Amur Falcon back

The Pangti village area, the amur falcon capital of the world under Nagaland&’s Wokha District, already had the presence of about 1,200 “winged friends” by 5 June, according to the Amur Falcon Roosting Area Union statistics. says a repot in the Dimapur-based Nagaland Post.

In the past, the presence of this migratory bird was only seasonal -during October to December- but their early presence shows that the joint effort in conservation of the rare migratory bird by the state government along with the department concerned with the help from the AFRAU was paying off handsomely. There was no killing of any bird during 2014. The union&’s press statement also mentions that it is still active in the conservation process and has deployed its volunteers as regular watchman in and around the roosting places.

Saving Sangai

The endangered species of brow-antlered deer sangai, which is found only on a floating biomass on Manipur&’s Loktak Lake, will soon be provided a second home to save it from extinction, says a report in the Guwahai-based Assam Tribune. The Manipur forest department plans to translocate a section of the rare species to Pumlen Pat, which is close to its existing habitat in Loktak. The Keibul Lamjao National Park, situated inside the lake, is the only remaining natural habitat of sangai, which was once found across the Manipur Valley. Due to conservation efforts, its population over the years has increased from less than 100 in 2008 to 204 in 2013.

Spread across an area of around 40 sq km, Keibul Lmjao is known around the world for its unique composition as it is made up of biomass vegetation which floats on the surface of the lake.“Our objective is to have another set of population of the deer. We have identified Pumlen for the translocation as it is also a ‘phumdi’ (floating biomass) and also has small hillocks for shelter,” Arun RS, said state deputy conservator of forest (park and sanctuary). He also said that their proposal would be ready this year and within the next 2-3 years they would start the process of translocating.The big task before them is to acquire land for the project as the wetland is encroached upon by fisherfolk and local villagers.

Sealed up

Tears and complaints of the affected tenants and residents of several buildings greeted East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal, district Superintendent of Police M Kharkrang and other officials when they sealed high-rise buildings last Monday. The tenants alleged that they were given a very short time to vacate following the order of the Meghalaya High Court to seal all 24 high-rise buildings in and around the city, says a report in The Shillong Times.

Free service

The Guwahati-based GNRC (formerly known as Guwahati Neurological Research Centre) hospitals started a free state-of-the-art ambulance service from 12 June. The ambulance service with on board paramedic and pilots, trained in basic life support and safe medical evacuation procedures to deal with any medical emergency, was launched by Dr N C Borah, chairman-cum managing director of GNRC hospitals.

Flagging off a fleet of 100 ambulance vans across Assam, Dr Borah, who is recognised as one of the best neurologists in India, expressed hope that the initiative would help in saving hundreds of precious lives at the time of urgency. GNRC at Dispur, Khanapara and north Guwahati provide free emergency services for the first 24 hours to all patients that include the waiver of doctor&’s consultation fee and for essential investigation, medicine and life.