Death of another sub-adult tiger in Bandhavgarh: The alarm bells are ringing loud

Lalit Shastri

Inside BandhavgarhCoinciding with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s meeting with Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Thursday to press for speedy clearance of development related projects in national parks and promotion of tourism in the buffer areas, those closely watching the fate of the highly endangered tiger were jolted by the news of the death of a sub-adult tiger under mysterious circumstances in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

About two months ago, a 6 month old male tiger was found dead hanging by a snare set up by poachers in a farmhouse adjoining the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This property belongs to Rajendra Singh, the deputy Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly.

An officer of the Wildlife Wing of the State Forest department told newsroom24x7 that the foresters had found the decaying carcass of a young tiger hidden in a bush near a water body in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This happens to be the territory of another adult tiger.

While the State Chief Wildlife Warden Narendra Kumar told a section of the media that this appears to be a case of poisoning, there were others in the wildlife wing who said it is too early to zero in and say anything specific regarding the cause of the tiger’s death. When probed, a senior officer said that Viscera samples have been sent for examination to Sagar and other places and as the forensic report is still awaited it is not possible to tell the exact cause of death. The tiger must have died about five or six days ago and this could be concluded from the fact that the tiger’s body had decayed a lot, he said. Drawing attention to the gravity of man-animal conflict, he stated: ” the immensity of the problem can be measured from the fact that cattle has become the main prey base for big cats.” Underscoring this, he did not rule out poisoning saying cattle kills are on the rise these days and villagers do resort to revenge killings.

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30 All India Service officers empanelled for posting as Joint secretary

Newsroom24x7 Desk

north blockNew Delhi: Two IAS officers, ten IPS officers, fifteen officers from the Indian Railway Store Service, one each from the Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Postal Service, and the Indian Forest Service, have been empanelled for holding the post of Joint secretary or equivalent at the Centre.

The order for the empanellment of officers from the All India Services offices was issued today by the Government of India department of Personnel and Training

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Empanelment of 06 IPS officers of 1988 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (First Review)
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Empanelment of 04 IPS officers of 1986 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (First Review)
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Empanelment of an officer of 1986 batch of Indian Railway Accounts Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial)
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Empanelment of an officer of 1993 batch of Indian Postal Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial)
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Empanelment of 04 officers of 1985 batch of Indian Railway Store Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the centre (Initial)
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Empanelment of an officer of 1989 batch of Indian Forest Service from Nagaland cadre for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial)
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Empanelment of 07 officers of 1984 batch of Indian Railway Store Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial)
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Empanelment of 04 officers of 1983 batch of Indian Railway Store Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial)
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Empanelment of an IAS officer of 1986 batch from Orissa cadre for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Second Review)
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Empanelment of an IAS officer of 1997 batch from Rajasthan cadre for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(Initial)
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Ustad: The complete story

Newsroom Desk

New Delhi: There is so much heat and dust over the manner in which Ustad, the magnificent tiger from Ranthambore in Rajasthan in India was convicted for homicide, branded as man-eater and shifted at breakneck speed by the forest authorities from the Ranthambore National Park to Sajjangarh zoo after a forest guard was attacked and killed near the main gate of the park on 8 May this year.

Sanctuary AsiaSanctuary Asia has published a complete and objective story of Ustad without taking sides. Sanctuary underscores “the attack and killing of a forest guard in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, by a tiger identified as T24, and the cat’s subsequent incarceration has created a national uproar on social media.”

The Sanctuary Asia editorial team aided by Chandra Rampuria, passionate wildlife photographer, and a dynamic conservation network, has tried to focus on the gist of what has been spoken and highlighted through 3,000 Facebook posts on this burning issue,”

CLICK here to read: Ranthambhore’s Ustad Saga published by Sanctuary Asia.


 

 

Ustad
Photo of Ustad by Bobbie Jamwal. He is a wildlife expert and knows Ranthambore like the back of his hand

Newsroom24x7 had published in the last week of June the outline suggested by Cee4life for a special sanctuary for special tigers like Ustad. Cee4life, an Australian registered Charity devoted to Conservation and Environmental Education, has developed the plans and design of one such sanctuary for tigers in another country. [CLICK here for the outline of Cee4life’s offer]

According to Sybelle Foxcroft, founder Director of Cee4life, they figured Ustad will not be released back into the wild; Ustad will not be euthanised; Ustad will live in a captive environment due to court ruling. Also, as there were so many heated and bellowing voices regarding his case, on 19 May Cee4life offered another option to the ever growing amount of so called “problem tigers” of India.