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A Tangled Web

Author: Asym Bal

Our kite-flying evenings began with a bird call from two houses away. My brother and I would quickly close our schoolbooks, rush to the garden and respond with a chorus of urgent coo-ee’s. Hands cupped together, high-pitched, mimicking some English bird, we didn’t know which; just imitating what they did in the Robin Hood films we had seen.

Ban The Export Of Shark Fins From India

SUCCESS! On 6 February, 2015, India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification prohibiting the export of shark fins of all species of sharks!

Singbhum Elephant Reserve Threatened By Mines

The Steel Authority of India Limited and Arcelor Mittal could be responsible for harming wild elephants in the very core of the Singbhum Elephant Reserve in Jharkhand. This is a pristine elephant habitat and future generations will wonder at our foolhardiness in allowing such devastation. YOU can help staunch the damage. You MUST help stop this national folly.

Save Assam’s Rhinos!

April 2013: In 2012, 21 rhinos were reported dead in Assam, the majority poached in and around the Kaziranga National Park. In the first two months of 2013 alone, 12 rhinos were slaughtered – 10 from Kaziranga, and one from Manas, both World Heritage Sites – and one, which possibly strayed out from the Orang National Park and was killed in the Chitalmari char area within Morigaon district of Assam.

Mahananda’s Elephants Face A Second Railway Route

The North-Frontier Railway has proposed the construction of a new broad gauge railway line from Sevoke in Northern West Bengal to Rongpo in Sikkim through 32.586 ha. (the Gola, Chawa, Andheri and Ruyem blocks) of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal.

Keep Off The Hesaraghatta Grassland!

In response to a PIL filed in December 2012 by the Arkavathi and Kumudvathy River Rejuvenation Trust (Arkavathu mathu Kumudvathy nadi Punaschetana Samithi in Kannada), in the Karnataka High Court, the division bench of the acting Chief Justice and Justice Nagarathna has halted construction plans for a theme park, film city and golf course that had been proposed across a 300 acre stretch of Hesaraghatta, the…

Trains Over Tiger Reserves

February 2013: The argument for the construction of a new railway line to connect Nanjangud in Karnataka with Nilambur in Kerala, at the cost of Rs. 3,384 crores across a 22 km. stretch of pristine wilderness in the reserve, has taken on new dimensions, with the Kerala State Government taking a keen interest in pushing for the rail track.

Hydropower Project Threatens The Black-Necked Crane

In a few decades, the glaciers that feed Himalayan rivers with water could have vanished, yet closed-minded planners are proceeding with eco-lethal plans for large hydropower projects that can benefit no one but the politicians, contractors and a pecking order of insensitive, short-term profit seekers.

Stop The Massacre Of The Amur Falcon!

December 2012: The brutal massacre of the Amur Falcon in regions of Northeast India has long been suspected by Conservation India – a recent survey at the Doyang reservoir in Wokha district, Nagaland by a small group of conservationists  (Ramki Sreenivasan from Conservation India, Shashank Dalvi, Bano Haralu and Rokohebi Kuotsu) confirmed their worst fears.

The Fight For Flamingos

Spread over 7506 sq. km., the ‘Flamingo City’ in Kutch, the largest flamingo breeding ground in Asia, faces grave threat from a proposed road construction project. An Important Birding Area (IBA) declared by the BNHS and BirdLife International, it could soon be abandoned by the birds, eliminating India’s only flamingo breeding site and jeopardising the bird’s future in the Indian Subcontinent.

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