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In short

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2009
Asbestos free schools: Paving the way for a complete ban on asbestos and its products, Kerala Human Rights Commission said "exposing Indians to asbestos is a human rights violation". It asked the state government to phase out asbestos roofs from all schools and replace them with country tiles. The ruling was in response to a petition that said roofing school buildings with asbestos is hazardous to children's health.

Panna to get two tigresses

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2008
But will that save the tiger reserve from heading the Sariska way? TWO tigresses from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve will be introduced in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh by February 2009. "We have sighted fewer tigresses in the last couple of years. Bringing in two would help us restore the sex ratio in the reserve," said L K Choudhary, field

Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Click here to Enlarge View The Sunderbans--several hundred islands stretching nearly 300 km across India and Bangladesh in a 4060 ratio--are the world's largest

Sunderbans a land in limbo

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2008
Tigers attack people. People impatient, they are second priority. What is the way out? July 24, 2007. Hungry and exhausted after fishing all day on the Bidyadhari river, Amirul Naiya, his two brothers and three other fishermen pulled up their country boat into a creek in the dense Sunderbans mangroves, to prepare their dinner. Suddenly, with a blood-curdling roar, a massive beast half-leapt on board and sunk its canines into Naiya's side. Beside him, Manirul, his petrified younger brother, crumpled to a dead faint. The

Sting in the tale

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2008
Tiger reintroduction in Sariska

Reiki for tigress

Author(s): Nanditta chibber
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2008
The big cat in Bhopal park suffers from cancer every morning forest officials drive Mamta Jain and her six cousins to an enclosure at Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal. The group settles down around the enclosure and starts giving reiki, the Japanese healing technique, to Rini, an 18-year-old white tigress, to ease her pain. Rini is suffering from cancer and is also undergoing chemotherapy.

Creating history in a hurry

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2008
Flying in tigers to Sariska was not half as difficult as securing their future will be It was Sariska's best chance at redemption. It is more than three years since the Central Bureau of Investigation confirmed my expos in The Indian Express that the reserve had lost all its tigers to poaching. Between then and now, the authorities had all the time and opportunity to put the reserve in order before repopulating it with tigers from Ranthambhore.

A tiger in your bank

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2008
The old Exxon ditty,"Put a tiger in your tank", has been adopted by the World Bank. Reportedly prodded by its president, Robert Zoellick, the Bank will announce a new global initiative to save tigers. The 'signature tiger event' in Washington DC on June 9, will be co-hosted by several international conservation groups. Because such interest in wildlife conservation has been rare at the very top hitherto, there is much excitement within and outside the Bank.

Tale of the wild

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2008
Gobind Sagar Bharadwaj was attacked by a tiger just after his induction into the Indian Forest Service. The wounds took two months to heal. But the episode was an eye-opener for the forest officer. "The tiger could have easily killed me but it didn't as man is not on its menu," he writes in Tracking Tigers in Ranthambhore.

Pug marks hide the truth

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2008
a conference organized by the Union environment ministry on February 12 in the national capital came out with the Tiger Census 2008 and the State of India's Forests Report 2005. Both came out with dismal figures a little more than 1,400 tigers are left in the county; and over 725 sq km of forests have vanished between 2002 and 2004. Add to that forestland diverted between 2004 and 2007--over 2,750 sq km according to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests' data.
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