Archive for January, 2020

OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES

Jayanthi Rengun

A turtle is a reptile with a bony or leathery shell. Any shelled reptile can be called a turtle, but in North America people commonly use the word tortoise to designate members of a family of turtles that live entirely on land, reserving the word turtle for species that live in or near water.

THE CONCEPT OF VIRA-SWARGA AS GLEANED FROM THE HERO STONES OF SOUTH INDIA

B. Ranganathan

According to popular belief, soldiers dying on the battle-field are transported to heaven and enjoy heavenly damsels and pleasures. This popular belief is as old as the Rig-Veda. There are numerous references to such concepts in Indian literature belonging to the ancient as well as medieval period. The Mahabharata

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS – ENDEMIC DIVERSITY

Dr. T. Sundaramoorthy

Nature has endowed these lands with a unique and varied plant and animal life both on land and sea. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are globally known because of their scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. The species richness with high degree of endemism is attributed to the geological situation with three natura

SOME EPIGRAPHICAL REFERENCES TO IRON WORKS IN EARLY ORISSA (A.D. 400-1000)

Dr. R.C. Misro

In the rural society of early Orissa, black-smiths seemed to be the most sought after artisans as they manufactured agricultural tools and implements, weapons of war and hunting, and other articles of domestic requirements.  In this paper, an att

INVASION OF ALIEN PLANT SPECIES IN THE NILGIRIS

M. Kumaravelu

Unobtrusive invasion by alien species of plants is being considered as a major issue, which if curtailed and controlled, could save the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. In India, serious conservation efforts began after independence. The enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, could be cited as one of the major effor

‘CHENNAI’ – A CLARIFICATORY NOTE

Dr. G.J. Sudhakar and Mrs. Sudarsana Choudhury

On 30th September 1996, the capital of Tamilnadu and one of the major cities of India, Madras was christened as Chennai. This sudden change of name of Madras, which has been in existing for the past three hundred and fifty-seven years certainly draws o

ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – SCRUB JUNGLES

Amirthalingam

The ecological heritage sites in Chennai are classified into five broad categories, according to the vegetation types and natural resources - scrub jungles being one of them. Scrub jungles are home to diverse and fragile biological organisms. There are five sites that come under this category and these include the Guindy National Park, IIT Campu

IMAGES OF SAINT SADĀŚIVA BRAHMENDRA

Chandra Bose Research Scholar, Centre for History, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli

Sadāśiva Brahmendra lived during the first half of the 18th century A.D. and was a great sage thoroughly conversant with Hindu philosophy. He was a contemporary of Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman (1730-1769 A.D.) of Pudukkottai an