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saplings all over the country

Indian Railways to plant 5 crore saplings before the onset of monsoon

India’s third largest employer, The Indian Railways is planning for another historic initiative before the onset of monsoon this year. It has come up with an ambitious project of planting 5 crore saplings all over the country with the help of Environmental Ministry. The saplings needed to be planted right before the onset of Monsoon so as to facilitate effective growth. The monsoon rain will also allow the saplings to grow quickly. The varieties are yet to be finalized and this will be region specific. Mostly different varieties of Neem, Pilkhan, Jamun, etc will be planted on the land owned by the Railways including on both sides of the tracks. The task needs to be done cautiously not to block the tracks as well. The corresponding State governments and certain NGOs will also assist the Railways for the maintenance of this dream project. An MoU has already been signed with the Environment Ministry for the exercise of planting of saplings. The Environment Directorate of Railway ministry, which has been formed as a separate directorate recently last …

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Elevator that can take you to the top of a mountain in 2 mins

How about going up 325 metres in less than 2 minutes, without burning a single calorie? And that too to the top of a mountain in the middle of a deep Jungle. Well China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park offers you this with the world’s longest outdoor elevator. This enormous Glass elevator is called as Bailong Elevator (meaning Hundred Dragon elevator for its height). It is placed in the Wulingyan scenic area if the Zhangjiajie forest park. The elevator can hold 50 people at a time. Although China, known for its fast development, started the construction in 1999 and completed it within 3 years, by 2002, several safety concerns environmental criticisms were made. Finally after 10 months of it completion, the elevator started its operations in 2003. The Bailong Elevator has been recognized by the Guinness World of Records as the Highest Outdoor Lift on 16 July 2015. The Wulingyan forest has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Eravikulam National Park reopened

Eravikulam National Park reopened for visitors

The famous place to watch the Endangered species Nilgiri Tahr, Rajamalai has been reopened from April 11,2016 for visitiors. Eravikulam National park is one of the most prominent tourism places in Kerala and must go place for the nature lovers. The tourism area of the park is at Rajamalai where Nilgiri Tahr is one of the most famous attractions. As the main birth season for the Nilgiri Tahr is from January to mid February, the park had got closed for tourism activities by January. This year, the closure time had got extended till April 10 for the protection of the new borns. This year has been recorded as the year with maximum number of births with an estimated 98 newborn tahrs. Apart from the Nilgiri Tahrs, there are around 26 different species of mammals in the Eravikulam National Park which includes Elephants, Langur and Marten. There are around 120 species of birds like the Nilgiri wood pigeon. black and orange flycatcher , etc as well. The rajamalai area is the prime tourism area where trips …

China reforestation

China shows a fine example for reforestation

In China, deforestation was a common word due to its growth in population and in the  industrial sector until 10 years back. Due to its unprecedented growth , China had to cut down a large area of its forests every year for farming and other domestic purposes. The results were as environmentalists expected. Rivers started getting dry and the once fertile lands became barren. This made the government and the people in China to think otherwise. Like several organizations and countries, China also stepped up efforts to increase its forests. The results this time were much positive and appreciated. About 1.32 percentage of the total area of forests got increased. History shows that this increase in the forest area by reforestation is the most by any country. This is shown as a big leap in the worldwide effort against Global warming. This fine example from China is being taken as a benchmark for many countries. In India. the total forest area has come down to only 23 percentage of the total area of the country. …


New generation spend very less time outside than prison inmates

A video showing that Children is spending very less time outside than prison inmates has been recently uploaded in the youtube. The study was conducted by Uniliver for its movement Dirtisgood. The video shows the comments made by the prison inmates of the US. In the United States, Prison inmates are guaranteed two hours of outdoor time daily, whereas one in two children is outside for less than an hour. A recent survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries, who have children aged five to 12, found that one-third of kids spend under 30 minutes outside each day. This is certainly a disturbing factor which will affect the future generation to come. Even when more and more people are going out of their conventional routines and exploring the world out of their box, the upcoming generation spending more time inside the 4 walls is a matter of concern. “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon To experience more, we need to have …

Washington Monument

Why Washington Monument has closed again ?

Forty visitors and two park rangers were forced to take the stairs down the Washington Monument on Tuesday after an elevator got stuck at the 280-foot level.There were 19 people on the elevator and 23 at the observation level. The monument, measuring 555 feet, was closed Tuesday afternoon for repairs. The monument reopened on time Wednesday morning. In 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake caused extensive damage to the structure. After a $15 million, nearly three-year repair job, the monument reopened to the public on May 12, 2014. The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first American president. The monument is made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss.Washington Monument is the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk It is the tallest monumental column in the world if all are measured above their pedestrian entrances, but two are taller when measured above ground, though they are neither all stone nor true obelisks


Agasthyamala is added into the list of biosphere reserves

The UNESCO has added Agasthyamala of the Western Ghats into the list of Biosphere reserves. This is indeed a welcoming move by the organization which has found out the importance of Agasthyamala, which is a part of the Western Ghats. Older than the Himalaya mountains, the mountain chain of the Western Ghats represents geomorphic features of immense importance with unique biophysical and ecological processes. Agasthyamala is second highest peak of the Western Ghats. The Agasthyakoodam pilgrimage and trekking is great experience for all nature lovers and adventurers. The Agasthyamala biosphere reserve is also home to around 2000 species of the plants having rare and immense medicinal uses. Researchers require special permission to enter into the deep forests of the Agasthyamalai. Agasthyakoodam Trekking The pilgrimage/trekking season in the Agasthyamala occurs every year for around 3 months. The Kerala Forest Department has restricted the number of Agasthyakoodam trekking pass to 100 per day. Passes are issued from the Forest department office in PTP Nagar, Trivandrum, Kerala as well through online website . Reaching Agasthyamala Agasthyarkoodam is around 76 …

Airlander 10

World’s largest aircraft Airlander 10 is on the way

When we say world’s largest aircraft, How big you can imagine ? How many of you are remembering the sequels of “Star Wars” movie? It’s hard to imagine keeping secrets about an aircraft so spectacularly huge that the Guinness Book of Records is believed to be just days away from rubber-stamping its entry. Yes he is coming, Airlander 10 – world’s biggest aircraft. Airlander 10 airship is going to be a complete revolution in how we use air transport.Its environmental credentials come from its greatly reduced fuel consumption and engine noise levels, in comparison to jet planes. It can reach heights of up to 6,100 meters (16,000 feet) and stay aloft for five days, making it ideal, say its creators, for surveillance, cargo drops or even leisure excursions. Part airship, part helicopter, part plane, the 92-meter-long Airlander 10 owes its buoyancy to 38,000 cubic meters of helium. Airlander 10 Airlander hangs on to its helium, which is divided into several compartments. These can be manipulated to help control the aircraft but also provide fail-safes in …