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January 7, 2018

Assam Current Affairs 6th January 2018

Assam Current Affairs 6th January 2018Asam Sahitya Sabha award to Jorhat advocate

JORHAT, Jan 6: A delegation of Asam Sahitya Sabha presented the Subhanudhayee Award to senior advocate and social worker and literary activist Bhabha Goswami at his residence at Jail Road here.
The award comprising a citation, a memento and a phulam gamusa was conferred on Goswami for his service and contribution towards the Sabha in organising various programmes of the premier literary body during the centenary celebrations. 

Rare black soft-shell turtle hatchlings released at Hajo temple pond  

GUWAHATI, Jan 6: In a boost to turtle conservation, 14 black soft-shell hatchlings that were incubated at the artificial incubation and quarantine centre for turtles in the vicinity of the temple pond of Haigriva Madhava in Hajo were successfully released on Friday.

  • The artificial incubation centre was set up by the Kamrup district administration in association with NGO Help Earth and the Haigriva Madhava Temple Committee to assist the hatching process of the extremely rare black soft-shell turtle (already extinct in the wild according to the IUCN Red List).
  • “The species was found to lay eggs around the pond area, but in most cases hatching success is very limited. It lays eggs with a clutch size ranging from 12-30 eggs, which generally take around 90 days to hatch. Under natural conditions, the species dig a hole of around 30-40 cm, whereas in the temple pond area  of Haigriva, this is limited to 12 cm. This is mainly because, in natural condition the turtle has to deal with riverine silt which is much easy to dig than in the clay present in the surroundings of the pond. Lack of depth alters the incubation temperature and makes the egg susceptible to insects and fungus attack,”  
Black soft-shell turtle is one of the rarest turtles of the world and is presently found mostly in temple and community ponds in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal, and also in neighbouring Bangladesh. Most of the softshell turtles, including the black soft-shell turtle are literally being devoured to extinction.  

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