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Maharashtra: Researchers spot blue whales after hundred years

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A group of researchers claimed to have spotted a mother-calf pair of blue whales, between March and May, 3 km away from the Sindhudurg coast in Maharashtra after nearly 100 years. Bryde’s whales were also seen by the researchers during the same period.

The findings were conducted by the Cetacean Population Study team, positioned at the Sindhudurg coast since the beginning of this year under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project on Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity, which was brought into action by Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell.

Ketki Jog, a member of Cetacean Population Study team said, “The blue whale sighting was that of a mother-calf pair. They were seen near Kunkeshwar, 2.7km offshore, at a depth of 16m.”

According to N Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forest, Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell, the last reported sighting of blue whale, the world’s largest animal, was in 1914.

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) earlier claimed that another sighting of the mammal was observed in 2010 along the coast of Mangalore.

The team also reportedly spotted a small pod of four Bryde’s whales four times: April 11, 16, 30 and May 6, from the coast, at an average water depth of 15 metres.

Vasudevan added, “The sighting of the largest mammal just 3 km away from the Sindhudurg shore calls for immediate study as to why such a large species is moving close to land.”

The Mangrove Cell suggested that from now onwards, they will regularly conduct the whale watching activities from Sindhudurg coast. “Without disturbing the habitat of the whales, these spots can become a tourist attraction if such mammals are spotted often,” Vasudevan said.

CMFRI researchers also informed that these huge species can be seen across the Indian Ocean, southern parts of Sri Lanka coast and have often been found migrating to Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

“Mammals like the blue whale often frequent the coasts of India. However, the issue is that there has been no documentation of the same. Authorities should invest more such studies to protect the endangered species,” said E Vivekanandan, consultant and scientist in CMFRI, Chennai.

According to another research conducted by Cetacean Population Study team under the UNDP project, 687 dolphins were also seen near the coast out of which 153 individual dolphins were identified because of distinct features such as their fin.

Sightings of close to 40 Finless Porpoise were also recorded across the Sindhudurg coast during the two phases of the study this year.

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

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  • At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system

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Chennai, November 2, 2017: Thane in Maharashtra will be the first Indian city to be assessed for potential for implementation of district cooling system, said the Indian subsidiary of Danish company Danfoss A/S.

In a statement issued here, Danfoss Industries said: “As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems.”

 “Thane – also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission – will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system,” it said.

Simply put, district cooling is a system where water is chilled at a central place and is sent to various buildings via pipelines to cool indoor air using the air conditioning system there.

According to Danfoss, district cooling systems are energy efficient and would reduce total power consumption for cooling buildings.

The water is not for human consumption.

“With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country,” Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well,” he added.(IANS)

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Blue Whale Game: Attention Parents! Watch Your Teen, this Lethal Game Impels to Commit Suicide

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Blue Whale Challenge. Pixabay
  • The Blue Whale is a lethal game that involves brainwashing weak teenagers over a stretch of 50 days, prompting them to take up deadliest tasks
  • The killer game seems to have been arrived in India now, and the government has social media platforms to remove links to the bloody game
  • Maneka Gandhi has requested parents to deter their children from playing such games

New Delhi, August 25, 2017: As the communication becomes accessible with social media, the human race has become more indulgent in extremist activities inciting people to indulge in self-harm.

The Blue Whale is a lethal game that involves brainwashing weak teenagers over a stretch of 50 days, prompting them to take up deadliest tasks varying from watching horror flicks to inflicting self-harm. Finally, on the 50th day, the players are challenged to commit suicide after being exhausted physically and mentally.

The game was started in 2013 by Phillip Buddeikin, a Russian Psychology student and was jailed in 2016. According to him, the victims were ‘biological waste’ and that they were happy to die, whereas he was, in fact, cleansing the society, mentioned Daily Mail report.

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Buddeikin attracted teenagers by posting scary pictures and videos on various groups and platforms. He then taped people religiously following his posts and asked them to join a closed group. He skimmed the most depressed people and lured them for the lethal game. People soon fell for the peer pressure to complete the tasks.

The tedious tasks include: Carve F57 on your skin, Wake up at 4:20 AM and go to the roof, Carve a whale with a razor on your skin, Don’t speak to anyone for an entire day, listen to depressing music, climb on a crane and ultimately commit suicide.

The killer game seems to have been arrived in India now, and the government has asked Facebook, Google, Yahoo, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms to remove links to the suicide game.

Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister has requested parents to deter their children from playing such games.

What impelled the kids to watch this horrific game?

The blue whale game targetted socially depressed teenagers as they were the easy targets. At the commencement of the game, the moderator asks for the personal information, which was later used to threaten players if they asked to leave the game. These kids were groomed and manipulated to perpetrate such horrendous tasks.

You can watch for under mentioned change of behavior to ensure that your teen is not succumbing to the deadly game:

Being extra secretive

Not connecting socially

Spending too much time on social media

Wandering alone at night or unusual places

Look for self-harm injuries

 


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