Flight of fancy lands with a bang leaving NE damsels hapless!

* Jet Airways oldest private airline took off nearly 26 years ago By Pradeep Kumar ITANAGAR, May 18: It was a flight of fancy which grounded with a bang spoiling the dreams of many high inspiring NE girls who had boarded as airhostesses five years ago after passing class-XII. The despair and helplessness of those retrenched high flyers was visible recently when they were staging protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding revival of Jet Airways. Commenting on the situation, Delhi Police special commissioner Robin Hibu said that he had…

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Will Arunachal wake up to tap vast fish sector-II

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Why Arunachal Pradesh can’t be fish exporter, If 22 opium cultivators of Anjaw district could be converted to large size cardamom producer by National Youth Project (NYP) through skill development training (SDT) to earn Rs 1.76 crore from first harvest, and if this state could be largest producer of kiwi? I pinpoint about fish and would like to quote the example of world’s most-prized endangered tuna fish sold for Rs 21 crore in Japan on 01.01.19. Mahesh Meher and his brother Bharat had caught…

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Will Arunachal wake up to tap vast fish sector-I

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Arunachalees are basically fishitarians, but large varieties of fish in huge quantities brought from outside, including Andhra Pradesh, flood local markets of the state. This Himalayan state criss-crossed by numerous perennial rivers and streams besides having large number of lakes offers huge scopes for fisheries and aquaculture cultivation. But ‘why’ has few unanswered answers. 1st, Arunachalees are yet to realize the potential of fish though many are cultivators. 2nd, how many are aware that fish is a large industry contributes around 1% to India’s…

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Does ‘Hunter’s Moon’ or ‘Jaeger Moon’ appear as two Suns in sky?

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Pictures in social media claiming recently the lunar event called ‘Hunter’s Moon’ or ‘Jaeger Moon’ which showed two Suns in the sky due to illusion. Such claim is due to Moon being at a specific angle in relation to the Sun reflects the sun’s light, giving the appearance of two Suns in the sky. However, claiming two Suns are false. Astronomy: If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, look for the moon to be bright and full-looking for several nights beginning around October 23 or…

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What makes Cyclone Fani unique?

By Pradeep Kumar Timing and strength are two factors that make Cyclone Fani, different from most other tropical cyclones in May 2019. The trajectory made Fani special as it started developing near the Equator around April 25, traversed for nearly 10 days over the sea upwards to gather a lot of moisture and momentum, resulting in strong winds to be classified as an extremely severe cyclone. Generally, tropical cyclones over the Bay of Bengal (BoB) have four-seven days’ lifespan. It has been observed that cyclones/hurricanes/tornados travelling over the sea for…

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Purple frog or ‘living fossil’ set to be Kerala’s state amphibian-III

Eaten to extinction? This ancient species has survived for about 120 million years and has witnessed the formation of new continents as well as the extinction of the dinosaurs. But it may be headed towards extinction itself, as its habitat is increasingly destroyed for agriculture. The new research published in 2015 October issue of Salamandra journal has uncovered a new threat: human consumption. But they say community outreach and education programs can help convince people to stop eating them, wrote Apoorva Joshi. The Indian purple frog is not alone. Amphibians across the world…

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Purple frog or ‘living fossil’ set to be Kerala’s state amphibian-II

Females exit their burrows and home in on a calling male. A male then exits his burrow and crawls onto a female’s back. The female, which is much larger, then carries the male to a breeding site, usually a shaded rocky pool next to a stream fed by rain. She lays her eggs in large clumps, sometimes up to a thousand. Tadpoles that hatch from the eggs join the inundated stream. They cling to vertical rocks and cliffs covered in a thin film of water using their suckling mouthparts. “They are…

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Purple frog or ‘living fossil’ set to be Kerala’s state amphibian-I

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Purple frog could soon be designated as Kerala’s state amphibian, according to researchers. This title would help in saving the species which is fast disappearing from its habitat in the Western Ghats. This Purple frog discovered in 2003 was identified by the scientific as species of Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis. Known also as Maveli frog or Pignose Frog, it has been listed as endangered on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. The Purple frogs are under threat due to rampant construction of unauthorised…

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Will NPP turn voice of North-East region?-II 

However,  if contributions to development of NER of stalwart leader Puno A Sangma, founder of National People’s Party (NPP), is well known, but his successors Sangmas are making all out efforts to make NPP voice of the NE region by taking up various genuine causes. Late Sangma’s daughter, Agatha Sangma, 39, an amateur photographer, a lawyer & PG in Environment Management from UK’s University of Nottingham, was youngest NPP MP from Tura seat and Union MoS for RD at age 29 in 2nd UPA Cabinet led by Manmohan Singh. She used…

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Will NPP turn voice of North-East region?-I 

By Pradeep Kumar Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura, known as North Eastern Region (NER), while I have named Arunachal Pradesh as ‘Land of Indradhanush’ because of incredible cultural diversity while NER includes more than 250 tribes and sub-tribes which trace their ancestry to distant lands in Mongolia and Southeast Asia (website Planeta). Spread in 262,230 sqkm representing 3.8% of national population and sharing 5,182-km international border with Tibet Autonomous Region, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh & Bhutan, almost 8% of India’s geographical area, is one of the…

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