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

It was 25 years ago this month when villagers in Karnataka undertook an eight km trek to resist massive tree felling at the Kalase forests. In today

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A quarter century after the movement emerged in Karnataka

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Two species of trees, earlier considered extinct, have been rediscovered in Uttara Kannada district.

Botanists have re-discovered two critically endangered tree species, earlier considered to be extinct. The trees that originated in southern Kerala have been discovered for the first time in some of the relic primeval evergreen forests of Uttara Kannada district in the Western Ghats.

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, say the discovery is an indication that the primary forest still thrives there.

Two species of trees, earlier considered extinct, rediscovered botanists have re-discovered two critically endangered tree species, earlier considered to be extinct. The trees that originated in southern Kerala have been discovered for the first time in some of the relic primeval evergreen forests of Uttara Kannada district in the Western Ghats. Researchers from Indian Institute of Science,

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.

Dehra Dun: The Uttarakhand Government on Monday decided to handover 35-year-old hydro power projects to private companies in order to renovate and modernise them.As many as, 19 power projects which are still generating power and four closed ones are being given to private players on a PPP model, Chief Secretary S. K. Das told reporters here after a Cabinet meet.

Will provide post-retirement solution for Army men, boost rural economy DEHRA DUN: An Army Bio Ressource Centre to train retiring personnel in rural technologies so as to enhance their post-retirement earnings will be established here with the help of the Himalayan Environmental Studies Conservation and Research Organisation (HESCO).

Tapping energy or sapping the Himalayas -report by Chandi Prasad Bhatt, eminent activist and environmentalist A series of dams are being planned on the Ganga between the Gangotri glacier and Uttarkashi to generate hydropower. The government has an economic agenda that requires huge amount energy. Well, it can go ahead, but only after it has satisfied me on seven counts. There should be a detailed, in-depth study of the geology and the structures, by a team of scientists whose credential is proven and who should be inducted from reputed research organizations.

Fresh vegetables grown in Poanta will now find their way to Gulf countries and metropolitan cities of India through Wal-Mart and Reliance chain of vegetable outlets. Himalaya Fresh, the brand that earlier signified frozen vegetables marketed by a Poanta-based entrepreneur, has now entered into a contract farming agreement with Poanta residents for vegetable production and its trading through international chains.

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