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Nov. 26: Expressing concern over the receding Himalayan glaciers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said all resources must be mobilised to protect the Himalayas and its eco-system.

Diversity and refuge function for indigenous fauna and flora in anthropogenically influenced habitats in tropical regions under global change on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Environmentalist and Chipko leader Sundar Lal Bahuguna

DEHRA DUN: The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has assured the Chipko leader Sunder Lal Bahuguna and the Congress MLA from Tehri, Kishore Upadhyay of taking up the issue of framing an ecologically sustainable policy for the Himalayan region during the next Cabinet meeting.

Announcing this at a press conference here, Mr Bahuguna and Mr Upadhyay said that they had apprised the Prime Minister of the perils that were emerging from the unscientific and market driven policies followed in the Himalayan States.

The ice form of lord Shiva, Shivalingam, has completely melted away in Amarnath, much to the huge disappointment of thousands of devotees and many more who are yet to come. An Amarnath Shrine Board official said the holy icicle had been receding day by day and disappeared today. Reports from the holy cave say that some pilgrims were agitated over the disappearance of the lingam and blamed ill-management on the part of board for its now almost annual disappearance.

BY CHRISTOPHER BODEEN China is planning a major cleanup operation for Mount Everest in 2009 and may limit the number of climbers and other visitors, Tibet's environmental protection chief was quoted as saying on Monday. The cleanup and new measures are planned for the second half of 2009, Zhang Yongze told the official Xinhua News Agency. China has already enacted some restrictions, including forbidding vehicles from driving directly to the base camp which is at 16,995 feet (5,180 metres), Mr Yongze said.

This is the second edition of the wastewater recycling manual. The manual presents real-life case studies of wastewater treatment methods adopted in various parts of India.

India is faced with the challenge of sustaining its rapid economic growth while dealing with the global threat of climate change. This threat emanates from accumulated greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, anthropogenically generated through long-term and intensive industrial growth and high consumption lifestyles in developed countries.

A Task Force on Mountain Ecosystems for Environment and Forests sector for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2011) was set up by the Planning Commission, Government of India. The mountain ecosystems in this report include all the geographical limits of Himalaya and North-eastern states within Indian territory, collectively termed as Indian Himalaya Region (IHR).

The National Environment Policy is intended to be a guide to action: in regulatory reform, programmes and projects for environmental conservation; and review and enactment of legislation, by agencies of the Central, State, and Local Governments. . The policy also seeks to stimulate partnerships of different stakeholders, i.e.

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