Even while fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court, the Gujarat Government, with the support of the Centre, is currently engaged in developing a second “interpretation zone” to enable the visitors to see Asiatic Lions in the wild at its only abode in the Gir sanctuary in the Saurashtra region.

A forest department official said the second “interpretation zone”, a fenced area within the sanctuary, was being developed near Ambardi village in Amreli district on the way to the tourist destination of Diu.

Monsanto study says crop in four Gujarat districts showed susceptibility to pest

The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) is learnt to have received a report confirming pink bollworm developing resistance to Bt cotton in four districts in Gujarat. The apex regulator of genetically modified (GM) crops is likely to consider these findings by Monsanto and Mahyco scientists in its next meeting.

New Gir interpretation Zone In Amreli District Likely To Be Open For Visitors By Diwali

Ahmedabad: If you have plans to visit Diu at the end of this year, you will able to spend some time with the King of the Jungle on the way at Ambardi in Amreli. The Gujarat forest department is ready with the Ambardi Interpretation Zone. Officials of the department said that the interpretation zone is ready and will be opened for tourists around Diwali this year.

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat may be losing some Asiatic lions - its main tourist attraction - to the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, but it will soon have leopards to attract more visitors to Sasan Gir.

The state government has decided to establish Gujarat's first leopard park in the Gir lion sanctuary for better conservation of wildcat species.
A senior official associated with the new project said, "Gir is known for lions but the leopard is also one of the major wild species in the area that is less visible. For better conservation of the leopard population of Gir, we have decided to establish an exclusive leopard park in the sanctuary where the tourists can easily see the leopards in their natural habitat."

Ahmedabad: The milk capital Anand may figure in chief minister Narendra Modi’s speeches in Delhi for the success of Amul, but the district could be a case study for its poor human development index

Rajkot: A number of eligible bachelors in the drought-struck Dedan village near Amreli are ruing their luck.

The Union Government has declared 17 districts in Gujarat as drought-affected, Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has said.

Rajkot: Close to seven lakh people who undertook the fiveday annual Parikrama around Mount Girnar in November left the Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary littered with nearly 23,000 kg of plastic waste.

This is an alarming fourfold increase in the quantity of plastic waste strewn in the sanctuary compared to 2011. The clean-up drive ‘Girnar Safai Abhiyan’ to clear the lions’ abode was taken up immediately after the parikrama ended on November 29 last year. In the last 50 days or so, volunteers have gathered nearly 23 tonnes of plastic, mostly water pouches, from the sanctuary. The drive is still on and it is likely the quantity will go up to 25 tonnes.

A public interest litigation (PIL) seeking cancellation of lease and environmental clearance granted to Ambuja Cement Ltd for mining in Verval region of Junagadh district has been filed in the Gujarat Hgih court. The PIL also seeks stay on mining activities of the company while the case was pending with the court.

The petitioner Paryavaran Bachav Samiti (PBS) has also alleged that the cement company had indulging in theft of minerals worth over Rs 5 crore from government owned land and sought penal actions against Ambjua Cement Ltd under the India Penal Code (IPC).

The Haryana government has prohibited manufacture, storage, sale and distribution of gutkha and paan masala containing tobacco or nicotine as ingredients. The ban came into effect from Wednesday.