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Western Ghats

Karnataka fast tracks power plant

Author(s): Deepa Kozhisseri
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2009
Says MoEF clearance for hydel project a formality on may 23, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa laid the foundation stone of a 200 MW hydro-power plant at Yettinahole in Karnataka's Hassan district. About 20 activists, who threatened to wave black flags at the function, were arrested before they could enter the nearest town, Sakleshpur.

House sparrows want old homes

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2009
But there isn't much for them in urban or rural areas In a 2008 Current Science article ornithologist Ranjit Daniels suggested several reasons for the decline of house sparrow populations in India. Daniels suggested studies similar to those on declining amphibian populations. He also suggested house sparrows were more likely to be conserved in agricultural and hilly landscapes rather than cities. Urban areas do not have space for the house sparrows and they are also home

Seeking shikimic

Author(s): Ali Danish Zaidi
Issue Date: May 15, 2009
A major component of the bird flu drug, it is in short supply one way to prepare for the bird flu epidemic is to store large quantities of the drug Tamiflu. The drug blocks the enzyme responsible for helping the virus break the host cell membrane to get out, and so 'traps' it, preventing its spread to healthy cells.

Coorg cardamom gets GI status

Author(s): Deepa Kozhisseri
Issue Date: May 15, 2009
Producers get a boost coorg green cardamom, grown in southwest Karnataka, has received the geographical area indicator or GI status. This means only cardamom grown in Kodagu--formerly Coorg--can be marketed as Coorg cardamom. The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, under the commerce ministry, granted the gi status

Court allows widening of 17 km of road

Author(s): Nidhi Jamwal
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2009

In court

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2009
water feud: Acting on a petition against the Kalasa-Bhandura diversion project, the Karnataka high court has issued show cause notice to the state government and the Union ministry of environment and forests. The project will divert 7,560 million cubic metres of water from river Mandovi to river Malaprabha and displace Kankumbi and Nerse villages, said Paryavarni, a non-profit based in Belgaum district, in the petition. The project will also submerge 732 hectares (ha) of land in the Western Ghats, of which 500 ha is under forest cover.

At home in a cave

Cholanaickens prefer to live in the rock caves, closest to the forest rivulets, often their only source of water. Photographs by: Ajeeb Komachi

At home in a cave

Karimbuzha Mathan smiles reminiscing about his trip to New Delhi with his wife. In 2005, the couple were taken to the capital to attend the Republic Day celebrations. The next day, they had an appointment with the Prime Minister. But when frisked by the security personnel, a piece of arecanut and tobacco, which the tribals chew, were found on Karikka. She and Mathan was not allowed to meet the PM. Photographs by: Ajeeb Komachi

At home in a cave

Karimbuzha Ravi stands next to a calendar that hangs from a bamboo pole fixed in front of the alai. Irrelevant print on paper for a community cut off from the outside, this calendar symbolizes the slow yet inevitable transition in the identity of these cave dwellers. Photographs by: Ajeeb Komachi

At home in a cave

Women folk number only 161 out of the tribe’s population of 363. The skewed sex ratio in the tribe leads young men to either seek alliances with the neighbouring Kattunaickans, or remain celibate. Photographs by: Ajeeb Komachi
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