ELEPHANTS

  • Vacation time for 98 elephants in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry December 9, 2014

    Chennai: Jumbos belonging to various temples, mutts and forest department in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will go on annual vacation on December 11-January 27, the Tamil Nadu government said on Tuesday. The 98 elephants, out of which 43 belong to temples/mutts and Nagore Dargah in Tamil Nadu and two to Puducherry...
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival: Reese Witherspoon to be conferred Chairman's Award at for 'Wild' December 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Reese Witherspoon is to receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Chairman's Award. The 38-yea-old actress is being recognised for her role as Cheryl Strayed in 'Wild' an adaptation of Strayed's memoir about hiking 1,100 miles up the Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother,...
  • Kerala: Activists allege illegal transfer of elephants October 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Animal rights activists have voiced concern over illegal transfer of ownership of captive elephants in the state. Heritage Animal Task Force, a Kerala-based animal rights group has alleged that the ownership of elephants was transferred in violation of the directives of the National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by private...
  • Watch: Splendid Dasara celebrations at the Mysore Palace October 9, 2014

    Mysore Dasara is the state-festival of Karnataka. With elephants decked up to folk artists performing, this festival has the crowd going into a frenzy after every performance. Mysore the royal city is truly the cultural capital of Karnataka. Arrangements were made in the palace to accommodate 14,000 visitors with crowd...
  • Elephants still being subjected to torture in circuses: PETA October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Elephants are still "tortured" in circuses despite a decision by Animal Welfare Board of India last year to ban their registration for performing in such shows, an animal rights group has alleged. "AWBI, a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, decided to ban the registration...
  • Rescued elephant Phoolkali turns painter with a gallery show: Her artwork is selling like hotcakes! September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Phoolkali, a rescued elephant, is unaware that she is securing her future as the artworks created by her are selling well. About 50 artworks are displayed here in an exhibition titled "Ganpati to Gajah". The paintings made by a Singaporebased artist and some elephants have been showcased in the...
  • Former owner files a case to reclaim Raju, the starved and dehydrated elephant who cried after being rescued from his spiked shackles September 1, 2014

    Kept in spiked shackles that cut into his legs for nearly 50 years and nearing death from dehydration and starvation, Raju, the elephant had made headlines around the world when tears rolled down his eyes after a team from a wildlife charity rescued him in the dead of the night...
  • Watch: These elephants are really big fans of classical music: Two elephants dance in sync to the tune of a violin August 26, 2014

    Elephants are known to be intelligent animals, and this video proves that. Two elephants swayed in sync and danced to a soothing tune being played on a violin. Violinist Eleanor Bartsch was warming up for her performance at the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra when she decided to play a tune for...
  • Credit row: Filmmaker claims he directed 'Tamanchey', not director Navneet Behal August 8, 2014

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Bharat Ratan Bhushan asserts that he has directed 'Tamanchey', but producer Suryaveer Singh Bhullar rubbishes his claim saying that the former is just trying to "blackmail" him. Earlier it was reported that Navneet Behal has directed the film and his name also appears on the film's poster and in...
  • Freed from abusive owner, 50yearold elephant recuperates in Mathura July 11, 2014

    Raju, a 50yearold elephant who was recently rescued from his abusive owner in Allahabad, is now recuperating at an elephant care centre in Mathura. Raju's owner used to ill treat him and he has several injuries on the legs and head, said chief of Elephant Conservation and Care Centre Yaduraj Kadpekar. The...
  • Photos: Tears of joy rolled down Raju the elephant's eyes after being freed from 50 years of beating, abuse, spiked shackles July 7, 2014

    Nearly fifty years after being poached in India, Raju breathed in freedom after being rescued by a wildlife charity. It is said Raju, the elephant, was beaten, abused and kept in spiked shackles that made him bleed. He survived completely on anything that passing tourists would hand out to him....
  • Two elephants crushed to death in Jalpaiguri July 1, 2014

    Jalpaiguri: Two male elephants were crushed to death by a speeding train at a level crossing in in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Tuesday. The incident happened when the two wild elephants from nearby forest were crossing the track near the Madha tea garden between Hashimara and Hemiltongonj, deputy field director...
  • Man killed by elephant in West Midnapore June 24, 2014

    Jhargram: A man was killed by an elephant at Pathardoara village in West Midnapore district, a senior Forest officer said today. Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Kharagpur Range, Anjan Guha said Jogeswar Mullick around 47yearold was sleeping in the courtyard of his house when an elephant caught him by the trunk and...
  • 10yearold female elephant found dead near Corbett Tiger Reserve June 11, 2014

    A 10year old female elephant was found dead in a field close to the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Nainital district, a forest official said. The elephant was found dead on Tuesday evening in a field at Himmatpur Dauntiyal village of Ramnagar subdivision, park warden of Corbett Tiger Reserve SC Upadhyay said. Prima...
  • Oneweekold elephant calf rescued in Salem June 6, 2014

    Salem: A oneweekold elephant calf was rescued by forest department officials on Friday at the forest areas bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Conservator of forests P Ganesan said the calf was part of a herd of seven elephants which came on Thursday to the river for drinking water and later...
  • 5yearold elephant dies in Rajaji National Park June 4, 2014

    A 5yearold elephant died near the Ramgarh range of Rajaji National Park in Dehradun during a fight between the elephants, officials said. The pachyderm's body was found by the forest officials during daily patrolling. They then informed the senior officials, they said. The deep marks on elephant's body suggests that it was...
  • Three elephants die after being hit by a train in Assam February 27, 2014

    Guwahati: Three elephants were killed when they were hit by a local passenger train in upper Assam's Jorhat district. The elephants were killed when the Guwahati-Tinsukia Intercity Express hit them as they were crossing the railway track at Venuguri village near Moriani railway station in a herd. The elephants were...
  • Elephant crushes woman to death at Rajaji National Park February 12, 2014

    A 55yearold woman was crushed to death by an elephant in Gauhri range of Rajaji National Park on Wednesday, forest officials said. The victim, Rekha Devi was attacked by the elephant at Ganga Bhogpur Talla village near Rishikesh, killing her on the spot, Ranger Rajendra Nautiyal said. A similar incident occurred in...
  • 16 books to preorder in 2014 January 7, 2014

    Headsup for autumn/winter 2016, when Aleph will publish the muchanticipated novel A Suitable Girl by Vikram Seth. Less than 24 months to give A Suitable Boy another go, people! 1. The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Hachette A new David Mitchell book is an event, at par with a Christopher Nolan release. Not much...
  • SC directs states to respond to PIL over elephant deaths on railway tracks December 11, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Railways to take steps to reduce speed of trains while travelling through forests inhabited by elephants to prevent death of tuskers on rail tracks. A bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri also proposes to change rail routes passing through forests and directed...
  • Elephant trampled Mahout to death during marriage function December 9, 2013

    An elephant trampled its mahavat to death in a village in Bihar's Saran district, police said on Monday. The incident took place at Samhauta village during a marriage function late on Sunday night as an elephant apparently in 'musth' went wild and crushed its mahavat (trainer) to death, the Additional...
  • WB: 6 elephants mowed down by train, locals block tracks November 14, 2013

    Locals blocked tracks in Jalpaiguri town station for about one hour on Thursday to protest the death of six jumbos by a train inside Chapramari forests in the district. The protestors were demanding that the speed of trains passing through the Chapramari wildlife sanctuary stretch be restricted to 25 40...
  • WB: Train blocked by herd of elephants after it mows down 6 of them November 14, 2013

    Kolkata: The Guwahati Kavi Guru Express rammed into a herd of 50 to 60 elephants, killing six and seriously injuring three others while passing through an elephant corridor in Dooars forest area. The incident happened at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. The herd has now blocked the train from moving. A special...
  • Elephant wraps mouth around bridesmaid's head in Thailand October 15, 2013

    A threeyearold Indian elephant, a special guest at a beachside wedding of an Australian couple in Thailand, got too chummy with a bridesmaid and wrapped its mouth around her head. The young elephant didn't hurt the woman but just licked her face and breathed down her throat, the news.com.au reported on...
  • All entrepreneurs must read The Elephant Catchers September 23, 2013

    To begin with, I am highly thankful to Subroto Bagchi for writing a book like this. I have already read this book thrice within a span of 2 weeks and planning to read it again and again. Simple language, effective & sensible solutions to problems and more importantly telling what...
  • Depleting forests force elephants to come closer to Bangalore September 10, 2013

    Bangalore: In a coincidence, the festival of elephant god (Ganesh Chathurthi) has also brought the real elephants closer to Bangalore. Perhaps Bangalore is the only major city in India, which falls under the elephant corridor. Bangalore, which is 3000 feet above the sea level, is surrounded by forest areas and natural...
  • Herd of Elephants enters town, damages 'Gibraltar House' September 9, 2013

    A herd of 15 elephants, on Monday, damaged the 'Gibraltar House' built by a judge of the Calcutta High Court at Kanhari Hills in Hazaribagh town 150 years ago. The elephants damaged the "Gibraltar House", built by late S C Mallick, a judge of the Calcutta High Court but none was...
  • Five detained for allegedly laying trap to poach elephants in Ganjam district September 1, 2013

    Five villagers were detained for interrogation after electric wires were found laid on a jungle road suspected to be a trap to poach elephants through electrocution, in Ganjam district. The five were detained after wires and insulators were found from Landei hill under Jagannath Prasad forest range in the district," forest...
  • TN: PETA objects to Forest Dept's plan of capturing 3 wild elephants August 28, 2013

    An animal rights organisation has opposed the Tamil Nadu Forest Department's plan to capture and train three wild elephants of a herd at Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve. "Typical taming and training of wild elephants involves severe cruelty, such as separating the animals from their mothers or other members of the family group,...
  • Hectic lobbying for posts after Congress wins Karnataka by-polls August 27, 2013

    Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is in New Delhi to meet the Congress high command to get a pat on his back for his party's spectacular victory in the recently held by-polls. In Andhra Pradesh, the protest against the formation of Telangana continues as YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy has...