Hunting Parakeets of Western Ghats into extinction

Poachers are hunting parakeets into extinction at the Western Ghats. This is happening when the parrots are into their reproductive stages which pushes them into an endangered category. Local parrots also called small Indian parakeets which are found in abundance in the Western Ghats are being hunted down by illegal traders. Psittacula Cyano-Cephala, commonly called plum-headed parakeet and Psittacula Columboibes (Blue winged Parakeet), a species of Parakeets endemic to the Western Ghats, are also facing extinction.

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Bird Photographer from Pala who covered 118 countries

Pala Kandathil Devasya alias Samson loved birds from his childhood onwards. When he had to shut down his studio at the Pala private stand years ago following development works, he took a flight to his dreams- travelling around the world to photograph birds.

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A silent love story from Romania to Chengannur

Love can vanish distances, for hearts can sail across seas to claim it. So is the story of Lijo and Santa. Deaf and dumb by birth, these lovers have shown that love can sail seas, all the way from Romania and London to Chengannur.

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We may lose River Nila forever

After around 30 years of unbridled illegal sand mining, river Nila has finally given up. Having lost around five meters of her sandbed, today she is a pool of mud and sludge with vegetation in the middle of her wide course. There are even large trees on the riverbed.

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Bincy’s second robbery bid at same shop lands her in police net  

A lady who reached a jewellery shop again for stealing gold jewellery was nabbed by the Ramapuram police here on Saturday. Bincy, 40, had stolen a one-sovereign gold chain from a jewellery shop in Ramapuram  8 months back and was cooling her heels when she thought of attempting it again. She reached the same shop again.

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Kerala’s 125-year-old camphor tree, planted by Travancore King, faces death

A nanny tree’s struggle to survive seems to have met its end with its last few leaves too turning brown and wilting.   The 125-year-old camphor tree (Karpoora maram), situated in front of the Government Guest House near Devikulam town, has turned into a block of wood after its branches dried up one by one.

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