Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's birthplace has a new identity: as a bird sanctuary. For the past decade or so, lakhs of migratory birds from all parts of the world have made Porbandar their winter home, settling within the city's 20-km radius. The main draw for the winged species is that Porbandar is located on India's west coast and offers saline as well as sweet water bodies.

the Gujarat Lion Conservation Society, an autonomous body for Asiatic Lion conservation, will be registered by March 15, 2007. The society will focus on improving habitat, mobilising resources,