Breathtaking Photo of Bengal Tiger Taking a Stroll in Front of Ancient Ruins; Jessica Stewart; My Modern Met

“My fingers were numb from the cold and I couldn’t feel them anymore. It was the moment I had been waiting for as long as I could remember.”

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In the tiger’s lair in Sundarbans; The Hindu

Cat-and-mouse games between man-eaters and humans are a part of life in the Sundarbans…

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On the front line of climate change in India’s Sundarbans; Johan Augustin; Mongabay

Environmental science and conservation news…

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Some Of Earth’s Largest Ecosystems Are Breathing Their Last. It’s Time Humanity Woke Up; Meenu Katariya; Scoop Whoop

These effects of climate change show that we have ruined our planet beyond repair.

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Experts blame human pressure for rising tiger kills in Sundarbans; Tanmay Chatterjee; Hindustan Times

Two women were killed by tigers in Sundarbans in two days adding to the number of people being mauled to death by the big cats.

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Forest officials attacked in the Sundarbans; Rajat Ghai; Down To Earth

A party of officials led by the Divisional Forest Officer in the South 24 Paraganas were attacked with sticks when they tried to arrest an accused in a suspected tiger poaching case…

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How Ramsar tag will help promote Sunderbans as eco-tourism hotspot; Ei Samay; Times of India

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After a long-drawn-out procedure, the West Bengal government finally gave its nod for completion of Ramsar information-sheet on the Sunderbans Reserve Forest, a critical step towards being listed as a wetland of international importance. The Forest Department will now proceed with other formalities to identify 8,260 sqkm forest area of Sunderbans as Ramsar site.

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an inter-governmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, an Iranian city, the Convention came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90% of UN member states have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”.

Right now there is only one Ramsar site in West Bengal– East Kolkata Wetlands. Sunderbans was identified as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its exclusive biodiversity. International recognition aside, the Ramsar tag will help promote the Sunderbans as an eco-tourism hotspot, it will also ensure better conservation as any threat to the ecosystem or change in character will mean derecognition and an international embarrassment.

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The Tiger Widows Of Sundarbans That Fight Disgrace As “Husband-Eaters”; Aatreyee Dhar; ED Times

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Around 1,000 men have been killed by the man-eaters in the past few years while they ventured into the dense forests to relieve themselves or in search of honey and wood.

The mangroves of Sunderbans– A UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only home to one of the largest populations of the Royal Bengal tiger but also to the tragic stories of the tiger widows who have battled impoverished lives with the loss of their husbands.

Around 1,000 men have been killed by the man-eaters in the past few years while they ventured into the dense forests to relieve themselves or in search of honey and wood.

The fringes of the beautiful yet dangerous delta stood witness to the Royal Carnivore redirecting their hunts to the nearby villages facing scarcity of prey.

A 60-year old Panchami Naya’s son was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger after her husband died of snake-bite wounds. Bordering on the life of abject poverty, Shibani Mistry’s husband went crab-fishing ahead of a religious festival only to return dead from a tiger attack.

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10 Stunning Destinations to Visit in Eastern India; Stephanie Lauw; Tripzilla

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Feast your eyes on an absolutely beautiful part of India.

Being the largest country in South Asia, India definitely has lots to offer. Its vast and diverse terrain lets you experience just about everything – from beautiful beach coastlines to the magical summits of the Himalayan Mountains. With friendly locals, delicious cuisine, and awe-inspiring sights, India’s culture is something you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. Of course, it’s virtually impossible to explore every city and state of the entire country in a limited amount of time; but, to kick your incredible Indian journey off, here’s 10 places to visit in Eastern India for an enriching holiday you won’t forget!

1. Darjeeling

The name ‘Darjeeling’ shouldn’t be an unfamiliar one – the world-renowned “champagne of teas” hails from this town in East India! For tea-enthusiasts, there’s nothing like a freshly-brewed cup right from its source!

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New Year 2018 Long Weekend Near Kolkata: Best Places to Visit for December 31; Dilip Merala; India.com

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Ring in 2018 at one of the amazing places near Kolkata.

Just two days to go for us to bid farewell to 2017 and embrace 2018 with arms wide open. All major cities in India have parties and events lined up for those who like to ring in the New Year in pubs, restaurants, banquet halls or other such clichéd places. However, if you are someone who loves nature and wants to ring in the New Year 2018 away from all the noisy events and hoopla, there are plenty of places for you to consider, no matter where you are in India. If you are in Kolkata, you are particularly blessed to be near some spectacular getaways that can provide the perfect backdrop and ambiance for a New Year holiday. So, without further ado, here are some of the best places near Kolkata for New Year 2017 Long Weekend.

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Sundarbans Travel Guide : Things to Do in and around the Park; Abhishek Gurung; Tour My India

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Find the best places to visit and things to do in and around Sunderban National Park, where you get an opportunity to see rare and endangered species.

India may have a bundle of exciting wildlife destinations located throughout its length and breadth but one place that offers pristine and riveting environ, not just for the animals but also for the visitors is the Sundarban. This famed UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ideal place to see wildlife at its best and is widely popular for the beautiful orange black striped Royal Bengal Tigers. Besides, this national park that consists up to 102 islands on the Indian side also houses various small enclosures such as crocodile and turtle farm, and there are wildlife museums as well as watchtowers.

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Tigers burn bright in the Sundarbans; The Tribune

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Ramen Mistry (55) climbed a tree to pluck some fruits during one of the fishing expeditions he undertakes for livelihood in the perilous Sundarban forests in the Gangetic delta. A Royal Bengal tiger followed him, climbed up the tree and began pawing at him. It dug its claws on his hip as he bled profusely. As Mistry screamed in pain, his companions rushed to his rescue and shooed away the tiger. He was rushed to a hospital in the South 24 Parganas district, where he remained for three months.

The incident occured nearly 20 years ago.  But Mistry still ekes out a living from crab fishing and honey collection in the same tiger-infested mangrove forests of the Sundarbans.

Three months ago, when Mistry was in one such crab fishing expedition, a tiger attacked a young village boy accompanying him.

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Deep in tiger country; Jaideep Sen; The New Indian Express

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HYDERABAD: The Sundarbans National Park is not the nearest biosphere for enthusiasts to access from South India. As annual wildlife census operations are underway closer home, at the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu, for instance, droves of campers are setting out to scour the forests of Thalamalai, Asanur, Bhavanisagar, Thalawadi, TN Palayam and Germalam, in the hope of tracking the big cats, while doing their bit for conservation.

Similar activities are being conducted at the Anamalai Reserve in the Western Ghats, in the hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore and the Tiruppur District of Tamil Nadu. While Periyar in Kerala, Nagarhole in the Kodagu and Mysore districts of Karnataka, and the former royal hunting grounds of the Mysore Maharajas, Bandipur, are favoured destinations.

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BHEL excluded from portfolio of world’s largest sovereign fund; Malavika Vyawahare; Hindustan Times

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A power plant being built through a joint venture between India and Bangladesh could impact the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans and impact the health of people in the two countries, a Greenpeace report said.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India’s largest power plant equipment manufacturer and a Maharatna company, has been blacklisted by the largest sovereign fund in the world over environmental concerns.

The company’s biggest international order, the contract to build the Rampal power plant in Bangladesh, was a liability as far as Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, that manages the fund worth about $900 billion.

On Friday it removed BHEL from its portfolio in view of environmental concerns regarding the Rampal power plant that BHEL is building in Bangladesh.

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Republic Day 2017: Places to escape to from Kolkata on January 26; Kriti Saraswat Satpathy; India.com

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From the Sundarbans to Darjeeling, here’s where to go on the long weekend.

Republic Day or January 26 is almost here and while it is a day to feel patriotic, it is also a great excuse to go for a trip as you get four days to travel. The only hitch is that you will have to take Friday off and your long weekend begins from Thursday. Over the past few days, we’ve given you several trip ideas for the Republic Day weekend of where to go from different parts of the country including resorts you can stay in. In this post, we tell you about weekend getaways you can escape to from Kolkata over the four days.

Kolkata which is also called the City of Joy is known for its cramped streets, trams, beautiful architecture and love for food.

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5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India no one really talks about; Samonway Duttagupta; India Today

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Explore some of the most offbeat parts of India as you travel to these not-so-popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

India is a country full of amazing destinations. And each one of them is unique in its own way. No wonder, it is home to so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ones that we all know of are the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Khajuraho and Kaziranga National Park among others. But there are many other such recognised sites that we hardly talk about, or even pay attention to. But each one of them is worth exploring. We have compiled a list of such Indian destinations for you, and we wish you happy travelling.

Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

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