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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Vivek Deshpande

Associate Editor

Tiger’s 1,300-km walk over six months strains population theory
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Wildlife scientists and managers generally follow the popular “source and sink” population theory of a decade ago — it was believed that beyond the protected core tiger areas or source populations, a dispersing tiger population was bound to be a “sink” population, or not guaranteed to survive.

Vidarbha leaders in Oppn: Will new govt give nod for separate state?
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

The debate acquires an interesting dimension as a pro-statehood chief minister has been replaced by one who is a staunch opponent of separate statehood for the region.

Two Naxals killed in encounter with Gadchiroli police
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

With today's casualties, the number of Maoists killed in Gadchiroli this year so far has reached nine.

New Maharashtra govt’s challenge: Farmers in drought-prone Vidarbha reel, this time from excess rain
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

The story of agriculture in Maharashtra’s traditionally drought-prone Vidarbha region this time is simple: It has rained so much, especially from September, that the standing crop has wilted from excess water in fields.

A softer Shiv Sena and other positives of the new politics in Maharashtra
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

We tend to see Sena as hankering for a share of power that is disproportionate to its earning in the latest Assembly election, which, of course, isn’t far from truth. But we can’t blame Sena alone to be the greedy kind since Indian politics is replete with such examples.

Maharashtra: Dy CM Ajit Pawar was BJP target in irrigation, other ‘scams’
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

The HC has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress of the investigation. The first Devendra Fadnavis government had started the probe after being sharply nudged by the HC after about a year of coming to power in 2014.

Breeding problem: Mumbai to get tiger on loan
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

“SGNP authorities had asked us for a male tiger since they are facing a breeding problem. So, with permission from Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Nitin Kakodkar and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), we will hand over the tiger to SGNP authorities at the earliest,” said Rambabu.

Tiger roaming in MIHAN may be on its way out: Forest officials
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

The forest department has increased the number of trap cameras in the region to 50. People have been alerted and warning signages erected at many places.

Turning into ‘wildlife hub’: Tiger sighted in Nagpur’s MIHAN area
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

The ‘grown-up big cat’ was captured in a camera trap picture on the night of November 18, says Deputy Conservator of Forest

Nagpur: Airport project still in limbo, MIHAN reports tiger sightings on two days
Mon, Nov 18, 2019

The MIHAN project was conceived a decade ago. But with operations sluggish, the area is being frequented by animals, such as blue bulls, wild pigs, and now, a tiger.

NTCA bars killing of tigers by private shooters, Wildlife Act still allows it
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

The NTCA has also dropped the use of the word 'man-eater' for the animal for which shooting orders have been issued.

NCP-Cong-Sena govt will last 5 years, no possibility of mid-term polls: Sharad Pawar
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

He, however, refused to set a deadline for government formation.

Sharad Pawar says Sena-NCP-Congress govt will come to power, complete 5-year term
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Sharad Pawar denied reports that the NCP was holding talks with the BJP. "The NCP is only holding talks with the Sena, Congress and our allies, nobody beyond these."

Maharashtra: 4-year-old tiger stuck in river bed drowns
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

On Wednesday, officials were forced to suspend the rescue operation after nightfall. Forest officials had tried to lower a cage near the tiger to entice it inside but failed. 

Maharashtra: Injured tiger stuck in river for over 12 hours
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

Rescue attempts were called off after sunset as tranquilising an animal at night is not allowed. Forest officials said the effort will be resumed Thursday.

Nagpur set to have India’s first four-layer transport system
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

The proposal was earlier stuck for long with the NHAI that was unwilling to do it without a financial back-up of the Rs 573 crore required to construct the 5.3 km flyover

Court issues summons to CM Fadnavis
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

The SC had ordered a fresh trial in the case on a petition by Nagpur-based lawyer Satish Uke, who had argued that Fadnavis had failed to mention two criminal cases in his 2014 affidavit and hence his election be declared invalid, but his plea was rejected.

RSS mouthpiece hits out at Sena in op-ed ‘Uddhav ani Betaal’
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

“We know several Vikram-Betaal stories from the Puranas. Today, we are listening to, and suffering, the stories of Vikram and Betaal in Maharashtra. There is no sense of proportion between (Betaal’s) ability and his talk,” the editorial in Tarun Bharat read.

Maharashtra court issues summons to Fadnavis in 2014 poll affidavit case
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

The SC had ordered a fresh trial in the case on a petition by Nagpur based lawyer Satish Uke , who had argued that Fadanvis had failed to mention two criminal cases in his 2014 affidavit and hence his election be declared invalid.

Migrating tiger enters Marathwada, attacks group
Sat, Nov 02, 2019

Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Nitin Kakodkar told The Indian Express, "it was radio-collated in February and since then we have been tracking its movement.