GOA: STARTING FROM TODAY; GOA TO HOST 4th DRAGONFLYINDIA MEET AND 9th SYMPOSIUM OF INDIAN ODONATOLOGY
Goa is ready to host the 4th Dragonflyindia Meet and 9th Symposium of Indian Odonatology at Surla-Sacordem from September 15 to 19, 2017.
Odonatology is the science of studying dragonflies and damselflies, collectively referred to as odonates. They are excellent indicators of health of wetland ecosystems on which their lifecycle is dependent. Popularly known as “bhirmut” in Goa, till recently very little was known about the diversity of these specialist insects in the state. Sustained efforts by researchers such as Omkar Dharwadkar, Rohan Naik, Sridhar and Dhiraj Halali, led by Parag Rangnekar, has put more light on their status with…READ more..
GOA: YET ANOTHER BLOW FOR CURLIES; GSPCB WITHDRAWS CONSENT
The Goa State Pollution Control Board has ordered the revocation of the consent to operate under Water and Air pollution Act to Curlies shack located at Anjuna.
The order was passed in connection with the application moved by social activist Kashinath Shetye in National Green Tribunal (NGT). The NGT had ordered the pollution control board to revisit the consent granted to the controversial shack.
The board in its order issued today has asked the shack owner to stop the operation with immediate effect after his consent was withdrawn.
“The consent to operate order dated March 3, 2016, issued by the board…READ more..
WITH GARBAGE-FREE MISSION BY 2020, CM URGES GOANS TO KEEP SURROUNDINGS CLEAN
Panaji (Goa): Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as sought citizens’ cooperation in keeping the State clean claiming that garbage menace is the problem of all Goans.
“The problem of garbage is not of one person alone or of the government. It is the problem of all Goans,” he said at the launch of the ‘Services of Regular Cleaning of Road Stretch from Miramar circle to Dona Paula circle’ under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of CAM Industrial Services LLP at Miramar.
He urged cooperation of citizens in keeping the surroundings clean while also lauding the corporate initiative in cleaning the roads as part…READ more..
MODERN AGRICULTURE AND THE CHEMICALS WE EAT
The awareness about the quality of food and effects of chemicals has led to the revival of organic/natural farming movement. In nearly every country, an alternative natural farming movement is underway with or without government support. About 8 states in India already have formulated organic farming policy.
The most notable case of the successful organic farming is Sikkim. In 2003, the state government made a drastic decision to shun chemicals and fertilizers and turn to natural methods of farming. There was a huge resistance from people, farmers and industry but the government persevered believing that organic farming would add…
RAIN WATER HARVESTING THROUGH WATERSHED
DR SACHIN TENDULKAR
The participation of local authorities and village communities is necessary to achieve self sufficiency and sustainability of water availability in the village. The focus of government on providing 24×7 water for drinking does not augur well with sustainability of this important resource. The concept of Watershed Development is based on participatory treatment of watershed area.
Goa annually receives an average of 3500 mm of rainfall through south-west monsoon between June to September. The rainfall is even higher in talukas bordering foothills of Western Ghats. Despite heavy rainfall, many parts of Goa experience water shortage during summer season. There…READ more..
PLASTIC TIME BOMB
DR. MAHUA SAHA
“Plastic” is a general common term for a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solid materials suitable for the manufacture of industrial products. Plastics are the typical polymer of high molecular weight, and may contain other substances to improve performance and/or to reduce costs. The growth rate of the Indian plastic industry is one of the highest in the world, with plastic consumption growing at 16% per annum (compared to 10% p.a. in China and around 2.5% p.a. in the UK). “We are sitting on a plastic time bomb” the Supreme Court said after the…READ more..
NOT A NITOL GOEN. OPEN DEFECATION POLLUTES MAJOR RIVERS SAYS A STUDY
Panaji (Goa): The open defecation is turning out to be major cause for pollution of most of major rivers in the State; reveals the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) in its annual report for 2016-17.
Chief Secretary cum Chairman of the Board Dharmendra Sharma released the Board annual report on Monday on the occasion of World Environment Day.
The board monitored 52 water bodies in the state for the period April 2016 to March 2017 under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme (NWMP). The monitored water bodies include the rivers of Tiracol, Chapora, Kalna, Mhadei,Valvanti , Bicholim, Assnora, Sinquerim, Khandepar,…READ more..
NGT ISSUES SHOW CAUSE NOTICE TO GSPCB CHAIRMAN, ASKS WHY ITS FUNCTIONING BE NOT CEASED
Panaji (Goa): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued show cause notices to chairmen of State Pollution Control Boards (SPCB) across the country including Goa after it failed to appoint the Chairman and Member Secretary in accordance with the Rules, almost ten months after the Tribunal passed its judgment.
The notice is also been issued to the Chief Secretaries.
NGT had on August 23, last year, issued an order making it mandatory the special knowledge or practical experience in the environment protection studies for the post of Chairman and Member Secretaries of SPCBs, across the country. NGT had directed States to examine the appointments of…READ more..
DON’T DIG AND CUT THE ROADS FROM TOMORROW; GOVT IS WATCHING YOU
Panaji (Goa): With pre monsoon showers hitting the state, the North Goa District Administration has imposed ban on all types of digging and cutting of roads by any agency including government, from June 1.
Until May 30, the government as well as private agencies were involved in digging and cutting of roads for widening, maintenance, etc.
The North Goa Collectorate has said that no such activities shall be carried out without prior written permission from them.
“In view of digging and cutting of all types of roads, including national highways, state highways, major district roads, road shoulders, Ianes, thoroughfares etc during the…READ more..
NO MORE BEACHES NOW, LETS TRACK FOR THE TOURISM
Panaji (Goa): The beaches in the state are closed for tourism activity from today onwards with the pre-monsoon rains hitting the state.
“The tourism season 2016-17 draws to a close today. Most of the shack operations have closed and shack structures removed for the season. Water sports activities and other adventure activities have also stopped for the season,” State tourism director Menino D’Souza said.
He said “We are certain that the season has been a successful one for most tourism stakeholders in Goa. The tourism department along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is now ready for monsoon tourism and the…READ more..