50 days on the river Ganga
Himalaya to Ocean Ganga Expedition 2003, the longest environmental kayaking expedition on river Ganges, will be flagged off by tourism minister Lt Gen (retd) TPS Rawat from Muni-Ki-Reti on January 5, 2003.
Led by Tarun K Roy, expedition leader, this expedition is slated to be one of the most challenging and enduring, environmental kayaking expeditions will cover a distance of around 2,500 km from Rishikesh to the Bay of Bengal, passing through Haridwar, Fatehgarh, Allahabad, Patna, Farakka, Howrah, before ending at Kakdwip (West Bengal) on February 28, 2003.
The aim of the expedition is to create mass environmental awareness and advocating sustainable tourism for the conservation of this mighty holy river which is of paramount national importance being a multi-dimensional resource of the Indian way of life. The expedition has been planned for a total of 68 days, out of which actual pedalling days on the Ganges would be 50.
THE HINDU [DECEMBER 28, 2002]
CHENNAI Dec. 27. The northeast monsoon has withdrawn from South India, the Meteorological Department announced today. The monsoon withdrew from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala and adjoining parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Dry weather prevailed in almost all parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Lakshwadweep and Karnataka, it said.