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A Tusk-Less Future | Why Asian Elephants Are Losing Tusks

Tusks have defined the personality of elephants throughout their evolutionary history. Yet, tusks are absent among all-female Asian elephants and in many male elephants as well at present. Raman Sukumar (professor at the Indian Institute of Science) has been intrigued by the function of tusks in elephants and the reasons for their loss among females …

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India’s Defence Research And Development Organisation (DRDO) Solution For A Cleaner Earth

In an attempt to curb the rising menace of single-use plastic, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) joined hands with Ecolastic Private Limited to launch biodegradable packaging products, which are made from natural and plant-based food-grade materials. These sustainable bags would be made available in two forms —soluble and insoluble. These bags would be …

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How Technology Made An Indian Garden An Evergreen Wonder!

Think Bengaluru, Think Green. Think Lalbagh! But ever stopped to think how one of India’s largest botanical gardens remain green all year long, right in the middle of a bustling city?  For a space that is home to over 1000 rare species of trees and plants, Lalbagh’s need for water and more is obviously high!  …

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The Maharaja’s German Gardener | G. H. Krumbiegel

When the tabebuira blossom in bright yellow and pink bursts, who can help but smile? Bengaluru’s jacaranda tree, gulmohars, and cassias have enchanted visitors from all over the world. The renowned horticultural Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel, whose abilities so pleased Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV that he appointed him as curator of Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, is responsible for …

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Kishkindha – The Birth Place of Hanuman

The mythology of the ancient kingdom Kishkindha, also known as the monkey kingdom or the kingdom of the Vanaras as recounted in the Ramayana, is said to have existed on the banks of the revered river Thungabhadra, among the remnants of the great Vijayanagar empire. The kingdom of the Vanara King, Sugriva, younger brother of …

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Thimmakka | Padma Shri | The Tree Mother | Indian Environmentalist

The tiny Village Hulikal on the outskirts of Bengaluru is famous worldwide, all thanks to this humble lady Saalumarada Thimmakka also Aala Marada Thimmakka, an Indian Environmentalist. Saalumarada Thimmakka, who was born in Gubbi taluk, Tumkur district, Karnataka, is known as such because of her work. She intended to end her life at theage of …

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Kala Pani | The Jail of Freedom | Late Tom Alter

In the Indian territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Cellular Jail serves as a sombre reminder of British colonial authority in the Indian subcontinent. The British utilised this notorious and torturous colonial prison, which was located in a secluded archipelago, mostly to exile political prisoners from India. This jail, also known as Kala Pani (where …

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Feel The Jail – Sangareddy Jail, Museum & Hotel

Heritage Jail Museum is a 240-year-old colonial-era jail that has been transformed into a museum. It is also known as Jail Museum and Sangareddy District Jail. It is situated in the Telangana state of India’s Sangareddy district. For a cost of Rs. 500, the jail lets visitors experience a day in the life of a …

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Green Jackfruit – A Superfood For Diabetes

The biggest fruit that grows on trees, jackfruit, is known by numerous names both domestically and abroad, and it is prepared in a wide range of ways. While ripened jackfruit is used to make custards and cakes in several tropical nations, it is frequently utilised with rice in southern India to make idlis and dosas. …

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The Last of the Lost Taxidermists – India’s Only Taxidermist

Making convincing replicas of animals—most frequently birds and mammals—by using their prepared skins and different supporting structures is known as taxidermy. It involves mounting (on an armature) or stuffing an animal’s body to preserve it for display or scientific study. It can be traced back to the ancient practise of preserving hunting trophies, but the …

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