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THE CLIMATE SNAFU

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The rains have arrived in Mumbai on June 7, 2010. Bang on time. That is probably enough reason for the climate ignorant to say to themselves: "These environmental types are always barking up the wrong tree. See, nothing is wrong with the climate."

 Of course they are the ones holding the wrong side of the climate stick.  

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Killer Red-tapism

Posted by: Partha Pratim Patra on

Yesterday I went to the news stand to pick a few magazines. The shopkeeper handed me a copy of one of the leading weeklies of India. For a minute I could not take my eyes off the cover of the magazine. The cover had a rare picture of a full grown Royal Bengal Tiger. Many of you may be wondering-What is rare about the picture of

A Tiger entered into Kalitala village of the Shamshernagar area in North 24-Parganas on Sunday evening. It was spotted on a village path by three youths on a motorcycle. The petrified youths’ scream for help and the headlight of the bike scared the big cat, which dived into the nearby river and swam to the forest.     

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Four bison died after being chased by villagers and forest officials at Banerhat, Dooars, on Sunday morning. The four were part of a herd of five bison that had strayed out of a forest early in the day. 

While two of the bison died of cardiac arrest after foresters fired tranquillizers at them, the third one succumbed to


The Mother of our Rivers

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It was dry and very hot. At around 3.30 p.m. on a May day, temperatures hovered around 45 degrees C in the shade and the perspiration evaporated almost as fast as it appeared. But this did not bother me. From the bamboo thicket to our left we had heard the bell-like alarms of a sambar deer. A tiger was about.

Ten, fifteen,


Two days after a female elephant died after being hit by a speeding train at Banerhat in the Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district, a sub-adult female elephant was run over by a special train carrying BSF jawans from J&K to Guwahati in the early hours 2.10 am of Thursday. 

The accident occurred on the NJP-Alipurduar route between