DH News Service, Chikmagalur:

Benefits of dairying will be made available to the people of all 5 taluks in the district within the next two years, said Deputy Commissioner R Narayanaswamy.

At present, dairying is done only in two taluks. The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has agreed to expand its network to all taluks, he said after inaugurating an Entrepreneurship Motivation Programme organised by Karnataka State Finance Corporation and Industries and Commerce department at the District Industries Centre here on Wednesday.

Mahesh Kulkarni / Chennai/ Bangalore July 08, 2008, 0:57 IST

The Union ministry of mines has advised the Karnataka government to allot the iron ore-rich mine at Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumkur district to the public sector Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL), a top company official said.

The Western Ghats constitute one of the three biodiversity hotspots in India, which is under constant threat from various quarters. Among the several anthropogenic factor, which plays a pivotal role in vegetation succession and ecosystem processes. It is very important to understand the ecological changes due to fire and other anthropogenic factors for conservation and management of biodiversity.

An assessment of land quality was carried out for coffee growing areas of Karnataka using satellite image, toposheets and soil studies.

Groundwater monitoring was carried out in Tarikere taluk during December 2004. The samples were analyzed for trace metals, such as iron, cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel and barium.

Thirty kilometres from Chikmagalur in the southern Indian state of Karnataka lies the Bhadra tiger reserve. Here, the towering ridges of the western ghats wrap around a gently undulating landscape dissected by scores of streams and draped in the finest moist deciduous forests anywhere. These forests harbour on impressive assemblage of wildlife from the large and imposing elephant and tiger to a dazzlilng array of lesser marvels including birds, lizards, snakes, frogs, and insects. Also scattered across Bhadra's forested landscape are sixteen hamlets.

Traditional tolerance of wild animals, which may be harmful to humans, their settlements and livelihood have contributed substantially to India

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