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Cheetah is now 'running for its very survival'
24.09.16 - David Shukman*

Pitiful scenes of cheetah cubs lying emaciated and bewildered highlight one of the cruellest but least-publicised examples of illegal wildlife trafficking.

Baby cheetahs are so prized as exotic pets that entire litters are seized from their mothers when they may only be four to six weeks old.

Each tiny animal can fetch as much as $10,000 on the black market and end up being paraded on social media by wealthy buyers in Gulf states.

But the trade exacts a terrible toll on a species that claims a superlative status as the fastest land animal on the planet but which now faces a serious threat to its survival.

According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, some 1,200 cheetah cubs are known to have been trafficked out of Africa over the past 10 years but a shocking 85% of them died during the journey.

Dr Laurie Marker, the trust's director, describes the horrific conditions involved in shipping the ...
  


The Sikhs. Who the hell are they? And why do they wear the turban?
15.09.16 - preet k s bedi

Nanak was born to a Hindu family in 1469. Had there been application forms to fill chances are he would have referred to himself as Hindu. His successors and followers would probably have called themselves Nanakpanthis. There is general agreement that Sikhism remained a group within the Hindu fold for over half a century after Nanak before assuming an independent identity from the time of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth guru.  
 
Nanak was a fakir in the true sense. From the age of 30 he spent almost 25 years travelling intermittently in four or five long trips or udaasis to Tibet in the North, Bangladesh and Assam in the East, Sri Lanka in the South and Mecca and Iraq in the west. Evidence of his travels to Mecca where he may have gone as a Haji is weak but there is little doubt that he was a widely travelled man. ...
  



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