Sharks may elicit less sympathy than elephants or rhinos, but experts say the feared predators are under increasing pressure from unmanaged commercial fishing and desperately in need of further protection. Unregulated fishing and international trade in shark products for human consumption have led to a precipitous drop in numbers. Sharks are slow-growing and slow to reproduce, and the market for their body parts -- especially fins and gill plates -- are driving overfishing.
They left India for Saudi Arabia with big dreams, but have returned with only harrowing tales after an oil price slump threw the economy into turmoil, leaving thousands of poor migrant labourers stranded. The workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines were left destitute, without enough money to get home or even to buy food after losing their jobs. This week around 40 workers from the impoverished east Indian state of Bihar finally arrived home with stories of being "left to die" by their employer Saudi Oger, the once-mighty firm led by Lebanon's billionaire former prime minister Saad Hariri.
India's fast bowlers took two early wickets Saturday to leave New Zealand reeling 21 for two at lunch on day two of the second Test in Kolkata after Wriddhiman Saha struck an unbeaten half century. The visitors were still trailing India by 295 runs at the break, with Henry Nicholls on one alongside stand-in skipper Ross Taylor who has made two. Tom Latham was first to go after being trapped lbw for one off Mohammed Shami.