India hosted the XIX Common Wealth Games (CWG) 2010, in New Delhi, for the first time. It is only the second time that these games have been organized in Asia. A distinctive feature of the CWG 2010 was the emphasis of the organizers on environment; they wanted these games to be remembered not only as a sporting spectacle but also as the first-ever.

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Kashmir valley, nestled in the north-western extremity of Himalayan bio-
diversity hotspot, is bestowed with an incredible plant wealth. However, over the last few decades, flora of the valley faces a multitude of threats. Being historically a global tourist destination, the