Environment

In a bid to protect its wildlife, Uttar Pradesh will construct new leopard rescue centres in the districts of Meerut, Chitrakoot, Etawah, Gorakhpur and Pilibhit, for the first time ever. These centres will not only care for the rescued leopards but also shelter other rescued animals that cannot be accommodated at the already overcrowded Lucknow and Kanpur zoos. This step would also provide better aid and accommodation for these animals.

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Lucknow wakes up to yet another cold winter morning as the sun remains shrouded by haze and fog. As per forecasts, night temperatures in the city will go as low as 10°C which will be accompanied by soft-blow of eastward winds. The cold will intensify and the temperature dip will be more evident in the following weeks as the winds will turn their direction, blowing towards west and north-west.

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Lucknow remained covered in a mask of thick fog on Saturday morning, shrouding the city in 'zero-visibility' due to variable and calm low-level breeze. As per forecasts, similar weather conditions are expected to extend until tomorrow, after which, the days might clear up.

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Winters intensify in Uttar Pradesh as western disturbances gain pace in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent, bringing frigid weathers to Lucknow and neighbouring regions. These icy cold winds have thickened the mist and fog shrouding over western UP. Though state capital and adjoining districts were graced by the balmy sun by 10 AM, the minimum temperatures in the western part of the state averaged between 4°C to 6°C, for a major part of the day.

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Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, established on November 29, 1921, to commemorate the arrival of the Prince of Wales to the city, is now one of the highlights of Lucknow. Commonly known as the Lucknow Zoo, this establishment is frequented every year by around 16 lakh people and it currently houses approximately 1,000 animals, belonging to 100 different species. This list includes a pair of new Zebras all the way from Israel as well! So if you want to have a look around but are away from Lucknow or just cannot make it to the premises, then you've to simply download the Lucknow Zoo app and let it take you on a virtual drive.

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Gracing the banks of the Mandakini river, the tranquil town of Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh, can be located and in accordance to Hindu mythology and the Ramayana, this region is held in high regards. Chitrakoot falls amidst the northern Vindhya mountain ranges and is a picturesque amalagamation of religious, historical, natural, cultural, and archaeological wonders.

It is a small town with a great potential of winning over your heart, with its lush forests, enormous waterfalls and hallowed temples. So if it sounds like a place which would add to your travel tales and give you a day of respite from the usual humdrum of the city, then this piece is for you!

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A biting cold wave accompanied by fog in most parts of Uttar Pradesh has disrupted normal life, including a delay of more than half a dozen flights by up to two hours, weather officials said on Saturday.
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The Uttar Pradesh Government has issued guidelines for the supply of piped natural gas (PNG) to the industrial development authorities with the objective of environment conservation and providing safe fuel to the industries. This vide has been issued in view of the rapid industrial growth and investment in the manufacturing sector in Uttar Pradesh, to strengthen the pillars of sustainable developmentIn in the state. Necessary steps are being taken to convert the major highways of the state into Green Energy Corridors to promote the use of pollution-free fuel in the transport sector.

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A collaboration between MG Motor India and Tata Power has now bestowed Lucknow with its first-ever 60kW superfast EV charging station. This facility is currently available for the vehicles which are compatible with CCS/CHAdeMO fast-charging standards and in 50 minutes, customers can power their MG ZS EV up to 80% at the charging station. Earlier last month, UP got its first EV charging station in Agra, set up by the same duo.

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Saturday marked the coldest day of winters in Lucknow as the temperatures dropped to a minimum of 4.3°C at night. Lucknowites woke up to a slightly warmer day, characterised by ground fog, hazy sun due to high cloud cover. According to reports, maximum temperatures today will not rise beyond 20°C as north-west cold winds blowing at the speed of 7-8km/hr may accentuate the cold wave.

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In an attempt to harvest a lucrative yield for the farmers, the government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to promote organic farming within a radius of 5 kilometres of River Ganga. This remunerative decision will benefit the farmers working on cultivations on either side of the river banks.

As per reports, the Agriculture and Horticulture Department along with the Jal Shakti Ministry has already started working on the plan, and farmers have been inducted into training programmes about organic farming. Besides this, all material, including grains, fruits and flowers along with necessary equipment required for organic farming will be provided to the farmers.

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