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We still do not know 60-70% of the living insect species in India and almost all of these yet unnamed species probably occur only in our Protected Areas now. 'No permits to survey in' or 'unrestricted access to these areas given to qualified specialist scientists' means no knowledge about three quarters of our subcontinent's biota.

To examine changes in the wintertime seasonal (December, January and February) temperature and precipitation over the Siachen Glacier, one of the largest glaciers outside the polar region, an analysis of its temperature and precipitation indices is planned.

Exemplary agricultural research supported by good government policies has ensured food security in India. It is the right time to focus on micronutrient malnutrition in the country. Recently, Zn deficiency in diet especially of young children below 5 years of age has received global attention.

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The present decade could be called as disaster management decade. There have been a number of large mega geo events such as Sumatran earthquake of magnitude 9.3 in December 2004, and destructive earthquakes in India (Bhuj earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on 26 January 2001), Pakistan (Kashmir earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on 8 October 2005) and China (Sichuan earthquake of magnitude 8.0 on 12 May 2008).

A survey was made on certified organic farms in the country to ascertain the real benefits and feasibility of organic farming in terms of the production potential, economics and soil health in comparison to the conventional farms.

Sacred groves are communally-protected forest fragments with significant religious connotations. These community lands attain significance due to biodiversity conservation and provide ecological services in