Wildlife


 Here’s what happened in Mutiny this week.

Jo started off the week with the tragic news of Laurie Baker’s death. He also blogged about how Google played an April Fool prank and the ABCs of audio/music blogging
 
Nita wrote about some students who have moderate views on reservations. She is concerned that couples can no longer enjoy sunsets on sea fronts without looking over their shoulders and is worried about wild Life in India which is under grave threat
 
Swetha takes a sneak peek at Sivaji – Rajnikant’s Next Blockbuster
 
Jerry blogged prolifically about Eragon, Mid-Night Hot and The New Detectives  CPM. He rants about why the M6A1 is being deployed overseas.
 
Guru tells us about Network Computers and provided some very informative links in HowTo: Startups
 
Chacko writes about  a league for cricket and  gives his opinion on the BJP. He also shows us a very  interesting piece of Indian art in a restaurant in Smash Menu.
 
Cakerfare informs us about ATM Access in Bihar
 
Maltesh writes about Logan and opines that we should not give a reservation to folks who don’t want to stay in India
 
Gentledude writes about the ubiquitous hand pump
 
Sridhar ended the week informing us that Musharraf is deliberately letting Talibanization creep into main cities
 
 Keep coming back for more at the Mutiny !
 
 

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Sixteen Asiatic lions were killed in Gir Forest Sanctuary in the first three months of this year. Shockingly, these killings happened in ten separate incidents. Apparently, the culprits have been found, a gang which killed the lions with poison, traps and sharpened bamboo sticks. Its shocking that these kind of incidents are allowed to happen. It simply cannot, not without the connivance of forest guards. The guards are believed to be undergoing lie detector tests now.

But the government is not tackling this issue on a war footing. Inspite of these incidents being reported widely in the media, the weekly cabinet meeting on on Wednesday (4th) did not discuss the issue.

Our tigers are suffering the same fate. All India statistics show that while there were 40,000 tigers at the beginning of the 20th century, today the exact number could be barely over a thousand! However, official figures tell a different story, and say that there are about 3000 plus tigers, but conservationists do not believe these figures.
Everyone knows what happened in Sariska Game Reserve in Rajasthan. There is not a single tiger left there. In fact, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in a 2006 report blamed the Rajasthan Government squarely for its “complete failure” in controlling poaching and encroachment on forest land.

All in all, its clear that our government is not serious about protecting Wildlife. Here we are, heading towards being the number two economy by 2050, but Wildlife can go take a back seat.

(Photos sourced from birdsart.com and the bbc

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Hindumommy started off the week with an aptly modified Gita , tailored to the lifestyle of the modern working individual.
She also commented on Master Blaster, a comic book series about a superhero swinging into the Indian scene and loosely based on Indian cricketeer Sachin Tendulkar.

Nita noticed that Bihar, more aware of its unusually high illiteracy rate, began using police to enforce education for the multitude of children that do not attend school in this state. Later, she wrote about the relative stability of mutual funds and their value as an investment – but warned that returns are not as high as other arenas of the stock market. She brought to our attention the sad plight of buildings neglecting to properly maintain their elevators, and discussed India’s role in a crucial security arrangement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Jo alerted us to a novel “Ahimsa” method for creating silk textiles, then turned the spotlight to Saudabi, a Kerlatile who is now an employee at global investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Angelspace showed us the heartwrenching cases of Tsunami victims selling their kidneys for daily subsistence.

PoliteIndian wrote an interesting article on the government’s insufficient compensation to residents for purchasing their land, then researched violence in Nandigram.

Cakerfare reflected on some popular Indian festivals, and reviewed books A House on the Edge of Tears and The Space between Us.
Guru examined tensions in the pharmaceutical industry and the patent sphere, then discussed the phenomenon of Brain Drain. He also mentioned the lack of bipartisanship in the Indian government.

Swetha demonstrated that beggars sometimes make a decent salary and questioned the true potential and value of an IIT/IIM graduate.

Chacko wished the Indian cricket team luck in their match up against Bangladesh.

Vishal compiled a list of favorite blogger pastimes, and noted that a new species of leopard has been discovered in Sumatra and Borneo .

Ujj wrote an insightful piece on the prevalence of fallacious resumes, and later reviewed the book Hitchhiker by Vinod George Joseph.

Jerry introduced us to future space tourist George Kulangara.

Maltesh gave us a glimpse into the Geneva Auto Show, then presented us with an environmentally friendly liquor.

Thanks for stopping by, and catch us again next week for more from the Mutiny team!

Leopard, Species, New, dicovery, Animal, Wildlife Researchers have found new species of leopard on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Genetic and skin tests on the creature, now dubbed the Bornean clouded leopard, or Neofelis diardi, suggest it is unique.

The leopard is almost as different from clouded leopards found on the Asian mainland as lions are from tigers, the global nature protection body WWF reports.

“For over 100 years we have been looking at this animal and never realised that it was unique,” says Stuart Chapman, coordinator of a WWF program that aims to preserve the vast rainforests in a region known as the Heart of Borneo.

The announcement follows a December report from WWF saying dozens of new animal, fish, plant and tree species had recently been found on Borneo, one of the world’s last frontiers for biodiversity but under threat from deforestation.

Clouded leopards were first described scientifically in 1821 by UK naturalist Edward Griffith and were given the official name Neofelis nebulosa.

Until now, the mainland and island animals were believed to be a single species.

But DNA tests at the US National Cancer Institute, WWF says, found some 40 genetic differences, indicating that they had diverged about 1.4 million years ago.

By comparison, the WWF says, there are 56 genetic differences between lions and the common leopard.

The US researchers’ conclusions, it adds, are backed up by results of studies of skin colour and fur patterns by biologists working for National Museums Scotland.

There are believed to be between 5000 and 11,000 island clouded leopards in Borneo and between 3000 and 7000 in Sumatra.

Each animal has small cloud markings, a double stripe down its back, with its greyer fur darker than the mainland species, the WWF says.

The mainland leopard, which is found from Nepal to southern China and throughout Southeast Asia, has large clouds on the skin with fewer spots inside, only a partial dorsal stripe and tawny-coloured fur.

The Borneo leopard, says WWF, is the main predator on the island. It feeds on monkeys, small deer, birds and lizards, and has the longest canine teeth relative to size of any cat.

It is spread across most forested areas, from coastal areas to interior mountain ranges. But it prefers dense lowland and hillside rainforest where its natural prey is largely found.

Its last great forest home is the Heart of Borneo, a wild mountainous region of 220,000 square kilometres, in the centre of the island, which governments last month pledged to protect.

Cross posted from here