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 natural ecosystems, viz., tropical forests, mangroves and coral re....


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 attempt has been made to show how the epigraphic records throw light on the existence of various iron articles in the villages of early Oris....

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 efforts in this direction. The Central Board of Wildlife (establi....

‘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 our attentions. The purpose of this paper is to find out the origin of the term Chennai.   A....