Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Topic: Himalayas

‘Engineers assaulting Himalayas’ — why SC-appointed Char Dham panel’s head Ravi Chopra resigned

Environmentalist Chopra said committee’s role had been confined, its previous recommendations ignored, & his belief that it could protect fragile ecology had been ‘shattered’.

More Galwans ahead? India doesn’t need to panic, yet

The seven years before Galwan saw a series of confrontations between Indian Army and PLA. Military and geography are on our side.

Sunderlal Bahuguna had wide political acceptance. Today’s environmentalists don’t

Some sections of the environmental movement currently in India may not have the cultural support that somebody like Bahuguna could command.

‘Silent’ Himalayan salamander surprises filmmaker duo with mating call, ‘ballet dance’

Tylototriton himalayanus is one of only two salamander species found in India and was discovered recently in 2015. It has not known to make any sounds, until now.

Same bacteria species, two strains. One makes cheese, other could save Himalayan dry toilets

Indian scientists have used a strain of Glutamicibacter arilaitensis to create a mixture that decomposes waste, which could help revive use of dry toilets in cold Himalayan regions.

There is a ‘natural aerosol factory’ in the Himalayas and it affects climate, study finds

The study has shown that a large quantity of natural aerosols are transported by winds and pumped into the upper troposphere at the Himalayas.

Toxic metals released since Industrial Revolution in Europe found in the Himalayas

Researchers analysed snow on the Dasuopu glacier and pointed out that atmospheric currents and wind patterns were responsible for bringing these elements.

Dalai Lama is at the centre of a new great game in Himalayas between India, China & Tibet

To add to the Dalai Lama’s misery, the United States has now reached the stage of effectively abandoning the Tibet issue.

India opens up 137 Himalayan peaks to foreigners in a bid to boost tourism

Foreigners can now apply directly to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing permits instead of approaching the Defence and Home ministries.

Himalayan cities are looking like garbage dumps with sewage rivers. Modi govt must step in

PM Modi should convene a meeting of the chief ministers of Himalayan states to come up with immediate interventions to safeguard the mountain range.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

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.