Indian tiger reserves: tourism ban and conservation charges

In recent years, India has seen a dramatic increase in the number of high-end ecotourism facilities around tiger reserves and an accompanying increase in the numbers of tourists. This has caused a degradation of fragile tiger habitat and last year a local NGO filed a public interest petition to the Supreme Court, aimed at curtailing tourist numbers.

Source: National Tiger Conservation Authority

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that there is to be no tourism in the “core” areas of tiger reserves.

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Exploring Bangalore: with a local freelance photographer

It is always a challenge moving to a new city when you don’t have an initial group of contacts, such as colleagues, fellow interns or other students. This is the situation I find myself in at the moment, as I am working on independent NGO and consulting projects.

I decided that I really needed to meet more people, so when I discovered the blog of a local freelance photographer I decided to contact her. Having only recently moved to Bangalore herself, she was keen to meet up and I was lucky enough to join her and some friends as they went out shooting (or “clicking” in the local lingo) in Bangalore for an assignment.

Temples

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“Living” life…

I am currently on holidays in Canada for a few weeks, allowing me to reflect on the new life I am building in India. India can be quite an overwhelming place to live and work sometimes, but this quote inspires me to tackle each challenge head on and throw myself into life there.

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Handmade solar car

An unusual article in The Hindu newspaper caught my eye this morning. This solar vehicle was designed and built by a local Bangalore businessman.

Inspired by the design of auto-rickshaws, it was handmade from local materials, many sourced from scrap metal yards. It cost about AUD$1800 to build and is soon to be driven on a 2000km road trip from Bangalore to New Delhi, as a show of support for anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare. The vehicle’s maximum daily range is 100km, travelling on battery backup, and the maximum speed is 30km/h.

Who would fancy taking it out for a spin?

Solar car in Bangalore