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.
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New Delhi: BJP today registered a historic victory in Assam by defeating the ruling Congress which has also been ousted from power in Kerala by the Left Democratic front. In two other States Tamil Nadu and West Bengal that also went to polls, Jayalalitha and Mamata Banerjee have returned to power with thumping majority.
All that the Congress can write home about today’s Assembly election results is the simple majority it got in Puducherry in alliance with DMK.
Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was introduced as BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during electioneering led the campaign from the front and the BJP and its allies AGP and Bodo People’s Front scored a landslide victory. This victory in Assam is significant for the BJP as it has captured power in a prominent state in the North-East by routing the Congress which had scored a hat-trick of victories in that State under Tarun Gogoi in the last state Assembly election.
Guwahati: At least one person was killed, and about 20 others, including a couple of policemen, were injured in an IED blast in Goalpara district of Assam on Monday.
The injured were immediately rushed to hospital
The explosive was kept inside a dust bin, according to available reports.
The violent explosion coincided with the first round of polling for the Assam Assembly elections.
Guwahati/ Kolkata: The Assembly polls today kicked off with the first phase of polling in West Bengal and Assam.
Polling for the first phase of 65 constituencies in Assam Assembly election began at 7 am today.
Two important candidates in the election fray in Assam are Congress party’s Taroon Gogoi, the incumbent Chief Minister, who is seeking a fourth term and Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He is the chief ministerial candidate from the BJP side leading the alliance of regional parties Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)
Voting for the first of the six-phase Assembly election in West Bengal began this morning in 18 of the state’s 294 constituencies. The 18 constituencies going to poll today are spread across three tribal dominated districts- West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. This is a Maoist infested area known as the ‘Jangalmahal’ region.
After casting his vote, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told the media that his government has brought progress and development while Prime Minuster Narendra Midi has failed to fulfill his promises.
The PM is losing his popularity across India -even in his own Gujarat State”, was Gogoi’s politically loaded assertion.