ollowing your News story 'Putting China's wetlands on the map' (Nature 458, 134; 2009) and the related Correspondence 'Time for China to restore its natural wetlands' (Nature 459, 321; 2009), we also wish to stress the need to manage and protect China's existing wetlands, and to remind delegates to the International Congress for Conservation Biology, starting in Beijing on 11 July, of these global

Nangal: Avinash Rai Khanna, a member of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) and former MP from Hoshiarpur, has taken a serious notice of the sewage water of the Nangal Municipal Council falling into the Nangal national wetland.

He expressed distress over the fact that the same water was being used for drinking purpose in nearby villages.

Chandigarh: Over 700 acres of Nangal wetland spread over six villages would be converted into a wildlife sanctuary. Punjab Minister for Forests and Wildlife Tikshan Sud recently visited these villages to gather community support for the project.

Alarmed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board

The Government of India has been implementing the National Wetlands Conservation Programme (NWCP) in close collaboration with the State/UT Governments since the year 1985-86. Under the programme, 115 wetlands have been identified till now by the Ministry which require urgent conservation and management interventions.

bauxite mining Vietnam opens door to China Vietnam has invited a Chinese company to mine a massive bauxite reserve beneath its Central Highlands, despite growing opposition to mining and a deep-rooted suspicion of China. Deputy Industry Minister Le Duong Quang said the state-owned Vietnam National Coal would go ahead with a US $460 million venture with a subsidiary of China

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BARPETA: Though the Government has initiated a number of development and employment-generating projects, yet due to the lack of commitment and indefferent attitude of a section of officers and politicians, a large number of such projects undertaken in Barpeta district have either been abandoned or are laying half done.

The lands, on which Bashundhara Group Chief Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam promised two football stadiums for Bangladesh Football Federation, are mostly part of protected wetlands and flood flow zones, which cannot be legally used for building anything on them, according to Rajuk sources.

Beth Middleton, research ecologist, calls for urgent intervention due to climate change

Preserving Ecology: (From left ) Ajay Parida, executive director, MSSRF; Beth Middleton, U.S. based research ecologist; and M.S.Swaminathan, chairman, MSSRF, at a programme in Chennai on Tuesday.

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