Train hit kills 3 elephants, including 2 pregnant females

Utpal Prashar———— Three wild elephants, including two pregnant females, were killed by a speeding train in Assam early on Monday, officials said. A herd of elephants were crossing the railway track at Hojai in Nagaon district when they were hit by the Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express around 12:30am, nearly 137 kilometres from Guwahati. “One of the…

Villagers took away parts of killed tiger

Villagers  killed a Royal Bengal tiger in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district on Thursday, and took away the animal’s tail, legs and nails.. The animal unleashed a reign of terror in Bangmara village on Thursday morning, leading to a face-off with local residents. It later sneaked into a nearby paddy field and remained untraceable for a…

Loving Kalia of Assam killed brutally

Bhupeswar Ningda of Imthong Ketetong village mourning Kalia. Kalia, the hoolock gibbon he had raised so lovingly was killed during  Magh Bihu, a festival of feast and joy. When everybody was busy in celebration of Bhogali Bihu elsewhere, the brutal and mindless killing of a hoolock gibbon in a distant village Ketetong in upper Assam’s Margherita…

Rare cranes arrive in Tawang

When Lham Tsering photographed two black-necked cranes in December last year, in the Zemithang area of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district, it did not take him much time to realize that the graceful birds had much more to them than the religious significance. The Buddhist Monpa tribe in the state welcome the arrival of the black-necked…

Injured crane gets care at the centre

A juvenile black-necked crane was found wounded below the gewog office in Phobjikha, Wangdue last week. The juvenile crane was discovered at about 2pm on January 6. The gewog’s livestock officer has been taking care of the crane at crane’s visitor centre. A wound has rendered cranes right wing completely immovable. A deep cut was…

Mapping South Asia’s Glaciers

Recent research has provided valuable information on glacier processes in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) mountains of South Asia, a region often called the “Third Pole” because it contains the largest area of ice outside the Arctic and Antarctic. Glacier retreat in this region has attracted considerable scientific and media attention. The 2007 Fourth Assessment…