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Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung: 'Next big issue India will face is man-animal conflict'
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Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung: 'Next big issue India will face is man-animal conflict'

Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung talks to Firstpost about his viral black leopard photos, and importance of local involvement in conservation efforts as India tackles man-animal conflict.

Prints for India: Shared love for Delhi prompts four photographers to start a COVID-19 fundraiser
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Prints for India: Shared love for Delhi prompts four photographers to start a COVID-19 fundraiser

Four photographers have founded the Prints for India project, which aims to raise funds for India's most vulnerable, through the sale of 70 prints by 60 contributors.

Coronavirus outbreak: Assam's boat clinics conduct door-to-door surveillance on saporis
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Coronavirus outbreak: Assam's boat clinics conduct door-to-door surveillance on saporis

Assam's boat clinics are the primary means of healthcare for inhabitants of the 2500 river islands. They have pitched in to deal with the coronavirus outbreak by carrying out door-to-door community surveillance.

The Other Side: A new look into Muzaffar Ali’s creative mind, through landscapes and the outdoors
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The Other Side: A new look into Muzaffar Ali’s creative mind, through landscapes and the outdoors

Each artwork in filmmaker-artist Muzaffar Ali's latest exhibition The Other Side has a single mission: to position itself at the axis of the beauty and wonder of the outdoors. He says ideas come to him when he goes on walks, takes in scenes, when he sees leaves on trees; there is a stack of leaves on his desk at all times.

Art in the time of coronavirus: Indian artists channel lockdown experiences into insightful, evocative works
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Art in the time of coronavirus: Indian artists channel lockdown experiences into insightful, evocative works

Art is serving various functions during the coronavirus lockdown, from expressing individual agency and keeping up the momentum of protest to offering a sense of catharsis and entertainment.

On 50th Earth Day, a look at what is causing the Amazon rainforest to fast approach its tipping point
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On 50th Earth Day, a look at what is causing the Amazon rainforest to fast approach its tipping point

Amazon Aid Foundation founder Sarah duPont talks about the Amazon rainforest's tipping point, a documentary on illegal gold mining, and effects of the coronavirus on the indigenous inhabitants of the region.

Coronavirus Outbreak: In Kathmandu, ancient stone water spouts offer solace during lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: In Kathmandu, ancient stone water spouts offer solace during lockdown

Kathmandu's ancient water distribution system through stone spouts provides both water and arena for social theatre.

Even as the return of a tiger to Ajanta after over 50 years shows their resilience, conservation requires trust with local people
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Even as the return of a tiger to Ajanta after over 50 years shows their resilience, conservation requires trust with local people

With TPWL-T1C1 as tigers return to Ajanta, prioritising conservation over human safety needs trust between the people who want to see these animals protected, and the people who will live with the animals that have been protected.

From Bonn to Vienna: In Search of Ludwig van Beethoven on his 250th birthday
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From Bonn to Vienna: In Search of Ludwig van Beethoven on his 250th birthday

As the world gears up for the 250th birth anniversary of Beethoven, a pilgrimage from Bonn to Vienna in search of the man offers new insight into the composer's life and art.

Sharda river's changing course is creating perpetual refugees, rendering infrastructure futile
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Sharda river's changing course is creating perpetual refugees, rendering infrastructure futile

As the Sharda River submerges their land and homes, refugees from then East Pakistan and of Uttar Pradesh are being displaced again and again.

Recent floods force farmers at Maharashtra-Karnataka border to straddle two states, owing to compensation policies
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Recent floods force farmers at Maharashtra-Karnataka border to straddle two states, owing to compensation policies

Farmers living along the Maharashtra-Karnataka border with homes in one state and farmlands in the other were impacted by the 2019 floods in western Maharashtra and their situation was aggravated as their lives straddle two states.

Kashmir: Mining expands on rivers despite dire warnings, threatening local livelihoods
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Kashmir: Mining expands on rivers despite dire warnings, threatening local livelihoods

Despite warnings from research commissioned by itself, the government has thrown open mining auctions in Kashmir, threatening the stability of the riverbed, flood control mechanisms, and local livelihoods

Hyderabad exhibition shows a bygone Kashmir and its people, as captured through RC Mehta's lens
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Hyderabad exhibition shows a bygone Kashmir and its people, as captured through RC Mehta's lens

'RC Mehta — Exploring the Familiar and the Iconic’ was showcased in Hyderabad to mark the 17th edition of Krishnakriti Festival of Arts and Culture. The exhibition is a retrospective of the photographic work of RC Mehta, comprising both his practice as a studio photographer for the family run Mahatta Studios, — the first Indian-run photography studio in Srinagar — as well as his personal work that covers his interests in the land, the people of Kashmir, and the significant political events that he witnessed during his lifetime.

Two filmmakers seek to explain the climate change crisis by showing its human cost in Nepal
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Two filmmakers seek to explain the climate change crisis by showing its human cost in Nepal

Concerned about the increasing climate crisis , two filmmakers are on a journey to capture people’s attention through human stories from the frontlines of climate change in Nepal.

Following abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, forest land identified for industrial development
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Following abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, forest land identified for industrial development

In Kashmir, 15,000 acres of state land, mostly around eco-sensitive zones such as wetlands and rivers, has been identified for infrastructural development by the new regional government. In the Jammu region, over 42,000 acres of land has been identified.

Kashmir’s forests face the axe: Forest Advisory Committee approves diversion of 727 hectares in 33 days
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Kashmir’s forests face the axe: Forest Advisory Committee approves diversion of 727 hectares in 33 days

Kashmir forests face the axe; in 33 days the Forest Advisory Committee has approved diversion of 727 hectares of forest land and the felling of trees in designated forest areas.

Sindh’s man-made Chotiari reservoir is an environmental disaster, study finds
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Sindh’s man-made Chotiari reservoir is an environmental disaster, study finds

At a time when Pakistan is in desperate need to conserve water, the Chotiari reservoir — a mega water storing body constructed 17 years ago to boost agriculture in the country’s southern riparian Sindh province — has emerged as an unsustainable irrigation project and an environmental disaster due to bad planning, a new report revealed.

Celia Lobo's music still soars: The life and times of India's 'only living opera diva'
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Celia Lobo's music still soars: The life and times of India's 'only living opera diva'

Celia Lobo — "India’s only living opera diva" — has had a career filled with remarkable moments.

Romancing With Revolution: Author Zaheer Ali on the life and works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz
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Romancing With Revolution: Author Zaheer Ali on the life and works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

All those who believe in liberty, equality, justice and intend to transform the socio-economic and political conditions in the India may seek inspiration from Faiz's poetry, says Zaheer Ali.

Marathwada: Women tackle climate emergency through sustainable, organic agriculture
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Marathwada: Women tackle climate emergency through sustainable, organic agriculture

Sustainable, climate-resilient, organic agriculture is allowing more and more women in Marathwada to feed their families and make money.