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Sagar Vani system to alert coastal community launched

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New Delhi, July 27 : Union Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday launched ‘Sagar Vani’ system to communicate and help the coastal community, especially fishermen, with advisories and warnings related to the safety at sea.

The Integrated Information Dissemination System (IDS) ‘Sagar Vani’, a first in India, was launched as the Minister inaugurated the 11th Foundation Day of Earth Sciences Ministry here.

‘Sagar Vani’ seeks to target the reach of information to the 9.27 lakh people involved in actual fishing either full or part time.

The system that can send information in regional languages through various platforms including radio, television, voice calling, text service, social media, mobile apps and e-mail aims at timely dissemination of ocean information and advisory services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings.

The advanced system has been developed by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), under the Ministry, through its industry partner, Gaian Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

India has 3,288 marine fishing villages and 1,511 marine fish landing centres with marine fisherfolk population of 3,999,214. About 15,11,703 marine fisherfolk are engaged in active fishing while about 9,27,120 fishermen were involved in actual fishing either full or part time.

Presently, advisories are being disseminated from different service sections and through various stakeholders and partners, which might cause delay in dissemination of the services.

“The ‘Sagar Vani’ is a software platform where various dissemination modes will be integrated on a single central server,” a government statement said.

The system also has facility to provide access to various stakeholders (NGOs, State Fishery Departments, Disaster Management Authorities, etc.) so that they too will be able to further disseminate these ocean information and alerts to the user community.

The minister also launched another application, ‘India Quake’ for dissemination of earthquake parameters.

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Assam: 40 Elephants die in 100 days as man-animal conflicts increase

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Almost 40 Elephants died due to unnatural incidents within 100 days in Assam. According to a report published in The Times Of India , All of them have been killed due to unnatural causes, with the primary reasons being mowing down by moving train, electrocution, poisoning and accidentally falling in ditches especially in tea garden areas.

Bibhab Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak, an NGO that works on biodiversity conservation told the times of India,“It is very unfortunate that more than 40 elephants have died in the last 100 days. It clearly shows that elephants are not getting priority when it comes to conservation of animals.”

While rhinos in state are confined to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, an estimated population of 500 elephants in Assam have habitats across all reserved forests. The state has five elephant reserves covering an estimated area of 10,967-sq km. Only a small portion of these reserves are in protected areas, in the form of national parks or wildlife sanctuaries, while the rest are reserved forest areas.

Conservationists pointed out that elephant reserves in the state do not enjoy the same level of protection as national parks. They fear the large-scale deforestation of elephant habitats, which lie outside protected areas, has endangered the survival of elephants.

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You will die of pollution, if you fall in Goan river: Parrikar tells activist

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Panaji, Dec 11: Some of Goa’s rivers are so polluted, that if someone is thrown into one, he or she would die of pollution, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday told an activist opposing inclusion of Goa’s major rivers in the Inland Waterways Authority of India’s list.

Parrikar was speaking at a heated interaction with activists and state’s elected representatives, which also saw ‘black mask’ protests by activists opposing increased coal transportation and ‘nationalisation’ of the state’s rivers and their inclusion in the Authority’s list.

After the Chief Minister was told by an activist that the interaction did not serve any purpose, because the Goa government in 2015 had already agreed to the six rivers being included in the Authority’s list and therefore it amounted to tying “a stone around our neck and already throwing us in the rivers”, Parrikar responded with a sharp riposte.

“There is no need to tie a stone around your neck and throw you in the river. You will die even if you fall in the river. If you fall in the Sal river you will die quickly. There is so much pollution,” Parrikar said.

The state government is in the final stages of entering into a memorandum of understanding with the Mormugao Port Trust, Inland Waterways Authority of India and Captain of Ports (Goa government) which will make way for nationalisation of Chapora, Sal, Mapusa, Pomburpa, Mandovi and Zuari rivers in Goa.

The move has seen sustained opposition from state’s fishing communities, opposition politicians as well as activists, who are accusing the state government of nationalising the state’s rivers in order to facilitate increased transporation of coal for three major coal importing companies, who operate from the Mormugao Port Trust, the only major port facility in the state.

During the interaction, Parrikar however said, that only the Parliament of India had the power to revert the decision on inclusion of Goa’s rivers in the Authority’s list and not the state assembly.

“The act has already come in force in 2016… Power is with the Parliament. Goa Assembly does not have the power to declare national waterways. It is with the central government, according to the Constitution,” he said, adding that those opposing the inclusion of the six rivers in the list can lobby with Members of Parliament.

The Chief Minister also said, that while the central government, as per the MoU will manage river navigation, majority of the powers will remain vested with state authorities.

Parrikar also said that opposition to inclusion of rivers with the Authority’s list had not surfaced in other Indian states. A total of 111 rivers have been included in the Inland Waterways Authority of India list.

He said that attempts were being made to create confusion by vested interests, who were trying to use the phrase ‘nationalisation of rivers’, to muddy the waters.

“Nationalisation is a word being used on purpose by some people to create confusion,” Parrikar said.

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Mercury drops to 7.6 deg C in Delhi

Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures settled at 25.2 and 9.4 degrees Celsius.

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It was a cold day in the national capital with the minimum temperature dropping to 7.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 27.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, said a Met department official.

The humidity oscillated between 84 and 31 per cent.

The Met office has forecast clear skies along with mist and shallow fog for tomorrow.

“Maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 26 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively,” the weatherman said.

Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures settled at 25.2 and 9.4 degrees Celsius.

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