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Crown’s folly

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2012
The Spanish branch of WWF has stripped King Juan Carlos of his position as its honorary president after deciding that his recent elephant-hunting safari in Botswana was detrimental to the goal of the conservation group. The king had held the title since WWF was founded in Spain in 1968.

Letters - August 31, 2012

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2012
Organic elitism Big cities and towns are seeing a spurt in restaurants and shops selling all forms of organic products but the story of the livelihood of small farmers remains bleak (‘Organic universe’, July 16-31, 2012).

For the love of birds

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
FOR a site that describes one of nature's most colourful creations, www.orinithology.com, appears rather plain. But don't go by appearances—in this case, the homepage. The site has details that could draw even the most disinterested to the avian world.

No mermaid fairytale

Author(s): Vardhan Patankar
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
A loud “oooooph” was heard as the giant surfaced, the sound loud enough to capture the attention of people across the shoreline. They saw a mermaid-shaped body gently skimming the surface of the water. A loud splash, and the animal disappeared into the deep blue, leaving a quizzical look in the eyes of the people.

Displaced for nothing

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012

Making slow headway

Author(s): Nandini Velho
Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
On April 3, the Supreme Court ordered states to declare buffer zones around their tiger reserves. A buffer zone is an area which is adjacent to the core area of a tiger reserve and is aimed at promoting coexistence between humans and wildlife. The limits of these areas are determined using scientific criteria and are set in consultation with the gram sabha and an expert committee.

On elephant’s trail

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
Chemistry From nature’s basket

Tiger reserved

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
Business in Khatia village on the border of Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh starts as early as 2.30 am. Tour operators crowd the yet-to-open ticket counter at the entry gate. Gypsies carrying drowsy tourists start queuing up, jostling to be ahead of each other. Restaurants and shops open to serve the tourists. As soon as dawn breaks, Khatia resembles a crowded marketplace.

Letters - July 31, 2012

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
Backdoor trade The write-up, “Death on mounds of a bumper crop” (July 1-15, 2012), is a realistic analysis of farmers’ woes in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. I have quit my corporate life to start farming. When I reached Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh in May, I saw many people making temporary shelters on their tractors or heaps of wheat and waiting outside procurement centres.
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