Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said the Centre is launching many big projects "which are in the conceptual stage" and the Himalayan region will get special status keeping in view its strategic locale.
The traditional environmental knowledge from India's northeast and northern regions, particularly the Himalayas, integrated with modern science is important for battling climate change, suggested Nobel laureate Betsy Weatherhead here Thursday.
Drawing lessons from 2013 calamity at Kedarnath which caught thousands of pilgrims offguard, the state government has completed the digital mapping of Rudraprayag district which will help pilgrims heading for the Himalayan shrine to get weather updates on their mobile phone.
In the high hostile peaks of the Himalayas where sustaining life is a challenge in itself, Indian scientists say they have found a "wonder herb" which can regulate the immune system, help adapt to the mountain environment and, above all, protect from radioactivity.
Ahead of the commencement of the annual Amarnath yatra later this month, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board today performed `pratham puja` at Chandwari along the traditional 45-km track to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
A glacier is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. It forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its melting and sublimation over many years, often centuries.