Sunday, 23 January, 2022

Topic: Himalayas

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.

For decades, Daniel Taylor searched for the Yeti behind the footprints & found the culprit

Scholar Daniel C. Taylor went to Nepal and compared the ‘Yeti’ footprint with those of bears and cracked the mystery. Here are some of his notes.

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Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


Chinese army has found missing 17-year-old boy from Arunachal, Defence Ministry PRO says

Indian Army had sought assistance from China's People Liberation Army to locate and return Miram Taron, who had gone missing on 18 January and was reportedly captured by PLA.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.