Is Development Opposed to Conservation? Railway Expansion and Wildlife Security

The world is pursuing a path of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, keys to human development. India is walking the same track, targeting a five trillion economy in the near future. We expect higher GDP, better economic status and a high standard of living like other developed countries. However,  linear infrastructure does not always propel growth […]

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Denisovan Humans in Tibet: A new study confirms the presence of Denisovan humans in the Tibetian Plateau

A team of international researchers have now confirmed the presence of a human lineage, the Denisovans, at the high altitudes of Tibet. In 2019, researchers had proposed that a jawbone found in the Baishiya Karst Cave, a Buddhist Sanctuary in Tibet, belongs to extinct hominins, known only from DNA, teeth, and bits of bone found […]

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Four-Horned Antelope | First Recorded Sightings – Gautam Buddha Wildlife Sanctuary, Bihar

Historical records suggest that the four-horned antelope (Tetracerusquadricornis) was once found throughout most parts of India. Recent records however indicate a highly fragmented population, especially north of the Gangetic plains in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Nepal. While Odisha and West Bengal mark the easternmost limit of its distribution, they are reported from most forest tracts […]

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Karnataka’s Great Indian Bustard in Peril

The Great Indian Bustard (GIB) has been placed in the category of critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and is listed under the Schedule One species in the India’s Wildlife Protection Act of  1972. The breeding population of this avian species is found only at two sites in […]

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Is it springtime for Polar Bear Populations? Are scientists hiding good news?

Numerous reports of polar bear population surveys from different locations such as M’Clintock Channel and Viscount Melville (completed 2016), Southern Beaufort and Gulf of Boothia (completed 2017) and Davis Strait (completed 2018) have not been published yet despite all being likely to be released by 2019 or sooner. The official International Union for Conservation of […]

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Poshan Abhiyaan for a Malnutrition Free India

India has been making significant investments in achieving food and nutrition security through structured public-funded programmes. In fact, India entrenches the right to food in its Constitution. Article 47 of the Constitution mandates the State to raise the level of nutrition of its citizens. India’s flagship nutrition programme-the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was […]

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Erra Matti Dibbalu: Coastal Red Sand Dunes of Visakhapatnam

The spectacular Erra Matti Dibbalu that stretches between Visakhapatnam and Bheemunipatnam along the coast is a marvelous gift of nature. The low-lying dunes with a maximum elevation of 90 m above mean sea level (msl) is located 20 km to the northeast of Visakhapatnam and 4 km southwest of Bhimunipatnam. The width of the dunes […]

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Gender Gap

Increasing Women Voter Turnout in Indian Elections

Even though Indian elections have consistently witnessed a reasonably higher turnout than most advanced democracies, a gender gap in voting in India continues to exist since the first Lok Sabha election held in 1952. The average turnout during last 16 Lok Sabha elections has been around 60 per cent but men have been outnumbering women […]

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Violence against Women | Rape in India

Why so Many Rapes? Sexual Violence against Women in India

In January 2018, an unidentified man raped an 80 year old woman inside her home in village Talwade near Pune (Outlook, 2018). In the same month, an 8 year old girl’s mangled body was found dumped in the jungles near Rasana village of Jammu and Kashmir after being gang raped and unspeakably brutalised. Barely two […]

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