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.
The debate acquires an interesting dimension as a pro-statehood chief minister has been replaced by one who is a staunch opponent of separate statehood for the region.
With today's casualties, the number of Maoists killed in Gadchiroli this year so far has reached nine.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
The ‘grown-up big cat’ was captured in a camera trap picture on the night of November 18, says Deputy Conservator of Forest
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.
The NTCA has also dropped the use of the word 'man-eater' for the animal for which shooting orders have been issued.
He, however, refused to set a deadline for government formation.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.