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Tamil Nadu

Silent invader

Author(s): Manupriya
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2014
WHEN one thinks of invasions, names of kings and rulers from history come to mind. Names of plants like Prosopis juliflora, Lantana camara and Parthenium hysterophorus are never linked to invasions. However, while invading kings are now just a part of history, invasive plants are still there, and are a huge threat to the local flora, fauna and agriculture.

Jumbo conflict

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2014
  EAST-CENTRAL LANDSCAPE See also:  Much like Maoists Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Hungry gods Author(s): Sayantan Bera Extreme measure Author(s): M Suchitra Black elephant v white elephant Author(s): Alok Gupta Conflict of interest Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Why do they raid crops? Author(s): M Suchitra Conflicts are no less around national parks, sanctuaries Author(s): M Suchitra Interview ‘Elephant conservation is not exactly anybody’s priority’ Interviewee: M D Madhusudan Photo Gallery Man v elephant Reporter’s Diary On the trail of rampaging elephants Map On the move  

Beachside troubles

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2014

Tigers on the prowl

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2014
TWENTY-one-year-old Vijay Singh woke up early on December 29 and left for the nearby fields to defecate. When he did not return, his father, Raggu, tried calling him up on his cell phone, but got no response.

G Nammalvar, messiah of organic revolution

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
The history of organic farming movement in Tamil Nadu starts with Nammalvar. He always said it is no use trying to teach a farmer. Instead, one should make the farmer understand the issue. He never stopped learning from them himself and had become a vast repository of farming practices and knowledge that he shared with whoever was interested. He never pushed ideas down anyone’s throat.

Living on the edge

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2014
See also:  Coast under siege INDIA Growing at the cost of coast SRI LANKA Tourism trap BANGLADESH Caught between sea and cyclone PAKISTAN On sinking ship MALDIVES Survival instinct Coast correction  

Invasive ‘aliens’

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2013
THERE has been an unchecked increase in the density of Lantana camara, an alien invasive woody shrub, in the Western Ghats. “Alien invasive” is a term used to describe plants that are moved out of their natural habitats and end up exploiting the local biota in their new environment.

Job half done

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2013

Rights without benefits

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2013
Owning a piece of the planet is overwhelming. For Lange Manjhi, resident of Jurakhaman village in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, it is much more than that. He grew up in the forest village and cultivated the land he inherited from his father. But he had no legal right over it. Rather, he was called an encroacher. And an encroacher has no right over government’s development schemes.
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