KERALA FORESTS HOME TO NEW SPIDER SPECIES

Source : www.thehindu.com Date : 2019-04-06 KERALA FORESTS HOME TO NEW SPIDER SPECIES Relevant for: Environment | Topic: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Wildlife Related Issues Habrocestum longispinum A group of jumping spiders that mostly occur in Eurasia and Africa, has been spotted for the first time in Ernakulam’s Illithodu forests by arachnologists from Kochi’s Sacred Heart…

‘POLICIES BIASED AGAINST RAINFED AGRICULTURE’

Source : www.thehindu.com Date : 2019-02-18 ‘POLICIES BIASED AGAINST RAINFED AGRICULTURE’ Relevant for: Indian Economy | Topic: Major Crops, Cropping Patterns and various Agricultural Revolutions A new rainfed agriculture atlas released this week documents the policy biases that are making farming unviable. Three out of five farmers in India grow their crops using rainwater, instead…

LIKE HUMANS, ANIMALS TOO HAVE A RIGHT TO MIGRATE

Source : www.hindustantimes.com Date : 2019-02-20 LIKE HUMANS, ANIMALS TOO HAVE A RIGHT TO MIGRATE Relevant for: Environment | Topic: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Wildlife Related Issues Twenty seven years after a tiger was last sighted in the Dang district of Gujarat, a big cat (5-7 years old) was spotted in the state’s Mahisagar district on…

CAUGHT DOWN THE WIRE: PUNJAB’S BLACKBUCK FIGHT FOR EXISTENCE

Source : www.thehindu.com Date : 2019-02-18 CAUGHT DOWN THE WIRE: PUNJAB’S BLACKBUCK FIGHT FOR EXISTENCE Relevant for: Environment | Topic: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Wildlife Related Issues Marred by strays:A herd of blackbuck sauntering in open fields in Sardarpura village in Abohar district of Punjab. These indigenous deer often fall prey to barbed wire fences or…

‘INDIA CAN’T HANDLE MORE BIG CATS’

Source : www.thehindu.com Date : 2019-01-29 ‘INDIA CAN’T HANDLE MORE BIG CATS’ Relevant for: Environment | Topic: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Wildlife Related Issues While conservation efforts are aimed at increasing the tiger count in India, global experts and officials in the government suggest that India must also prepare for a new challenge — of reaching…

REMOVING THE ROOTS OF FARMERS’ DISTRESS

Source : www.thehindu.com Date : 2019-01-28 REMOVING THE ROOTS OF FARMERS’ DISTRESS Relevant for: Indian Economy | Topic: Agriculture Issues and related constraints Recently, there has been active discussion on the strategies addressing farm distress. There are media reports that the ‘interim Budget’ may focus on the farm sector among other things. Agrarian distress, in…