Thirty-seven years since the Project Tiger, the decline in numbers is shocking

Subhash Chandra N S Bangalore, Dec 27, DHNS:

Elephants ranging along the borders of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are threatened by the outbreak of a new epidemic

Members of various progressive organisations have demanded an inquiry into alleged allocation of land in reserved forest of the Biligiri Ranganabetta Temple (BRT) sanctuary.

In a press meet here, president of the Parisara Abhivrudhi Samithi D S Doreswamy told reporters that about 21,965 acres of areas in and around the hill came under the reserve forest.

The members of Jilla Abhivruddi Horata Samithi and Hogenakkal Ulisi Jilla Samithi charged

Members of Jilla Budakattu Girijana Abhivruddhi Sangha will hold a series of protest from October 12, protesting against the Centre

The conversion of B R Hills reserve forest into a Tiger Reserve Forest has been approved by the Central Government.

Earlier, the Centre had sought information about the BRT Sanctuary way back in 2005 and the same thing had been submitted by the State Government.

With this the number of tiger reserves in the State has increased to five.

The Centre on Monday accorded

The Soliga tribe in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Hills of Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka has maintained a continuous and intimate interaction with the forest, deriving most of its basic requirements from the forests.

The Biligiri Rangaswamy (BR) Hills are in the Yelanur Taluka of Chamrajanagar District of Karnataka. In the midst of these hills lies the 540 square kilometre Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (BRT WLS). This area is also the traditional home of the indigenous Soliga people who have lived here for generations. Once declared a sanctuary, the resources of the area legally belong to the State. In the past, however the Forest Department has allowed the Soligas to collect NTFP. This scenario changed in 2006.