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Uttaranchal (Uttarakhand)

Rivers, up close and personal

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2013
See also:  River, my bosom pal Adapting to Catastrophes A Road called Sutlej Dillis without the yamuna The Femininity of Rivers How my river changed A vision for a new kind of city An Unquiet River The melting pot No loss of humour Neither Land, Nor Water E-book  

Letters - August 1-15, 2013

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2013
Jumbo Gesture Apropos the article, “Three elephants die on Bengal’s killer track” (May 16-30, 2013), encroachment upon elephant corridors is a problem across the country. But in a one-of-its-kind gesture, a tribal community in Assam has moved out of elephants’ way to minimise human-elephant conflict.

Insensitive to sensitive zone

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013

Dark twist to bright tale

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013
Also Cover Story:  Infographics: Most tiger deaths occurred near villages and tourist facilities The key players who have upper hand in the affairs of the tiger reserve Related Documents (PDFs) Former BJP party president Nitin Gadkari's letter to former Uttarakhand chief minister seeking favours for Daroga Singh, said to be front man of politician Akbar Ahmad Dumpy Inquiry report of sub divisional magistrate of Dhumakot showing involvement of Akbar Ahmad Dumpy Land records of Jamun village where Mukund Prasad of Leisure Hotels bought land Letter accusing Brijendra Singh, honorary wildlife warden of Corbett, of misleading investigation into elephant poaching Illegalities by Prasad's hotel Tripartite agreement between Prasad, Khati and UFDC Bill of expenses of new road constructed by forest department to connect main road with Mukund Prasad's resort Letter by former director of Corbett reserve showing Ex-forest minister Nav Prabhat's keenness to open the road for Prasad's resourt PIL by Gauri Maulekhi against Brijendra Singh, honorary wildlife warden of Corbett

On the wild side

Author(s): Shalini Dhyani
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
Many people in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, particularly in remote valleys, depend on a variety of wild plants for food. While some pick them from forests and alpine meadows, others cultivate them in kitchen gardens. One such leafy plant favourite among the residents is puyanu or Himalayan Peony (Paeonia emodi).

Himalayan blunders

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
The floods in the Himalayas have been ferocious and deadly. Fears are that the final body count could run into several thousands. There is no clear estimate of the number of villages wiped out, property destroyed, roads washed away and hydropower projects damaged in the mountain state of Uttarakhand. The mountains are bleeding and its people have been left battered, bruised and dead.

Heaven's rage

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
At 7.18 pm on June 16, Ram Singh heard the loudest crack in 45 years of his life. It was the deafening roar of a disaster. “I felt as if the sky had been torn asunder. Within seconds, a massive wall of water gushed towards Kedarnath Temple. Huge boulders flung into the sky like an explosion. In less than 15 minutes, thousands of people were swept away,” he recalls lying at the Rudraprayag district hospital.

For the love of butterflies

Author(s): Anindita Bhadra
Issue Date: May 31, 2013
“One sunny morning, as I was wandering about alone, my heart leapt when an Oakleaf came and settled on the path a few feet away. I dashed back to the house, grabbed the nearest net and ran back.... The net billowed as I swung it, but at the last moment, it struck a stone on the path. There was a flash of orange and blue as the Oakleaf made off, and I was left with the net.
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