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Dahlias: The Amazing Winter Flowers

The first Dahlia flower in this season of the year was seen by me only today in my school garden. It looked so solitary and so beautiful that I could not resist the temptation of taking its photograph.

Dahlia has a large number of varieties with all its hybrids in various hues and colours. It is a genus of bushy herbaceous and perennial plants. Other species that relate to dahlia are sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and Zinnia.

Dahlia has not less than 42 species with species of hybrids. It belongs to family Asteraceae. These plants are commonly grown in gardens during winter season in India. The stem of dahlia ranges in height from a minor 30cm to 2.4m. These plants do not produce scented flowers. They attract insects for pollination by display of their bright colours.

Dahlia pinnata is the National Flower of Mexico. It was declared as National Flower of Mexico in the year 1963. The plant has tubers that are often used for vegetative propagation of these plants.

Dahlia is found in most parts of the world. It especially grows on uplands and mountains.


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Build a nest to woo back birds

Birds are expert and industrious nest builders. They are specific in selection of sites, designing and engineering of their nests.

Birds construct their nests as per their choices. The choices of nest sites differ from species to species.

Some birds construct their nests at the tips of tree –branches while others construct their nests on ledges of cliffs burrows or cavities, on isolated islands or over waters.

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Triumph of light over dark, good over evil, truth over lie is not the only essence of Diwali. Ever wondered why do people in India, Hindus basically, have mass lightening of earthen-lamps and that too in the same season i.e.; around October and November every year? Is Diwali, a day singled out to spread noise and sound pollution due to busting of crackers?  Read more at -

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Recently, while I was in Azamgarh at my home village I was reported about several things including migration of villagers to cities, deserted villages, and bad conditions of agriculture.

One of my relations there told me that besides drought they were suffering from a new problem with paddy crop and the problem was shown by him after we reached to his paddy field.

The leaves were rolled and white streaks appeared on them. After picking out a leaf he showed me the eggs of insect arranged linearly inside the rolled leaf. It not attended in time the problem may cause serious downfall in the paddy production.

I advised the man to consult immediately to the block office and to take important advice from there so as to check any further spread of the problem.

The problem is caused by leaf roller fly which lays eggs inside the tubular leaf, and the leaf is made tubular by rolling the same with the help of a highly sticky silken thread that is produced by the fly itself.

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The recent report of the NITI Aayog highlights the alarming water crisis India is facing -- 21 cities are expected to run out of groundwater by 2020. This underscores the need to frame a NWP that not only addresses imminent challenges but also establishes a framework and pathway to sustainable, efficient and equitable management of surface and groundwater resources.  The blog proposes a clear roadmap with a clear responsibility and accountability structure. Adoption of an ecosystem-based approach, climate proofing watersheds, promotion of 'water stewardship', the Water Governance Standard and climate-resilient agriculture are key towards achieving desirable changes in the water sector in India.  
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Watershed Organisation Trust is on the ground combating COVID19, mounting informed and measured rapid responses through various modes such as distribution of essentials, creating awareness, social messaging, generating employment and other livelihood support across seven of its project states. As of May 10, 2020, we have reached out to 122,531 households in 25 districts spread across 646 villages in seven states. Here is a detailed report on how WOTR has been supporting the rural poor and returning migrants while ensuring they are not deprived of the critical support they need at this hour.

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I talk about how effective planning and preparedness within families and Neighbourhoods can help us fight COVID-19 in a better way.



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How to prepare your business for environmental disasters in the face of Coronavirus?

Chandra Kishore, Founder, Indian Environment Network sat with our next "Green Star" Professor Anil Kumar Gupta to discuss how businesses can prepare themselves to face environmental disasters like Coronavirus.

Professor Anil is Head of India’s National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Division of Environment and Disaster Risk Management. He is Programme Director of the Centre for Excellence on Climate Resilience and implementing projects.

The interview was broadcasted LIVE on, on facebook
and on youtube link .

Sunday March 15, 7:30 PM India Time (10:00 AM USA EST) .

Leave your questions for Prof. Gupta here and the professionals from National Institute of Disaster Management will be happy to answer your questions.


This interview is brought to you by Indian Environment Network with members from 2000+ environmental organizations. We are seeking 1000 organization partners to run this platform together as a gateway to the Indian Environment Market! Email partnership inquiries to .

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3951105976?profile=RESIZE_710xThis book Authored by me (Pradip Kumar Sengupta "provides the tools that allow companies to understand the fundamental concepts of water resource management and to take proper action towards sustainable development. 

In the book “Industrial Water Resource Management, Challenges and Opportunities in Corporate Water Stewardship” the Author has timely addressed the challenges faced by the industries worldwide. While securing water for production and running industrial unit, industries have to pass through several social and regulatory procedures. Industries also face challenges in securing a licence to operate both from the authority and the community. Industries need to maintain a balance between the industrial establishment and the community and the ecosystem. They also have, as a statutory measure to disclose their water usage, conduct water audit or make arrangements for water conservation. There are water Acts and Laws in different countries and industries have to abide by the water framework directives and laws in the respective areas of operation.

The Author, Mr Pradip Kumar Sengupta is an internationally recognized expert who has conducted extensive research on groundwater modelling and hydrological modelling in river basins. He has acquired vast knowledge in industrial water through his association with reputed companies in India where he engaged his expertise as a consultant. He has intimately studied the constraints and challenges faced by the industries while ensuring their water security.

The aim of this book is to offer a water resource management plan for industries which is directly implementable and consistent with the water laws of different countries with a special emphasis on water stewardship. The Author, who is a leading world expert in these fields, outlines an integrated water resources management plan for the industries which is economically efficient, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. The book offers explicit technical and investment solutions, socioeconomic and legal instruments and recommendations for institutional restructuring.  The book is divided into eleven chapters and each chapter is complete by itself.

A detailed review of this book is available here.

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Day out with Paryavaran Star: D. C. Shekhar! members, we are now 6500 members strong coming from 2000+ environment organizations! To celebrate the occasion we have redesigned the website to give space to 1000 truly innovative indian environment organizations who can join us as Institutional Partners and run the website together on one platform. Ping me at if you want to be part of my dream of "To create a million hours of work in the service of mother earth" .

You cannot seperate great paryavaran work from truly amazing paryavaran professionals who make the vision of your environment ogranization possible. Indian Environment NEtwork run by plans to celebrate these professionals by nominating one Paryavaran Star every week.  Happy to talk to any sponsors who can help us nominate one PAryvaran Star every day!!

This week we are proud to nominate D. C. Shekhar, as our next "Paryavaran Star" .

Chandra Kishore, Founder,, sat with Shekhar over a cup of virtual coffee on Facebook Live on February 9th , 8 PM India time/ February 9 , 9:30 AM US EST.

The interview was broadcasted on Facebook Live on our facebook page . Please LIKE and SHARE the page to get alerts for these interviews.

D.C. Shekhar was a merchant navy oil tanker captain until 2003 and oversaw operational risks of a fleet of oil tankers for few years while working at Singapore. He studied finance management at SIngapore and returned to India in 2007 to further study EGMP at IIM Bangalore.

He founded Lavender Pvt Ltd which studied the techno commercial dynamics of sectors of cruise tourism, hydrofoils, seaplanes, yacht marinas and Ro Ro circuits for the Government.

He further founded AlphaMERS Ltd and engaged in innovation of problem areas in water bodies. AlphaMERS developed and patent applied multiple solutions including floating trash barrier, silt trapping, maritime floating security barriers, ocean wave energy converters and flood relief gear.

AlphaMERS, incorporated in 2010, has been a profit making bootstrapped MSME which has invested heavily in R&D from its own accruals, and successfully developed solutions in sunrise industries of environment, maritime security and renewable energy.

"Day out with a Star" is a an initiative of ( Indian Environment Network) to give a platform to amazing innovators all over the world where their fans can directly book one-on-one time with their idols and get inspired. Support us by joining as an institutional partner to showcase your Star professionals, customers and community members as the next "Star" on our platform!

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Dear Researcher,

During last 10 years, we have published more than 150 books (under the aegis of ENVBOOKS series) and currently editing few more new International books on various themes like:

‘Energy conservation and renewable sources’

 ‘Vermicompost and Vermitechnology’

‘Air Pollution and Control technologies’

'Noise Pollution and Control'

 ‘Geospatial Technology and Natural Resources’

‘Bioremediation and Biotechnology’

‘Water resources conservation & management’

'Climate Change'

'Pest Control and Management'

'Plant Disease Management''

‘Safety and Disaster Management’

‘Clean Technology’

‘Animal Biodiversity’

'Soil Pollution and remediation

‘Biodiversity and conservation’

'Microbial Ecology'

‘Waste Management’

‘Environmental Toxicology and Heavy metals’

‘Biotechnological Tools and Environment’


We have received a large number of manuscripts from UK, Canada, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, China, South Africa, Japan, Guyana, PNG, Nepal, South America, Mexico, India, etc. So, we have decided to publish these compendiums as soon as possible.

Manuscripts can be submitted as earliest as possible for our current ongoing books on above given topics.


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Manuscripts should be Descriptiveerror free and no proof will be sent for rechecking before publishing.

Lengthy papers will be preferred. Submitted manuscripts should be of more than 20 pages in single line space. There is no publishing and handling charges for suitable and selected papers. No royalty will be given in any condition.


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10-14                                  700                                                100

06-09                                 1000                                               150

03-05                                 1500                                               200


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Manuscript should be in simple form and consists of- Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements (if any), References in MS-Word format 12 font size and single line space. Besides, you can design the manuscript as per the requirement of paper in special cases or review paper. Hard copy submission is not required.

Please avoid unwanted formatting and do maintain the references and text strictly as per instructions.

Use single MS-Word file for one manuscript. No separate cover letter is required.

Please always give full addresses (with city and country), affiliations, e-mail in each paper.  

Corresponding authors must write his/her postal address & e-mail address in each paper.

Correct and full postal address and e-mail address are must. Soft copy reprints will be sent to corresponding authors only.


Reference format-

Bharti, P. K. and Chauhan, A. (2012): Climate Change and Agriculture, Discovery Publishing House, Delhi, pp: 326.

Bharti, Pawan K. (2007): Why are Indian standards not strict? Current Science, 93(9): 1202.


Deadline of manuscript submission for these books (1st Vol.) is 30 May 2020. Books will be published in Mar 2021. Deadline for IInd Vol. of these books is 30 August 2020 and for IIIrd Vol. the deadline is 30 October 2020. The books will be published by June 2021. Thereafter, new books publication will be continue in consecutive years too.

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