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Mumbai: Where did the ‘mystery’ leopard, rescued at Mulund, come from?

Bangalore - DNA - 1 hour 12 min ago

The mystery over whether the male leopard, which entered Nanepada, in Mulund (east) on Saturday was from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) or Aarey colony seems to have become another mystery now.

Wildlife biologists trying to identify this leopard with images of various leopards from the forest department's database whose images were captured at SGNP, Aarey as well as Tungareshwar during camera trapping study in 2011, 2015 as well as 2017 found out that there was no match.

“Its surprising that this leopard did not match with any of the leopards including the 21 identified in 2011, 35 identified in 2015 as well as the 41 leopards identified in 2017 from the database. It suggests that either this is a 'new' animal whose image was never captured despite such extensive camera trapping work or there is a possibility that this big cat has been living outside the forest area all this while,” said Nikit Surve, Wildlife biologist from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India who has been conducting research on leopards in Mumbai and was trying to identify the male leopard from Mulund.

Surve said the capture of the Mulund leopard, pictures of both its flanks were taken. “Leopards are matched on basis of their rosette patterns (spots) which are like human fingerprints. A particular area mostly on the stomach side is selected and then we look minutely at the designs and patterns of the spots present and keep identifying the unique design trying to match it with the images of other individual leopards thus identifying similar individuals,” he said.

Pune based expert on leopards, Dr Vidya Athreya said that there was so much that we are still not aware about these leopards making it difficult to pinpoint a lot of things about them. “The detailed scientific study of leopards being carried out since 2011 has provided so much information and has helped us with a database. But this case highlights the fact that a lot more study is required including intensive camera trappings at locations outside the forest and protected areas as these could be easily living in abandoned structures near forested patches,” she said.

A forest official said that this leopard has now left everyone surprised as its difficult to believe that this leopard might have escaped such extensive camera trapping exercises since 2011. “Nanepada is flanked by mangroves on one side and SGNP on other and both are far away so it could be possible that the leopard has been staying close to some patches near Kanjurmarg area as there was not only a report of leopard being seen in an industrial area in Kanjurmarg in 2011 but also a leopard was spotted on eastern express highway near Mulund on January 11 two days before the Nanepada incident,” he said.

Currently, the leopard has been kept captive inside SGNP and a decision on its release is likely to be taken soon.

 

Article Type: ReportSections: MumbaiIndiaAuthors: Virat A SinghAgencies: DNACities: MumbaiTags: MulundLeopardwildlife expertsAarey ColonyMulund WestDeputy Conservator of ForestSanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)Tue, 16 Jan 2018-01:31pmDate updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 1:40pmArticle Images:  Representational Image Short URL: dnai.in/2Embargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 1Short Title: Where did the ‘mystery’ leopard, rescued at Mulund, come from?Related Articles: Caught on camera: Fear grips housing societies in Mumbai's Mulund after leopard spottedFrom Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ details leaked, to pack same battery size as Galaxy S8

Bangalore - DNA - 1 hour 50 min ago

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are rumoured to make an appearance during the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona next month. But, a few weeks before the official launch, details regarding design and specifications have emerged online.

According to a report by Slashleaks, the upcoming Galaxy S9 will sport a 3000mAh battery while the Galaxy S9+ will sport a 3500mAh battery. These are the same battery capacities, which we present in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as well.

The company is also said to follow the new trend that has been adopted by Apple for the new iPhones and Google for the Pixel smartphones – no headphone jack. According to a report, Samsung was working on two Galaxy S9 prototypes, one with front-facing in-display fingerprint sensor and other with rear fingerprint sensor. However, a source suggests that the Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor won’t be integrated into the display.

In terms of rumoured specifications, the Galaxy S9 would feature a 5.8-inch Infinity display, along with 12MP and 16MP dual cameras to the front and rear. In terms of operating power, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will have the latest-generation processors, namely either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or the Exynos 9810, depending on the country.

The company also plans to implement 3D sensing facial recognition feature and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security. The Galaxy S9+ would feature a 6.2-inch display and both smartphones will be IP65/68 water and dust resistant respectively.

Article Type: ReportSections: TechnologyAuthors: DNA Web TeamAgencies: DNA webdeskCities: MumbaiTags: Samsungsamsung smartphonesMobile World CongressSamsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9 featuresSamsung Galaxy S9 specsSamsung Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy S9+ featuresSamsung Galaxy S9+ specssmartphonesTue, 16 Jan 2018-01:05pmDate updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 1:05pmArticle Images:  Short URL: dnai.in/fdIFEmbargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 78From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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WATCH | Australian Open: Angelique Kerber begins 2018 campaign with a win

Bangalore - DNA - 2 hours 31 min ago

Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a bumper 2016, winning the Australian and US Opens, picking up an Olympic silver medal and becoming the first German number one since Steffi Graf.

Her form, however, deserted her last year when she failed to win back-to-back matches at 13 events and made just one final, at Monterrey, to finish the year at number 22.

"I've said goodbye to 2017 already. I'm not looking back."@AngeliqueKerber, undefeated in 2018, starts her #AusOpen campaign with a pic.twitter.com/NRvGyfmUX7

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2018

"You know, I think last year I will actually not speak about this anymore," she told reporters after defeating fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0 6-4 at the Hisense Arena.

"I mean, last year was really not the best year, everybody knows, and it was a lot of new experience. But I'm also thankful about all the things, because I think I'm growing ..."

Kerber signalled her resurgence with her triumph at the Sydney International on Saturday and was optimistic about 2018 following her flawless start to the new season.

 

"I think so far it was a good season, the start of the good season, and I'm just trying to playing every single match each. I'm not trying to focusing too much on ahead, on past, or what's happened in the last year. I'm just trying to really restart again and try to enjoy my tennis again..."

Kerber will take on Donna Vekic of Croatia in her next match. 

Article Type: ReportSections: SportsAgencies: ReutersTags: Australian Open 2018Australian OpenTennisAgelique KerberAnna-Lena FriedsamDonna VekicTue, 16 Jan 2018-12:34pmDate updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 12:34pmArticle Images:  Angelique Kerber hits a return against Anna-Lena Friedsam during their women's singles first round match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2018.AFPWilliam West Short URL: dnai.in/fdIBEmbargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 21Short Title: AusOpen: Angelique Kerber begins 2018 campaign with a winRelated Articles: WATCH | Australian Open: Maria Sharapova makes winning comeback to MelbourneFrom Print Edition: Highlights: 
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SC issues notice to Karnataka Minister - Bar & Bench

Google News - Bangalore Corruption - 2 hours 43 min ago

SC issues notice to Karnataka Minister
Bar & Bench
The land in question, around 4.20 acres, was notified land which had been acquired by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). The Karnataka Land (Restriction on Transfer) Act, 1991 prohibits transfer of land acquired by the government. Despite that ...

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