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Maharashtra government promotes ‘nature tourism’

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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced the setting up of Maharashtra Nature Tourism Development Corporation to attract tourists to various forests and natural reserves in the state.

The MNTDC will specifically promote tourism to 48 wildlife sanctuaries, six national parks and four reserved green areas across the state which abound in nature and wildlife.

The new body – to be structured on the lines of the existing Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, will be headquartered in the state’s second capital, Nagpur, Fadnavis added.

Presently, he said that an estimated one million tourists descend on various sanctuaries and national parks every year and this is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

Accordingly, the MNTDC will ensure better facilities and amenities for the tourists, besides taking up conservation programs, ensuring the protection of local peoples and their social cultures without damaging the vast natural heritage the state is endowed with.

This in turn would boost employment prospects for the local population and help develop these regions to global standards, Fadnavis said.

Some of the major wildlife sanctuaries in the state include Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary, Tadoba National Park, Chikhaldhara, Dajipur, Bharmragarh Wild Life Sanctuary, Navegaon National Park, Tipeshwer, Bor Wildlife Sanctuary while the Pench Jungle camp is a special accommodation facility available at the Pench National Park, on the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh borders.

These sanctuaries abound with a vast variety of wild animals, reptiles, and birds, including tigers, leopards, nilgais, wild boars, chitals, bears, wolves, foxes, jackals jungle cats and dogs, flying squirrels, sloth bears, barking deers, hyenas, besides many species which are protected or on endangered lists.

Presently, many of these forest destinations offer facilities like jeep rides, night safaris, libraries with audio-visual facilities, comfortable accommodation, and efficient transportation at nominal rates.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Testosterone Level Determined by Environment During Childhood, Says Study

Bangladeshis in Britain also reached puberty at a younger age and were taller than men who lived in Bangladesh throughout their childhood

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Testosterone Level Determined by Environment During Childhood, Says Study
Testosterone Level Determined by Environment During Childhood, Says Study. (IANS)

Men who grew up in challenging conditions like prevalence of infectious diseases or poor nutrition may have lower levels of testosterone — male sex hormone — in later life, says a study.

The findings suggest that the differences may be linked to energy investment. For instance, in environments where people are more exposed to disease or poor nutrition, developing males direct their energy towards survival at the cost of testosterone.

While high testosterone levels may up the risk of ageing, muscle mass, prostate enlargement and cancer, lower levels may cause lack of energy, erectile dysfunction etc. Thus, the researchers suggest that any screening for risk profiles may need to take a man’s childhood environment into account.

“Very high and very low testosterone levels can have implications for men’s health and it could be important to know more about men’s childhood circumstances to build a fuller picture of their risk factors for certain conditions or diseases,” said Gillian Bentley from Britain’s Durham University.

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For the study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, the team collected data from 359 men born and still resident in Bangladesh; Bangladeshi men who moved to London as children; Bangladeshi men who moved to London as adults; second-generation, Britain born men whose parents were Bangladeshi migrants; and Britain born ethnic Europeans.

The results showed that Bangladeshi men who grew up and lived as adults in Britain had significantly higher levels of testosterone compared to relatively well-off men who grew up and lived in Bangladesh as adults.

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Bangladeshis in Britain also reached puberty at a younger age and were taller than men who lived in Bangladesh throughout their childhood.

Further, it was also found that the aspects of male reproductive function remain changeable up to the age of 19 and are more flexible in early rather than late childhood, but no longer heavily influenced by their surroundings. (IANS)

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