Western Ghats

India Event Diary – 2nd July, 2012, Monday

Western Ghats now in World Heritage List

The Western Ghats has finally made it to the coveted list of World Heritage Sites, after a 6 year long campaign. The World Heritage Committee, meeting in held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday, decided to inscribe 39 serial sites of the Western Ghats on the World Heritage List.

The Western Ghats was inscribed under criteria 9 and 10 of the Operational Guidelines of the World Heritage Convention. Criterion nine of the guidelines deals with properties which are “outstanding examples representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.” Criterion 10 is relevant for “those properties which contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.”

Representatives from 17 nations — Algeria, Cambodia, Columbia, Estonia,, Ethiopia, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, the UAE and Thailand discussed and came out strongly in favour of India.

Immigration unit networked in Tiruchi airport

In a bid to enhance the security measures by the Bureau of Immigration, the Immigration unit at the Tiruchi airport has been networked with the headquarters at New Delhi. This connectivity will help the Immigration authorities to moniter the passenger movements in a better way.

It eliminates the possibility of any delay in the circulars reaching here from New Delhi, as the Immigration authorities here would get direct access to the ‘look out circulars’ issued against certain persons.Besides, the network also eliminates the need for manual compilation of data of passengers as given in the embarkation and disembarkation cards, which are now directly fed into the system. This connectivity has been established by the National Informatics Centre.