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Silver pompano fish to soon add variety to the plates of Bengalis

Silver pompano fish to soon add variety to the plates of Bengalis

Kolkata, Sep 22 (UNI) The State Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd. (SFDC) has started the large-scale culture of the silver pompano fish. This would make the fish, which normally sells at high prices, affordable for many, a SFDC official here today said. Silver pompano looks and tastes just like the pomfret but costs Rs 100 more per kilogram; hence there is a high demand for it just as there is for pomfret. A research institute in Kochi has supplied the initial group of 15,000 hatchlings to start the cultivation, to a State Government hatchery in Alampur in Purba Medinipur district. The fishes would achieve a weight of 500 to 600 grams in three months, after which they would be brought to the open market to be sold. The first batch is expected to arrive in the markets in November this year. Initially, only the SFDC will sell the fishes. Later on, private hatchery owners would be given permission to rear and sell these fishes. The cultivation of these fishes was started on an experimental scale a year back at the Alampur hatchery, whose success prompted the government to start cultivation on a large scale. UNI BM AKM

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Mela Kheer Bhawani: Kashmiri Pandits reunite with Muslims brethren

Mela Kheer Bhawani: Kashmiri Pandits reunite with Muslims brethren

20 Jun 2018 | 4:30 PM

By Abid Bashir
Kheer-Bhawani, Tullamulla, June 20 (UNI) Emotional scenes were witnessed on Wednesday during Mela Kheer Bhawani here as it’s that time of the year when Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) reunite with their Muslim brethren, who wait eagerly for the whole year to meet their long-lost friends.

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A battle to save Indonesia's orangutans

A battle to save Indonesia's orangutans

19 Jun 2018 | 6:23 PM

Jakarta, June 19 (UNI) A deep peatland forest in Indonesian Borneo is home to one of the world's largest remaining populations of endangered orangutans, but the habitat is under threat despite changes in law designed to protect it.

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Water crisis can lead to 'forced migration': Waterman

Water crisis can lead to 'forced migration': Waterman

16 Jun 2018 | 3:42 PM

By Satish Sharma
New Delhi, June 16 (UNI) Amid alarming reports of water shortage and related problems from different parts of the country, renowned activist "waterman" Rajendra Singh has feared forced migration from the country in the next seven years, if effective steps are not taken on urgent basis for optimally saving available water and replenishing ground water by way of check on wasteful draining of rain water.

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Farming underground: Fight against climate change

15 Jun 2018 | 5:26 PM

La Paz, Bolivia, June 15 (UNI) The Andean Plateau or the Altiplano is one of the largest and highest plateaus in the world where Bolivian farmers are going underground in order to protect their crops from drought, flash floods and increasing temperatures, says a BBC News report.

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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

14 Jun 2018 | 4:46 PM

London, June 14 (UNI) Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate, according to a BBC News report.

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