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The League of Extraordinary Individuals at BFA 2016

The League of Extraordinary Individuals: Winners of Balipara Foundation Awards 2016

The power to make a difference lies within us all. Nothing could demonstrate this fact more clearly than the recipients of this year’s Balipara Foundation Awards – ordinary men and women with extraordinary achievements.

The studbook of timber elephants of Myanmar with special reference to survivorship analysis - Khyne U Mar

The purpose of the demographic analyses in this study was to calculate the basic life tables to determine the effects of the long-term captivity of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), which are utilized extensively as draught animals, on survival, fecundity and viability. The studbook data were collected from the elephant log books and the annual reports of the Extraction Department, Myanma Timber Enterprise of the Union of Myanmar. We had access to a near-total of the records (n (9600) of elephants captured or born after the year 1875, including 3 070 calving records. It was documented that 32.5 percent of calves born in captivity failed to reach the age of five years. Life table analysis revealed that most mortality occurred before the age of five. Survivorship analysis of adults and sub-adults (more than five years) showed that wild caught elephants and female elephants had significantly higher survival rates (P <0.001) than captive born and male elephants, respectively. A similar analysis was conducted for calves (under five years) and comparisons were made between dam origins and sex. It was revealed that calves born from wild caught (WC) dams had higher survival rates than those born from captive born (CB) dams (P <0.001), while survivorship and sex showed no correlation.

Kumki elephants to be deployed to capture rogue

Kumki arrives to capture rogue elephant

Kumki (tamed) elephants are being roped in by authorities to capture a rogue elephant, which has been creating havoc in Madukkarai area on the city outskirts for the last one year. Coimbatore District Collector Archana Patnaik today convened a meeting to discuss the strategy to capture and translocate the rogue elephant.

Nepal model mulled against poachers

A drone

The Assam government will act on a proposal to follow Nepal's success story in preventing rhino poaching. Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma today responded to a proposal of BJP legislator Padma Hazarika on sending a team of officials and experts from Assam to Nepal to know how the neighbouring country has achieved zero poaching success. Nepal has a rhino population of 645 and there has been no rhino poaching cases in 2014 and 2015.

Rhino horn audit today

Rhino horn audit today

 Rhino horns kept in various treasuries of Assam will be brought out for the first time in the history of the state's wildlife since 1980, and examined by forest officials and experts to check their genuineness.The verification of rhino horns, stored in various treasuries of Assam since 1980, will start tomorrow. Sources said there are around 2,000 rhino horns in various treasuries of the state.

Guns, tractors threaten wildlife more than climate: study

Demand for meat and body parts has driven the gorilla to near extinction. By Ivan Lieman (AFP/File)

The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a rest of conservation priorities.

Flood fury: Why Brahmaputra’s trail of destruction has become annual ritual in Assam

Only the Amazon carries more water than the Brahmaputra, one of the largest rivers in the world with an annual flow of about 573 billion cubic metres at Jogighopa, close to the Indo-Bangladesh border. (Source: Express photo by Dasarath Deka)

The villagers had been talking all morning. There was some water seeping through the embankment along the Brahmaputra, they said, so Ruparam Das, 52, a fisherman in Kaivartagaon, a village in the river island of Majuli, decided to check out for himself. Around 3 pm on July 26, as he stood in front of the river, a few metres downstream from his house, he heard a loud bang. The river had broken through the embankment, but not where he stood. Instead, the river had torn through the wall right in front of his house.

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

Gulf countries in July faced record-breaking temperatures that went beyond 50ᵒc (Highest recorded - 54ᵒc in Kuwait, this year). Climate scientists and U.N. officials warn that this may directly threaten living conditions for residents in these countries and also aggravate the existing refugee crisis. All-time records were broken in United States as well, where some cities reported to it being the ‘Hottest July’ and also the ‘Hottest Month’ in history. Water scarcity and heat-oriented health issues are bound to increase in the future as well.

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