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The wild buffalo is Chhattisgarh’s state animal | wikimedia commons

Only 10 wild buffaloes left, Chhattisgarh looks at surrogacy to boost state animal’s numbers

Chhattisgarh is getting wild buffaloes translocated from Assam, and will rely on surrogacy to ‘double the number in the next 2-3 years’.
Malaika Vaz swimming with manta rays | By special arrangement

Why 2020 is a good year for Indians at the Oscars and Emmys of wildlife film festivals

A tale of elephants in tribal Betta Kuruba language & documentary on manta ray smuggling are among India's offerings to the world’s biggest wildlife film festivals this year.
The elephant was found dead Wednesday near a wooden bridge at Sholayur along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border | By special arrangement

Another elephant found dead in Kerala with severe injuries in its mouth

The latest incident has occurred in the remote Attapadi region, which is close to Mannarkkad where a pregnant elephant had died 3 months ago.

Red pandas in India are being trafficked into extinction. And laws stand in the way

Exclusionary conservation policies are making the situation for endangered red pandas and pangolins worse in India’s Singalila National Park, argues a researcher.

Covid proved that India needs a dedicated Wildlife Protection Authority

Studies show that 72 per cent of zoonotic diseases like Covid originate in wildlife, which is why it’s crucial to conserve natural habitats.
Representational image| Marabous and vultures over a dead elephant in Savuti, Botswana | Wikimedia Commons

Elephants mysteriously dying in Botswana since March, more than 350 carcasses found

While 356 is the official number of carcasses found, researchers suggest it is possibly higher given their flights only covered a limited area.
Representation image of a jungle cat | Wikipedia

We did the first survey of rusty-spotted and jungle cats in India. This is what we found

Studies of small cats have remained limited, with carnivore research in India being skewed towards large cats.
A pregnant elephant's dead body surrounded by the herd in Chhattisgarh's Surajpur on 9 June. | Photo: Special arrangement

Activists suspect Chhattisgarh elephant deaths result of poaching, want shorter probe time

After 3 cow elephants were found dead last week on consecutive days, activists allege this could either be a case of poaching or intentional killing.
Elephant

Elephant or wild pig, none should die in blast. Cuteness quotient must not guide conservation

The attitude of Indians towards animals swings from an innate reverence for select species to a pretty strong sadistic streak on a routine basis.
Leopard in Jim Corbett Reserve | Flickr

Human exploitation is changing leopard behaviour, with genetic costs

Using GPS collars, sightings and genetic samples, we gathered over 15 years of data to reconstruct home ranges and family pedigrees for 150 leopards in South Africa.

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Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.