MUMBAI: Nature lovers in the city are awaiting the second annual one week bird census in the state which will kick-off from January 22.

An initiative of environmental organization Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sanghatana (MPS), the event will create awareness about conservation of birds.

The campaign will study the status of endangered birds and threats to their existence.

Heavy downpour in western parts of the state have left farmers a worried lot. While rains are playing havoc with kharif crops such as soyabean in Northern Maharashtra, damage to rabi crops such as paddy over a vast stretch

BRITISH drugmaker Glaxo-SmithKline (GSK) will increase its capacity to make a medicine for treatment of elephantiasis at its manufacturing facility in Nasik (India) besides its South African plant, a top company executive said.
GSK makes albendazole, a medicine used by 120 million people across the world, at its production units in Nasik and Cape Town.

Small scale watershed development is a viable way to improve degraded ecosystems, create diverse livelihood opportunities for rural people and build stable ecosystems. Aseema trust demonstrated this on a small area of 14 acres in the tribal villages of Maharshtra.

Involving local communities in identifying local solutions is the best way to address local water problems. Experience of MITTRA is one such example which depicts communities taking charge of developing water sources and managing them well too.

Viticulture is growing at a rate of knots in India, and the country's largest winery is leading by environmental example. Nestling just 200km from the bustling metropolis of Mumbai lies Nasik, an area of natural beauty, rich spiritual heritage and home to one of India's newest and burgeoning industries: wine.

Nashik: MLAs, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders and individuals here have joined hands to launch a movement against cutting of trees.

A large number of trees on the Mumbai-Agra highway were cut or felled by the contractors over the last couple of years and many more or likely to be cut in near future for works like road widening, the activists said.

MUMBAI: The state government will request the union government to allow relaxation of silence zone norms for 15 days in a year in every district.

New Delhi: The fragile ecosystem of Maharashtra's Western Ghats, a bio-diversity treasure trove,has come under severe pressure from unabated developmental activities leading to a loss of its forest cover over a period of 20 years since 1985, notes a recent study.

Nashik: Atleast 225 mcft water from the Nandurmadhmeshwar dam near here was flown away after a hole developed in it, official sources said today.

The 100-year-old dam, which was renovated by the state government last year, developed a hole yesterday resulting in water-logging in nearby fields, causing threat of water shortage in Marathwada, they said.
Repair work is on, sources added.