Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dolphin Census

In our letter number 82/2014 dt 24.12.2014, we have, from UD, forwarded a Dolphin Actin Plan for West Bengal. This is a component under the NMCG (National Mission for Clean Ganga). It was prepared by Forest Department.The scheme proposes to conduct a census in Ganga in West Bengal. There will also be awareness programmes in the action plan
    The Gangetic Dolphin was declared as the National Aquatic Animal in 2010. It is an endangered species. It is in especial danger because it does not have eyes and finds its way through echo-location. This does not work in nylon fishing nets. Since it has to come up for air for breathing every 5-7 minutes, it dies in these nylon fishing nets. Barrages are another threat as their eco-environment becomes fragmented. Pollution is also a problem.
     India has banned dolphin shows of all kind in recognition of their unique intelligence and self-awareness.
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Yesterday, Prof Anuradha Lohia, Vice Chancellor of Presidency University, came to Hidco Bhavan and then visited the site of 10 acres that was allotted to Presidency University last year. Tenders for the boundary wall has been invited. Architectural drawings have also started.

At site of second campus of Presidency University:
Registrar, me, Asst Registrar, VC Anuradha Lohia, Gopal
Ghose, Mrinal Mukherji, Sutanu Kar

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