What’s the future for Sri Lanka’s’ lost’ population of whales?

This is the same sperm whale pod Blue Planet filmed off Sri Lanka but flocking tourists are constructing it less of a safe place for these stunning animals These transcendent, haunting images taken by photographer Andrew Sutton in the water of the western Indian Ocean come close to understanding something of the magnificent and enigmatic […]

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Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai’s poorest are ‘sent to die’

More than 30,000 slum residents have been forced to the critically polluted area of Mahul as the city clears land around a water pipeline and plans a bike lane to stop residents moving back Away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, a sense of intense gloom pervades Mahul. The former fishing village to the […]

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Underwater with Sri Lanka’s sperm whales- in paintings

A newly identified population in the Indian Ocean is attracting the attention of scientists, conservationists and soon, tourists, too. How will this whale climate the new storm of attention? Every March, vast numbers of sperm whales gather in the deep waters north-west of Sri Lanka. Andrew Sutton’s photographs are vivid evidence of a little-known population- […]

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Underwater with Sri Lanka’s sperm whales- in paintings

A newly identified population in the Indian Ocean is attracting the attention of scientists, conservationists and soon, tourists, too. How will this whale weather the new cyclone of attention? Every March, vast numbers of sperm whales gather in the deep waters north-west of Sri Lanka. Andrew Sutton’s photos are vivid evidence of a little-known population- […]

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Landmark Caspian Sea deal signed by five coastal nations

Convention seen as vital to break Irans sense of economic isolation after US sanctions Vladimir Putin gratified the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday at the close of a dramatic week in which each had been threatened with punishing economic sanctions by the US. But they were not meeting to publicly concur a united response […]

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Slaying most foul: polluted Indian river given ‘living entity’ status but reported dead

After the Yamuna river, a tributary to the Ganges, was awarded the commendation, it induced sense for activists to tell police that somebody had killed it One morning in late March, Brij Khandelwal called the Agra police to report an attempted murder. Days before, the high court in Indias Uttarakhand state had issued a landmark […]

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Assassination most fouled: polluted Indian river devoted ‘living entity’ status but reported dead

After the Yamuna river, a tributary to the Ganges, was awarded the accolade, it stimulated sense for activists to tell police that somebody had killed it One morning in late March, Brij Khandelwal called the Agra police to report an attempted murder. Days before, the high court in Indias Uttarakhand state had issued a landmark […]

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Abu Dhabi: the town where citizenship is not an option

Four-fifths of the UAEs population are classed as foreigners. So how do you find belonging in a city that will never permanently be home? Abu Dhabi Indian School, founded in 1975 , not long after the Trucial Nation became the United Arab Emirates, sits by Muroor Road. It was here that, in 1986, garmented in […]

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Radio Monsoon aims to ensure safety reigns among anglers in south India | Nicola Slawson

With the rainy season approaching in Kerala state, a radio station is providing a low-tech forecast service to encourage 30,000 families to fish more safely For the fisherfolk of Indias southern country of Kerala, risking life and extremity is part of everyday life. As fish stocks deplete in coastal waters because of overfishing and climate […]

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The murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh indicates India descending into violence | Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Hindu radicals go unpunished, leading to a culture in which lynching, mob violence and hate crimes are widespread, tells human rights activist and writer Mari Marcel Thekaekara Once quiet, civilised Bangalore is shaken to the core by the news of the shocking slaying of its most famous journalist, Gauri Lankesh. In big cities and little […]

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