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Renowned ornithologist K.S. Lavkumar Khachar passes away

Renowned ornithologist and environmentalist K.S. Lavkumar Khachar passed away in Rajkot, Gujarat. He was 84.

As environmentalist he had a long association with the environmental conservation intuitions like Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) India.

About K.S. Lavkumar Khachar

  • Khachar was educated at Rajkumar College in Rajkot and belonged to the erstwhile princely family of Jasdan from Gujarat.
  • He was among the pioneers of nature conservation in India and had worked to spread awareness about ornithology, nature and wildlife conservation in the country.
  • He had organized and led several environmental education activities in Gujarat especially conservation work in the Gulf of Kutch islands and Gir forest, famous for Asiatic Lions.
  • In 1984, he had served as director of the Nature Discovery Centre of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE).
  • Book- In 1981, he had authored and produced book Sixty Indian Birds along with RS Dharmakumarsinhji.
  • Awards- For his pioneering work in ornithology and on the Nanda Devi National Park, he has been conferred with prestigious Salim Ali-Loke Wan Tho Lifetime Award for Excellence in Ornithology. In 2004, he was also awarded the Venu Menon Lifetime Achievement Award.

Zoological Society of London and Gujarat Forest Department inks MoU for Asiatic lion Conservation

Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Gujarat Forest Department on 26 February 2015 have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for conservation of Asiatic lion and its habitat.

As part of MoU, ZSL with its expertise in managing zoo will provide

  • Technical assistance to forest department to manage rescue and treatments centres.
  • Technical support in veterinary support and expertise in managing the landscape and the habitat of the area and also training the staff in handling rescue operations.
  • It will also help to manage Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh.
  • State Forest Department will use smart software jointly developed by the ZSL and the Gujarat forest department for tracking the movement of their staff and even the lions.

Earlier in 2014, ZSL had launched charity’s new Lions400, a fundraising campaign and had raised over £135,000 towards helping to save the Asian lions.

NGT issues the whip on vintage cars

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued whip on vintage cars and directed that no such car will be permitted on the roads of Delhi.

This order was issued by bench of NGT headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on the lines of its earlier order that had banned all vehicles older than 15 years.

In its order NGT bench also mentioned that, no fitness certificates to the vintage cars will be issued by any authority without specific permission of the tribunal.

NGT’s order was issued on a plea hearing, filed by Madan Mohan, director of 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally, who had moved the tribunal seeking permission for the rally.


  • In November 2014, NGT in its judgment had held that vehicles which are more than 15 years old are banned to run on the city roads.
  • NGT also had directed the concerned authorities take appropriate steps in accordance with law including seizure of these vehicles it they are found running on road.

About National Green Tribunal

NGT is a special fast-track court to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues. It was constituted by Parliament under National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 (NGT) under India’s constitutional provision of Article 21, which assures the citizens of India the right to a healthy environment.