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International Appeal to stop Iceland’s Whaling for Jobs Program

Where: Reykjavik, IcelandFebruary 16, 2009 : In a letter signed by senior diplomats in Reykjavik, the governments of six countries appealed to Iceland to rethink its decision to permit the hunting of 150 fin and 100 minke whales in a year. The countries are the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Finland and Sweden. The former Iceland government took...

The Stockholm Effect

Sweden lies in the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe, with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast. Stockholm, its permanent capital since 1523, is located at the junction of Lake Mälar (Mälaren) and Salt Bay (Saltsjön), an arm of the Baltic Sea, opposite the Gulf of Finland. Due to its location, built as it is upon...

Celebrity Camera

When man took the first steps on the moon, a camera captured the moment forever. Today those pictures are a part of history. And so is the camera that was used to shoot them. The Hasselblad camera.The first space photographs were taken with Hasselblad cameras. One Hasselblad is still orbiting around the earth. It was dropped by an astronaut...

The Vultures are Dying

Portrait of a Vulture
What's all this hullabaloo about 'making connections'? You must wonder why Gobar Times harps on 'making connections'. Another favourite mantra is - 'be informed'. Such boring stuff, isn't it? No tree-plantings, painting competitions, 'queez'. No 'Save the cuddly leopards'. Instead, we're asking you to spare a thought for the bald, wrinkled, smelly vulture.The vultures of Keoladeo National Park in...

Killing them Surely

Where: Surat, Gujarat, IndiaNovember 4, 2000: When a member of the Parsi community dies, according to their religion, the body is not buried or consigned to flames. It is placed in the "Tower of Silence" for the scavenger birds or vultures to feed on them so that even in death the body is of use.In Surat, Gujarat, till a...

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