Chennai, November 24, 2011: Nowadays any news that mention 'colony collapse disorder in honey bees' attracts media attention. This is because of the increasing awareness of the importance of honey bees and other pollinators for agricultural production.
Honey Bees Forage on Sweet Residual Liquids in Disposed Paper Cups
Dr. Arun Dandekar No More
Chennai, November 15, 2011: We learnt with great shock and sorrow the sudden demise of Dr. Arun Dandekar, Chairman, Board of Management, All India Beekeepers Association at Pune.
Indian Government's Expert Panel Blames Mobile Towers for Bee Colony Losses
Chennai, October 27, 2011: A 10-member Expert Panel, constituted in August 2010 by the Government of India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, to go into the issue of the effect of radiations from communication towers on wildlife, including birds and bees in the country, has just brought out a Report1 of their study and findings. The Report elicited media news saying that cell towers are killing sparrows and honey bees (see, for example, this news).
Beekeeping with Apis mellifera in India
Pune, August 18, 2011: Beekeeping with Apis mellifera is now popular in several regions in India, including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Management of mellifera bee colonies involves their migration to locations with rich forage potential. Though beekeepers are undertaking migration for production, there is a great scope to increase the efficiency and improve honey production. This can be facilitated with a knowledge of floral resources and evolving appropriate migration schedules for different beekeeping regions. K. Lakshmi Rao and K. Subba Rao, researchers at the Central Bee Research and Training Institute, Pune made a detailed study of the floral resources for A. mellifera in India and seasons for honey production in different regions. They suggest various migration schedules for different phytogeographic regions in the country in a paper presented at the State-level Seminar on 'Awareness, Motivation and Technology Transfer for Development of Beekeeping in Andhra Pradesh', held on January 8-9, 2011 at Jangareddygudem, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. Reproduced hereunder is the paper taken from the Souvenir issued on the occasion by the National Bee Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
Honey Bee on Commemorative Coins Released by the Indian Finance Minister
Chennai, February 27, 2011: The Central Government minted commemorative coins in the denominations of Rs. 150 and Rs. 5 to commemorate 'Income Tax - 150 Years of Building India'. Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee released the commemorative coins on February 26, 2011. According to news reports Mr. Mukherjee said: "The coin of Rs. 150 denomination is the first such coin in India and this itself makes this occasion a momentous occasion to remember. I hope that the Income Tax Department would shine in its glory ...".
What is unique in the coins is the picture of a honey bee on a lotus flower. Chanakya, who was adviser to the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta, from 340 BC to 293 BC, and known for his treatise - the Arthasastra, and whose portrait is by the side of the honey bee on the coins, represents his famous lines: " ... ideally, governments should collect taxes like a honey bee, which sucks just the right amount of honey from the flower so that both can survive ...".
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