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Nationwide drive to protect elephant corridors, habitats

Aug 11, 2017 A massive awareness-cum-action campaign titled ‘Gaja Yatra’ that focuses on securing degraded elephant corridors and improving elephant habitat will be launched across the country on World Elephant Day on August 12. Initiated by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in association with the Government of India’s Project Elephant and Partners, Gaja Yatra will be a 15-month awareness campaign on the shrinking space for India’s wild elephants and the importance of elephant corridors.

100 pollution-checking centres found flouting norms

Aug 11, 2017 Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) teams have inspected 225 authorised vehicular pollution-checking centres and found 100 such centers violating norms. These centres issue pollution under control (PUC) certificates to vehicle owners.The PPCB swung into action and constituted 100 teams headed by engineers to check these centres across the state. The teams found about 100 such centres violating the norms as these were not even having span gases to calibrate the instruments and in some cases, the instruments were found non-functional.

Animal enthusiasts disprove myths surrounding snakes

Aug 09, 2017 Founding members of Urvanam, an animal protection unit from Tirunagar, debunked several myths regarding venomous and non-venomous snakes at a ‘Snake awareness workshop’ at The American College.

Sexual abuse of boys: Shame, poor awareness behind under-reporting

Aug 08, 2017 In the past few weeks, two separate cases of young boys being abused have come to light in the city. In the first case registered with the Powai police in July last week, two boys, aged 13 and 10, consumed rat poison dissolved in a soft drink on July 12. While the 10-year-old passed away the same day, the 13-year-old succumbed on July 25. The boy, who had been prohibited water because of his critical condition, told his mother he and his friend had been sexually abused when she agreed to give him some water. The Powai police are still to arrest the accused.

Kunduz municipality to hire 550 new workers

Aug 08, 2017 The mayor for northern Kunduz province on Sunday said some 550 new employees were being hired by the municipality for cleaning the capital city, Kunduz City. Najeebullah Omarkhail told Pajhwok Afghan News: “As part of the new programme named ‘Green City’ launched with financial support from the European Union (EU), more than 500 new employees will be recruited against a salary of $130 for each.”

Young volunteers jeopardizing their lives to convey education message to 34 provinces

Aug 08, 2017 In a rare move, amid at improving access to quality education on sustainable development at all level and in all social contexts, the Afghan education lovers from Pen Path Civil Society (PPCS) have been making all out efforts, while jeopardizing their lives to promote education across the country. Despite cultural restrictions, the ongoing conflicts have also left a large number of children out of school in restive areas—a move annoyed (PPCS) staffers and has taken initiative to promote education to help get back deprived children to school. Around 1400 volunteers from PPCS have been part of this honorable obligation to promote education.

Hill cutting for govt housing project in Ctg draws flak

Aug 08, 2017 Apparently unmoved by the tragic death of a number of people from landslides caused by illegal hill cutting, a public housing project is being developed allegedly by cutting hills in Raozan's Pahartoli area in Chittagong under the patronage of some ruling party leaders. The National Housing Authority (NHA) has undertaken a project on 20 acres of land for the low- and middle-income people. It has appointed a construction firm, IS Trading Corporation, owned by Phartali union parishad chairman Md Rokon Uddin, to fill up the project area with mud.

Dengue threat looms over schools in Punjab

Aug 08, 2017 The Punjab government has issued a letter to all public schools of the province to thoroughly clean their premises and rid it of any possible dengue larvae, before the end of summer vacations. This letter was sent by Punjab Chief Minister’s School Education Department (SED) Monitoring Force, to all chief executive officers (CEOs) of district education authorities (DEAs).

Scores displaced by landslides in Nishikhola rural municipality

Aug 08, 2017 The landslides occurred in Nishikhola rural municipality-1 and 2 have put the entire village at the risk of being displaced. The locals of Huldi have taken shelter in the houses of their kin while some have moved to a hillock nearby after the landslides posed risk to the village.

Health and Happiness campaign for a drug free Bhutan

Aug 08, 2017 To reach out to the commuters and drivers in specific and the general public at large, the Chithuen Phendey Association organized a drug and alcohol free advocacy program. Over 100 vegetable vendors of Centenary Farmer Market and the Thimphu Thrompon joined the campaign to create awareness on Drugs and Alcohol




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