region in Sonitpur district has been one
of the most neglected areas in the State, according to the people here. One of
the main causes of this opinion has been the indifferent attitude of the
Government towards the checking of erosion caused by the Jia Bhoroli river. .

Workshop on bamboo
flowering gets under way at RFRI(SEN_22_2_k8)

JORHAT, Feb 21: Top representatives of the Forest departments of the
North-east, NGOs and other agencies are attending a two-day regional workshop on
“Bamboo flowering: Status and management strategies” which got under way at the
Deovan-based Rain Forest Research Institute here today. Several State Forest
departments, NGOs, paper corporations and consultants, both national and
international, had participated in a similar national-level meet at the same
venue in April, 2002. . ….more…

NGO takes up cause of
neglected forest jewel(TEL, 22-2-08)

Alokjhari reserve forest to be developed into eco-tourism destination (TEL,

Feb. 21: If you are visiting Dhubri and are a nature
lover, a trip to Alokjhari could be the most rewarding part of your journey.
Nature’s Friend, an organisation based in Dhubri, has decided to promote
Alokjhari, located on the western fringe of Dhubri and bordering the Bodoland
Territorial Council-administered area, as an eco-tourism destination. “Alokjhari
reserve forest is rich in flora and fauna. It is the habitat of leopards, deer,
langurs, jackals, peacocks, pythons and various species of birds. .

‘Reformed’ rhino poacher back in the hunt(TEL, 22-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 21: Old habits die hard. The arrest of a
veteran poacher, Matka Gogoi, earlier this week has brought to light the story
of how one of the most dreaded rhino stalkers in Kaziranga surrendered in the
early nineties to turn protector, only to pick up the gun again recently. Matka,
in his sixties, was arrested after a gap of 25 years along with five other
poachers on Monday. A forest official revealed today that after he surrendered
in 1992, Matka promised to help the Kaziranga management in protecting the
rhino. As a goodwill gesture, the park recruited his son Tapan as a forest
guard. . ….more…

Skeleton in Kaziranga(TEL_27_2_k8)

Guwahati, Feb. 26: The recovery of a tattered mosquito
net draped around a human skeleton inside Kaziranga National Park on Sunday has
led forest guards and police to believe that a poacher had met with a grisly
death a few months ago. The incident has also reinforced their belief that
poachers camp for their kill inside the park and do not sneak in and out as
assumed earlier. . ….more…

Slight drizzle in
IMPHAL, FEB 26: Manipur today experienced slight drizzle with minimum
temperature recorded at about 8 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was
about 24.1 degrees Celsius. The humidity was about 83 per cent. (UNI)

Forest Minister urged
to save forest resources from smugglers(SEN_27_2_k8)

NAGAON, Feb 26: Nagaon district tops the list among all districts of
Asom in having the highest number of illegal saw mills operating in different
prohibited forest reserves. An unofficial source also alleged that the district
at present has more than a hundred illegal saw mills which are functioning under
the very nose of the forest and police officials. .

Elephant census(AST_28_2_k8)

 DERGAON, Feb 27 — The
elephant census at the


National Park, which began on
February 20, concluded yesterday. According to the survey, there are 1300
elephants in the park, which was 1246 in 2005 census. – Correspondent

Tusker kills one(AST_28_2_k8)
 AZARA, Feb 27 — One Magu Rabha (50) of Chatargaon, about 30 km from here
and situated along Assam-Meghalaya border, was killed by a tusker yesterday
while he was collecting straw in the hills.– Correspondent

Rhino poaching(AST_28_2_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Feb 27 — The Kaziranga National Park has lost 22 rhinos in
the last 14 months. The State Govt has pleaded that 169 families continue to
occupy part of the sixth addition of the Park. The eviction is pending because
of a High Court order, said Minister of State for Environment and Forest, S
Reghupathy. – Spl Correspondent

26 carcasses
of wild boars found in Poba RF(AST_28_2_k8)

JONAI, Feb 27 – At a time when the existence of wildlife is being
threatened due to rapid deforestation and hunting the large scale mortality of
the rare wild boar in Poba Reserve Forest (RF) under Dhemaji forest Division has
created a tense of concern among nature lovers, eminent environmentalists and
local environmental activists including NGO members. .

Mega Narayanguri dyke brings
ray of hope (SEN_28_2_k8)

BARPETA, Feb 27: The reconstruction of Naryanguri dyke is going on in
full swing bringing ray of hope to the people of that area especially those
affected by floods in Barpeta and Baksa district. The construction which started
in February 3, 2008 would be completed in March. The Narayanguri dyke was washed
away in 2004 by the strong currents of Beki river which was overflooded due to
the release of excess water of Kurisshu dam by the Royal Government of Bhutan. .

Amchang facing survival fight
GUWAHATI, Feb 27: The Early Birds, a wildlife NGO working in the field of
wild life protection and animal care made a visit to the inner areas of Amchang
wild life sanctuary with a team of Electronic Media Group recently. The tea said
that they found a large number of trees were found being destroyed by the Garo
tribes settled inside the sanctuary. .

demands task force to protect rhinos(TEL_28_2_k8)

Feb. 27:
The All Assam
Students’ Union (AASU) today demanded the

formation of a special task force to protect rhinos and said it would
henceforth hold the forest department responsible for any deaths. The student
union’s adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya warned that the divisional forest
officers and the rangers of the districts where incidents of rhino killing occur
would be taken to task. .

Industrial off-site disaster drill conducted(AST_29_2_k8)

DIGBOI, Feb 28 – The
National Disaster Management Authority conducted an industrial disaster drill at
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Assam Oil Division’s) Digboi refinery on
February 25. The drill was conducted to test the preparedness of the civil
administration and concerned industries in the event of a major industrial
. ….more…

No environ damage(AST_29_2_k8)
From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 28 – The Power Ministry has denied that landslide near the
Subansiri Dam site has caused any damage to environment outside the Project
In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Dr Arun Kumar Sarma, Minister of State for
Power, Namo Narayan Meena said that NHPC has informed that the landslide was
entirely within the power house area, that land slide mass would be dumped in
designated dump yard area.

5 bear cubs trained to
adopt to the wild(AST_29_2_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Feb 28 – Five orphaned Himalayan bear cubs rescued from
different places are being reared and acclimatised in wild condition by a
trainer in the jungles of Pakke Reserve Forest in Arunachal Pradesh for making
them develop their self-defence instincts before being released in the wild.
Called “in situ” programme, this technique of conditioning of orphaned bear cubs
to their natural environment by walking them daily in the jungle to make them
adjust to the natural surroundings is adopted from the Indonesian model.

China has denied diversion of Brahmaputra: Mukherjee
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today
informed the Rajya Sabha of China’s denial of plan to divert the Brahmaputra at
its source. Mukherjee was replying to some questions from AGP MP Kumar Deepak
Mukherjee further said: “Pending a final settlement, both Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao have agreed to clarify the
line of actual control (LAC) and to take up perceived violations through
established mechanisms, including the Joint Working Group (JWG), expert group,
border personnel meetings, flag meetings and diplomatic channels.” Dr Singh
visited China from January 13 to 15 this year.

Sikkim, growing hub of illegal wildlife trade
GANGTOK, Feb 28: The World Wildlife Fund today warned that Sikkim
might become the next hub of international illegal wildlife through Nathu La
border trade.
Nathu La trade route is the shortest route to Tibet region of China, which has
wooed the wildlife traders, WWF programme officer Dwaipayan Banerjee said
highlighting on measures to check such trade through Indo-Nepal and Indo-China
border. “If we don’t act soon, Sikkim may be listed as the next hotspot of
trans-border trade after Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal,”
Banerjee said while addressing a gathering of forest officials, tour operators,
Indo-Tibetan Border Police and eco-tourism societies here.

Elephant census concludes
JORHAT, Feb 28: The Elephant census conducted by the Forest Department
pegged a total count of 110 elephants in Jorhat district. The five-day census
undertaken in five zones which included the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and the
Reserve forest land areas of Dissoi valley and Thiru Hills ended today. A forest
official said that out of 110 elephants, 29 inhabited the Gibbon Wildlife
Sanctuary while 81 were found in the Sapori of Majuli.


horns seized (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Troops of the 20 Assam Rifles manning a
vehicle checkpost at Bongyang along NH-39 seized a large quantity of wild deer
horns being smuggled to Moreh on a passenger bus coming from Imphal on January
30 last, According to a report.
Altogether 304 wild deer horns were found in two bags hidden in the rear of the
bus, registration no. MN-04-7358, a statement issued by the PRO, HQ, IGAR(South),
said. ….more…

Task force(TEL_3_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 2: The 12-member committee probing
the incidents of rhino poaching at Kaziranga suggested that a special task force
be formed to prevent such incidents. The commission, headed by forest
commissioner and secretary B.B. Hagjer, submitted its report to the government
today. State forest minister Rockybul Hussain said the commission has
recommended several measures to prevent killings at Kaziranga and other rhino
habitats in Assam. ….more…


Imphal: The
cyclical phenomenon of bamboo flowering has been reported from three areas in
Chandel. Rats proliferate when bamboo groves flower and go on to destroy crops.


Solid waste of funds(TEL_4_2_K8)

Lone sanctioned project yet to take off
– Outside agencies approached for aid A STAFF REPORTER

Feb. 3: The city has
made it to the dubious list of “worst performers” in the country when it comes
to utilising funds available under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal
Mission (JNNURM). A highly placed official source said the state government’s
performance was found to be far below expectations in implementing the Centre’s
Rs 55,000-crore flagship programme. According to a report prepared by the urban
development ministry, the state is lagging behind most states of the country in
terms of its performance under the mission.


Tough rules for garbage lifters (TEL_4_2_K8)

Feb. 3: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is
acting tough on garbage-lifting rules after it showed the door to eight
contractors for not doing their job properly. A GMC official said the
contractors did not adhere to the rules and regulations set by the corporation
to lift garbage. “We have received reports that many other contractors engaged
in different zones are not adhering to rules. The standing committee on public
health and conservancy has also apprised GMC commissioner Rajesh Prasad on the
issue. The corporation has now formulated strict instructions asking all
contractors engaged in garbage-lifting in 32 zones of the city to follow the new
set of rules,” he said. ….more…


Panel to protect hills (TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5: Dispur has decided to establish a high-level
advisory committee for protection and management of hills in the city. The
proposed committee will comprise representatives from different government
departments. It will be empowered to take important decisions on preventing
hill-cutting and protecting ecological sites in the Kamrup (metro) district.


arms & men for Kaziranga(TEL_7_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 6: A day after offering to give up
his portfolio for failing to curb rhino killing in Kaziranga National Park,
forest minister Rockybul Hussain today indicated he would fight rather than
quit. The minister visited the park this morning and ordered deployment of 100
more guards to battle poachers, who killed one more rhino in the park yesterday.


lays carpet of killer weed (TEL_7_2_K8)

Feb. 6: A weed that causes respiratory distress in humans
and livestock has spread to nearly 80 per cent of Tezpur town, but the municipal
authorities remain blissfully unaware of the health hazard.Parthenium, or
parthenium hysterophorus, is one of the deadlier weeds around and was actually
“imported” by India along with the PL 480 Mexican wheat seeds in 1956. It has
since become an uncontrollable menace, spreading rapidly in parks, residential
colonies with an abundance of shrubbery and rail tracks. The monster weed is
known to cause skin allergies, hay fever and asthma in human beings and is toxic
to livestock. Left to spread, it also squeezes grasslands, reducing the supply
of natural fodder for cattle.


Activists get a date with PM(TEL_7_2_K8)

Feb. 6: A group that is spearheading a campaign
against erosion in Lower Assam has been invited by the PMO to Delhi for a
one-on-one with Manmohan Singh. The invitation from the PMO reached the
Brahmaputra Gara Khahaniya Sthayee Protirodh Andolan Committee via Dispur. The
committee sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister in September last year, urging
him to take immediate steps to arrest erosion along the Brahmaputra basin in
Lower Assam. ….more…


Board glare on vehicular pollution(TEL_7_2_K8)

Feb. 6: The Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA)
has urged Dispur to take immediate steps to reduce vehicular emission, which is
one of the major causes of air pollution in the city. In a letter written to
Assam chief secretary P.C. Sharma, board chairman J.L. Dutta stated that ambient
air quality monitoring by the board in Guwahati had revealed high concentration
of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) in the air.


Face-off with bear but alive to tell tale(TEL_8_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 7: Visitors to the Assam State Zoo
were today spared a near repeat of the sight of two tigers ripping off a man’s
arm from inside their cage when a youth who had jumped into the bear enclosure
was rescued with only a scratched thigh. Azahar Ali, 23, had a face-off with an
adult Himalayan black bear — known to be one of the fiercest predators in the
wild — but he was luckier than Jayprakash Bezbaruah, who died after a mauling by
Royal Bengal tigers Govardana and Divya when he went too close on December 19.


teaches herd a lesson(TEL_8_2_K8)

Marauding elephants chased back to Kaziranga after ‘war’

Guwahati, Jan. 7: Four Gypsies revved up their
engines around 3pm in Golaghat yesterday and began a chase that looked
self-defeating at first, considering their opponent was a marauding herd of 80
elephants. The animals, which had apparently strayed from Kaziranga, had been on
a rampage in the district for the past few days, but the bugle was sounded when
they trampled a woman to death on Tuesday night.


Hospitals caught in waste dilemma(TEL_8_2_K8)

shuts down its incinerator(TEL, 8-2-08)

Feb. 7: The same Pollution Control Board that
advocates scientific disposal of hospital waste has inexplicably forced Assam
Medical College and Hospital to shut down its incinerator. The office of the
AMCH superintendent, Dr Nripen Gogoi, today asked all private nursing homes and
laboratories that had been sending biomedical waste to this facility to make
their own arrangements. These nursing homes and laboratories were paying the
AMCH a fee for using the incinerator.


Manas set to expand area(TEL_8_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 7: Manas National Park will soon be
expanding its boundaries. The Bodoland Territorial Council has decided to
include an additional 365 square km of grass and woodland to the park along the
Bhutan border. It covers an area of 519.77 square km, of which 360 square km
forms the core area. A six-member committee, including forest officials and
senior BTC members, was constituted recently to prepare a project. The plan
would then be submitted to Dispur for approval.


Crowd conduct baffles zoo(TEL_9_2_K8)

Feb. 8: Official at the zoo today said they were
finding it difficult to keep tabs on every visitor though they had stepped up
their vigil. This comes a day after a youth, Azahar Ali, 23, had a face-off with
an adult Himalayan black bear at the zoo when he jumped into its enclosure, but
was rescued with only a scratched thigh. Azahar is now undergoing treatment at
the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.“It is difficult to check the crowd
with such unnatural behaviour,” Narayan Mahanta, divisional forest officer of
the zoo, told The Telegraph from Bhubaneswar, where he is on an official
visit. ….more…


Manas awaits UN team(TEL_10_2_K8)

Officials of national park confident of impressing team and regaining status of
World Heritage Site A STAFF REPORTER

Guwahati, Feb. 12:
A new-look Manas awaits the Unesco/IUCN team
that will be visiting the national park from tomorrow. A four-member team
comprising Hervé Lethier of the IUCN, Guy Debonnet, programme specialist,
Natural Heritage, Unesco, Ram Bhuj of Unesco’s Delhi office and S.K. Shrivastav,
chief conservator of forests, Rajasthan, will be touring Manas as part of the
monitoring mission till February 15 to assess whether the park can be removed
from the Heritage Site in Danger category.


writes to CZA on zoo lapses(TEL_10_2_K8)

Feb. 12: Peta has asked the Central Zoo Authority to
investigate the recent cases of breach of security at the zoo and take action
against anybody found guilty.  Anuradha Sawhney, chief of the Indian chapter of
Peta, wrote a letter to the member secretary of the Central Zoo Authority on
Monday expressing her concern. A man entering a bear’s enclosure, another being
mauled by a tiger and the death of a full-grown rhino of suspected anthrax, are
some of the instances that have rattled the zookeepers of late.


Rhino project hits drug hurdle(TEL_11_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 10: A rhino translocation programme
to help increase the population of the endangered species was postponed on the
eve of its launch in Assam for want of the narcotic drug that is used to
tranquillise wild animals. The programme was put on hold after the logistics
team that had gone to Nandankanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar to procure the drug
discovered that the distributor had changed.


Commuters wait to exhale(TEL_11_2_K8)

Government plans to phase out buses more than 15 years


Feb. 10: If the government has its way, residents of
the city will not only have a fleet of new buses at their disposal soon but get
to breathe cleaner air, too, Dispur is planning to phase out all city buses that
are over 15 years old. While this means commuters will get to travel on better
buses, the primary objective is to reduce vehicular pollution in the city. An
official source said the transport department would come out with an official
notification soon. ….more…


Sketch helps net poacher (TEL_19_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 18: Police today arrested a poacher,
Sunu Gogoi, from Dagaon village under Bokakhat police station, identifying him
with the help of sketches by Calcutta artist Debasish Banerjee.  Police sources
said Sunu, Adhir Dutta of Jonali Nagar in Golaghat and Naren Bora of Kalyanpur,
Bokakhat, were involved in the brutal killing of the rhino and its calf at
Methoni tea estate last month. Dutta and Bora have also been arrested and the
trio have confessed to their crime.


Seminar dissects eco-tourism hope
A two-day UGC-sponsored
national seminar on Sustainable Growth of Eco-tourism in Northeast with Special
Reference to Tezpur was held on February 8-9 at Darrang College. The inaugural
function was held under the presidentship of J. Hazarika, principal of Darrang
College. Gracing the occasion were L. Goswami, president of the governing body,
and K.L. Goswami, deputy commissioner of Sonitpur, as chief guests. S.C. Patra,
director of North Eastern Regional Institute of Water and Land Management,
delivered the inaugural speech


Sketch helps net poacher (TEL_19_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 18: Police today arrested a poacher,
Sunu Gogoi, from Dagaon village under Bokakhat police station, identifying him
with the help of sketches by Calcutta artist Debasish Banerjee.  Police sources
said Sunu, Adhir Dutta of Jonali Nagar in Golaghat and Naren Bora of Kalyanpur,
Bokakhat, were involved in the brutal killing of the rhino and its calf at
Methoni tea estate last month. Dutta and Bora have also been arrested and the
trio have confessed to their crime.


held with owls(TEL_19_2_K8)

Police recovered
two great-horned owls from the residence of Sadam Ali at Matghoria on Monday.
Police arrested Ali and registered a case against him at Noonmati police


Flood of tips to avert rain woes(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: If a flood of recommendations can save a
town from the scourge of floods, Silchar can hope to remain on dry ground this
monsoon. The Centre and an NGO have formed separate committees to pinpoint the
causes of the annual hazard and find remedies, giving residents of not only
Silchar but also the rest of south Assam a sniff of a monsoon minus floods.
While the Centre has set up a task force to find a permanent remedy to the
problem, the Institution of Engineers, Silchar, has already compiled a
comprehensive report identifying the causes of floods in the three Barak Valley
districts, particularly Silchar.

Staff shortage hits
Kaziranga(SHT, 6-2-08)
One more rhino killed

Guwahati: Making a mockery of Assam Government’s much trumpeted
commitment to protect the endangered rhinoceros in the wild of Kaziranga
National Park (KNP), poachers killed another rhino and took away the precious
horn in the wee hours of Tuesday. It was the fifth rhino to be killed by
poachers in the State so far this year and the fourth one to be killed inside
Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site. The male rhino was killed in the
central Kohra Range of the park. Though forest guards from near by camps rushed
to the direction of gunshots, the poachers managed to flee with the horn.


Guwahati, Feb. 2: The 12-member committee probing
the incidents of rhino poaching at Kaziranga suggested that a special task force
be formed to prevent such incidents. The commission, headed by forest
commissioner and secretary B.B. Hagjer, submitted its report to the government
today. State forest minister Rockybul Hussain said the commission has
recommended several measures to prevent killings at Kaziranga and other rhino
habitats in Assam. ….more…


meet demands CBI probe into rhino killings
GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – A citizens’ meet, organised by the Journalists’ Forum,
Assam (JFA) today demanded a CBI inquiry into the killings of rhinos in Assam to
unravel the truth behind the episode.
JFA president Rupam Barua urged State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to break his
silence on the issue and let the people know his government’s stance and the
steps he has taken to stop the menace.

Illegal timber seized by
Barpeta NGO
BARPETA, Feb 9 – As illegal feeling of trees goes on unabated around
Manas National Park, ‘Green Manas Organisation’, an NGO dedicated to the green
heritage of the locality has done a commendable job by seizing almost 350 pieces
of timber during the last few days. The volunteers of this organisation
intercepted six bullock carts loaded with 36 logs of timber at Khudanabari
Pathar, about 5 km from Sarbhog and handed it over to the Forest Department.

NRL observes oil and gas
conservation fortnight
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Numaligarh Refinery Ltd observed ‘Oil & Gas
Conservation Fortnight-2008’ from January 16 to 31 in a befitting manner with a
programme involving a gamut of activities, a press release said.
A series of events marked the observance of the fortnight. The objective of the
fortnight was to generate awareness amongst employees in particular and
neighbouring people in general on the importance of conserving oil and gas and
other forms of energy. ….more…

NBCC to construct quake-proof
 AIZAWL, Feb 9 – With major parts of the Northeastern region prone to
earthquakes, the state-owned National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC)
is laying special emphasis on construction of quake-resistant buildings in the
region. “Our effort is to ensure that the buildings constructed by us are safe
as the zone is susceptible to earthquakes,” NBCC Deputy General Manager A K
Bansal said recently. ….more…

5 linkmen of poachers held in

DERGAON, Feb 11 – A joint team of forest personnel and police today
arrested five linkmen of poachers from different places. They are Nagina Majhi
of Majhina Hatikhuti TE, Dhiren Ingti and Biren Ingti of Engleng Pathar, Mauna
Akhtar Ahmed alias Raj of Methoni TE and Md Manir Khan of Garubandha,
Jakhalabondha. Raj is the son of the night chowkidar of Methoni TE and Manir is
a tailor from Barjuri. It is pertinent to mention here that it is in the Methoni
TE that the tragic killing of one female rhino took place.

UNESCO team to visit Manas from
From Our Correspondent
 BARPETA, Feb 11 – A team from UNESCO will visit the Manas National Park with a
three-day programme commencing from February 13. It is learnt that the main
purpose of the team is to collect information about the problems faced by the
world famous park amidst reports of poaching and destruction of its flora and
The team will consists of Guy Davanet, Programme Specialist of Natural Heritage
of UNESCO based in Paris, Haen Lathier and Prof Rambhuj, both monitoring
officers of Delhi-based World Heritage and SK Sribastav Chief Conservator of
Forest, Jaipur. ….more…

Erosion causes havoc at
KALGACHIA, Feb 11 – The people of this area are greatly surprised and
shocked at the devastating erosion by the river Beki and Brahmaputra that has
been incessantly washing away the residential areas and farmlands of greater
Moinbori under Jania LAC in Barpeta district since the month of August last.
More than five hundred families and one hundred stalls, including the post
office and Moinbori Pragatisil Adhyan Kendra, an NGO, have been wiped out by the
river during the period.

Straying rhino creates

DALGAON, Feb 11 – An adult one-horned rhino was found straying in and
around Gadhowa and Bandiya Chapori some two kilometers south of the NH52 at
Mangaldoi on Sunday creating panic among the public of the area. The rhino
reportedly strayed out of the Orang National Park and was sighted by the
villagers at about 6 am. Meanwhile, the Park authority is putting effort to
drive the rhino back to the forest.

Leopard killed(AST_12_2_K8)
TEOK, Feb 11 – A fully-grown male leopard was killed at Majkuri village
under Teok PS on Monday morning. The leopard, measuring 4.5 feet in length and
2.5 feet in height, attacked two villagers, Anil Chutia and Golap Chutia, at
their cultivation field.

Forest dept muster roll workers
ransack PCCF office
GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The members of the All Assam Forest Department
Muster-Roll Workers’ Association (AAFDMRWA) today ransacked the office of the
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) situated at city’s Rehabari area
demanding appointment of the muster roll employees of the department in the 273
new posts.
Around 550 members of the association today staged a dharna in front of the PCCF
office and finding no officials there, the members later broke into the office
damaging windowpanes and some furniture.

Call for pre-emptive strikes
against poachers
GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – Not just manpower and equipment, the Kaziranga
National Park authority needs a green signal from Dispur to become more
proactive in acquiring intelligence and carrying out pre-emptive strikes against
poachers. This is emerging as a common refrain among a section of forest
personnel and conservation groups who have watched the mounting toll of rhinos
in the hands of poachers in recent times.

DC`s report gives picture of
famine in Ccpur (IFP_16_2_k8)

Lamka, Feb 15: As the much publicised famine caused by
bamboo flowering hits certain remote villages of Churachandpur district every
organisation and the government have been found doing their bit to give relief
to the people currently affected by it.
What has been the ground reality and areas affected by the faimne could be
ascertaiined from the DC`s report, a copy of which was given to press reporters.
According to the report in Thanlon subdivision out of 61 villages atleast 39 are
hit hard by the famine with 2597.51 hectares fully affected and another 1862.960
hectares partially affected. The number of households affected by the faimne
counts to 2393 with an estimated 8461 adults and 5655 minors now in dire straits
due to the phenomenon. ….more…

Rs 15 core for repair of
Matmora embankment


GUWAHATI, Feb 15: Be it late, the Water Resources and the
Revenue Departments of the State have taken steps to repair the breaches in the
Dhakuakhana-Matmora embankment in Dhemaji district. It may be mentioned here
that for any breach in the embankment, Majuli has to bear the brunt as flood
waters directly hit the river island whenever there are breaches in the
According to sources, there were as many as three breaches in the embankment
last year. Even as the monsoons is approaching, the breaches in the embankment
have not been repaired by the Government as yet. What is surprising is that
Water Resources Minister Bharat Chandra Narah is from Dhakaukhana LAC, and from
that point of view, the people of Dhemaji and Dhakuakhana feel that the
embankment should have been repaired by December-January. When nothing of that
sort happened, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) staged a demonstration at Dispur
Last Gate yesterday demanding immediate repair of the embankment.

Erosion threatens Barpeta DC’s office
BARPETA, Feb 13 – The
devastation by Beki, Brahmaputra, Kaldia and other rivers continue in several
parts of the district Maranadi river along the town has posed threat to the
deputy commissioner’s office. Memory of the great flood caused by the callapse
of the Narayanguri bund is still fresh in people’s minds. Several areas are
still reeling under water and most of the rivers bear water much more than they
usually do in this season of the year.


15 more camps to be set up at
DERGAON, Feb 13 – Forest minister Rockybul Hussain visited the World
Heritage Site Kaziranga just after killing of one more rhino in the park.
According to information, the minister urged forest officials and the workers to
be more sincere in executing their duties, so that rhinos can be protected. The
minister revealed that a total of 300 303 rifles will be supplied to the park in
order to enable forest personnel to combat poachers. A considerable number of
Home Guards will also be engaged in the park.

Herbs come handy for ailing
SHILLONG, Feb 13 – The medicinal powers of the herbs of Arunachal Pradesh
and Myanmar may not have any takers in the rest of the world, but the
battle-hard insurgents have discovered their benefits at the time of crisis.
In the wake of shortage of sufficient medicines in their camps, rebel groups
like ULFA and NSCN (K) have recently resorted to herbal remedies, mostly
obtained from the herbs found in the Arunachal and Myanmar forests, a top Army
intelligence official told PTI here requesting anonymity.

Cold wave(AST_14_2_k8)
 GANGTOK, Feb 13 – Cold wave conditions resurfaced in Sikkim with the
minimum temperature dipping to 5.5 degrees Celsius this morning, the
Meteorological office (MET) said here. – PTI


poachers held, ivories seized     


GUWAHATI, Feb 13: Three poachers and wildlife traders were arrested and
five ivory pieces recovered from them in Karbi Anglong district today as the
State scrambled to save its prized and highly-endangered one-horned rhinos from
poachers. Police said the poachers, involved in poaching as well as illegal
wildlife trade, were nabbed from a hotel at Diphu. They have been identified as
Khamkhan Soum and Gopu Paite, both from Karbi Anglong, and Nur Islam, from
Nagaon district. Five ivory pieces were recovered from them, but it was yet to
be weighed, police said. UNI

Citizens’ body
demands relief for victims of jumbo depredation(SEN_14_2_k8)

From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 13: The Citizens’ Welfare Forum, Jorhat, has expressed serious
concern over the depredations wreaked by herds of wild elephants in Jorhat and
Majuli subdivisions. In a strongly-worded statement, office-bearers of the body
have asked Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain to visit the jumbo-ravaged areas of
Majuli to assess the losses suffered by poor sections of people residing on
If an outcry is raised against the killing of rhinos in Kaziranga National Park,
adequate attention should be paid to the rampage caused by wild elephants, too,
the forum members reasoned.

Poacher hunt yields big game


Guwahati, Feb. 13: Three of the poachers responsible
for the spate of rhino killings in Kaziranga were hunted down last night after a
weeklong chase that took a team of forest guards and policemen from one den to
another and, finally, across the Assam-Nagaland border. “Sharpshooter” Gauf
Paite, whose antecedents are in Karbi Anglong, is the biggest catch of the
three. The team traced him to Nagaland’s commercial hub, Dimapur, on the basis
of information provided by the two poachers who were arrested before him.


Better deal for visitors(TEL_14_2_K8)

Feb. 13: If you are looking forward to a restful
trip to enjoy the lush surroundings of the Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary,
chances are you will be in for a better experience than you had bargained for.
The forest department has sanctioned Rs 35 lakh for construction of better
facilities for tourists in and around the wildlife sanctuary.


State Zoo to take up captive breeding(AST_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Under
the ambitious Captive Breeding Programme of the Central Zoo Authority, the Assam
State Zoo is set to go ahead with the first-ever scientific captive breeding of
five endangered species within its campus. The aim of the breeding programme is
to induce new blood in the existing captive populations of endangered species
with the ultimate objective of rehabilitating them in the wild. The species
selected are golden cat, golden langur, seraw, rhino and grey peacock pheasant.

Majuli body plans legal action

Brahmaputra Board(AST_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14 –
Voluntary organisation Majuli Surakhya Samity (MSS) has threatened to move the
court against the ‘criminal conspiracy of the Brahmaputra Board to destroy the
human heritage (of Majuli) with its (Board’s) false promises’. It has resented
the inordinate delay in conducting the hydraulic model studies and in
undertaking the long-term measures for the physical protection of the river

Wildlife destruction: CM urged
to take stringent measures
GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Public activist Prof Deven Dutta has urged the Chief
Minister to take immediate stringent measures to stop the growing menace of
destruction of forest wealth, killing of wild animals and man-animal conflict.
He has also appealed to organisations concerned to consider paying homage to the
mother rhino and her calf killed at Methoni near Kaziranga on January 20 for
giving a new dimension to consciousness about preser-vation of wildlife by
paying with their lives.

NGO completes project on
reptile conservation
GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – The gap in knowledge about the reptiles of the region
is about to be filled to a certain extent with the division of Herpetology of
Aaranyak completing a project titled “Diversity and Distribution of Herpetofauna
and evaluation of their Conservation Status in Barail Hill Range, Assam,
Northeast India.” It may be mentioned here that the Barail hill range in
Northeast India runs in a Southwest-Northeast direction from Jaintia Hills of
Meghalaya through Assam up to Southern Nagaland forming a dispersal route for
fauna from the higher ranges of Manipur-Nagaland to east and northeast. With the
habitats ranging from Tropical evergreen to Tropical Semi-Evergreen forests at
lower elevations up to Sub-Tropical Broadleaf hill forest at upper reaches, this
highest hill range of Assam state has still largely remained unexplored
biologically. ….more…

Demo against
encroachment on city wetlands
GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Miffed by the alleged indifference of the authorities
concerned towards their civic problems aggravated by large scale encroachment on
the wetlands, the taxpayers on Thursday staged a demonstration demanding
immediate freeing of the encroached portions of the Sarusala Beel, Barsala Beel,
Bharalu and Deepor Beel. Under the initiative of the Chatribari Unnayan Samity
and the Guwahati Jatia Bikash Parishad, the taxpayers came out to protest
against the alleged unconcerned attitude of the public representatives and the
Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) towards their problems.

Free skill training for manual
DIBRUGARH, Feb 14 – The Government of India has sanctioned Rs 40 crore
through the National Scheduled Castes and Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC)
for the rehabilitation of at least 3,224 manual scavengers in the state.  An
amount of Rs 1.60 crore has already been released to begin the rehabilitation
process through training programmes under new self employment scheme, Balbir
Singh Chumber, the deputy general manager, NSFDC said while inaugurating a free
skill development programme for the manual scavengers at ITI, Borborooah here on
Sunday. ….more…

Conservation work hit by fund

GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – In a period when two national parks of Assam –
Kaziranga, and Manas – have hogged the limelight for reasons both right as well
as wrong, the Orang National Park has largely remained hidden from public gaze.
The situation appears surprising because the park contains several floral and
faunal species including the Indian one-horned rhino, which number around 60,
and the rare and elusive Bengal Florican.

NGO urges IOC to invest in
sugar mills for ethanol
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The United Forum of Greater Noonmati Based Mass
Organisations, an umbrella of more than 60 organisations has demanded of the
Indian Oil Corporation to come to an understanding with the Government of Assam
to make investment in sugar mills located in the State for collection of
necessary ethanol. ….more…

Kaziranga Elephant fest
BOKAKHAT, Feb 17 – The sixth Kaziranga Elephant Festival has been
postponed to April 18-20 due to the ongoing examinations, elephant census in the
KNP scheduled from February 20 to 26 as well as some other reasons. Earlier, it
was informally decided to organise the KEF from February 27 to 29 . The decision
to postpone the festival was taken at a public meeting held at the convention
centre, Kohora under the chairmanship of Golaghat Deputy Commissioner DK Goswami
where officers and representatives of different organisations were present.

AASU protest against poaching(AST_18_2_k8)
NAGAON, Feb 17 – The Nagaon district unit of AASU on Wednesday took out
last a huge procession in Nagaon town to register their protest against
destruction of forest area, poaching of rhino and other wild animals to
facilitate encroachment of Kaziranga National Park area. The processionists
before taking out the procession gathered at the Nehrubali and flayed the
officials concerned for their negligence in protecting the National Park.

Anti-erosion project to save
NALBARI, Feb 17 – The Mukalmua sub-divisional office of water resources
development department has undertaken an anti-erosion project in order to save
the Gangapukhuri, a historic tank of Barkuriha village in Nalbari district from
the massive erosion caused by Pagladia river. The river eroded vast areas of its
right bank posing serious threat to the holy tank of this locality. The right
bank embankment of the river at 30 kms point had already eroded.

Churachandpur students gear up
to tackle famine
IMPHAL, Feb 17 – The Churachandpur District Students’ Union (CDSU) has
come out finally to appeal to the public regarding the imminent famine in
Churachandpur’s interior areas of Manipur where the people who are wrestling
against their famished belly increased, even as the state Cabinet had given its
approval to sanction funds to fight the mautam (famine) menace earlier in its
meeting. ….more…

Guidelines for mercy
killing of jumbos


NEW DELHI, Feb 17: The Government has formulated guidelines
for mercy killing of elephants suffering from debilitating injury in a bid to
relieve the animal from pain and distress.
The move has come in the wake of the case of Arundhati, an aging elephant which
died after suffering for long due to a fractured leg in Uttrakhand late last
While authorities debated over the mercy killing, the pachyderm went through
severe agony in the process and died before it could be put to sleep.

delegation visits Manas


17: The United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
declared Manas as a “World Heritage Sight in Danger” in 1992, when the region
had been under the threat of extremists and suffering from an acute lack of

department intensifies drive against illegal saw mills

NAGAON, Feb 17:
The Forest officials of Nagaon have been conducting surprised raids in illegal
saw mills in Nagaon and has intensified its drive against timber smugglers.
Aflabuddin Ahmed, DFO Nagaon told the sentinel correspondent recently in the
recently conducted raid that two such illegal saw mills were detected at Dhing
and Doomdooma and has been sealed.



harvesting key to solving water crisis (SEN_23_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Harvesting of water, conservation and management
are the prime concerns of the public authority not only for sustainable
agriculture growth also for mitigating the number of natural calamities both in
hilly and dry land areas.
According to experts speaking in a seminar water harvesting and its management
for sustainable development, water harvesting is the future of sustainable
growth. ….more…

Erosion misery stares
at Majuli (SEN_23_2_k8)

JORHAT, Feb 22: The common man in Majuli in for another year of
misery, once the monsoon descends on the region in a couple of months.
Sources said that the Xatradhikars, chief priests of the Vaishnavite
monasteries, who had proposed to meet the prime minister in February in a list
ditch effort to call his attention and seek his intervention to the erosion
problem the island is facing for the last 50 years, have failed to keep the
momentum going. ….more…

Workshop on
bamboo flowering gets under way at RFRI(SEN_23_2_k8)
JORHAT, Feb 21: Top representatives of the Forest departments of the
North-east, NGOs and other agencies are attending a two-day regional workshop on
“Bamboo flowering: Status and management strategies” which got under way at the
Deovan-based Rain Forest Research Institute here today. Several State Forest
departments, NGOs, paper corporations and consultants, both national and
international, had participated in a similar national-level meet at the same
venue in April, 2002. ….more…

Bid to evict encroachers from Kaziranga

GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Asom Unnati Sabha
will hold a citizens’ meet at Kohora in Kaziranga on February 24, demanding
eviction of encroachers, including suspected Bangladeshi infiltrators, from the
national park as well as from all the protected forests of Assam. Author Arup
Kumar Dutta will formally inaugurate the meeting. Elephant expert Parvati Baruah
will also take part at the concluding programme.


Rare tortoises

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – Two endangered tortoises were seized by Manas National Park
authorities near Bhuyanpara range of the Park yesterday. Two persons have been

Illegal tree cutting
on at Ghograpar

Taking advantage of weak functioning of Banbhag Development Block, Ghograpar
local timber smugglers and traders are carrying out unabted cutting the valuable
trees in the block.
Meanwhile, the citizens of the Ghograpar circle have come down heavily on the
failure of Block office and concerned authority to prevent illegal cutting of
the trees. These illegal activities are green carted out here in bread day
light. (The people have also alleged illegal collection of social forest wealth.
On the other hand, the office concerned had misussed several funds for
developing the social forests.


Disaster management
workshop organised

A day-long workshop on disaster management was organised by Indo Global Social
Service Society (IGSSS) with technical support from district administration,
Dhemaji and North Lakhimpur district disaster management cell at State Institute
of Rural Development (SIRD) campus at Chauldhuwa Ghat, Lakhimpur recently.

Rhino, elephant calves
translocated to Manas(AST, 25-2-08)

DERGAON, Feb 24 – A rhino calf and two elephant calves were
translocated from Kaziranga Panbari Rescue Centre to Manas National Park on
Saturday. According to information, under the scheme of Rhino Rehabilitation of
Wildlife Trust of India,the one-and-half-year old rhino calf was rescued from
Hatikhuli TE in 2007 where the mother rhino was killed by poachers. Another two
elephant calves, which were also translocated on Saturday, were rescued from
Karbi Anglong and Bokakhat Balijan. The process here was completed by expert Dr
Bijoy Dutta and Dr Bhupen Sarmah of Veterinary College, Guwahati with the help
of forest personnels, WTI, IFWW.


help sought to save rhinos(AST, 25-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 24 — Alarmed by the killing of at least 22 rhinos last
year and four this year by poachers, the Assam Forest Department has decided to
seek people’s help to save the pachyderm.
Owners of restaurants, resorts, dhabas, tea garden authorities and villagers
have been roped in to save the endangered one-horned rhino at the Kaziranga
National Park. The Forest department held a series of meetings with restaurant
and resort owners near the National Park, a World Heritage site.

Agri dept to promote compost
pits for farmers (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: Feeling the need for improving soil health
which has sharply deteriorated in the state due to excessive use of chemical
fertilizers, the state agriculture department designed a new method for
preparation of bio-fertilizers by the farmer making bio composite pits near
their field. Agriculture scientists and experts of the state agriculture
department, mention may be made, have been worried by the fast increasing
acidity rate and decreasing fertility of soil in the state owing to the
excessive and uncontrolled application of fertilizers in the cultivating lands
and unchecked use of pesticides to control pests for a long time.

Assam seeks people’s help to
save rhinos

Guwahati: Alarmed by the death of at least 22 rhinos
last year and four this year by poachers, the Assam Forest Department has
decided to seek people’s help to save the pachyderm. Owners of restaurants,
resorts, dhabas, tea garden authorities and villagers have been roped in to save
the endangered one-horned rhino at the Kaziranga National Park.


Born Free
story, with a rhino twist (TEL_25_2_k8)

Nursed back to health at Kaziranga camp, eight-month-old calf released in Manas

Manas/Guwahati, Feb. 24: She was just
one-and-a-half-years old when her mother was shot dead. Rescuers found her
hiding in a ditch, dehydrated and in a state of shock, two days after she was
orphaned. Around 11am today, when the rhino calf walked out of a wooden crate
into the wild, the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation patted
itself for having successfully taken care of one the most critical cases it had
handled in recent times. The calf’s new home will be the Basbari Range of the
Manas National Park, some 430km from Kaziranga, where she was nursed back to
health. ….more…


on bamboo as alternative to wood
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – Often termed as poor man’s timber, bamboo, with its
various new applications can well be an alternative housing solution for the
earthquake prone areas due to its high tensile strength structurally.
Exploring the use of bamboo as an alternative to the rapidly depleting wood
resources in housing and other industrial activities, a three-day residential
training programme on modern bamboo structures and housing will be organised at
Kohra, Kaziranga National Park from March 6 to 8, 2008. The programme is jointly
organised by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre and Building Materials and
Technology Promotion Council under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty
Alleviation. ….more…

Call for prompt steps to
protect rhinos
DERGAON, Feb 25 – Following the repeated killing of rhinos at the world
heritage site Kaziranga, the AASU organised a citizens’ meet on the premises of
Kaziranga Convention Centre on Sunday. The meet was chaired by Jatin Bora, the
vice-president of AASU and was attended by over a thousand people. In the
meeting AASU adviser Dr Sammujjal Bhattacharyya opined that the State government
must save Kaziranga by any means.

Rain forest institute focussing
on bamboo research
JORHAT, Feb 25 – With the North-east teeming with 63 species of bamboo,
which account for nearly 50 per cent of the total species of woody monocots
found in India, the Deovan-based Rain Forest Research Institute here is gearing
up to emerge as a ‘centre of excellence’ for an exhaustive database on
distribution, production, utilisation and research findings with regard to
bamboo. Announcing this during an interaction with reporters on the sidelines of
a three-day tour to the research institute recently, Director General of Indian
Council of Forestry Research and Education, Jagdish Kishwan, maintained that the
requisite civil infrastructure for this purpose was being put in place.

Rs 5.89 cr allocated to Manipur
under calamity relief fund
NEW DELHI, Feb 25 – An amount of Rs 5.89 crore has been allocated to
Manipur under Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) for the year 2007-08 comprising Rs 4.42
crore as Central contribution and  Rs 1.47 crore as State contribution. This was
stated by V Radhika Selvi, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs.

Cleanliness: A long way to go for
Imphal residents (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Going around Bangkok city one can`t see a
single polythene bag lying at an improper place and also no old vehicles which
emit plenty of smoke. People don`t throw any waste products anywhere except in
the dust bins meant for the same. Still environmentalists in Thailand blame the
people for not responding to their call for a clean and pollution free
environment in the city in particular and the country in general. They say the
city is polluted because the people and the government don`t take seriously
their call for a clean environment.

Weather condition improves
IMPHAL, Feb 25: The weather condition has improved slightly in
Manipur with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.8 degrees Celsius. The
maximum temperature was about 26.3 degrees Celsius. The humidity was about 77
per cent. (UNI)


Global campaign urged to save rhinos(AST_27_2_k8)

Inaugurating AASU and Asom Unnati Sobha-sponsored Nagarik Sobha at Kaziranga,
yesterday, to accentuate the concern over recent killing of three rhinos at
Kaziranga National Park (KNP) by poachers, internationally-renowned writer Arup
Kumar Dutta said that a holistic approach is needed to override the serious
problem of rhino killing for its horn and the irrational superstitions attached
to it.

Urgent anti-erosion measures
for Helana area demanded(AST_27_2_k8)

PATACHARKUCHI, Feb 26 – The residents have decried the step-motherly
treatment of the authority concerned towards Helana. All the pleas for saving
Helana from the dangerous erosion of river Kaladia has failed to evoke the
requisite response.
Helana, a place of historical importance, a gateway for a number of villages to
the sub-divisional headquarter town Pathsala, is worst affected from the erosion
of River Kaladia. The Kaladia started erosion about a couple of years back and a
number of business establishments have already been shifted from the bank of the
river. ….more…

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Environment, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 30, 2009

Rodent fear in Manipur

fear in Manipur(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
The scourge of
Mizoram has travelled to Manipur. Rodents are destroying acres and acres of
paddy field in Churachandpur, raising fears of an impending famine.   With most
their year’s crop destroyed by rampaging rats, the villagers have sent an SOS to
the state government for help. Take John Hmar, for instance. John harvests 35
bags of paddy annually from his farm on the hill slopes. This year, he reaped
only 10 bags, after rodents devastated his farmland. With three children and old
parents, John does not know how to make the crop last till the next harvesting
season. …..more….


awaits Dispur nod(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
A double delight
awaits those crazy about wheels this year. If it is the Nano in the four-wheeler
sector, then it will be the Rhino in the two-wheeler segment. Both are eyeing a
third quarter launch. In fact, the Rhi-no’s final prototype will be sent to
Guwahati next week to seek Dispur’s approval. Manufacturers of the bike today
said the prototypes of the 125cc and 150cc bikes have been sent to the
Automobile Research Authority of India, Pune, for their clearance under the
Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and that they plan a grand launch just after
the Nano. …..more….


help plant seeds of afforestation(TEL, 18-1-08)

Jan. 16:
At a time when people elsewhere are cutting down forests regardless of the
perils of global warming, residents of Saragaon village in Kokrajhar have chosen
to be different. The villagers, under the banner of the Rwdwmsri Foundation,
have helped the social forestry department plant trees in a 55-hectare area on
the banks of the Sarmanga, which flows by the village. …..more….


mining pollutes river(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The D.D. Lapang
government and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council are being pressured
to initiate measures to check pollution in the Lukha in the Jaintia Hills. In
the first week of January, the river changed colour and a few fishes died
because of the rampant coal and limestone mining in the Lumshnong area adjacent
to the river. …..more….


campaign goes global(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Shillong, Jan. 18:
He is four personalities rolled into one — caver, bonsai cultivator, wine-maker
and poet — but Shillong resident Brian D. Kharpran would rather be remembered as
someone who dedicated a lifetime to saving the unique caves of Meghalaya. Come
February 3, Brian will give his campaign a global touch. He will guide over 50
adventurers from eight countries, including the UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria,
Switzerland, Denmark and Canada, on a journey that will be as much about
discovering the mysteries of the caves in the Jaintia hills as about raising
awareness on the threat to their existence…..more…..

turns green saviour(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
Every time Rahimuddin Hussain led the “saw brigade” into the depths of Doboka
reserve forest, the timber sharks readied for good business. A month in jail and
an awareness programme with the forest department changed all that. A reformed
man, 30-year-old Hussain now leads a group of 119 families from Nahorgaon who
have been trying to restore the green cover. The village is on the fringe of the
reserve forest…..more….


block red timber (TEL,11-1-k8)

Sander wood consignment gets stuck
at last post


Jan. 10:
As many as 30
truckloads of red sander wood illegally made their way through six states before
being stopped at the last frontier — the Manipur township of Moreh, bordering
Myanmar. The entire consignment would probably have been smuggled out to China
via Myanmar a few days ago had Assam Rifles personnel not detained it and asked
the civil administration to verify the validity of the documents the drivers
were carrying. …..more….


pays for elephant attack(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 11:
A beat officer of
National Park was critically injured and a bleeding guard spent the entire night
tied to a tree after villagers incensed by a woman’s death in an elephant attack
chose to vent their anger on forest staff. Beat officer Debanga Bhusan Das and
his men were least expecting the usually friendly residents of Neejgarpal,
located on the fringes of the national park, to react so violently when they
went to the village to help chase away an elephant herd that had strayed into
the area. …..more….

Report indicates increased

Jan. 10:
Known as the
Scotland of the East, Shillong has lost its pristine charm. Air and water
pollution is the order of the day, creating health hazards. A report on the
impact of water and air pollution on the quality of life of Shillong released by
chief minister D.D. Lapang today indicated that there was an urgent need for a
cleaner environment. The report was a compilation of a scientific workshop on
Air and Water Quality of Shillong held in October last year. At the workshop,
experts discussed that air pollution in Meghalaya was a major problem despite
the efforts made by state agencies to curb pollution. …..more….


Loktak downstream project to be restudied (SEX_14_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 13: Even if the
environmental survey/survey of the 66 megawatt capacity Loktak Downstream
Project to be taken up as a joint venture of Government of Manipur and NHPC had
been completed five years back, the environ-mental study of the project is to be
taken up afresh. Meanwhile, the State Government has proposed to the DoNER
Ministry for providing requisite amount of fund of its matching share of the
Project to the tune of Rs 100 crores from the NLCPR.


awareness campaign(SEX_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: In addition to organising an awareness
campaign on protection of wildlife and bird flu today at Phubala under the aegis
of the Deputy Conservator of Forest and Wildlife, Forest officials also
conducted a survey to find out if there was any case of unnatural death of
migratory birds taking shelter in the State. …..more….


IMPHAL, Jan 9: The Environmental Social Reforma- tion and Sangai
Protection Forum, Keibul Lamjao National Park would be con- ducting the
‘waterbird counting at Loktak lake and its associated wetlands’ on January 15.
In order to ensure the success of the exercise, the Forum would be organising a
two-day residential bird watching training…..more.

call for Mapithel Dam halt
 IMPHAL, Jan 19: In the
af-termath of IFC Minister N Biren’s reported assurance that a review committee
will be constituted in connec-tion with the Mapithel Dam being constructed as a
part of the Thoubal Multipur-pose Project, the Citizens’ Concerns for Dams and
De-velopment (CCDD) and the Mapithel Dam Affected Vil-lagers’ Organisation (MDAVO)
have demanded cessation of the ongoing construction work until the review
committee is set up.

Leaders camp on famine (SEX_26_1__k8)

 Lamka, Jan 25: A special conference on how to effectively combat the
ongoing will be held at Mualnuam village in Thanlon sub-division on the 28 and
29 January 2008 under the aegis of ZEPADA and MHJU. On the first night, moments
after Minister Power, T Phungzathang formally inaugurate the conference, DC/CCpur
Sumant Singh, Agriculture Dept, ZEPA-DA and MHJU will present the famine
situation with their own perspective. With those reports in hand, the leaders
will discuss on how to effectively combat the menace. …..more….

From dust to slush,
Imp wallows in muck and filth, Livid CM summons officials, contractors to seek
explanations for delay in work. (SEX_26_1__k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 25 : With the streets in Imphal changing from dusty to
slushy, due to no small measure to the failure to meet the deadline of
completing the pipe laying exercise taken up by the PHED for the Imphal Sewerage
Project compounded by the January rain, a livid Chief Minister today summoned
the Works Minister, PHED Minister as well as officials of PHED and PWD and
contractors concerned to quiz them about the progress of the work taken up,
especially at Paona bazar area. The reaction of the Chief Minister gains
significance in the backdrop of the assurance given by him that the pipe laying
exercise at Paona bazar would be completed by January 15, during an inspection
drive conducted on December 31 last year. …..more….

Kaziranga management counters tea pesticide threat(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
The Assam forest
department is looking to acquire a portion of a Tata-owned tea estate near
Kaziranga National Park to save wildlife from straying into an area where they
are most likely exposed to killer pesticides. Animal carcasses have been found
amid the tea bushes in Rongagora division of Hathikuli tea estate, part of Tata
Tea’s North India Plantation Operations, in recent months. The decision to
acquire that part of the estate was taken after forest staff found the carcass
of a royal Bengal tiger cub on Saturday. …..more….


scarcity puts stray deer in peril(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

People for Animals to approach forest department to relocate herd (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
A herd of hog deer
has strayed into the city and is starving. One member of the herd was attacked
recently by a pet dog when it ventured into the kitchen of a resident in search
of food.  It was rescued by the People for Animals (PFA), which has since
decided to approach the forest department to relocate the herd. The chairperson
of the PFA’s Assam chapter, Sangeeta Goswami, said the herd of at least 15 to 20
hog deer seemed to have lost its way at Joypur in Kharguli. …..more….


Majuli safety hooked on homegrown plan(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Villagers take up anti-erosion project (TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Twenty endangered
villages of Majuli have decided to devise their own anti-erosion project,
disillusioned by the government’s false promises and ineffectual schemes. About
a thousand villagers will fill gunny bags with sand and dump them along the bank
of the Brahmaputra to prevent the river from swallowing their homes. A committee
was formed recently to work out the anti-erosion plan, with the satradhikar
(priest) of Bhogpur satra, Duttadevo Goswami, as the adviser.  Work is
expected to begin within a few days, said Goswami. …..more….


to save reviled bats (TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Once as common as the sparrow and the crow in the villages and towns of south
Assam, bats have become rare in these parts because of rapid urbanisation over
the past few years. Three conservationists have now come together to save bats
from disappearing altogether from the region. In Brahmansasan village, the group
of three — Badal Roy, Rekharani Namasudra and Mukul Deshmukya — has arranged for
roosting of bats. The population of this much-reviled mammalian species, the
only one that can fly, has since swelled to over 700 in the village.


Railways to put gibbons back on track(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Primates separated by rail route will be given overhead steel structures to

(TEL, 4-1-k8)

Guwahati, Jan.
3: A tribe of gibbons that was split into two by a rail track passing through
their habitat is to be reunited after several decades of separation by two steel
bridges designed to look like trees. Northeast Frontier Railway has decided to
build the two bridges over an 800-metre stretch of the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
in Jorhat district of Assam to compensate for the forced separation of the two
groups. …..more….


Elephants kill boy, mother(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
A herd of wild
Asiatic elephants trampled to death a woman and her son in a village in West
Garo Hills on Wednesday night, a wildlife official said today. The elephants
entered Darugre village in West Garo Hills on Wednesday night and destroyed
crops and several houses. …..more….


Expert opinion sought for rhino relocation(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

rhinos to be shifted next month from Pobitora to Manas to boost population

(TEL, 4-1-k8)

Guwahati, Jan.
3: The biggest rhino relocation project undertaken by the Assam government is
bringing experts around the world together. Under the project, four rhinos will
be shifted from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to Manas National Park.  The
relocation strategy envisages increasing the population of the endangered
one-horned rhino in Assam from 2,000 to 3,000 in the next 12 years. Chief
conservator of forest M.C. Malakar said experts in tranquillising the animals
would be brought from Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal to tranquillise the
rhinos during the relocation process. …..more….


herd stalks Sootea(TEL, 5-1-08)

Villagers lose home and sleep Sonitpur(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Jan. 4:
Putul Baruah and his
family haven’t slept a wink in the past 48 hours. Neither have Birbahadur Dorji,
Bolbahadur Karki, Ratan Das and Gyan Devi’s families. “You can sleep only when
you have a roof over your head,” Putul said today, the anguish in his voice
reflecting what he and the other villagers have had to endure since Wednesday.
All five families watched helplessly as a herd of elephants rampaged through
their paddy fields at Bokabeel near Sootea that night. The herd came calling
again last evening, this time targeting their houses. “We lost everything we
had. We are lucky to be alive,” Gyan Devi said. …..more….


in save-wildlife pledge(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
Tata Tea has
formed an eco-development committee in its estate adjoining Kaziranga National
Park to convince the forest department of its commitment to protecting wild
animals that stray into the plantation.  The forest department was planning to
acquire a part of Hathikuli tea estate to save wildlife from entering a zone
where they were thought to be exposed to killer pesticides and attacks by
humans. The estate came under the scanner after a Royal Bengal tiger cub died
there and another was found in a semi-conscious state. …..more….


Study mission yields museum(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
When a batch of anthropology students from a Dibrugarh college reached
Chakrashila recently for a study on ethnic culture, little did they know that it
would be one of the more fulfilling experiences of their lives. The research
mission not only gave them a peek into the tapestry of cultures in this part of
the region, but also paved the way for the establishment of a museum housing
traditional items of daily use at the Topoban Nature Interpretation Centre in
Jonagra. Encouraged by their teacher — the head of the anthropology department
of DHSK College, Moromi Talukdar — the students set out to explore the roots of
various communities living in the Bodoland area. Villagers living on the fringes
of the Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary helped the group in the research project
by gifting items of daily use such as the arnoi (towel), kembong
(headgear) and pattani (men’s jacket). …..more….


Roadblock against quarrying(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
The residents of
Haokip Veng today squatted in an Imphal bylane, Mahabali Road, in protest
against extraction of sand from the bed of Imphal river. The residents, under
the banner of Women’s Action Committee, demanded an immediate halt to digging
and lifting of sand from the bed of the river, which runs close to chief
minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s office-cum-residence here. The Manipur government
has given contractors permission to extract sand and stones from the riverbed
during the dry season for use in construction. Haokip Veng quarry is one of the
most sought-after sources of construction materials. Local residents said more
than 200 truckloads of sand are extracted from the riverbed everyday.


Poachers kill rhino in Kaziranga(TEL_9_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 8:

Poachers killed another
rhino at Kaziranga National Park’s Herberi nullah area under Bagori range last
This is the first
instance of a rhino falling to poachers’ bullets this year. Last year, 21 rhinos
were killed. The poachers, however, failed to take the horn.  Forest officials
said the carcass of the male rhino was recovered around noon today. Several
rounds of used .303 rifle cartridges were found near the carcass. …..more…..


Afforestation success story, only on paper(TEL_9_1_k8)

Jan. 8:
North Cachar Hills is an afforestation success story waiting to be emulated by
the rest of the state, albeit only on paper.  In reality, it is acres and acres
of dry grassland, with none of the forest cover that the afforestation project
reports mention. The hill district has an area of 1,890 square km, of which at
least 80 per cent is covered by forest, including three reserve forests. 
Another 393,276 hectares is non-agricultural barren land. …..more….


wields chilli weapon to ward off jumbos(TEL_10_1_k8)

teaches armed forces how to keep elephant herds at bay without Kalashnikovs

Guwahati, Jan.
9: The army is fighting its “largest” adversary yet with a weapon “hotter” than
the AK-47. Constantly harassed by wild elephants, the army is planting the
world’s hottest chilli in its camp adjoining the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary in
Mariani to ward off straying herds. “Everything else has failed. We are hoping
that the Naga jolokia (Naga chillies) will do the trick,” a senior army
officer said. Elephants are known to detest the smell of the Naga jolokia
and the army hopes they will stay away once the plants grow. To add to the
sting, the army intends to smear chilly paste on the fence around the camp.


Rights glare on zoo safety(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
The Assam Human
Rights Commission today directed the chief conservator of forests (wildlife),
M.C. Malakar, to conduct an inquiry into safety measures at the Assam state zoo.
The rights panel’s move came in the wake of a complaint lodged by the family of
50-year-old Jayprakash Bezbaruah who died after being mauled by two Royal Bengal
tigers at the zoo on December 19. The victim’s brother-in-law Deep Bordoloi and
his elder brother Sarat Bezbaruah had blamed the zoo officials for lack of
safety measures. …..more….


of Loktak counted(SEX_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15: Counting of the migratory birds that
flocked to Loktak lake and Lamphelpat area during winter season was con- ducted
today. The whole exercise was conducted under the joint aegis of Environmental
So-cial Reformation and Sangai Protection Forum, Wild Life Wing of Forest and
Envi-ronment Department and Loktak Development Authority. …..more….


IMPHAL, Jan 18: A State level workshop cum training on
“Bio-Medical Wastes Management” would be organised by the Manipur Pollution
Control Board on January 23 at Hotel Imphal , informed an MPCB release.


Leaders camp on famine


Lamka, Jan 25: A special
conference on how to effectively combat the ongoing will be held at Mualnuam
village in Thanlon sub-division on the 28 and 29 January 2008 under the aegis of
ZEPADA and MHJU. On the first night, moments after Minister Power, T
Phungzathang formally inaugurate the conference, DC/CCpur Sumant Singh,
Agriculture Dept, ZEPA-DA and MHJU will present the famine situation with their
own perspective. With those reports in hand, the leaders will discuss on how to
effectively combat the menace. …..more….

organizes lectures on Bio-tech


With the objective of creating
awareness concerning the scope of bio-technology in the field of animal science
with special reference to Mithun, a series of populr lectures in bio-technology
was organized by the National Research Centre on Mithun (NRC-M), Indian Council
of Agricultural Reseasrch (ICAR) at Jharnapani, Medziphema on Friday. The
inaugural function was graced by Judson Rungsung, Principal of Patkai Christian
College (PCC) as the chief guest. Speaking at the occasion, Judson Rungsung said
that science as a subject was becoming more exciting wherein the students have
chances to carry on various kinds of experiments with the changing scenario.
Rungsung who elucidated in-depth on the treatment of animals by humans and
environmental concerns acknowledged that such programmes showed the concern for
animals in the present day.


Manipur reeling under cold
IMPHAL, Jan 14: The weather today remained very cold in Manipur with the
minimum temperature recorded at 4.1 degrees Celsius. Local Met sources said the
maximum temperature hovered at 23.1 degrees Celsius while the maximum relative
humidity was pegged at 83 per cent. (UNI)

Police station
attacked (SEN, 15-1-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Suspected militants today swooped down on the Lamlai
Police Station in Imphal East district and fired indiscriminately. Police,
however, said no one was injured in the attack. The Lamlai subdivision
electricity department office, adjacent to the station, was also hit by bullets.
A massive operation was launched by additional forces to nab the ultras. It was
yet to known which group was responsible for the attack. (UNI)

Uruka spent in the
fear of foraging pachyderm
 JORHAT, Jan 16: The man-elephant conflict has assumed mammoth
proportions in areas surrounding Jorhat town with herds of wild elephants making
regular incursions in search of food. While last year it took Forest Department
personnel almost two months to chase away a herd of pachyderm but not before it
had caused widespread damage to crop and property. …..more….

Migratory birds
touch down at Loktak lake
IMPHAL, Jan 16: Migratory
birds have begun arriving at the Loktak lake in Manipur’s Bishenpur district.
“Every year a large number of migratory birds come to Manipur,” Forest officials
here said and added that for research purpose details are tied to the legs of
these birds so that their movement can be traced.


to help NE in collecting seismic data
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The Centre will soon provide modern technology for collecting
meteorologic and seismic data to help the northeastern States, including Asom,
in facing natural calamities. This was stated by Union Minister of Science and
Technology Kapil Sibal while releasing the report on “seismic microzonation” of
Guwahati region at a function held at Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra here
today. …..more….

3 poachers
arrested in Chirang
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 18: Three poachers along with arms and ammunition were
arrested by the joint team of the forest department, SSB and Ultapani
Biodiversity NGO in a raid at block No 3 inside Chirang reserve forest in
Kokrajhar district on Tuesday. Speaking to The Sentinel Ghanasyam Basumatry,
Range officer of the Ultapani range said that a joint team carried out an
operation against the timber smugglers at block No 3 under …..more…..

Rats dash
farmers’ last hope after famine in Mizoram
AIZAWL, Jan 18: The Mizoram
farmers’ hopes to boost their economy through rubber plantations have failed to
materialize after rodents, proliferated following the Mautam (bamboo flowering)
last year, gnawed away vast areas of the plantations. Amafamcos (a multi-purpose
cooperative society) had set up a nursery at Khamrang on Aizawl-Sairang-Silchar
road last year, where it has developed 50,000 saplings of RRIM-600, a hybrid
variety of rubber, imported from Malaysia.


Sikkim to assess its carbon credit for global support
GANGTOK, Jan 18: In a bid to
conserve the lush green forest cover and produce clean hydel power in the State,
the Sikkim government will assess the entire carbon credit earned by the State
so far. “We are seriously thinking to carry out assessment of the entire carbon
credit that we have earned in the process and put the entire clean development
mechanism we follow in carbon trading.


Chilly weather in Manipur
IMPHAL, Jan 18:
Manipur today continued to suffer from the biting chill with the minimum
temperature hovering at around 3.9 degrees Celsius.
Local Met sources said the maximum temperature was recorded at about 24.1
degrees Celsius.

into rhino killing, poaching
GUWAHATI, Jan 25: Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi has today asked the Chief Secretary to constitute a one-man
inquiry committee headed by Principal Secretary PK Choudhury to inquire into the
reasons for the rise in incidents of poaching at the KNP and to make


Sewerage Project inspected(SEX_1_1_k8)

CM pays a visit to dug up roads in bazar areas
 IMPHAL, Dec 31 : Chief Minister O Ibobi today personally inspected
the work progress of the ongoing Imphal Sewerage Project and besides walking
through the bazar areas to get a first hand experience of trudging along the
dismembered and dug up roads, announced that the Government would soon pull down
all the high rise buildings (more than triple storey) in the commercial areas
and asked the owners to do the needful before the Government acts. …..more….

intensity quake hits Shillong

Shillong, Jan 1: An earthquake of moderate intensity hit the city early
today while the citizens were still in festive mood following the New Year
celebrations. Central Seismological Observatory (CSO) officials told UNI here
that the tremor, …..more….


Decks cleared for ‘overbridge’ to join gibbon families
 JORHAT, Jan 2: Decks are
being cleared for the construction of an ‘overbridge’ to facilitate the movement
of the families of hoolock gibbons on either side of a railway track at Gibbon
Wildlife Sanctuary in south Jorhat. The railway track near Meleng bifurcates the
sanctuary named after the endangered primate species.

erosion takes a critical turn
From our Correspondent
GORESWAR, Jan 2: Hundreds of people living near the embankments in Baksa
districts are passing sleepless nights losing their land due to the massive
erosion caused by the puthimari river. Apprehending that some of the vulnerable
points of the embankments may collapse at any moment, if the conditions of these
embankments are not repaired properly the 10,000 hectares of agriculture land
will be destroyed in the river. …..more….

Demonstration on
use of bhoot jolokiyas to chase away jumbos
 JORHAT, Jan 8: The bhoot jolokiya, acknowledged as the hottest chilli in
the world, may now act as an ‘elephant-repellant,’ too. The Jorhat Forest
Division enlisted the cooperation of a Guwahati-based trust for biodiversity
conservation, Ecosystems-India, for demonstration of the efficacy of the hot
chilli to chase away herds of marauding elephants in jumbo-infested areas here.
The demonstration, conducted by the staff of Ecosystems-India’s Assam Haathi
Project, took place at Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday. …..more….

report to be presented
SHILLONG, Jan 8: The OSD to the Government of Meghalaya, Programme
Implementation & Evaluation Department & Member Secretary, SDRC has informed
that the report and recommendations of the workshop on the “Impact of Air &
Water Pollution on Quality …..more….

No winter chill in Sikkim
this year
The State is also witnessing a threatening period of dry spell

GANGTOK, Jan 8: Even as northern parts of the country are
experiencing severe cold, the Himalayan State of Sikkim is far away from the
cold weather that usually prevails here. The temperatures in northern India was
dropping below zero due to Western Disturbances, a low-pressure system
originating in the Mediterranean Sea or the west Atlantic sliding past Iran and
western Pakistan to make their way into India ushering in winter with rain and
hailstorms. Winter in Sikkim usually begins in November with the onset of
Western Disturbances in the State and lasts till early March. …..more….

awards to flood-affected people
 DIPHU, Jan 9: A relief distribution ceremony was observed by the
Duarbagori Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency at Dolamara
Rongmongve Development Block, in Dolamara Basa LP school. The meeting was
presided over by Roton Ingti, …..more….

sends SOS to Centre as MNF fails
AIZAWL, Jan 9: The Mizoram
Peoples Conference party today sought the Centres ‘effective intervention’ to
combat impending Mautam (bamboo flowering) famine because the incumbent Mizo
National Front has ‘failed’ to do so. “While the rest of India and the world
look forward to the New Year with glittering hope, the people of Mizoram are
sitting in a state of gloom after they had produced last year less than ten per
cent of their annual production of rice as a result of the phenomenal bamboo
flowering (Mautam) which disproportionately increased rodent population,” a
memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

Impending Mautam (bamboo
flowering) may bring about famine to the State of Mizoram
Overthrow MNF to rescue people from
poverty: Thanhawla

AIZAWL, Jan 9: Mizoram unit of the Congress chief Lal Thanhawla claimed
that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) government in the State must be
overthrown to alleviate the poverty of the people and rescue them from the
Mautam famine. Addressing the party workers here yesterday, the former Chief
Minister said, “The Congress has to win the mandate in the next Assembly polls
and start practical operations immediately to rescue the people from the present
socio-economic crisis.”

glaciers in Sikkim awaiting further study
GANGTOK, Jan 9: Sikkim has 84 glaciers covering a total of 691.5
square kms with a snowfield area of 251.22 square kms, official data chronicled
through Remote Sensing system reveals. DG Shrestha, senior scientific officer
from Sikkim Science and Technology department said the department had mapped the
glaciers in collaboration with state forest department with technological
support from Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad. “We have mapped the glaciers
in Sikkim Himalaya with the data of 1997 provided from Remote Sensing
Satellite,” Shrestha told UNI. …..more….

experiences chilly weather
IMPHAL, Jan 9: The mercury today dipped further in Manipur making the
weather cold. Local Met sources said the minimum temperature recorded for the
day was about 2.5 degrees Celsius while the maximum was about 25 degrees
Celsius. The maximum relative humidity was pegged at about 81 per cent, the
sources added. (UNI)

PCBA serves
notice to errant nursing homes
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 10: Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA) chairman
Jawahar Lal Dutta has served a 7-day notice to M/s Damanis and Medicare, Ashtha,
Sristi, Sanjivini and JJ Memorial Nursing Home of Dibrugarh to take adequate
scientific measures for separation of biodegradable medical waste and its
disposal, failing, the PCBA will take action against all these nursing homes for
violation of the Biomedical Waste Handling and Management Rules, 1998, Dutta
stated. …..more….

dead from pollution caused by firecrackers: MPCB
10: The Mizoram State Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has stated that at least
five people in the city died of respiratory problems due to the pollution caused
by fireworks and crackers during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. MPCB
secretary Lalduhawma said the board had decided to conduct research and
subsequent awareness campaign on the ill effects of pollution by cause fireworks
and crackers on the health.
“Five people have died of respiratory problems within a week after New Year.



suggests judicious use of scientific mining practices
 SHILLONG, Jan 10: The State Development
Reforms Commission (SDRC) has suggested a judicious use of scientific mining
practices to the State Government by taking into consideration local-specific
needs for preservation of the environment by implementing ‘strip mining.’ The
suggestion was made by the commission in its report on the proceedings and
recommendations submitted to the State Government today.
The SDRC suggested that implementation of strip mining would offer safety in
mining without causing damage to the environment. Strip mining is a method
wherein mining is done from the top of the deposit, and going downward to ensure
higher percentage of recovery of the mineral, the commission said.



concerned over recovery of five cubs from Mizoram villagers
AIZAWL, Jan 10: The Mizoram unit People For Animals (PFA) has
expressed concern over the recovery of five cubs from villagers’ possession, who
claimed that their mother had failed to tend to them. The cubs were recovered
from a jhum by farmers in Sailulak village on January seven and the villagers
subsequently brought the cubs to Aizawl, to be kept under the care of the PFA.

Overaged sentinels
‘unfit’ to protect KNP
 JORHAT, Jan 11: The majority of the sentinels of Kaziranga National
Park (KNP) are no longer fit to shoulder the onerous responsibility of guarding
the abode of the rhino, spread over an area of 430 square km. The average age of
the forest guards at the park has been calculated to be above 50. Sources said
that the strenuous task of continuously patrolling the huge area is taking a
toll on the health of the security force. The KNP, designated a world heritage
site, recently added six ‘additions’ or an equal area to the 430 square km park.

PCBA directs
ONGC, OIL to submit quantification report
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: The Pollution Control
Board, Assam (PCBA), has directed the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
authorities to identify the pits in Lakwa and Geleki, quantify oil sludge
properly and submit the report to the board within 15 days. The direction has
been issued by the Board following the recent visit of a high-level team of the
Board headed by its chairman JL Dutta to Lakwa and Geleki.

Wild bulls on
stage; district adminstartion on alert
 MANGALDAI, Jan 13: The tradition of buffalo fights during the
festive season, which once enjoyed the royal patronage of Ahom kings, seems to
wane in the State as the younger generation are not all that interested in this
old practise. The bull fights which can be compared to the Spanish traditions of
bull fights is on the verge of extinction and now confined only to Ahatguri in
Nagaon district. To bring back the glory days of this ancient tradition , a herd
of bulls made their appearance on a paddy field at Puria on National Highway 52.
But instead of the traditional fight taking place, the bulls were seen resting
in the paddy field throughout the day. …..more


Pachyderm create havoc
 Jorhat, Jan 13: A herd of wild elephants destroyed houses and ravaged
farming plots at Purana Sapekhati Gaon in north-west Jorhat on January 11.
Sources say that villagers were forced to take sheltering the namghar the whole
night and could return home only early in the morning when the herd of elephants
crossed the Brahmaputra after leaving the village. …..more….

CEP concerned
over jhum burning
AIZAWL, Jan 13: Concerned over extensive
destruction of biological resources in jhum burning, Aizawl-based Centre for
Environment Protection has urged the State Government to take up stringent
measures to contain damage as a total abolition of jhumming was impossible. In a
statement here today, CEP urged the government order all village councils to
enforce Mizoram Prevention and Control of Fire in the Village Ram Rules, 1983
and Lushai Hills District (Jhumming) Regulations, 1954, after necessary

Himalayan bear strays into human habitation
Himalayan bear drinks chaang, a local fermented millet beverage

GANGTOK, Jan 13:
A black Himalayan bear strayed into habitation in south Sikkim, attacking
poultry and cattle. Senior forest officials said the black Himalayan bear had
devoured chicken, cattle and it could pose danger to human lives as well. The
bear had been playing hide and seek with a wildlife team, already stationed in
the area for the past few days. The team had been sparing no pains to ward off
the bear or trap and cage it earlier it had managed to trap it, but it managed
to escape. They had also been carrying tranquilizers but this effort had also
not paid off as the bear looked too dangerous at close range. State Forest
Secretary-cum-Principal Chief Conservator S T Lachungpa said a team, which had
been dispatched to the area, comprised the Conservator of Forest and other
senior officials along with forest guards.

Moderate quake
jolts Mizoram
13: A moderate intensity earthquake today shook parts of Mizoram on the
India-Bangladesh border. The quake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, struck
the region at 0415hrs IST, the Met Department said. The temblor was epicentred
at 22.7 degree North Latitude and 92.6 degree East Longitude. There were no
reports of casualties. (UNI)

Tripura Govt welcomes Centre’s move to implement Forest Rights Act
AGARTALA, Jan 2: The Tripura government has expressed its approval to the
Centre’s issuance of notification for implementing the provisions of the
Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2007. State Tribal Welfare
and Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury told UNI here yesterday that following
the efforts of the Left Front in Tripura, the Centre had issued the notification
on December 31, for recognizing the forest dwellers’ exclusive rights over its
resources. …..more….

National seminar on flood fury and its mitigation held
From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Jan 3: A two-day-long National Seminar on “Understanding of Flood
Hazards in Geo-Environmental and Economic Perspective” is being held at
Dibrugarh Hanumanbux Surajmal Kanoi (DHSK) College from today. Dr Kulendu Pathak,
Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, inaugurated the seminar. The inaugural
session was chaired by the Principal of the college, Dr JK Mahanta. In his
inaugural speech, Pathak said that geographers had a role to play in the proper
planning of flood related constructions.


Brahmaputra Board chairman takes stock of anti-erosion projects
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 3: The Majuli unit of Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti will queer the
pitch for permanent protection of the river island at a conclave to be held on
the bank of Brahmaputra river near Bengenati and Bhogpur xatras on January 22.
Office-bearers of the organization maintain that it is the duty of all the
people of the State to contribute to the cause of the protection of the
subdivision under the constant threat of floods and erosion caused by
Brahmaputra. …..more….

experiencing spine-chilling cold
IMPHAL, Jan 3: The
spine-chilling cold wave in Manipur continued today as the citizens confronted
misty weather since morning.

warming not behind warm winter
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: With the usual winter chill that the State experiences missing
this year, Regional Meteorological Centre sources here have confirmed that the
situation is in no way linked to the much-talked-about global warming factor.
They, however, said that the western disturbance, as well as the cold wave which
is sweeping across northern India, is yet to reach the State, adding that it
will take at least three more weeks for the temperatures to drop further.


winter in Asom
 JORHAT, Jan 4: While the
national capital, New Delhi, is reeling under a cold wave with temperatures
ranging between 0 to 4 degrees, the State is passing through an unprecedented
warm winter in comparison to previous years. LA Siddiqui, director, weather
section, Indian Meteorological department, Guwahati, while affirming that the
temperature was 2 to 3 degrees ‘higher than normal’ in each district of the
State at this time of the year, stated that the reason for this was lack of
rainfall usually caused by western disturbances in the region during the winter.


Church steps in to combat famine in Mizoram
AIZAWL, Jan 4: The Mizoram Presbyterian
Church has stepped in to help people in the State to avoid an impending famine
after the acute rice shortage due to Mautam season.
Synod social front, an organ of the church, has earmarked Rs 722,691,840 for the
‘famine relief for the state of Mizoram’ project. The project cost has been set
based on State agriculture department statistics as on October 31, 2007,
according to which 13,839.01 hectares of croplands amounting to Rs 2,71,244,596
were destroyed by rats, Mizoram Synod social front executive secretary Reverend
Zosangliana Colney told UNI here today.

dips further in Manipur(SEN, 5-1-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 4: The mercury
today dipped further in Manipur, making it a cold and chilly day in the State.
Local Met sources said here today that the minimum temperature recorded for the
day was around 3.7 degrees


Pachyderm attack victims’ kin receive financial aid
 SONARI, Jan 5: The Abhoypur Forest Reserve under Napuk forest
division of Charaideo subdivision in Sivasagar district has become a place
synonymous with wild elephant attacks. Elephants from the forest reserve make
their way into the village in search of food. This has led to the destruction of
fields of the farmers and stored food grains in the villages. Moreover, some
villagers even lost their lives in elephant attacks.
Meanwhile, the kin of the dead people have been provided aid by the forest
department of the State Government. According to the order member BG/10/ex
gratia/852/23, given by divisional forest officer Utpal Bora, the families of
the deceased received financial aid of Rs 40,000 each. …..more….

Water storage
capacity shrinking in Asom
 DIBRUGARH, Dec 15: With
growing human settlements gradually encroaching into the watershed areas, the
water storage capacity of this region is reducing with every passing day. As a
result most of the rain water flows out through the rivers leaving little scope
for recharge of ground water while causing devastating floods. Addressing a
meeting organized by Upper Brahmaputra Division, Central Water Commission, on
the occasion of Water Resource Day 2007

Weather condition improves in Manipur
IMPHAL, Jan 7: The mercury levels in Manipur have dropped slightly
and brought respite to the people suffering under intense cold conditions.  Met
officials here said the minimum temperature was recorded at about 5.4 degrees
Celsius, while the maximum was about 23 degrees Celsius. The maximum relative
humidity was about 75 per cent. …..more….

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