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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

In a novel scheme to keep Delhi roads free of litter, the municipal corporation has decided to levy a penalty of Rs 50 on those found spitting, dumping vegetable, groundnut skins and cigarette buds in public places.

Over four tonnes of fish died in the Railadevi Lake in Thane, Mumbai, due to asphyxiation after water was drained out to facilitate an ongoing beautification drive.

Mangal Singh, a farmer from the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, has devised a simple water wheel. Dubbed the 'Mangal Pump', it runs on renewable hydel power, making it a cleaner option than diesel pumps.

Officials of the enforcement wing of the Delhi wildlife department seized 49 shahtoosh shawls from a house in Lajpat Nagar. While three people have been arrested, the main accused is absconding. All of them are Kashmiris who had brought the shawls for sale in Delhi.

The West Bengal police have sought clearance from the state pollution control board to set up a separate police force to strictly enforce anti-pollution laws in the districts.

Around 50,000 cattleheads face starvation due to shortage of rainfall in the grasslands of Banni in Gujarat. Failure of monsoon rains has turned the grasslands into a parched expanse.

The Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation) Rules, 2000, was recently framed by the ministry of environment and forests. It covers various aspects of production, sale, reclamation, destruction, export and import of ozone depleting substances.

The government in Kerala is all set to implement a Rs 151.1 crore World Bank-aided forest development project for a period of four years. It will endeavour to revive 12,400 hectares of forestland.

The Delhi Development Authority has taken up greening of the city on a war footing. Apart from parks, it will also develop sporting complexes and integrate greens with heritage.

The Geological Survey of India has discovered dinosaur fossils dating back about 70 million years in Meghalaya.

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