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Fewer winged visitors to Soor Sarovar Sanctuary
The news is not a delight for bird watchers in the state, as the Asian Waterbird Census -2022 at Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary in Agra recorded less waterbird diversity this year. The survey counted 2,861 birds of 60 species at the Ramsar Site, including long-distance winter migrants. The figure included 28 resident species, 32 migratory species. Among them, eight were endangered species listed on the IUCN Red List. As of 2021, a total of 5,249 birds from 70 bird species have been found here. This included 33 resident species and 37 migratory waterfowl. Among them, 9 were on the IUCN Red List.

Freezing cold thanks to the icy hill winds
Snowfall in the hilly terrain of Uttarakhand brought a freezing cold snap that swept across the plains of central Uttar Pradesh. Dry icy winds from the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan state are battering Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow, adding to the prevailing wintry weather throughout the week expected to be gripped by a severe cold spell as the weekend will be on a wet note with showers expected Friday and Saturday. The townspeople taste the winter chill as a thick layer of fog shrouds the town of the Nawabs. Visibility fell below 50 meters. The freezing cold remains all day due to the intense freezing winds. Temperatures fluctuate between 14 degrees Celsius and 6 degrees Celsius in Lucknow.

Three lakh devotees bathe in Sangam
The month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar has arrived and hence the month-long Kalpwas in Prayagraj has begun. The Magh Mela-2022 which started on Monday saw more than three lakh devotees taking holy bath at the Sangam on the occasion of Paush Purnima – the second major bathing day in the Sangam city of Prayagraj. Only fully vaccinated worshipers are allowed to camp for the Kalpwas. In the shadow of Covid-19 and the strict vigilance of the authorities, the Kalpwasis are less numerous this time but those present braved the intense cold and the pandemic.

The Faculty of Fine Arts of the LU-UK University will collaborate
To provide new opportunities for students in its Faculty of Fine Arts, Lucknow University has formalized a partnership with the University of Bath Spa, UK, via a meeting held virtually on Monday. The meeting was attended by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Alok Kumar Rai and the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Prof. Alok Kumar Kushwaha from Lucknow University side. On behalf of Bath Spa University, Daniel Allen, Roger Clarke and Kristin Doern were present. Professor Kushwaha presented the Faculty of Fine Arts in context with its historical perspective and contributions to contemporary Indian art. The two institutions have agreed to accelerate their relations.

namita bajpai
Our correspondent in Uttar Pradesh namita.bajpai@newindianexpress.com

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