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2008-06-24 02:30:06

By Jaideep Deogharia HAZARIBAG: Danger looms on NH-33 off Ranchi. The road can cave in anytime as several tunnels have been dug beneath the highway near Hesagarha on Mandu Ghati in Hazaribag by illegal coal miners. With thousands of vehicles crossing these points, the road has developed cracks . Apparently, the tunnels have their origin in an open quarry of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) that was abandoned a few years ago. Illegal miners or coal thieves have been digging these up...

2008-06-23 06:00:26

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL) (BOM: 506267) (Namrup, Assam, India) plans to set up a new methanol plant at Namrup with a production capacity of 165,000 tons per year, at an investment cost of $125 million. APL is currently in talks with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) (BOM: 500312) (Dehradun, Uttarakhand) and Oil India Limited (OIL) (Noida) for supply of natural gas as feedstock for the project. APL has not yet...

2008-06-21 09:00:39

By Andrew Buncombe A premature baby girl declared stillborn by doctors in Mumbai "came to life" several hours later as the relatives were carrying her to a cemetery to be buried. The baby was born two months early after her mother, Aruna Gaikwad, 30, was taken to hospital suffering from convulsions and high blood pressure. Mrs Gaikwad was being treated for hypertension at the municipal Lokmanya Tilak municipal general hospital when staff were forced to induce her labour. Some of the...

2008-01-23 00:00:00

The gharial, a 5 to 10 foot crocodile-like reptile with a long slender snout, nearly became extinct in 1970. The government helped to raise its numbers, but it may be on its way back to extinction. Since early December, between 50 and 80 bodies of dead gharials have been found washed up on the banks of the Chambal River. The Chambal is one of few unpolluted rivers in India, and a safe place for the gharial to live. There are only around 1,500 gharials left in the wild, and the Chambal's...

2007-10-23 19:31:16

GAUHATI, India -- Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Nearly 40 elephants came to a village on Friday looking for food. Some found beer, which farmers ferment and keep in plastic and tin drums in their huts, said Sunil Kumar, a state wildlife official. They got drunk, uprooted a utility pole carrying power lines and were electrocuted in Chandan Nukat, a village nearly 150...

2006-11-07 08:28:33

NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian scientists working in a tropical forest in the country's remote northeast have found a rare medicinal plant last seen 115 years ago, a scientific journal reported. The botanists were working in the Upper Subansiri district of Arunchal Pradesh, an Indian state that borders China, when they found a specimen of "Begonia Tessaricarpa," according to this month's issue of Current Science, an Indian journal. The journal did not say when they found the plant. The herbaceous...

2006-08-25 19:24:56

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Twelve Indians who caused panic aboard an India-bound U.S. airliner returned home on Saturday, saying they were not ill-treated by the Dutch authorities and requesting the matter be considered closed. Air marshals arrested the men, all Muslims, on Wednesday on a Northwest Airlines flight which was escorted back to Amsterdam by military planes after they behaved suspiciously -- exchanging seats and mobile phones in flight. After intense...

2006-08-24 02:11:20

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A U.S. airline flight that turned back to Amsterdam on its way to India because of security worries is expected to finally reach Mumbai late on Thursday without 12 arrested passengers, officials said. Dutch police arrested 12 passengers who had been behaving suspiciously on a Northwest Airlines plane bound for India's financial hub on Wednesday after the aircraft was diverted to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. The flight turned back after the crew reported...

2006-08-13 00:31:17

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake shook areas along India's northeastern border with Bangladesh early on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, the Indian Meteorological Department said. Officials said the 5.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 2:16 a.m. (2046 GMT), with the epicentre in Karimganj district -- 300 km (185 miles) south of Guwahati, the main city in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Additional reporting by Biswajyoti Das in GUWAHATI)

2006-08-12 03:53:53

By Rupam Jain Nair SURAT, India (Reuters) - Rescuers and residents used bulldozers and plastic buckets to clear debris and hunt for bodies on Saturday in a major commercial center in western India, one of the country's worst-hit areas during week-long floods. At least 350 people have been killed in the floods and millions homeless. While waters have eased in many areas, the respite could be brief with more monsoon rains forecast for some areas. The flooding, mainly in India's south...

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Bombay Duck, Harpadon nehereus
2013-10-24 12:18:24

The Bombay Duck (Harpadon nehereus), known also as the bummalo, is, in spite of its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch within the Arabian Sea, and a smaller number can also be found in the Bay of Bengal. Large numbers are also caught in the South China Sea. This fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten, as its meat doesn’t have a distinctive taste of its own. After the drying process, the odor of the fish is very powerful, and it...

2007-08-13 03:07:35

The Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius), is an ungulate native to the Nilgiri Hills and the southwestern portion of the Western Ghats range in India. It is known locally as the Nilgiri Ibex or simply Ibex. The Nilgiri Tahr is more closely related to sheep than it is to other Tahrs. Its habitat is open mountain grassland within the mountain rain forests eco-region above 6500 feet generally. The Nilgiri Tahrs are stocky goats with short, coarse fur and a bristly mane. Males are larger...

2007-01-02 10:30:06

The Nilgiri langur (Trachypithecus johnii) is a langur found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats in South India. Its range also includes Kodagu in Karnataka, Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu and many other hilly areas in Kerala. This primate has glossy black fur on its body and golden brown fur on its head. It is similar in size and long tailed like the gray langurs. Females have a white patch of fur on the inner thigh. It lives in troops of five to sixteen monkeys. The animal is often seen...

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