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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The Himachal Pradesh government has made it mandatory for all new building owners to construct structures at their premises for collection of rainwater from rooftops of their buildings to meet the water scarcity.

'Treeman' Vishweshar Dutt Saklani, who has single-handedly planted more than 400,000 trees in Dehradun region, has been conferred the Virasat Samman 1999 award by the organisers of a 10-day cultural festival which concluded in the Doon valley recently.

Tribals and people of other weaker sections engaged in collection of tendu leaf are going to directly benefit from the conferment of ownership right of tendu leaf to the gram sabhas in Madhya Pradesh. Entire profit from tendu trade in 1998, amounting to about Rs 100 crore, will be distributed to forest produce cooperative societies.

The population of the Himalayan musk deer, once found in large numbers in the upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalaya, has dwindled drastically due to poaching and diseases. Today the musk deer is found only in some isolated pockets of Himalaya.

Two leopards were beaten to death by villagers in Gujarat in separate incidents when they strayed into areas inhabited by humans. A deputy superintendent of police was among the six injured by the animal in one of the incidents while two people were injured in the other.

The department of forests and wildlife preservation of Punjab and the World Wide Fund For Nature-India is planning a Guru Gobind Singh Nature Reserve at Anandpur Sahib.

The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to spend funds of the employment assurance scheme and Jawahar Rozgar Yojna for the development of new water sources and maintenance of existing ones.

The release of water into the Rajasthan feeder canal has been delayed by few days following a major breach that occurred in the common bank of the Sirhind feeder canal and the Rajasthan feeder canal near Lalbai village, 12 km from Gidderbaha.

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