Heres good news for conservationists and bird-watchers: seven black-necked cranes were spotted last week in the Zemithang Valley in Tawang in western Arunachal Pradesh. One of 15 species of the worlds high-altitude cranes that are highly endangered,the black-necked cranes were thought to have abandoned the Zemingthang Valley which is one of their two winter habitats till they were spotted last week. Zemingthang Valley,located in the eastern Himalayas and 12,000 feet above sea level,is also home to the red panda,the Himalayan black bear,the musk deer and the snow leopard.
Meghalaya,endowed with rich reserves of minerals including uranium,is soon coming out with a state mining policy,in order to regulate mining activities. According to deputy chief minister Bindo M Lanong,the draft state mining policy,already prepared taking into consideration concerns raised by various stakeholders,would be placed in the budget session of the Assembly. The mining policy was originally supposed to have been presented in the Assembly in July 2011,but could not because of stiff opposition from the strong lobby of coal and limestone mine owners.
Filming Irom Sharmila
Two films featuring Irom Chanu Sharmila,who has been on a hunger strike for more than 11 years demanding scrapping of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act,are among four films from Manipur that have been selected for the Mumbai International Film Festival in February. The Silent Poet is a
15-minute film by Borun Thokchom depicting her struggle against the draconian Act through poems that she has been writing in her prison cell. And SOS is a 21-minute documentary by R K Suresh that focuses on her Gandhian ideals that have attracted nationwide attention.
The governments of three Northeastern states Nagaland,Sikkim and Meghalaya have launched a project focusing on adapting to climate change in joint collaboration with the Minister for Development of the Northeastern Region and the German Development Cooperation. The project will help in capacity development of the people in order to strengthen rural livelihood resilience in view of the impacts of climate change that have been already felt in the region. While increased temperature has already started affecting high-altitude flora and fauna in Sikkim,both Nagaland and Meghalaya too have experienced significant impacts in recent years.