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Date: 5 January 2019

Snow to Blanket Nainital, Mussoorie This Weekend 2019 and Other News

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Snow to Blanket Nainital, Mussoorie This Weekend 2019

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Nainital and Mussoorie are likely to witness first snowfall of this year with the regional meteorological centre on Friday, 4 January 2019 predicting heavy snowfall in high altitude places in the state over the weekend. The Met centre has issued an "Orange" warning of rainfall and heavy snowfall at isolated places in Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Bageshwar, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh district on January 5 and 6. A hailstorm warning was also issued for Tehri, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Champawat, Udham Singh Nagar district and Nainital for 36 hours starting from the evening of 5 January 2019.

Director of regional meteorological centre, Bikram Singh said that, "A strong western disturbance will affect the state’s weather for next few days." According to Singh, popular hill stations like Nainital and Mussoorie will start receiving snowfall during next 48 hours from Saturday morning and several places are likely to receive a foot of snow.

Dehradun a month ago recorded a base temperature of 4.2 degrees Celsius, two indents below the normal, the climate office had said. In Pantnagar, the mercury was at 1.5 degrees Celsius, four degrees below the normal.

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Plastic Banned in Kumbh Mela

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UP Government has banned the use of plastic in the upcoming Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj in order to conserve the environment State cabinet Minister Ashutosh Tandon said in Dehradun on Friday, 4 January 2019. The Up minister was here to invite chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Governor Baby Rani Maurya for the Kumbh Mela. The mega festival will begin from January 15 and end on March 4. People from more than 150 countries are estimated to visit it.

Tandon said that people coming to Kumbh mela understand the value of nature and environment, and it is expected from them that they will not bring or use polybags. Taking into account the environmental hazard, the UP government has decided to ban the use of plastic bags during Kumbh. UNESCO has included Kumbh in the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Therefore, keeping the area plastic free becomes our responsibility.

He added that the state government is trying hard to provide a devotionally and spiritually charged atmosphere to pilgrims coming to Kumbh. Over 5000 NRIs will be attending the festival. The UP government has earmarked Rs. 2800 crore for this year’s Kumbh Mela, the minister further said. Chairman of Uttarakhand unit’s Confederation of Indian Industry, Vijay Dhasmana said that the government is making efforts to realize the concept of making the Kumbh event a representative of India’s sanatan and inclusive culture.



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Uttarakhand Received Heavy Snowfall on Thursday 3 January 2019

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Uttarakhand Received Heavy Snowfall on Thursday, 3 January 2019. Various destinations including Munsiyari, Tungnath, Auli, Harsil and Chopta received heavy snowfall since yesterday. The plain regions of Uttarakhand are facing an extreme cold weather.

According to officials, the weather on Friday, 4 January 2019 would be dry and cold even as fog is expected. Vehicles are stuck in Ratapani and Munsiyari as the Thal-Munsiyari road was blocked. Cold winds are blowing across Ranikhet, Nainital and Almora, while it has been snowing in places like Nanda Devi, Rajrambha, Panchachuli, Nanda Ghoonghat, Hiramani Glacier, Nandakot, Brajganj, Sidamdhar and Milam.



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Uttarakhand Forest Department Starts Using Drones for Crocodile Census.

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The Uttarakhand Forest Department is using drones to carry out a census of crocodiles for the first time in the country. The project has been launched in Terai East Forest division of Kumaon. Crocodiles are found mainly in Terai region in Uttarakhand which includes Corbett Tiger Reserve and nearby areas. Parts of Haridwar district, Udham Singh Nagar and Lansdowne forest division. One of the conservator of forests, Parag Madhukar Dhakate said that this drone method will enhance the accuracy and reduce the risks of error and conflict in the count. The census has been started in winters as crocodiles often come out of their aquatic habitat to bask in the sun.

Earlier, the crocodiles were counted manually with the use of binoculars. Another method involves catching a crocodile and marks its tail to avoid errors or double counting. Crocodile population was estimated at 123 according to the last census of the species which was conducted in 2008. Project associate, Vipul Maurya, biodiversity conservation and Ganga rejuvenation project from Wildlife Institute of India, who was involved in the crocodile census in 2009, said that Sometimes, in small water bodies, lights are used to count the number of crocodiles by counting the number of pair of glittering eyes.

He said that the numbers are confirmed by transect method. A transect is a line such as a rope or a string placed in the ground, across a habitat. The number of organisms of each species can be observed and recorded at regular intervals along transect. The average count is taken into consideration after repeated checks, he added. Dhakate said that drones will reduce errors in counting and also allow counting in those areas which are not easily accessible.



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