White-Throated Kingfisher Hunting a Prinia, Basai, Haryana

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I was sitting on the ground looking at the reeds in front for warblers and prinias that were everywhere, when all of a sudden, a White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) swooped down just inches away from me and caught hold of a Plain Prinia from the Hyacinth growing there. My heart skipped a beat as I saw the kingfisher take away the loudly protesting prinia, and, to my surprise, it sat just about 8-10 feet away from me. Maybe it was … Read More

MoEF indicts politicians and senior officers in Haryana Forest Scam

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The MoEF has indicted politicians and senior officials of the Haryana government for corruption and violation of environmental laws. It has also indicted the Centrally Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court for going beyond its powers. The inquiry report had found embezzling of funds, violation of Supreme Court and Environmental Laws , hounding of a whistle blower and connivance to save the guilty. The CEC instead of prosecuting the guilty had asked the Haryana Government to deposit a sum … Read More