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Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

2016-11-30 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly a tonne of ivory smuggled from Africa after locating nearly five tons in five previous shipments to the same port in the past two months. Ho Chi Minh City´s deputy customs chief, Le Dinh Loi, said the ivory seized Monday and Tuesday was hidden inside timber in two containers that arrived at Cat Lai port and was en route to neighboring Cambodia.


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Vietnamese government cracks down on ivory trade ahead of global conference

2016-11-14 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnam has destroyed seized ivory and rhino horn, wildlife products derived from species threatened with extinction. The public display of destruction comes ahead of a global conference to combat the illicit trade.


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Smuggled elephant tusks are confiscated at Cat Lai Port in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam a port for smuggled elephant tusks

2016-10-31 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

According to the Vietnam Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), during the 2010-15 period, customs officers uncovered a total of 116 cases of animal smuggling and trading, confiscating over 22 tonnes of ivory and 457 ivory bracelets.


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Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport

2016-04-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

More than 100 pieces of tusks were seized as customs officers checked a suspicious cargo in Noi Bai International Airport on Friday. The shipment was held on suspicion of being elephant tusks upon its arrival to the Hanoi airport from the Turkish Airline flight TK 6562 on April 6, according to the airport customs.


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The governments of South Africa and Viet Nam have signed an MoU to improve co-operation on tackling illegal wildlife trafficking, such as illegal trade in rhino horns

New agreement between South Africa and Viet Nam - A turning point in tackling rhino poaching crisis, say WWF, TRAFFIC

2012-12-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A pivotal moment in efforts to tackle the current rhino poaching crisis took place today as the governments of South Africa and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve co-operation between the two states on biodiversity conservation and protection including tackling illegal wildlife trafficking.


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Elephant conservation projects remain on… paper

2012-03-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

An action plan to conserve elephants in Nghe An, Dak Lak and Dong Nai was approved by the Prime Minister six years ago, in 2006. However, no considerable progress has been made so far. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said that the elephant conservation plan has been going slowly, because localities have not have money to implement the plan. Therefore, the ministry has asked the Prime Minister to extend the elephant conservation plan until 2020 with the name: “Emergency...


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Vietnam confiscates 1 ton of elephant tusks

2011-10-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities say they have uncovered more than a ton of elephant tusks that smugglers were attempting to illegally take to China. Customs official Ly Tran Tuan says the 221 pieces of tusks were discovered Sunday hidden in rolls of fabric that were being transported on a boat on the Ka Long river bordering the two countries.


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Tourists enjoy an elaphant ride in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. In an attempt to protect elephants, a centre has been set up tasked with increasing the number of tame elephants through artificial insemination.

Vietnam Nation"s elephants under threat

2011-10-04 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

With the death of a large number of tame elephants recently concerns have risen regarding the threat of extinction in the absence of measures to safeguard the animals. Dan Nang Long, an elephant keeper from Central Highland Dak Lak Province, had one of his elephants killed and three others injured in a poaching attack. Long said that while he had reported the incident to local police, very little existed in terms of concrete evidence in confirming the crime.


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Vietnam charges four with cutting off elephant tails, tusks

2010-10-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Four men in Vietnam´s Central Highlands have been charged with cutting off the tusks and tails of captive elephants at tourist sites, a police official said Tuesday. The men allegedly shocked the elephants unconscious with a car battery, then sawed off their tusks and tails to sell for ornamental and medicinal purposes.


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2010-10-01 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Five people have been arrested on charges they ran the largest rare animal-parts trafficking ring ever uncovered in Hanoi, a police official said Wednesday.
The suspects allegedly bought and processed rare animal remains, including tiger and elephant bones, for use in traditional medicine. Police arrested the five suspects on Tuesday, said Colonel Nguyen Van Nong, Head of Hanoi Police´s department for economic crime investigation.


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Elephants endangered: a shop owner displays carved ivory items at his antique shop in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ivory trade could make Vietnam"s elephants extinct within a decade. Country"s wild Asian elephant population further endangered as rich get a taste for home-produced ivory

2010-09-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Huong´s dank shop provides some brief respite from the waves of horn-blaring luxury SUVs bullying pedestrians on the pavements of Hanoi. But more crucially, it offers a final resting place, of sorts, for some of Vietnam´s wild elephants. Huong is the beaming owner of Artcen Company, an "import-export" outfit specialising in crafted ivory products.


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Famous elephant calf dies in captivity in Hanoi

2010-08-13 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A juvenile elephant that won renown after appearing in a documentary died in Hanoi Wednesday of an infection it had been carrying for years. Kham Bun, a six-year-old male Asiatic elephant belonging to the Vietnam Circus Federation, suffered a foreleg injury four years ago and veterinarians were unable to cure it. The infection got into his bone and proved fatal, according to the federation.


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Preservation project comes too late for Vietnamese elephants

2010-06-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

An "emergency action plan" to protect elephants announced in 2006 has yet to get off the ground, a Vietnamese provincial forest official said Wednesday.
In the meantime, seven of the 15 elephants in his province of Dong Nai have died, he said. "I don´t understand why they are responding with the project so late," said Le Viet Dung, deputy director of the Dong Nai forest management department. "If they don´t do it quick, there will be no elephants to preserve." Le Viet Dung sai...


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Vietnam to create elephant hospital

2009-12-16 - Hanoi , Vietnam.

Vietnam plans to build an elephant hospital as part of a new reservation for the animals in the country's central highlands, a government official said Wednesday. Y Rit Buon Ya, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the province of Dak Lak, said the project would be developed between 2010-14.


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80 wild elephants left in Vietnam

2009-11-27 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

There are only 80 elephants left in the wild in Vietnam, and they are in danger due to illegal hunting and deforestation, state media reported Friday. The state-run newspaper Lao Dong quoted experts at a Vietnam Forest Management Agency workshop on elephant preservation as saying the population was dropping fast.


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Vietnam police seize elephant tusks

2009-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam. Sahil Nagpal

Police in Vietnam have seized nearly 100 kilograms of elephant tusks concealed in a car headed for Hanoi, state media reported Friday. The state-run newspaper Lao Dong reported police in the central province of Thanh Hoa stopped a car Thursday for driving in the wrong lane. The police found sixteen elephant tusks weighing 94 kilograms hidden in the boot and under the chassis. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of smuggling, and seized the car and the tusks as evidence.


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Vietnamese officials inspect illegal elephant tusks found in a shipment from Tanzania.

Vietnam finds 200kg of illegal elephant tusks

2009-07-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese customs officials have uncovered 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) of elephant ivory tusks illegally imported from Kenya, official media reported on Wednesday. The tusks were found hidden in timber inside a container at the northern Hai Phong port, said Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper. Authorities are seeking the owner of the container, who did not turn up to receive the goods when they arrived in April, the newspaper said. It did not say who was listed as the receiver or giv...


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Vietnam customs officials have uncovered up to five tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled from Tanzania

Tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled into Vietnam: reports

2009-03-07 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnam customs officials have uncovered up to five tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled in from Tanzania, state media said Saturday. The tusks were found Friday hidden in around 114 boxes of plastic waste after being transported from Africa through Malaysia to Vietnam's northern Hai Phong port, said the Tuoi Tre newspaper. The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Dang Tat The, a national wild animal expert, as saying the tusks were from African elephants. It was not yet clear if the tusks were for selling ...


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Vietnam"s illegal ivory prices could be world"s highest: report

2009-02-22 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Soaring demand for ivory from local and foreign consumers and a restriction of supply sent the prices of illegal ivory skyrocketing in Vietnam last year, an international survey released Monday said. The survey, An assessment of the illegal ivory trade in Vietnam, conducted by the wildlife trade monitoring organization TRAFFIC, said illegal ivory prices in Vietnam could be the world's highest with tusks reportedly selling for up to US$1,500 per kilogram and small, cut pieces selling for up to $1...


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Vietnam officials seek permission to shoot killer elephant

2007-10-24 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Authorities in a northern Vietnamese province are seeking government permission to shoot a domesticated elephant that has killed two handlers this year, an official said Wednesday. The Forestry Department of Thanh Hoa province sent a request to the Ministry of Agriculture last week asking for the go-ahead to kill the rare Asian elephant, which is more than 30 years old, according to Le Quoc Viet with the department. The elephant is very angry now and it may kill anyone getting close to it, Viet ...


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Three elephants walk around, 17 May 2003, Yok Don National Park near Buon Don in the central highland province of Dak Lak. An elephant in northern Vietnam has killed two handlers who had worked with the animal for almost 20 years, a local official said M

Vietnam elephant kills two handlers

2007-05-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

An elephant in northern Vietnam has killed two handlers who had worked with the animal for almost 20 years, a local official said Monday. Ha Van Hoang, 46, was killed on the spot and 42-year-old Le Van Lanh died in hospital after the elephant gored both of them with his tusks Saturday, said Ngan Van Thiep, chairman of the Son Ha commune in Thanh Hoa province.


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Stories about Vietnamese circus

2007-04-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

50 years after its birth, Vietnamese circus seems to have come to a cul-de-sac. Old items, which used to be popular but are now unable to keep audiences awake are still being performed. The animal stock of the biggest circus troupe in the south isn’t very impressive either. There are only an old elephant, 4 skinny and tiny monkeys, and 5 or 6 dogs. It is yet an impossible dream to own such animals as tigers, lions or crocodiles.


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Dac Lac: Pet elephant tramples tourists.

2007-01-23 - HANOI, Vietnam.

Two young men drove motorbikes to the Lac Lake tourism area from Lam Dong Province on the morning of January 23. The guides there showed them how to ride elephants and instructed them on how to behave around the elephants. However, forgetting the instructions, one of the tourists, Tri, 22, ran toward an elephant after he had finished taking a picture and handed the camera to his friend who was sitting on the back of the elephant. At that moment, the elephant threw Tri to the ground and trampled ...


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Keeping Viet Nam’s Asian elephants secure

2006-07-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities are establishing reserves for the country’s wild elephant population, which has been left without a stable source of food and shelter due to the destruction of their natural habitats. Nguyen Anh Tuan reports.


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Trumpeting the plight of elephants in Vietnam

2006-05-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Just 76 wild elephants roam in Vietnam now, and scientists warn that if harsh measures are not taken, Vietnamese forests will have none of the beasts within 30 years. From 1975-1980, Vietnam had an estimated herd of 1,500-2,000 wild elephants, living in various regions of the country. These majestic beasts contributed not only to human endeavours, but to the biodiversity of Vietnam’s natural environment. Since 1980, the number of wild elephants has fallen rapidly as thousands of hectares of fo...


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Vietnamese police uncovers big haul of smuggled elephant tusks

2004-12-11 - Hanoi, Vietnam. Channel News Asia

Vietnamese police have found some 730 kilogrammes of smuggled elephant
tusks, which is banned for trading in the country.

It was from a warehouse in Hanoi's Long Bien district that 276 elephant
tusks were recovered. They had been chopped up and packed into 40 sacks, alongside dried fish, for easy transport.

The haul is reportedly worth over 7.3 billion Vietnamese Dong, or about
US$463,000. Police say it's the largest amount of smuggled tusks to ...


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26 Headlines about Elephants from Hanoi2016-11-30 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber 2016-11-14 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnamese government cracks down on ivory trade ahead of global conference 2016-10-31 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam a port for smuggled elephant tusks 2016-04-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport 2012-12-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam - New agreement between South Africa and Viet Nam - A turning point in tackling rhino poaching crisis, say WWF, TRAFFIC 2012-03-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Elephant conservation projects remain on… paper 2011-10-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam confiscates 1 ton of elephant tusks 2011-10-04 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam Nation"s elephants under threat 2010-10-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam charges four with cutting off elephant tails, tusks 2010-10-01 - Hanoi, Vietnam - 2010-09-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Ivory trade could make Vietnam"s elephants extinct within a decade. Country"s wild Asian elephant population further endangered as rich get a taste for home-produced ivory 2010-08-13 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Famous elephant calf dies in captivity in Hanoi 2010-06-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Preservation project comes too late for Vietnamese elephants 2009-12-16 - Hanoi , Vietnam - Vietnam to create elephant hospital 2009-11-27 - Hanoi, Vietnam - 80 wild elephants left in Vietnam 2009-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam police seize elephant tusks 2009-07-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam finds 200kg of illegal elephant tusks 2009-03-07 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled into Vietnam: reports 2009-02-22 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam"s illegal ivory prices could be world"s highest: report 2007-10-24 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam officials seek permission to shoot killer elephant 2007-05-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam elephant kills two handlers 2007-04-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Stories about Vietnamese circus 2007-01-23 - HANOI, Vietnam - Dac Lac: Pet elephant tramples tourists. 2006-07-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Keeping Viet Nam’s Asian elephants secure 2006-05-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Trumpeting the plight of elephants in Vietnam 2004-12-11 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnamese police uncovers big haul of smuggled elephant tusks

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Yunnan, China: Kunming Zoo welcomes a newborn Asian elephant calf

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

Yaming, an Asian elephant in the zoo, gave birth to a male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 15, 2021. The new member is in good health and in the period of immune isolation and protection with his mother, ...


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Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of ch...


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Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

Elephants death toll has risen in Keonjhar forest division over the last one year. Sources revealed that when Santosh Joshi was the DFO from 2017 to 2020, 24 elephants had died in Keonjhar forest di...


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Elephants at BEC were found to be just "skin and bones" after the coronavirus pandemic forced the park to close

"Just skin and bones": Bali elephants left to starve

2021-10-07 - Petang, Indonesia. Al Jazeera Staff

Bali Elephant Camp (BEC), a safari-style park, north of Ubud, Indonesia, left more than a dozen elephants to starve, and staff without pay after plummeting ticket sales forced it to close when COVID-1...


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COPA presents its Second Report containing information on 16 investigations to parliament

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) for the First Session of the Ninth Parliament was presented to Parliament today (06) by its chairman, (Prof). Tissa Vitharana, Parliament C...


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundred...


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Elephant dies at Sakrebailu camp

2021-09-27 - Shivamogga, India. DHNS, Shivamogga

Gange, a female elephant used for khedda operations, died at the Sakrebailu camp in the district on Sunday. "The elephant was not well for the past two years. The condition worsened fifteen days ago. ...


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10,000-pound elephant calls Attapulgus home as it moves into South Georgia refuge

2021-09-23 - Attapulgus, United States.

It’s a big day for South Georgia. Bo, a 10,000-pound elephant moved into his new home thanks to Elephant Aid International and George Carden, the person giving Bo a new life. He's the owner of Georg...


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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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