Environment

What you need to know about the stealthy barn owl

What you need to know about the stealthy barn owl

Environment, Life & Style
Updates from :  the Hindu. Owl sacrifices are held throughout parts of North India to gain wealth Let’s meet the most likely inspiration for the Irish legend of the banshee: the Barn Owl (Tyto alba). The unlikely cry of the owl, which is a loud screechy wail, can be heard in every continent except for Antarctica. Barn Owls (Tyto alba) are one of the most widespread owls in the Indian Subcontinent. The word Tyto has been derived from the Greek word ‘tuto’, meaning night This explains its nocturnal nature, and the word alba,which corresponds to its white or dull white colour. These owls are medium-sized with long legs and wings and have a relatively shorter tail when compared to other similar sized owls. Owls have one of the most fascinatingly coloured eyes in birds but the Bar
Mumbai’s Ganapati mandals go green with decorations, themes

Mumbai’s Ganapati mandals go green with decorations, themes

Environment, Life & Style
Updates from :  the hindu Groups are putting care and thought into making sustainable choices The city’s biggest Ganapati mandals are striving hard to remain eco-friendly — from doing away with plastic, thermocol and chemical-based colours in their decorations to going easy on the use of crackers while installing the idol — mandals are attempting to protect the environment in different ways. “We have desisted from using non-biodegradable products as much as possible. We are only using cotton, yarn and other textile-based goods for our decoration,” said Nayan Dumre, secretary of the Fort Vibhag Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandal, well-known Fortcha Raja. Annual themes Speaking of the distinct annual themes promoted during the 10-day festival, Mr. Dumre said, “For the past six years
In charts: Water is more expensive for the poor than the rich – a new report calculates by how much

In charts: Water is more expensive for the poor than the rich – a new report calculates by how much

Environment, National
Updates from :  the scroll.in The report looks at water affordability in 15 cities, two of them in India. How much does a tanker of water cost in Mumbai? About 52 times the price of piped water, a new study has found. The study, published in the form of a working paper by the World Resources Institute, maps water access and affordability in 15 cities around the world, including Mumbai and Bengaluru. In both cities, it found that piped water supply is erratic: just three hours for three days of the week in Bengaluru and seven hours a day in Mumbai. The worst off are people living in informal settlements who do not have access to piped water and are forced to buy tanker water at exorbitant prices. Since piped water is subsidised in India, this means “poor households which are n
Kerala’s Kanthallur orchards woo tourists with farm-fresh apple

Kerala’s Kanthallur orchards woo tourists with farm-fresh apple

Education, Environment
Updates from :  the hindu It is the only place in the State where apple is cultivated Another apple season has started at Kanthallur in Idukki, giving a boost to farm tourism activities there. Kanthallur is the only place in the State where apple is cultivated and tourists reach there to taste fresh apples from the courtyard of farmhouses. Apple is a late entrant to Kanthallur, a fruit hub, where almost all varieties of fruits grow. There is no season in Kanthallur without a ripened fruit available there. These include orange, guava, gooseberry, blackberry, egg fruit, peach, plum, passion fruit, sabarjilli, tamarillo, etc. However, apple is the preferred fruit among tourists as they can roam around the orchard and pluck the fruit and eat it there. They can purchase it directl
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