Reportage

January 19, 2021

COVID19 and bird flu: If birds drop dead, we are at risk too

This is why governments are now trying to work on One Health – a concept that links ecosystem protection, good animal husbandry practices and public health to create an approach towards healthy Nature and wildlife.

Neha Sinha
January 18, 2021

Women Farmer’s Day: 7 out of 10 rural women in India work in the agriculture sector under highly exploitative working conditions

It is Mahila Kisan Diwas. And thousands of women farmers, protesting for the last 55 days in Delhi against the new farm laws, are avoiding eating food and drinking water in sufficient quantities to delay having to use washrooms, due to lack of adequate toilet facilities.

Nidhi Jamwal
January 18, 2021

Doll story: Ranchi resident Shobha Kumari creates indigenous dolls steeped in Jharkhand’s culture and helps tribal women earn a living

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vocal For Local initiative, Kumari of Srijan Handicrafts has so far trained more than a thousand women to make dolls of clay and sawdust. Ten of them have gone on to set up their own enterprises and earn up to Rs 25,000 a month. She also employs about 35 women who make up to Rs 12,000 a month.

Neetu Singh
January 17, 2021

Uttarakhand gets its first doppler radar to predict extreme weather events; two more radars in the offing

The hill state’s first Doppler weather radar is now operational at Mukteshwar. It will help predict freak events such as the 2013 cloudburst. Two more radars coming up at Tehri and Pauri Garhwal districts.

Megha Prakash
January 16, 2021

Ruffled Feathers: Government compensation of Rs 90 per bird is chicken feed, say distressed poultry farmers who have lost thousands of birds to bird flu

It has been nearly 10 years since the compensation package for poultry farmers in the several affected states has been updated or increased, except perhaps in Kerala. This, despite the fact that between 2006 and now, the country has witnessed more than 50 outbreaks of bird flu, and the poultry industry has suffered staggering losses.

Divendra Singh
January 16, 2021

Cyclone Nivar, Cyclone Burevi and now heavy January rainfall; Tamil Nadu farmers never had it this bad before

Two back-to-back cyclones — Nivar and Burevi — destroyed over thousands hectares of crops in the southern state. Several farmers claim they are yet to be compensated for those crop losses. And now record-breaking January rainfall has mounted their losses.

Nidhi Jamwal
January 15, 2021

A Fishy Affair: 15 tonnes of Thai Mangur fish destroyed in Varanasi. It is illegal to breed it, yet it continues to thrive

Breeding the Thai Mangur or African Catfish was declared illegal in the country in 2020. However, officials of the fisheries department intercepted and destroyed a shipment in Varanasi, en route Hapur in Western Uttar Pradesh from West Bengal.

Divendra Singh
January 15, 2021

No COVID19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating women: Health Ministry

In a letter to all the states and union territories, the Union ministry of health has advised not administering the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant and lactating women as “they have not been part of any anti coronavirus vaccine clinical trial so far”

Shivani Gupta
January 15, 2021

Tamil Nadu receives highest January rainfall in last 100 years; heavy crop losses in Cauvery delta

Tamil Nadu’s normal January rainfall is 18 mm. Already, this month, the state has received 124.8 mm. The previous heaviest recorded rainfall was 141.2 mm in January 1921, and the state looks all set ready to break that record.

Nidhi Jamwal
January 15, 2021

Bonbibi to the rescue: On January 15, villagers in the Bangladesh Sundarbans celebrate the forest goddess who protects them

The Bonbibi Puja and Bonbibi Mela in villages adjoining the Sundarbans in Bangladesh cut across religious divides and unite those who depend on the forest, where tiger and crocodile attacks are common. It is believed that Bonbibi protects them in the forest.

Rafiqul Islam Montu