The Union Budget for 2013-14 focused on increasing India's economic growth rate, making budgetary allocations accordingly. Although the finance minister claims that this growth will be sustainable and equitable, this article argues that the development route proposed in the budget and the current pattern of economic development clash with the requirements of ecological sustainability and wildlife conservation.

India goes against world in not banning shark fin trade.

The Nilgiri Marten Martes gwatkinsii is a rare and little known species endemic to the Western Ghats mountain range of Southern India. Information about its distribution and occurrence is largely lacking. This paper collates information about Nilgiri Marten presence in the Palni Hills in Tamil Nadu state and presents new records of Nilgiri Marten occurrence from Karnataka state as part of a compilation of opportunistic sightings of this species throughout the Western Ghats.