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Turtle Sanctuary to be Set up at Allahabad under Namami Gange

Turtle Sanctuary to be Set up at Allahabad under Namami Gange

National
A Turtle Sanctuary along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam, Allahabad has recently been approved under the Namami Gange Programme of the Government of India. The objective behind setting up this Turtle Sanctuary is to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of River Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures. The estimated cost of the Project is Rs 1.34 crore and it includes the development of River Biodiversity Park at the confluence (sangam) of River Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, establishment of a Turtle Rearing Centre (permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries) and to raise awareness about the importance of River Ganga and the need and importance of conservation of the riverine ecosystem. The sustenance of more than 2,000 aquatic s...
Sadhus Vs Mafia Again: When Will the Govt Stop Killing River Ganga

Sadhus Vs Mafia Again: When Will the Govt Stop Killing River Ganga

Green Alert
On June 13 2011, Swami Nigamananda, who was on a fast unto death in Haridwar to protest against the illegal mining, quarrying and defiling of the Holy River Ganga - that he considered as Ganga Maa - passed away. Swami Nigamananda had fasted for more than 3 months and 20 days, staying without water or food all this while, and it is said that he would have continued his fast had he not been forcibly taken to the hospital. Such was the resolve of Swami Nigamananda, who was part of the Matri Sadan Ashram in Haridwar and was working along side Swami Shivananda on 'Save the Ganga' campaign. His death did shake things up, and some provisions were made to stop the mining along River Ganga. However, illegal mining along this Holy River continues to remain a challenge even in the presen...
The Gods Have Spoken

The Gods Have Spoken

Articles
Ever wondered why Gods chose the remote and impassable Himalayas as their abode for us to visit? Why couldn’t ‘they’ have located themselves at the now Metro ride away Kashmere Gate or the then barren, uninhabited and higher Delhi Ridge? Surely that would have saved a lot of energy and resources and would have avoided tragic disasters like the one we are presently witnessing. Why then did the omnipotent and omniscient Gods chose invincible places like Kedarnath, Badrinath and Hemkunt Sahib as their abodes? The answer lies in the awe-inspiring and mighty Himalayas and the understanding and manifestation of God through this power of Nature. Religion and culture developed at a time when Nature was seen as a supreme power, not an object to be conquered. The upper Himalayas were inaccess
Nature’s Fury, Man’s Worry: Time to Reflect and Reconnect

Nature’s Fury, Man’s Worry: Time to Reflect and Reconnect

Articles
The past few days have been the most devastating and the most dreadful days for the state of Uttarakhand. The state which is otherwise popular for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage, has been washed away with Nature's fury. What is left behind is completely shattered. Recent flash floods in Kedarnath and in rest of the Gadhwal region of Uttarakhand have not only created havoc but have also resulted in a disaster of an intensity which one cannot think of. Torrential downpour accompanied with landslide has transformed a usually serene area into a powerful river of death within minutes. All those who were are caught unprepared amidst the power and velocity of the flash floods could not survive the catastrophe. The magnitude of the disaster is told to such that villages, people, animals were...

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