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Nithya Pandian


Nithya Pandian is a journalist with

In Ooty, a nursery that tries to revive grass and plants that once was native to region
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Ooty-based ecologist Godwin Vasanth has been growing 12 types of tussock grasses, six types of strobilanthes (Kurunji) and 75 other native plants in his nursery which is the only grassland nursery in Ooty.

‘We called him SI… he walked like a police officer,’ Irula tribal remembers the elephant killed in Tamil Nadu
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Bellan, a 55-year-old Irula tribal working as an anti-poaching watcher in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, hadn’t had any work for the past many months. But he was tasked with looking after the 45-year-old tusker which had a deep injury on its back.

Elephant dies after burning tyre attack in Tamil Nadu, two held
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

According to a senior forest official, the elephant was attacked on January 8 after it had damaged a luxury car parked at Mavanahalla near Masinagudi.

‘We care for animals more than NGOs’: Why Masinagudi landowners are refusing to move out of an elephant corridor
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

More than two months after the Supreme Court ended a long legal battle over the Masinagudi elephant corridor in Tamil Nadu, those affected say they are being turned out of their homes – a home they have always shared with the pachyderms.

Tamil Nadu: Proposed Sillahalla hydroelectric project in Nilgiris raises ecological concerns
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

In a bid to address peak-time power deficiency, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDGO) proposed SPSHEP to produce 1000 MW at Kundah taluk in Nilgiris.

Hope rises from the dead as red-headed vultures are spotted again in Nilgiris
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

The sighting of a juvenile red-headed vulture bodes well for the species, whose population has dwindled to critically endangered due to poisoning of animal carcasses by locals and nesting challenges.

An early butterfly migration that holds signals of climate change
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

The journeys that butterflies take to get to more favourable weather may hold the answers to pressing environmental questions.

In Nilgiris, tea workers live in shadow of landslides
Sat, Sep 19, 2020

In August this year, incessant rain caused a 300-foot landslide in Emerald, Nilgiris with the district administration declaring 283 areas such as Avalanche, Gudalur, Manjoor and Keezh Kundah as ‘landslide-prone.’

Early morning trek, 150-km drive across two states, a tribal girl’s journey to A+ grade
Wed, Aug 26, 2020

In the Anamalai hills, Sridevi calls home, dropout rates are high even as the number of schools remains relatively low with very little efforts to enrol tribal children in classes.

Meet the Chennai artist attempting world record by making Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait using coffee
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Sivaraman Rajalingam, in a solo-attempt tried to break the previous Guinness World Record for the largest coffee painting by drawing 74 faces of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of 74th Independence Day.

Meet postman Sivan, who trekked 15 kms daily through forest to deliver mail
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

"In 2010, I was wearing boots to trek but this job brought me closer to nature so I switched to slippers and, sometimes, I would walk on bare feet to feel the earth. Hope, Inside the jungle I left my footprints without hurting anyone" says D Sivan.

Coimbatore’s Annapoorna restaurant reopens — with half the tables, few customers and a lot of hope
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

In keeping with the social distancing norms and other Covid-19 protocol, much has changed at Annapoorna, Coimbatore's iconic chain of restaurants, where many would drop in for a cuppa, ghee roast, and a lot more every day before the lockdown came into effect.