Interceptor Missile Successfully Test-fired


Test validates reliability of two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence in shooting down enemy missiles

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully tested an interceptor missile, further validating the reliability of the under development, two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) in shooting down enemy missiles.

Pandit Ramchandra Kak - the Forgotten Archaeologist

By Iqbal Ahmed, Januray 22, 2017

R.C.Kak as a politician and administrator may be controversial but as an archaeologist and historian his contributions are extraordinary. According to late Moti lal Saqui, "As an archaeologist, historian and scholar Kak was one among us, it was his expertise that he re-constructed the story of past, brought the turn of archaeological remains and came across such hidden truths to which our historians had no access".

We are watching you, says American NGO to Hindu nationalists

[Readers please note the face of Hindu nationalism - Editor Vigilonline]

A key US intelligence report has painted a bright outlook for India as the fastest growing economy in the next five years, but has said that the world is watching how it deals with “Hindu nationalist impulses“ that are “sparking increased tensions“ with the minority .

The Global Trends report by the US National Intelligence Council -prepared once every four years and timed for the new US administration -says India will grow as China's economy cools, but internal tensions over inequality and religion will complicate this expansion.


70 Years on, has India Learnt any Lessons?

Sudip Talukdar

Has India ever learnt any lessons from the colossal blunders committed at random through 70 years of independence? It seems extremely doubtful in the light of its dealings with China andPakistan. Today the country has been caught pincer like in their sinister machinations, leaving the political dispensation with very little leverage or room for manoeuvre, despite the hype surrounding the recent foreign policy initiatives.

Galapagos Giant Tortoises Make a Comeback, Thanks to Innovative Conservation Strategies


The Galapagos Islands’ giant tortoises are one of the world’s best examples of evolution. Scientists are pioneering new conservation strategies to save them from extinction and restore their habitat.

The Galapagos Islands are world-famous as a laboratory of biological evolution. Some 30% of the plants, 80% of the land birds and 97% of the reptiles on this remote archipelago are found nowhere else on Earth. Perhaps the most striking example is the islands’ iconic giant tortoise, which often lives to ages over 100 years in the wild. Multiple species of these mega-herbivores have evolved in response to conditions on the island or volcano where each lives, generating wide variation in shell shape and size.

Over the past 200 years, hunting and invasive species reduced giant tortoise populations by an estimated 90% destroying several species and pushing others to the brink of extinction, although a few populations on remote volcanoes remained abundant.

Now however, the tortoise dynasty is on the road to recovery, thanks to work by the Galapagos National Park Directorate, with critical support from nonprofits like the Galapagos Conservancy and advice from an international team of conservation scientists.

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Though the net tightens, India remains hub for turtle trade


Despite strict enforcement, ease of transport leads thousands, including endangered species, to be smuggled abroad.

As the smuggling networks strengthen, India continues to bear the ignominy of being the source of the illegal trade and export of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT).


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