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Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - BY VIKAS CHOUD­HARY

NOT-SO-GREEN De­bris lines the Ch­hath Ghat on the banks of the Ya­muna in cen­tral Delhi, the morn­ing af­ter Ganesh Vis­ar­jan. De­spite the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal's di­rec­tive to use idols made from eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als such as clay, most were made from plas­ter of Paris and coloured with plas­tic paints, proven to be harm­ful to the ecol­ogy.

Himalayan lance-headed pit viper ( is one of the newly dis­cov­ered species Pro­to­both­rops hi­malayan­sus)

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