January 19, 2021

Haryana’s bicycle man on mission to spread word on organic farming – cities

An engineering drop-out from Sonepat’s Gohana block, Neeraj Prajapati, has cycled more than 18,500km in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to spread awareness on organic farming.

On a mission to spread word on organic farming, Neeraj believes that use of pesticides is the prime cause of rising cases of cancer and lung diseases in India.

“Once, I was in Ludhiana, when I heard about the ‘Cancer Train’ (that runs between Punjab’s Abohar and Rajasthan’s Jodhpur). Later, a friend told me that this train ferries hundreds of cancer patients to Bikaner for subsidised treatment. I was moved and was already aware of the malpractices used to increase farm yield. So, I decided to educate farmers on the benefits of organic farming,” he said.

Riding on his bicycle since April last year, Prajapati was recently on a trip to Ambala where he met a sugarcane researcher in the city and some progressive farmers

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DNR locates cougar in Twin Cities; likely fatally hit by vehicle

A cougar was located dead near where two interstates meet in Bloomington in what state conservations officials say is an extremely rare verified instance of a big cat finding its way to the Twin Cities area.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took the cougar Tuesday morning and said it apparently was hit by a vehicle near Interstates 494 and 35W.

The animal was taken to the DNR Wildlife Research office in Grand Rapids, where it will undergo a necropsy, the agency said.

Since 2004 and through the end of 2018, the DNR has tallied 31 verified cougar sightings in Minnesota. One of those was in the Twin Cities area, coming in 2009 in Ramsey County, the DNR said.

It has yet to explain how the cougar ended up in such an unlikely location and says there is no evidence that Minnesota has a self-sustaining, breeding cougar

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