June 30, 2022 16:42 (IST)
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Tigers' return to Gadchiroli forests after 30 years spike human-animal

Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district has seen a sharp increase in tiger population in recent years thanks to spillover from neighbouring Chandrapur district that is home to Tadoba- Andhari Tiger Reserve. Lack of cohabitation experience with the tigers is causing people to panic, which is leading to aggravated human-animal conflicts, writes Saurabh Katkurwar

A French town remembers 74,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I

A French town near Paris commemorates the 74000 Indians who died fighting in World War I with its mayor recently  launching a coffee table book called 'The Shadow of History' or 'L'Ombre de l'Histoire'.  Ramananda Sengupta reports

AWEsome entrepreneurs

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs programme has helped women entrepreneurs in the Northeast to grow their ventures, raise capital and network with fellow business owners. Steve Fox reports

Looking anew at urban planning

As temperatures rise and global warming is a ‘hot’ topic, literally, cities need to implement adaptive strategies that are responsive to local circumstances to mitigate the climate crisis, writes Steve Fox

Green living with bamboo

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest headaches for environmentalists as they take decades to disintegrate and meanwhile pollute the earth. Sustainable bamboo fibre products created by Bio Craft Innovation, a start-up, help reduce the use of this plastic, reports Jason Chiang

Married and dating

Shackled to unhappy marriages or insipid sex life, many educated women in India are opting to explore new relationships with help of dating Apps. Ritusmita Biswas reports on the trend of women shedding inhibition and swiping right on Tinder, Bumble et al. 

The sweet taste of environment-friendly chocolates

A few start-ups in southern India are adopting sustainable and conscious practices to develop organic chocolate bars which have a niche but growing market in India. Mongabay India writer Deepanwita Gita Niyogi reports

Wildlife Rescue: A Kashmir woman breaks stereotypes

The role of wildlife conservationists and rescuers, such as Aaliya Mir, is increasingly becoming important in the wake of frequent human-wildlife conflicts in Kashmir. A mathematician by training, she says changing people’s attitudes towards wildlife conservation is a key challenge.  Athar Parvaiz of Mongabay India reports

The Red Planet beckons

With the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on planet Mars recently, lots of things are  surely going to change for space research and exploration in the near future. But why this race to reach the Red Planet by different nations? Will our astrologers warning of dire consequences of angering ‘mangal- graha’ have a different take now, wonders Ranjita Biswas

Hobbies to the rescue

Coronavirus and the prolonged lockdown initially made people want to climb up the wall but as acceptance set in, they looked elsewhere to occupy themselves and discovered potentials they never thought they had, finds Anju Munshi

Ignored and invisible: The burden of mining on women

While loss of land and livelihood is a more commonly discussed impact of mining, an invisible impact is on local women who witness a disruption of social structures, burden of earning an extra income, long term mental health issues and a shift from independent cultivators to being dependent on others, besides an uptick in cases of sexual violence.  Mayank Aggarwal of Mongabay India reports

A couple fights to save a bird haven

A Navi Mumbai couple has been fighting to save 80 hectares of wetlands in Navi Mumbai that are home to thousands of flamingos. The wetlands were proposed to be converted into a golf course and residential complex but in 2018, based on their petition, the Bombay High Court quashed a notification to this effect. Mongabay-India writer Tanvi Deshpande reports

A room of her own

In societies set with patriarchal values, middle-aged women trying to chart a life of their own are looked at with suspicion. But some break the norm anyway, as protagonists in two films, one from Georgia and the other from India, show, writes Ranjita Biswas

Looking at Indian masculinity through lenses

Harjant Gill, a Fulbright-Nehru Academic, aims to deconstruct the concept of masculinity in India through his films, writes Paromita Pain who teaches at Global Media Studies, University of Nevada

Musings in the time of Corona: Positive vibes amidst the clutter

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts” Robert H. Schuller