Hubbardia Bor, a monospecific, critically endangered and endemic genus on the verge of extinction has been reintroduced and successfully restored in its natural home, the Western Ghats.

Hearing a PIL by K P Satish Kumar, who has moved the High Court against the illegal quarries at Yerekatter, Harogappa and Bannur villages in Shikaripura taluk, the division bench following the report by DCF Shimoga, has directed for action.

The High Court has directed the State government to initiate action against the quarry contractors strictly in accordance with law.

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There are people who are taking to planting areca following the success of the industry, despite a slump in the prices of areca.

Mahesh Kulkarni / Chennai/ Bangalore March 02, 2009, 0:03 IST

Report on mining irregularities in Karnataka is out A mining company in Andhra Pradesh has extended its area and operations into Bellary district in Karnataka, said an investigation of mining irregularities in Karnataka. Karnataka

Mining operation will be completely banned in the ecologically-sensitive Western Ghats in the State, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa said on Wednesday.

DH News Service, Mudigere:

A leopard which fell trap into a noose die despite continued efforts to save it by the Officials of Forest Department.

A creative partnership between a farmer and a scientist has resulted in the creation of a disease tolerant bee strain that promises to revive bee-keeping in south Karnataka, Goa and Kerala. The bee strain is tolerant to the dreadedviral disease, Thai Sac Brood (TSB). The bees are also much more productive and focused in producing honey. Bee-keeping in south India began flagging in 1992. TSB struck that year. It first hit the Koynadu bees in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. In the span of two years, the virus wiped out entire colonies of bees in many parts of southern India.

Nagesh Prabhu BANGALORE: With monsoon becoming weak and drought looming large over Karnataka, the government has extended the weather-based crop insurance scheme to five more districts, covering 12 crops this kharif season.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Friday that his Government was committed to create a congenial atmosphere for investors to start their ventures in Karnataka without being under anybody's obligation. Addressing a gathering at Sogane, about 8 km from here, after laying the foundation stone for an airport, he said that prospective investors would have ample opportunities in the State as the Government was ready to offer facilities for it.