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VOLUME 49 NUMBER 6 June 2012

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

225 Years of Botanic History

Shakunt Pandey

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Technology Changes Elections

Arpit Jain Singhai

 

 

 

19

Common Bird Monitoring of India

A Novel Citizen Science Programme

Mrityunjay Bose

 

Coal Fly Ash in Agriculture Beneficial or Risky?

Jay Shankar Singh

 

28

 

 

 

43

Protected Areas to Combat Climate Change

Biba Jasmine

 

46

 

Indias Only Pitcher Plant In Peril

Dipanjan Ghosh & Sreeparna Ghosh

 

 

53

 

53

SHORT FEATURES

Rendezvous with the Peacock

Meeta Kumari

 

 

32

 

 

 

 

REPORT

National Seminar on Scientific

Temper and Hindi Writing

Surjit Singh & Kapil Tripathi

34

 

FICTION

The Most Valuable Document

Pallabi

 

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

CARTOONS

39

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

40

 

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 8-13

225 Years of Botanic History

Shakunt Pandey

 

The Indian Botanic Garden (Howrah), now called Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, completes 225 years of glorious existence this year. It is a unique national heritage.

 

 

 

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 19-22

Technology Changes Elections

Arpit Jain Singhai

 

Technological reforms in the electoral process have ensured glitch-free elections in recent years. Heres an insight into the scientific mechanism followed to conduct elections and how technological inputs have facilitated the biggest festival of democracy without errors.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 28-31

Common Bird Monitoring of India

A Novel Citizen Science Programme

Mrityunjay Bose

 

Now you can be the eyes and ears of a unique project that seeks to monitor the common birds found throughout the country. The Common Bird Monitoring of India programme will monitor 18 common birds across the country and you too can join in.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 32-33

Rendezvous with the Peacock

Meeta Kumari

 

An avid observer describes her experiences with and interesting facts about our national bird.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 43-45

Coal Fly Ash in Agriculture Beneficial or Risky?

Jay Shankar Singh

 

Flyash, an abundant waste in power generation, can be gainfully applied to fields. What are the benefits and risks of flyash application in agriculture?

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 46-48

Protected Areas to Combat Climate Change

Biba Jasmine

 

Protected areas not only conserve habitats and species and also ecosystem services to humankind, they could also be roped into the task of combating climate change.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, June 2012, pp 53-56

Indias Only Pitcher Plant In Peril

Dipanjan Ghosh & Sreeparna Ghosh

 

Ghatparni (locally known as Tiew-rakot) is the only pitcher plant of India that occurs across a very small area in Meghalaya. Presently about twenty populations of this plant survive in the wild.