India extends Line of Credit to Maldives

India has extended Line of Credit worth 18 million US dollars to the Govt of Maldives forthe expansion of fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO).

The project envisages investment in fish collection and storage facilities and the setting up of a tuna cooked plant.

It is part of the 800 million US dollars line of credit offered by India.

10-acre food park to be set up at Vedasanthoor

Tamilnadu CM Edapadi K Palanisamy announced that a food park will soon be set up in 10-acre premises at Vedansathoor in Dindigul district Tamilnadu.

NIDM and IMD organize a webinar Series

National Institute of Disaster Management in collaboration with India Meteorological Department organized a webinar series on “Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Risk Reduction.

The webinar series includes four webinars focused on Thunderstorms and Lightning, Cloudburst and Floods, Cyclones and Storm Surges and Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events.

‘Bangas Awaam Mela’ held in Handwara

Locals in Handwara town celebrated the first year of abrogation of Article 370 by organizing a two-day festival “Bangas Awaam Mela”

The Annual Festival saw the participation of hundreds of Gujars, Bakarwals and other Kashmiri sightseers from Kupwara, Tangdhar and Handwara.

The Mela was conducted over 2 days commencing on August 3 with the grand finale on August 4, 2020.

First Snow Leopard Conservation Centre of India

The Uttarakhand State Government is to develop India’s first Snow Leopard Conservation centre of India. The centre is to be developed by the Uttarakhand forest department and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A number of snow leopards have been spotted in the districts of Pithoragarh and Uttarkashi. However, the actual figures are unknown. So far, the state government has concluded that there are 86 snow leopards in the state.

The step is to promote winter tourism in the state. The state is also in the process of developing six city forests to expand the green area in the cities. This is to be achieved in city forests in Kumaon region, four in hilly districts and two in plains.

Secure Himalaya is another project being operated in India to conserve Snow Leopard. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Development Programme. The programme is now being operated in four states/UTs namely Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.