India is working with South Africa and Namibia for the reintroduction of more cheetahs in India. Namibia is going to send more over the years, said the executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund who coordinated the translocation of cheetahs from Namibia to India, Laurie Marker, while speaking to the press.
Following the arrival of eight cheetahs from Namibia to India on Saturday, Laurie said, “Since its extinction, you can only get animals from somewhere else. This is the only population of cheetahs actually large enough to use for reintroduction, and to establish a population, we must bring in more. India is working with South Africa for more, and Namibia is also going to send more over the years.” “Saving the cheetah means changing the world. Yesterday, we started this process with the cheetah touching Indian soil after 70 years of extinction. Their extinction was human-caused, and their survival too is in humans’ hands. They are one link in the circle of life, pointing to the vulnerability of our planet and all of its amazing wildlife species today. It is up to all of us to be aware and make a difference. Only we can save the earth, ourselves, and the cheetah”, she added.
The American expert has been an advisor to the Indian government on the cheetah relocation project over the past 12 years.
When asked if the African cheetahs will adapt easily to the Indian habitat, she said that the species are adaptable and India has a history of their presence.
“The country of India has been thinking about translocation since the cheetah was declared extinct. A plan was put together in 2009 by a team of specialists from the government and the Forestry Department. Adaptation will be challenging, and we all will need to work hard in our monitoring efforts. If conducted properly, this will work. Cheetahs are adaptable. But there will be disappointments, we realise that and hope the world will understand that as well” Laurie told the press.
Indian High Commission in Namibia tweeted, “Proud team from Namibia – High Commissioner Prashant Agrawal, Dr. Laurie Marker and her CCF team, and others with the Hon. Prime Minister of India after the Hon. PM released the cheetahs in Kuno for a new, historic beginning.”
Calling man-animal conflict a potential risk to cheetahs, Laurie said the government is working with the communities around the park, and the big cats may take five to ten years to establish themselves in India, and erratic weather will continue to be a major factor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the cheetahs at two release points in Kuno National Park, yesterday. The Prime Minister also interacted with Cheetah Mitras, Cheetah Rehabilitation Management Group, and students at the venue.
In his address to the nation soon after, the Prime Minister thanked Namibia for its help and efforts in restoring the carnivore to India, calling it an “important and historic” moment, and said that Project Cheetah was India’s “endeavour towards environment and wildlife conservation.”
The historic reintroduction of cheetahs in India is part of the long series of measures taken to ensure sustainability and environmental protection in the last eight years, which has resulted in significant achievements in the area of environment protection and sustainability.
This is the first time a large carnivore is being moved from one continent to another and being reintroduced to the wild.
India is home to 52 Tiger Reserves covering approximately 75,000 square Km area in 18 States with approximately 75 per cent of the population of the wild tiger at the global level. India achieved the goal of doubling the tiger numbers in 2018 itself, four years in advance from the targeted year 2022. The Tiger Population in India has increased from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018. The budgetary allocation for tiger conservation has increased from Rs 185 crore in 2014 to Rs 300 crore in 2022.
The population of Asiatic lions has shown a steady increase, with a population of 674 individuals and an increased rate of 28.87 percent (one of the highest growth rates so far) from the 523 lions in 2015.
India now (2020) has 12,852 leopards as compared to the previous estimate of 7,910 conducted in 2014. More than a 60 percent increase in population has been recorded.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Bhupender Yadav, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, and Ashwini Chobey were among those present on occasion.
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Archana Pooran Singh desires to follow Neena Gupta’s plea for work.
Actor Archana Pooran Singh who is currently seen in The Kapil Sharma show has revealed that she is ‘dying to perform’. She expressed her frustration at people knowing only one aspect of her craft.
Popularly, she is known for her comic role in the classic movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, in which she performed the role of Professor Ms Briganza. She developed such a strong comedic reputation, thanks to the role that even 20 years later, she hasn’t been offered a serious role.
The actor added that she can do so much more in acting than comic roles, she can cry and make people cry too. She said the side of her is yet to be explored and this will happen someday.
Archana said, “That chhaap (image) is so solid. Also, a lot of people feel that what they should offer me after Ms Briganza. It’s been almost 25 years since Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was released. And the character is still following me. People also feel that I am best suited only for comedy. As an actor, I feel deprived, cheated and I have been left yearning for good roles.”
She stated that she is considering approaching filmmakers for work in the same way that actress Neena Gupta did. Neena, once posted on her Instagram asking the filmmakers for work as she wasn’t offered any roles in a long time and was sitting at home. After this, she got great opportunities and delivered a blockbuster film, ‘Badhai Ho.’
Archana made her film debut with Abhishek and then featured in Jalwa opposite Naseeruddin Shah. She was also part of several films such as Agneepath (1990), Saudagar (1991), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aashiq Awara (1993), and Raja Hindustani (1996). Fans saw her in comedy roles such as Love Story 2050, Mohabbatein, Krrish, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Masti, De Dana Dan and Bol Bachchan.
Jacqueline Fernandez granted bail in 200 crore extortion case
In the 200 crore extortion case, Jacqueline Fernandez received a momentary reprieve when she was given an interim release. The primary defendant in the case is imprisoned conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
The Patiala court in Delhi has granted interim bail to the actor for a bond of ₹50,000. The subsequent hearing in the case would be held on October 22. Jacqueline was interrogated for over 7 hours by the Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing.
The con man is said to have been friends with the 37-year-old Sri Lankan actress, who received many expensive gifts from him including luxury bags, clothes, jewellery, etc. worth Rs. 5.72 crores. The actor also told the ED that Sukesh had hired private jets as well as booked helicopter rides for her.
Earlier, the actress denied her friendship with the con man but after the intimate pictures of the actress with Sukesh surfaced on the internet she accepted dating him. The alleged pictures were taken in April-June of 2022.
Her friendship with Chandrashekhar – accused in more than 10 cases – started on WhatsApp in January 2021, and she had secretly met the conman on several occasions at a well-known hotel in Chennai and other places, she had told the officers, the report further highlighted.
The actor had admitted before the officers that the jailed conman had paid a huge amount of money to fashion designer Leepakshi, for designing exclusive costumes for her. The ED will now interrogate her designer as well.
PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi wish Manmohan Singh on his 90th birthday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sent Dr. Manmohan Singh his birthday wishes on his 90th birthday, wishing him a long and healthy life.
“Birthday greetings to former PM Dr Manmohan Singh Ji. Praying for his long and healthy life,” tweeted PM Modi.
Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, sent Dr. Singh birthday greetings as well.
Wishing one of India’s finest statesmen, Dr Manmohan Singh ji a very happy birthday. His humility, dedication and contribution to India’s development, have few parallels. He is an inspiration to me, and to crores of other Indians. I pray for his good health and happiness,” tweeted the Wayanad MP.
Before the partition, Singh was born on September 26, 1932, in the Punjabi village of Gah. He studied at Oxford, Cambridge, and Punjab University.
Today marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Singh, who served as prime minister for two consecutive terms (from 2004 to 2014). He is a well-known economist who is credited with enacting significant reforms in the 1990s.
Man transporting illicit liquor from Haryana to Delhi arrested by the Delhi police
A man has been arrested by the Delhi police on Sunday for transporting illicit liquor in a truck. The truck was painted with a logo of Mother Dairy to mislead the authorities. The truck which carrying the contraband from Haryana to Delhi had 25,000 quarter (180ml) and 600 full (750ml) bottles of liquor which has been recovered by the police.Deputy commissioner of police (southwest) Manoj C identified the arrested man as 45-year-old Nishan Singh, the driver of the truck and a resident of Punjab’s Tarn Taran Sahib. He was accompanied by his 21-year-old helper Vikash alias Chapta, a resident of Bahadurgarh in Haryana, who is yet to be arrested.Police said that they laid a trap as they received an information from their sources that a huge quantity of illicit liquor would be sent to Delhi NCR via National Highway 8 in a truck. Around 2am, they stopped a truck which looked like it ostensibly belonged to Mother Dairy, which manufactures, markets and sells milk, dairy products, edible oil and fruits and vegetables. However, when the team checked the truck, they discovered 600 cartons of illicit liquor which was for sale in Haryana. Police confirmed that the truck did not belong to Mother Dairy.Police said that the truck’s number plate was fake; they discovered its actual number after checking the engine number. They then arrested Nishan Singh and registered a case.During interrogation, Nishan Singh allegedly disclosed that he and one Vikash work for one Yogi (age unknown), who is also a resident of Bahadurgarh area, and the duo supply illicit liquor on his directions. DCP Manoj said, “Nishan was provided the said truck by Yogi’s driver near Manesar and was to supply the said liquor in Delhi as per Yogi’s instructions. We are making efforts to arrest others involved in the racket.”
Mallikarjun Kharge, Ajay Maken to meet Sonia Gandhi today over Rajasthan crisis
Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken, two Congress observers who were in Rajasthan on Sunday to attend the legislature party meeting at the home of the chief minister Ashok Gehlot, are anticipated to meet Sonia Gandhi on Monday afternoon.
With Gehlot expected to run for presidential polls next month, the state is currently dealing with a new crisis. Numerous Gehlot’s supporters resigned on Sunday and handed them to Assembly Speaker CP Joshi as a result of Sachin Pilot’s name being mentioned. The resignation is reportedly from more than 80 MLAs.
The MLAs made clear to the observers their demands, emphasising that the next chief minister should be chosen after October 19, once the party’s presidential elections are over, that the Gehlot successor should be chosen from among the roughly 102 MLAs who supported the party during the 2020 crisis, and that Ashok Gehlot should be kept informed throughout the decision-making process. They were reminding the party of Sachin Pilot’s uprising against Gehlot when he visited to Haryana by bringing up the 2020 dilemma. Later, after guarantees from the senior management, he returned.
Ajay Maken said: “We came for the CLP meeting fixed by the CM at a time and date of his choice. Very strange that MLAs didn’t come for that. We also wanted to follow the procedure of speaking to individual MLAs about what they want so that they can speak freely.”
The condition that no announcement – on the chief minister – should be made before October 19 seems to be conflict of interest as resolution authorises the Congress president to take the decision, and by October 19, Ashok Gehlot would have been the Congress president,” he further said.
‘With you, for you,’ MP Kartikeya Sharma to Kalka-Pinjore residents
Member of Parliament Kartikeya Sharma on Sunday pledged to work shoulder to shoulder with the residents of Kalka-Pinjore in Haryana. While addressing a gathering where he was honoured and wholeheartedly welcomed by Shri Brahmin Sabha HMT, Kartikeya Sharma said Kalka-Pinjore area has a special place in my heart as it has been nurtured by my family for generations.
Kartikeya Sharma visited Kalka-Pinjore for the first time after becoming the MP of Rajya Sabha. Shri Brahmin Sabha HMT organised a programme to welcome the young MP. Despite rain, people attended the programme to hear the MP.
‘With you, for you’
Kartikeya Sharma said, “I bow before the holy land of Kalka-Pinjore. For Kalka-Pinjore, me and my family has a very special place. My grandfather used to come here, my father Venod Sharma also liked this area. Like my father Venod Sharma who worked honestly on the problems of common people, I will also do the same. I am always with you. I can assure, you will always find me besides you. Just like my father fought for the rights of the people, so will I. I have entered politics with a positive mindset.”
“There are many problems here. Dengue is an acute problem. I promise that we will camp here every week till dengue ends. Medicines and machines will be brought. Arrangements will also be made for fogging. I am the grandson of Pandit Kedarnath Sharma, son of Vinod Sharma, be sure, I will do whatever I say. I will keep coming here.”
Haryana CM’s commendable work
The MP said, “Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is working hard and he is doing everything with all transparency. In 2014, my father Venod Sharma fought for an efficient policy of interview and transfer policy of employees in Haryana. As a result, employees now need not to run here and there. The work my father had started long back, is being carried out by the Haryana Government quite efficiently.”
IMT in Ambala
The MP said, “My father Venod Sharma also demanded IMT in Ambala. Earlier governments did not pay heed to the demand. However, the CM Manohar ji had cleared the project. With this, many youth will get employment. I now demand a workshop on the land of HMT in Pinjore.”
Kartikeya Sharma further said, “PM Narendra Modi has thought of a vision for the country, this is happening because PM’s intention is clear. A few days ago I got the tricolor hoisted at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, my heart rejoiced. It was not so earlier.”
‘I have whole of Haryana’
He said,”I have whole of Haryana. I think collectively and will take 36 fraternities together with me. I will not let any barriers come between us. Every effort will be made.”
Shamsher Sharma, president of Brahmin Sabha, said, “Kartikeya Sharma’s family has always been with us like a rock. The family is our great strength. A lot of work has been done in this area by his grandfather Pandit Kedarnath Sharma and father Venod Sharma. This family still stands shoulder to shoulder with us.
Besides Shamsher Sharma the programme was also attended by Jitendra Sharma, Sandeep Chauhan, Sanjeev Kaushal from Panchkula Brahmin Sabha.
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