Orissa factory turns lights off to let turtles breed

BHUBANESWAR - A chemical factory in Orissa has been keeping dozens of halogens lights switched off for the past two days to ensure mass nesting of endangered Olive Ridley turtles in a nearby beach, an official said Tuesday.

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Agra monkeys have the last laugh

AGRA - There is unlikely to be any let up in Agra’s monkey business any time soon.

The plan of local authorities to banish 7,000 monkeys from the city of the Taj Mahal has backfired. Residents and tourists will still have to run the gauntlet of the aggressive monkeys that scare everyone here, and have even led to three deaths in recent times.

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West Bengal fishermen held for fishing at turtle site

BHUBANESWAR - At least 10 fishermen from West Bengal were arrested for fishing in the prohibited area of a turtle nesting site in Orissa’s Kendrapada district, officials said Sunday.

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Bar-headed geese shot dead in Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA - Two migratory birds have been shot dead near a world-famous wetlands in Himachal Pradesh, wildlife officials said here Sunday.

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Wetlands getting choked by hyacinth, pollutants

SHIMLA - Wetlands in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, home to many beautiful and rare birds and other animals, are shrinking gradually threatened by unchecked hyacinth growth, siltation and pollutants dumped in the waters by towns that have sprung up nearby.

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Afghan hound gets Supreme Court nod for dog show participation

NEW DELHI - Less than a fortnight after the Supreme Court barred Mumbai’s civic body from randomly killing street dogs, an Afghan hound Tuesday secured the apex court’s nod for participating in a series of fashion parades of canines here, from which the Madras High Court had barred it.

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Crocodile population in Orissa forest goes up

BHUBANESWAR - The population of saltwater crocodiles in Orissa’s Bhitarkanika National Park, the world’s largest rookery of Olive Ridley turtles, has gone up to 1,572 this year from 1,498 in January 2008. In 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records adjudged a 23-foot-long saltwater crocodile from Bhitarkanika the biggest crocodile in the world.

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20 migratory birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA - Twenty migratory birds were found dead near Himachal Pradesh’s internationally recognised Pong Dam wetlands Friday but the authorities ruled out any symptom of bird flu in them.

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Agra woman dies while escaping from monkeys

AGRA - A young housewife died when she fell off the terrace of a three-storey building here after being attacked by monkeys but a baby she was holding had a miraculous escape.

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Suspected poisoning kills thousands of fish in Tamil Nadu lake

KRISHNAGIRI - Thousands of fish and water snakes have been found dead, floating in a lake near here, forcing the district administration to launch an investigation into a complaint of poisoning, officials said Sunday.

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