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Society for elephants in India

Elephant owners and lovers in Thrissur, Kerala, have formed a society to ensure the welfare of elephants. Mahouts and elephants owners are also part of the welfare scheme. The society is named ‘Elephant Owners Multi-purpose Coopeartive Society.’ The formation of the society is a welcome step as several elephants had died due to lack of treatment in the recent years. More than 500 elephants would be part of the activities of the society. The standard of the life of mahouts is also expected to improve with the formation of the society. The top priority of the society is proper treatment facilities for elephants. Mistreatment of elephants is reported periodically from different parts of Kerala. These tuskers are made to walk on tarred roads for several hours during summer. The heat of the tar causes serious damage and discomfort to the tuskers. Several tuskers have also died due to road accidents.
Elephants are an essential part of all temple festivals in Kerala.

Ayurveda might provide cure for Alzheimer's

Five plants used in Ayurvedic medicines might pave way to finding effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. These plants are known to prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters, responsible for the disease. These plants are being studied by the scientists of JadavpurUniversity and King's College, London. More details can be found here.If a cure for Alzheimer’s is possible through Ayurveda, it will open new vistas for alternative treatment. We have already lost valuable medicinal plants due to the clearing of forests. The populations of tribes who have the knowledge about these plants too are shrinking. Protecting tribal knowledge is a must as it contains wisdom of ages.

A new bird species found in India

A new bird species has been identified at the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, India.The bird is named ‘Bugun Liocichla’ after the Bugun tribe of this northeastern state. The known population of the bird is 14, which includes three breeding pairs. Bugun Liochichla is strikingly colored with a black cap. There is a bright yellow patch in front of the eyes. The feathers of the tail are red tipped. Underside of the tale is flame colored. Wings have crimson, black, white and golden yellow patches. The overall plumage of the bird has various shades of olive. The full description of the bird can be found in the current issue of ‘Indian Birds.’

The picture is copyrighted to Ramana Athreya

Max Mueller on India

“If we were to look over the whole world to find out a country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow – in some parts a paradise on Earth – I should point out to India.If I were asked under what sky the human mind has mostly developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life and has found solutions for some of them, which will deserve the attention of those who have studied Plato and Kant – I should point out to India.Max Mueller(In his lectures in the University of Cambridge, England in 1882.)