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Green, the color of life, rebirth, nature, and a source of energy, which is also associated with terms of growth, harmony, freshness, fertility,and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and wall street. The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help in enhancing vision, stability and endurance. Green takes up more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and it is the dominant color in the nature.  Green also stands for new growth and rebirth, common in the spring season when all of the plants are coming back to life with fresh growth and life after the cold winter months. The green color is often used to indicate safety in the advertising of drugs and medical products. Green is directly related to nature and energy, so it is also commonly used to represent and promote ‘green’ products. In different cultures green carries different meanings. For example green is the national color of Ireland and is commonly associated with good luck, leprechauns, clovers, and Saint Patrick’s Day.Green also has close ties with Islam. Some meaning which are associated with the color green are:

green-eyed monster refers to a jealous person and the term “green with envy” stands for feelings of jealousy and envy.

green thumb means that they are good with plants and gardening.

green room refers to the room in an event or a television studio where the guests, experts, or performers go to relax.

greener pastures and grass is greener are used in reference to something newer or better.

green back refers to the United States dollar bill.

go green computing means Computers made from recycled materials with components designed for easy recycling will dominate the IT products landscape.

go green electric cars” which is powered by thousands of Li-ion batteries that can cover good amount of distance in a less period of time.

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Promote Green. It is an adoption of Eco-Friendly habits. The only way to save our mother earth.

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Forest fires of Uttarakhand result in raising the temperature of the hills !

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The massive fires in the forests of the hills of Uttarakhand has not only created havoc to its precious wild life, flora and fauna, the timber, green trees and the soil including damage to the catchment areas killing the pivotal water sources, it has also resulted in enhancing the temperature of the summers to 41 degree celsious in towns like Dehradun and 29/ 35 degree celsious in the interior hills termed to be the summer destinations which used to remain pleasent and pretty cool.

What is more worrying is the fact that the fire which has started from Pauri forests or the adjoining hill districts has now engulfed the forests of Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and even Uttarkashi and the pictures of deers, cows, calves n roasted condition ging viral in facebook, though not yet authenticated as from which areas these pictures of dead animals in forest forest have been procured from.

Even in the stretches of Kotdwar jungles this ravaging fire have spread. According to the latest new reports, the expeditiously ravaged forests by massive fires which is still continuing due to the air pressure has also led to increase in the temperature of the hill areas particularly the towns and cities already under the influence of global warming.

Though the staff of the forest division are trying their best to didge the fire through whatever minimum means they possess but the magnitude of the fire has now gained such a tremendous proortion that its not within the reach of the limited staff of the forest departmentdevid of the lated hi tech technical facilities and equipments.

The only and the best way, though highly expensive is sprinkling of water over the forests fires through helicopters as done in countries abroad as depending on natural rains would be an extremely risky and dangerous proposition.

It may be recalled that UK had rain deficit of 68%. And Pauri Garhwal is already reeling under 82% rain deficit since Dec, Jan months. Therefore the entire forest cover has gone dry thus enraging widespread fire on a rapid scale. Decrease in rain increases temperatures and results in forest fires.

Moreover, it has been a tradition of burning the dry grass during summers expecting the birth of new grass after monsoon for fodder of animals. And in this immature exercise the entire jungles are put on fire causing irreperable damage to the flora and fauna and the wild animals on a vast scale. Some disgruntled elements also do it deliberately pre strategically and conspiratorially for various vested interests.

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Come, the summer of May, June and Uttarakhand’s forests’ are on massive fire! When would this menace end, after all?

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Come summer, particularly May, June and Uttarakhand’s jungles are on massive fire. This has now become a sort of a tradition and despite this highly damaging feature going on for years together the successive governments and the forest departments have proved to be completely futile and effectless rather highly complacent in countering this dastardly menace.

For the last several days the jungles of Pauri , Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal districts are on massive fire with no serious exercise on the part of the authorities concerned to ensure that the fire is countered and the jungles and the lives of the animals and the species saved forthwith.

Remember last year and in 2016, the massive fire having started from jungles of the Pauri Garhwal district has enraged the forests of almost entire Uttarakhand causing infinite loss to the green trees, flora and fauna and the creatures inside the jungle who were literally roasted.

The massive jungle fire in the Uttarakhand Himalayas have left behind a trail of sorrow n anguish then (2016,17) . The acute environmental tragedy has not only damaged the lungs of the nation that were providing the whole nation pure oxygenated air but have also led to the loss of eight human lives n colossal loss to wild life , our environment, massive treasure of green trees, grass, insects, butterflies, reptiles and growing plants in initial stages.

This huge jungle fire that originally started on 23rd February in the jungles of Kedarnath division in just one hectare of area finally engulfed about 3739 hectares till 4th May, 2016 due to the utter failure, negligence, ignorance and complacence of the forest department and the related government authorities.

Uttarakhand Himalayas are considered to be the lungs of the entire nation and Asian sub continent which give us pure oxygenated air but after this highly deadly fire which almost damaged more than 60 % of the jungles of about 11 districts of Uttarakhand have resulted in makeing our environment hot and vitiated.

Today, Uttarakhand has lost its credibility as the green forests and lungs of the nation. Uttarakhand Himalaya is dominated by 71 % jungles and greenery n these extensive fires have reduced its jungles to 30% supposedly.

According to Anil Joshi, eminent environmentalist and chief of HESCO , these ravaging fires of UK jungles have damaged our ecology to such a grave extent that the trees which used to soak or absorb carbon dioxide from the environment and release fresh oxygen, have today unfortunately become the main source to release carbon dioxide in abudance after their being burnt completely.

The microflore and fauna maintain the ecosystem of the jungles but these have now turn into ashes. If there will be rains, there are chances of massive lanslides leading to further ecological catastrophes.

When the Britishers ruled India they roped in excessive pine trees in the Uttarakhand hills with the vested interest of getting maximum timber for construction purposes.

Hence Uttarakhand jungles are today covered with 17 % of Chir pine trees which are not only useless from the productive and environmental angle but are making the hill lands acidic, not prone for agricultural or plant produce.

During the eruption of fires in this mountainous ranges these pine trees’ needles result in making the fire more furious thus posing direct challenge to to the green jungles. Since Lisa emanating out from these pine trees also fetches high profit in addition to the timber value, the Britishers focussed their attention on growing more n more pine trees.

Keeping in view the increasing demand from the environmentalists to get the Uttarakhand hills rid of these futile pine trees, the government finally bowed down an proposed to cut these pines in large numbers replacing it with environmentally friendly species , but it was felt that it will again led to the timber mafia promotion as Uttarakhand forests will become bald n the mafias would earn handsome profit in league with those sitting at the helm in the government. This may further result in huge catastrophes like floods n other natural calamities.

Therefore the need today is to get rid of these pine trees in a phased manner and simultaneous plantation of the productive spieces’ trees against each pine tree to be felled.

It’s not the first time that Uttarakhand Jungles have witnessed fire. There had been jungle fires since time immemorial but during the earlier times these deliberate fires were created by the forest staff at the edges of the jungles with a view to clear them of unwanted dry leaves that were the impediment in the way of fresh growth of grass and plants for the wild life and animals.

But now due to the negligence and ignorance of the forest staff n their vested squeezed intention to siphon of huge money that is delivered to them for maintaining the forests and planting of fresh trees for clean environment , these officials n employees allegedly put the jungles on fire with the help of jungle mafia who are illegally in league with them.

The massive Uttarakhand fire of 2016 that has completely devastated jungles of about 11 districts of Uttarakhand also speaks of the sorry state of affairs of the state government in not framing an adequate fool proof policy to dodge such huge jungle fires which had been erupting since time immemorial.

The environment ministry and the Forest department of the central government is to be equally blamed for this massive man made disaster. The fire that started on 23 rd February in ,2016 continued till 4 May and the state as well as the central government were mum on this pivotal issue having been ridiculously busy in destabilising each other through horse trading in Uttarakhand and trading charges on each other inside parliament . Uttarakhands 5 Lok Sabha MPs and two Rajya Sabha nominees then had no time to bring such a pivotal matter to the knowledge of the concerned authorities resulting in 8 precious deaths, colossal loss to our economy and immense harm to our wild life and jungles of central Himalayas.

Similarly, the massive fire thathas now started in the jungles of Pauri, Garhwal district needs to be dodged and curbed strngly and most effectively failing which it can further spread in the adjoining jungles creating havoc to the wild life and the environment of the hills as happened in 2016.

Moreover the impact forest fires are highly damaging for various reasons such as enhancing global warming, change in lande scape, affect on photosynthesis, loss ofvaluable timber resources, massive soil erosion affecting the productivity of soils and production, degradation of catchment areas, loss of bio diversity and extinction of lants and animals, loss of wild life habitats and extinction/ depletion of wild life, loss of natural regeneration and collosal loss of forest cover, ozone layer depletion and above all most importantly loss of the carbon sink resource and massive increase in the percentage of Carbondioxide in the environment. In addition it also leads to creation of multiple deseases thus resulting in detereorating health conditions including making the lives of villagers and tribals cumbersome who depends on fuel n timber to cook food and meeting their daily needs.

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NHRC ISSUES NOTICE TO UNION HOME SECRETARY AND SECY WOMEN AND CHILD MINISTRY ON MISSING CHILDREN IN INDIA

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The National Human Rights Commision has taken a suo motto of the news appeared in several newspapers of the capital pertaining to the missing and trafficked children and has directed the union home secretary and the secretary of the union Women and Child Development ministry through a notice to accquaint the commission about the scientific methods/ techniques adopted by the concerned agencies to trace the missing children.

The NHRC’s notice to these senior most bureaucrats on missing children definitely speaks of its seriousness on the burning issue of trafficked children nationally.

It may be recalled that several socio political organisations of the capital under the Banner of Search My Child, a popular website on missing children, all over the country, has last week marched in good numbers from Mandi House to Parliament, particularly, women and parents of missing children, holding playcards and raising slogans against the police, administration and the authorities concerned demanding immediate setting up of special fast track child rescue cells at all the police stations of the country, law for registration of zero FIR in any part of the country regarding the missing child, tracing of missing children at the earliest by the authorities concerned, adequate financial compensation to the traumatic families of the victimised child and establishment of proper and effective cordination between the various state and the central police force to trace the missing children speedily compounded with fast track inquiry in such matters.

A memorandum was also handed over to the prime minister Narendra Modi’s office at South Block, New Delhi by Kusum Kandwal Bhatt of Search My Child and her dedicated team of women volunteers alongwith the parents of the missing children.

The movement for search of missing children gained momentum few months before after a child girl of merely four years old, namely Kashish Rawat went mysteriously missing from her Sector 22, Noida House, about two and a half years ago.

The parents of the child and various socio political organisations of Uttarakhand in Delhi have done their best by approaching all the member of parliaments of Uttarakhand in Delhi, union home minister Rajnath Singh, former and present chief ministers of UP, Akhilesh Yadav and Yogi Aditya Nath, her MP wife Dimple Yadav and RS MP from UK Raj Babber, the present and past SPs of Noida Police, all the senior police officials and submission of several memorandums, including wide coverage in print and electronics media but shamefully and unfortunately, of no avail.

It’s not even clear whether Kashish Rawat and several other such missing children are still dead or alive. The most ignorant and the complacent attitude and posture of the Noida police authorities towards finding Kashish Rawat despite so much of exercise has finally enthused and energised selfless women like Kusum Kandwal Bhatt and others who took the cudgels of the movement in their hands and organised a massive protest march and demonstration from Mandi House to Parliament street under scorching sun on 12th May comprising od several hundred children, women and men and appealed to the prime minister to take suo motto of the burning cases of hundreds of thousands of missing children countrywide who are sold illegally after being trafficked after kidnapping and forced into prostitution, beggary, forcible domestic jobs under challenging conditions or arbitrarily sold to the parents against huge monetary profit in other states and countries abroad.

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