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To understand the outbreak of zoonotic diseases, track human activities causing environmental changes, key message of UNEP-ILRI report

A report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which was released on July 6th (observed as World Zoonoses Day by research institutions and non-governmental organisations across the globe) this year, says that around 60 percent of known infectious diseases in humans are estimated to have an animal origin. Likewise, almost three-fourth of all new and emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic i.e. these diseases...

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Covid 19: Pastoralism under shadows of fear

-GoI Monitor Herders faced discrimination and hardships in managing seasonal migrations Jaga Vashraam Rabari of Vrajvani village in Kutch migrates every summer with his herd of animals for eight months. Villagers in Pattan, around 300 km from home, usually invite and welcome his group but this time, they were not allowed to enter the villages due to rumours around COVID 19. “The presence of police personnel also scared us and our mobility was seriously...

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PM Modi launches fisheries, animal husbandry schemes in poll-bound Bihar -Gyan Varma and Anuja

-Livemint.com * The PMMSY scheme is part of the ₹20 trillion stimulus package announced earlier this year by the Union government. PM Modi also announced the launch of e-Gopala mobile app, that provides solutions on issues related to Livestock to the farmers. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched ₹20,050 crore-Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) aimed at developing the country’s fisheries sector sustainably. The virtual conference also witnessed the launch...

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New report by American Bar Association exposes the dark underbelly of Indo-US sandstone trade

Often exports made by a country to the rest of the world is seen in a positive light by us. It is because exports not only earn precious foreign currencies (that can be used for importing goods and services or simply be used for building forex reserves), it also helps in generating effective demand for goods and services produced in that country and hence, contributes to economic or GDP growth....

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Punjab's Agriculture Sector Can't Rest on its Past Glory -Siraj Hussain

-TheWire.in From seeds and machinery to Livestock and irrigation, the state needs to change the status quo. One eye must be firmly kept on the future. If Punjab’s agriculture sector is to succeed, it has to think beyond short-term crises such as the current pandemic-induced one. For instance, the Expert Group headed by Montek Singh Ahluwalia has made important recommendations about seeds, agricultural research, Livestock, dairy and food processing. It has been noted that...

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