Chandigarh: Shashi Kant, a 1977 batch IPS officer and a former Punjab Director General of Police, has underscored a grave scenario by pointing out that there is hardly any family in Punjab which is not suffering due to the drug menace.
In an open letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, which he has put in the public domain through his blog shahshikantips.blogspot.in, the former Punjab top cop has said:
“Subject certain officials of the Punjab police, its intelligence wing included, and some guys working in the chief minister’s secretariat and the State Home Department and see how the lists/dossiers and files of drug barons and their accomplices spring out of nowhere.”
Mr. Kant has told the Delhi Chief Minister that once he takes the drug issue by its horns no one can prevent his party (Aam Aadmi Party) from coming to power in Punjab. Once AAP is in saddle, he can address all other issues, Kant tells Kejrival adding: “Navjot Singh Sidhu may be an asset though several in your party are not inclined in his favour.”
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has bagged the National Award of Best Tourism State and four other awards for excellent performance in tourism.
These awards were presented at the National Tourism Award function organised by Union Ministry of Tourism held at Vigyan Bhawan in the capital today.
Seventy per cent of the tigers in the world are in India. It is my request to all the tourists around the world that they should come to India and see and feel their beautifiul stripes. The beauty of this species is godly and they are nature’s most beautiful creation.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (independent charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma presented these awards to Madhya Pradesh Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (independent charge) Surendra Patwa, Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Tapan Bhowmik; Managing Director Hari Ranjan Rao and Additional Managing Director Tanvi Sundriyal. The awards comprise trophies and letters of citation.
Madhya Pradesh was also conferred with an award for making Amarkantak disabled-friendly and the other for best heritage walk in Bhopal. The Best Tourist Guide award was presented to Jeevan Jyoti Pateria.
Madhya Pradesh boasts of unmatched historical heritage, religious places, eco-tourism points and National Parks to mesmerize tourists. They get their adrenaline flowing the moment they enter these tourism delights. Tourism department has developed the temples at Amarkantak disbaled friendly. For this, wheel chairs have been made available, notice boards and signages in Braille have been put up and literature about these temples has been published in Braille. Disabled friendly toilets have also been constructed.
In Bhopal a number of paths have been developed for heritage walk. Through this the history of architecture of Bhopal has been shown. The first path starts from Kamlapati Mahal and via Upper Lake towards Sufi masjid and Sadar Manzil and the second path showcases the history of Taj-ul-Masajid.
It may be mentioned here that Madhya Pradesh has bagged national awards in tourism sector for two years in a row. Last year the State had bagged six national awards and other awards.
As we observe the International Tiger Day on July 29, what stares everyone in the face is the rising number of tiger deaths across different parts of the country this year.
Madhya Pradesh presents the worst scenario with 19 tiger deaths against the total mortality figure of 59 in the country between January 1 and July 28 this year.
Last year’s tiger mortality was 69 and the seizure count in terms of tiger body parts was 8. This year, in a span of seven months, the seizure of tiger body parts has gone up to 15 indicating a menacing rise in poaching of big cats and smuggling of their body parts.
Tiger mortality figures during the period January – July 2016 across the Indian States
Crusade for Revival of Environment and Wildlife (CREW), a not for profit organisation has taken a very critical view of the prevailing situation. On the eve of International Tiger Day (July 29, 2016), Founder President of CREW Lalit Shastri announced that his organisation will conduct an orientation workhsop for those participating in the Central Indian Highlands Wildlife Film Festival 2016 (CIHfestival), being organised in collaboration with the Wildlife Wing of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and Sanctuary Asia, by screening a fifty minute documentary titled “Tiger Territory under attack” produced by CREW. This documentary will then be screened at the panorama section of CIHfestival.