The Western Railway has won five National Energy Conservation Awards in various categories instituted by the Ministry of Power.

There is good news for bird lovers of Banaskantha as more than 300 Egyptian vultures were spotted in the district on Tuesday. These birds were rarely spotted in the last several years in the area.

"Even the Birds Conservation Society of Gujarat (BCSG) has not mentioned such a big colony of vultures in the last several editions of their journal 'Vihangam," an executive member of BCSG and a teacher at RR Mehta Science College Suresh Prajapati said.

Accelerating work on its ambitious 3,300-km-long dedicated freight corridors project, which is being constructed on the eastern and western flanks of the country at the cost of R90,000 crore, the railways has shortlisted two consortiums led by major Japanese infrastructure firms to develop a major portion of the western freight corridor stretch.

The final contract, for the construction of a 640-km-long route from Rewari to Palanpur at the cost of R6000 crore, will be awarded to the firm selected by the end of this month.

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Palanpur: Nakki lake is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to Mount Abu. Surrounded by green hills, the lake is very popular for its boat rides.

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Palanpur: They operate a computer with deftness and surf the internet to keep abreast of latest developments in agriculture. Villagers of Ghodiyal in Vadgam taluka, located 18 km from Palanpur, are probably the only ones in the state to use drip irrigation system with help of computers.

Ahmedabad: Forest officials posed as traders in animal skin to catch a gang trying to sell a leopard hide as that of a tiger. They used a gang member as a middleman to strike the deal. He escorted the foresters through the Vijaynagar jungles on a bike to the gang.

Ahmedabad/Palanpur: In the first ever sting operation carried out by the forest department, an old leopard skin, probably stolen from the royal Palace of Vijaynagar, was recovered late on Wednesday night.
In a joint operation of Intelligence Bureau officials and the forest department, four members of a gang which was into animal skin trade, were arrested.