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Water Bus to be replaced . With the state government set to start proceedings to terminate the amphibious bus contract at Harike, the Tourism Department is mulling a plan to introduce Kashmir-style shikaras in the 4,100 hectares of wetland there. The amphibious bus, known as a "gharuka", was introduced in the wetland during the tenure of the former SAD-BJP government.
. At Harike on World Wetland Day, Tourism Minister Navjot Sidhu said, "Having sought a viability report on the water bus, we are going ahead with termination of the contract. We have found that while Rs 9 crore had been spent to start the project, we have so far earned only Rs 66,000 The minister said, "We are also planning to bring Indus dolphins from Pakistan to this place after exchanging them with our ghariyals of Chhatbir."
Key Points 1. Eradication of hyacinth 2. Grasses, lotus/water lily species to be reintroduced 3. Removal of catfish and other invasive species 4. Trees of suitable species to be planted to aid in breeding of stork, cormorant and ibis species 5. Kikar to be replaced with babool, acacia trees that can be used by breeding birds
Indus Dolphin State's aquatic animal Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday gave the nod to declare the endangered Indus river Dolphin, found only in Beas river, as Punjab state aquatic animal Chairing the second meeting of the State Board for Wildlife here, Capt Amarinder said Indus dolphin, a rare aquatic mammal, would be the flagship species for the conservation of the Beas eco-system. He also gave approval to declare Kanjli Wetland and holy Kali Bein as a wildlife conservation reserve to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. an0th bi
He also gave permission to the wildlife department to initiate the process of importing wild animals such as zebra, giraffe and gorilla from African countries for Chhatbir to improve the animal collection 1. To establish turtle hatcheries at Harike, besides releasing 2. Implementation of the Karnataka model of jungle lodges in 3. Banning non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug aceclofenac for more gharial hatchlings in Beas coordination with key private players in this field veterinary use to ensure vulture conservation
New DGP PUNJAB soon... Punjab may get a new Director General of Police (DGP) in February as the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has called a meeting on February 4 to discuss and finalise the three-member panel to be sent back to the Punjab Government for the final selection The government had sent a panel of all officers, including nine DGPs and several ADGPs, who had completed 20 years of service. Sources said the UPSC would discuss the seniority and merit of candidates. DGP (Special Task Force) Mohd Mustafa and DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta are the front-runners for the post
The incumbent, DGP Suresh Arora, is on a one-year extensiorn till September 30, but he doesn't want to continue, thus necessitating the need to choose a new DGP. Mohd Mustafa, a 1985-batch IPS officer, is second in seniority to 1984-batch officer Samant Goel, who is on Central deputation. So far, there is no indication that the state government may choose Goel for the post, while Mustafa is known for his proximity to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
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