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Tourism

Koyna sanctuary plundered

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2011
Electricity wires hang dangerously over a bituminous road. Unending rows of gigantic windmills look down from where, perhaps, a tiger should have kept an eye on its territory. Instead of birds, turbines create a humming noise. Trees are hardly in sight and one has to be lucky to spot wildlife. The Vankusawade plateau in the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra hardly looks like part of a wildlife sanctuary.

Endangered in Sariska

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2010
THE DEATH of a tiger last month, two and a half years after it was brought to Sariska, proves the National Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan is not safe for the big cat. The death also brought to light little action has been taken on the recommendations of the Tiger Task Force, set up in 2005 to look at tiger conservation in the country. That was the year when Sariska lost all its tigers.

News 360° - Briefs

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2010
MINING TAX Oz magnates choose the pm

Phoney dance

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2010
A New Zealand tour operator is in trouble. Instead of employing Maori, the tour company Discovery Heritage Group based in the northern New Zealand city of Tauranga, paid backpackers visiting from France and Israel to dress up in feathered robes, draw tattoos in pen on their faces and go aboard cruise ships when they pulled into the port city of Tauranga.

Fixing old houses on Himalaya

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2010
Your tryst with Tibet I first visited Lhasa in 1987 and immediately fell in love with Tibetans. I liked everything about them, their mountains, temples and beautiful houses, and started visiting the place frequently. But during each subsequent visit, I noticed an alarming change: the historic buildings were disappearing. In the mid-1990s the government planned to redevelop the historic town by 2000.

Projects around Corbett Tiger Reserve

The northern and north-eastern sides of the Corbett Tiger Reserve are upcoming tourism hot spots, from Sindhikhal to Rathuadhab, Kandanala and Tedia villages. According to a study a multi-million state tourism project is under construction near Sindhikhal village, north of the tiger reserve. In Bakhrakot village, on the park’s north-eastern border is a housing project. The state has marked Kotabagh, on the south-eastern side of the reserve, for an industry.

Trespassers allowed

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2010
Animals are increasingly finding it difficult to move from the Corbett Tiger Reserve to the adjacent Ramnagar Forest Division in Uttarakhand. Reason: unregulated tourism along their route.

In Court

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2010
SC notice on mining: On January 4, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Central Empowered Committee, the Centre and the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments on a petition that accused the authorities of ignoring the report of the Lokayukta on illegal mining in the two states. The report was submitted in December 2008. The petition has been filed by Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, a non-profit.

South Asia

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2009
green tax: The Maldives said it would impose a green tax on tourists to pay for environmental protection of the low-lying archipelago and also revive the it's economy. The country is threatened by rising sea levels blamed on global warming. The new tax of US $3 is expected to yield US $21 million a year. President Mohamed Nasheed said the amount is unlikely to put off tourists. Tourism is the economic lifeline of the Maldives, famous for atolls, lagoons and tropical marine life.

Tourism deal

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Aug 31, 2009
       
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