The country's first sand dune parks to be in Goa; 3 crores sanctioned by the World Bank

Morjim and Galibaga beaches are among the ones, who'd be getting this sand dune feature.

The coastal sand dune ecosystem in Goa, which has been long-neglected, is now in for a solid revamp. Approximately 3 crores have been sanctioned to the state by the World Bank, after the body approved a proposal drafted by the Goa state biodiversity board. Under this programme, Goa will soon be a home to India's first sand dune parks and interpretation centres, along a few stretches. The National Green Tribunal also directed PWD, Goa and other concerned authorities to take immediate remedial measures for the restoration and regeneration of the sand dune ecosystem.


Eco-friendly bridges to be built

The thematic and interpretation centres will educate locals and tourists on the importance of preserving the sand dune ecosystem. There will also be constructions of bridges, which will be made of eco-friendly materials and these will also reduce the chances of the sand dune vegetation being walked over. The plan also includes the setting up of nurseries of sand dune vegetation, which will allow its replantation on beach stretches, where the vegetation has completely eroded. Morjim and Galibaga beaches are among the ones, who'd be getting this sand dune feature.

Former NIO scientist and ex-member of the GSBB Antonio Mascaren has been appointed as the principal investigator for the project, with Sarmokadam acting as the co-investigator. Sand dunes are also known as the first line of defense from natural calamities like tsunami, storms or high winds, which hit the coast. This initiative will be backed by regular monitoring of flora and fauna on the sand dunes. Consultations between the Morjim biodiversity management committee (BMC) and the stakeholders of this project, have already commenced.

The 1st train on the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section flagged off in Rajasthan

The electrification of trains will eliminate the dependence on diesel trains and will also help in reducing pollution.

The first train on the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section of North Western Railways was flagged off by the Railway Minister on Sunday. The route from Rewari to Ajmer has now been electrified and soon, the Delhi-Ajmer route via Jaipur will also have electrified trains. The electrification of trains will eliminate the dependence on diesel trains and subsequently, reduce pollution and dependency on imported fuel as well.

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Lucknow becomes the 1st city from North India to list its municipal corporation bonds on BSE

In a first for North India, Lucknow Municipal Corporation bonds to be listed at the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister will visit Mumbai on December 2 to ring the bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) during the listing of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) bonds. During the CM's visit, he will interact with prominent industrialists and Bollywood celebrities and invite them to invest in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is the first city, from the north India region, to release the bond of its municipal corporation and soon the municipal corporations of Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Agra will follow suit. The Rs 200 crore-bond issue was floated just before Diwali and was oversubscribed by 4.5 times to raise Rs 450 crore.

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The cost for RT-PCR tests in private labs across Rajasthan has now been reduced to ₹800!

State slashes ₹400/- for COVID-19 tests at all ICMR-approved labs in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan government has capped the cost of COVID-19 tests across private laboratories in the state to ₹800, bringing major relief to its residents. This decision that was given out on Saturday, also stated that Rajasthan is among the only two states in the nation which are testing people through the golden standards of the reliable RT-PCR method. The head of the state also urged people to get themselves tested if they suspect the development of any virus symptom, as delays in identification makes the disease fatal.

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With stringent SOPs in place, cinema halls, pools & gatherings can now resume in Goa

Goa lifts restrictive curbs, authorises SOP for civic safety.

In an order issued in Goa on Saturday, the authorities have permitted all cinema halls, swimming pools, gatherings for religious, social, cultural, educational, entertainment and sports events to resume, under the strict surveillance of a preventive standard operating procedure. The directive details that all swimming pools can operate for training and sports purposes, whereas, cinema halls and all other events in Goa will function at half the potential capacity of the venue.

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UP government to use ethanol to turn its sugarcane production into 'green gold'

The sugar industry here in UP employs about 6.50 lakh people directly and indirectly.

As a result of continuous efforts of the government, Uttar Pradesh has now become the highest (126.10 crore litres annually) ethanol supplying state in the country. Additionally, the UP government is steadily attempting to turn sugarcane into 'green gold' through ethanol and at the moment, an overall of 50 distilleries are manufacturing this stock. Just last year, two mills were producing this organic chemical compound from heavy molasses and this time, the number has increased to 20. Uttar Pradesh is the largest sugarcane producing state in the country and according to a government spokesman, out of the total sugar mills in India, 119 are here.

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