Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Topic: Elephants

Karachi’s Safari Park finally knows the sex of its elephant. It’s Sonia, not Sonu

The startling revelation of the elephant's sex left Pakistani Twitter amused, wondering why zookeepers couldn't spot something this 'hard to miss'.

How elephants help put planet-warming carbon underground

The hungry herbivores eat and trample the vegetation that stores carbon and keeps it from heating the atmosphere.

After years of poaching, elephants in Africa are now evolving to be tuskless

Princeton University researchers sequence genome of tuskless & tusked elephants to deduce which genes are responsible for rapid spread of tuskless female elephants in Mozambique.

6 elephants die in two weeks in Odisha’s Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary

A forest official said the elephants have died due to haemorrhage septicemia. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has asked authorities to take steps to stop the further death of jumbos.

Africa’s elephants are going hungry because there aren’t enough fruits on trees

On average, elephants and other animals would have found ripe fruit on one in every 10 trees in the 1980s, but need to search more than 50 trees today.

Yale study finds why large mammals like elephants, tigers still exist in India

First of its kind study finds that rate of extinction of animals weighing over 50 kg over the past 30,000 years is lowest in India, & points to co-evolution of humans and mammals.

Imran Khan aide Dr Sania Nishtar, actor Mahira Khan named in BBC’s 100 Women 2020 list

Nishtar was recognised as a leader in global health and sustainable development, while Khan was lauded for her efforts against sexual violence and racism.

Manipur startup offering black rice, king chilli chocolates features in New York Times

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.

Army wants elephants relocated from Assam wildlife sanctuary, cites ‘damages of Rs 15 lakh’

The request was made in a letter written on 3 July but has come to light now following an RTI plea by environmental activist Rohit Choudhury. It was addressed to Assam chief secretary.

Botswana elephant deaths still a mystery as govt rules out pesticides, pathogens as cause

Tests done on samples taken from some of the about 300 carcasses found in northwest Botswana and sent to labs in Zimbabwe and South Africa proved inconclusive.

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World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.