Page-5 of Western Ghats Current Affairs, GK & News

Tamil Nadu Government announces scheme for protection of exotic Neela Kurinji plants

Tamil Nadu government has announced Scheme for protection of exotic Neela kurinji (Strobilanthus kunthianus) plants that flower only once in 12 years. This scheme comes following complaints that these rare and ecologically unique flowers are being packaged and sold on the commercial basis. Neelakurinji plant Neelakurinji is a tropical plant species. It is native to ..

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Western Ghats bags 4th best tourist spot in Lonely Planet’s top five “2018 Best in Asia” list

The Western Ghats (India) bagged the 4th best tourist spot in Lonely Planet’s top five “2018 Best in Asia” list, a collection of 10 of the best destinations to visit in the continent for the year. The Western Ghats is older than the Himalayas and well known for its rich and unique flora and fauna. ..

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Union Government declares area around Mudumalai Tiger Reserve as an Eco-Sensitive Zone

On July 6, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) declared the 438 sq. km. of area around Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) as an Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ). The move will prohibit construction and commercial mining activities and restrict hotels and resorts near the reserve in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. The area supports ..

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Study on the South West Monsoon by the IIT Bombay: Key Findings

A team led by Prof. Subimal Ghosh from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay had undertaken a comprehensive study on south west monsoon. The findings of the study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters include the following: The dense vegetation in the Western Ghats determines the amount of rainfall that ..

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Bhupathy’s shieldtail: New species of shieldtail snake discovered in Western Ghats

Scientists have discovered a new species of shieldtail snake named Bhupathy’s shieldtail from the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. It is presently only known to exist in Anaikatty hills of Tamil Nadu which is dominated by deciduous type of vegetation. Key Facts Bhupathy’s shieldtail was named in honour of Dr Subramanian Bhupathy who was a ..

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