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Josy Joseph’s Feast of Vultures

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Cancer survivors recount moments of triumph

Cancer survivors who stood up for themselves braving all odds shared their stories, breathing fresh life into the National Cancer Survivors Day 2013 event, organised by Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (MGCHRI), Visakhapatnam reports The Hindu.

It was more like a carnival where 500 cancer survivors with their family members and friends joined hands to share their moments of joy and sorrow at Port Kalavani Auditorium recently. Aiming to help remove the social stigma attached to cancer and to create awareness that it is a curable disease, the MGCHRI team have come up with the initiative.Read more..

Maharashtra Fellowship for Deaf boasts 100% results in SSC

The Maharashtra Fellowship for Deaf, Pune, has achieved 100 per cent passing percentage for all three years that their students have appeared for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam, reports, DNA. Moreover, this year, of the 25 students who appeared for the SSC exam, 23 passed with first class.

The Fellowship was started in 1987 by Tara and Arvind Meshramkar with the vision of Lillian Doerksen, a renowned social worker. There are 14 staff members and three helpers. All the teachers of the Fellowship have a B.Ed. in special education.Read more..

Villagers Lead Tourism Drive in Garhwal

Ecologically sustainable wildlife tourism is best handled by local communities and the homestays run by Mountain Shepherds in the villages of Lata and Tolma in the Dhauli Ganga valley in Garhwal illustrate just that writes Anusha Subramanian on

Abutting the wild and pristine Nanda Devi National Park, Mountain Shepherds is an offshoot of the Nanda Devi Campaign for cultural survival and livelihoods spearheaded by the Marcha Bhotia community of this valley. It is an initiative that is all about grassroots effort to evolve a new model of community-owned tourism and sustainability of livelihoods in the Garhwal Himalayas.Read more..

Arunachal records high female decadal growth

In news that is a boost to the country’s dwindling sex ratios, Arunachal Pradesh recorded women's decadal growth rate higher than that of men during the decade 2001-11. The female decadal growth rate was 29.30 per cent, while that of men was 23.10 per cent, according to the Primary Census Abstract (PCA) Data as reported by

The Sex Ratio in Arunachal Pradesh is 920 for each 1000 male. In the last census of 2001, the sex ratio was 901 per 1000 males in Arunachal Pradesh. The child sex ratio is 960 per 1000 males and has increased as compared to 798 in the 2001 census.Read more..

Bengal Tiger count exceeds 2011 census estimates

There are more Royal Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans than was earlier thought. Exceeding the estimates of the 2011 census, West Bengal’s Forest Department has announced that the minimum identified tiger count in the unique natural habitat stands at 103 reports The Hindu.

The study, conducted by setting up camera trap stations in the four ranges of the Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR) and the adjoining South 24 Parganas districts, is based on over 800 photographs of the animals in the wild.Read more..

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