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NGO seeks new national forest policy to tackle man-animal conflict

The situation gives rise to man-animal conflict which cause threats to life for animals as well as humans.

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Dehradun, July 19 (IANS) A Dehradun-based NGO working on environment and human rights issues on Friday called for bringing a new national forest policy to mitigate the man-animal conflicts which are rising in India.

“Thirty per cent of the wildlife including tigers and elephants live in the protected areas i.e. park and sanctuaries while 70 per cent live outside the protected areas. The wildlife is killed in the protected areas while outside the protected areas wildlife kills the human beings.

“Sometimes wild animals such as leopards attack children even in homes. Such cases are rising in India. The Forest Department and the government will never be able to stop them until and unless they bring a new national forest policy,” says Avadhesh Kaushal, Chairperson of Rural Litigation Entitlement Kendra (RLEK).

Kaushal pointed out that many of the schedule-1 species which are accorded the highest degree of protection under the law, are found outside notified protected areas.

Kaushal said 29 per cent of tigers live outside the tiger reserves. In Uttarakhand’s Lansdowne Forest Division, a tiger corridor between Corbett National Park and Rajaji Tiger Reserve has 22-25 tigers but is not a protected area, Kaushal said.

The situation gives rise to man-animal conflict which cause threats to life for animals as well as humans.

“It is high time we need to create awareness among people regarding the same and the government and forest department should also take adequate steps and amend the forest policy,” Kaushal said.

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Samajwadi Party sees gain in Shivpal’s weakness

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Lucknow, Sep 15 Following the Samajwadi Party’s defeat in this year’s Lok Sabha elections, it was expected that the Yadav family feud would be settled and Akhilesh Yadav would finally come to terms with his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.

However, instead of making any effort in this direction, the SP has petitioned to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly to cancel Shivpal Singh Yadav’s membership.

Shivpal Singh Yadav had left the SP during the Lok Sabha elections, but the party did not take any initiative to end his Assembly membership at the time. It was then believed that there could be a reconciliation between him and Akhilesh Yadav in the future. But it did not happen.

It was now clear that the SP will have to contest with Shivpal Singh Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSPL) which will further add fuel to the family feud.

Political analysts have admitted that Shivpal Singh Yadav had tried to show his strength by contesting the Lok Sabha elections with the PSPL, but he did not succeed.

“There is no use in keeping Shivpal Singh Yadav in the party now. Weakening him will bring down his party to the grassroots and their leaders will come in support of SP. This will benefit the party in the by-elections.

“However, most people have understood that Shivpal Singh Yadav is nothing without the SP. So it is necessary to weaken him by snatching his membership,” a senior SP leader said.

Political analyst Ratanmani Lal said: “Shivpal Singh Yadav was looking at his political career in the Congress party after separating from the SP. There was a lot of talks that he was planning to join hands with the Congress. But after the Congress suffered a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, he was left all by himself. After the elections, the BJP has also stopped giving Shivpal Singh Yadav any importance.

“Both Akhilesh and Mulayam have understood that Shivpal has no way to join either the Congress or BJP. In such a situation, the SP can become stronger only by weakening the PSPL.”

Another political analyst Rajkumar said: “Shivpal Singh Yadav wanted to join the SP after the Lok Sabha elections, but Akhilesh was not willing to include him in the party at any cost. In fact, after taking Shivpal, Akhilesh’s headache would have increased.”

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Weird statements of Nirmala, Piyush will not lead to betterment of economy: Yashwant Sinha

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Indore, Sep 15 : Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha termed the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s reasoning behind decline in the automobile sector as “weird” and asked whether she can explain how the sales of trucks declined.Further saying that farmers condition should be improve for the betterment of the Indian economy .

“We should have grown at a rate of at least eight percent. the GDP growth has come down to five percent The missing three percent growth meant loss of Rs. 6 lakh crore in just one quarter, he claimed.

Speaking to media persons in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, the former finance minister said, “People in the government are making weird statements. These statements will not lead to betterment of economy. But they will definitely affect the government’s image.”

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s stated that decline in the automobile sector is because of millennials using app-based cab services Ola and Uber instead of buying car.

To the reason given by the minister of Modi government for the decline in the sale of cars, Sinha questioned, “If companies like Ola and Uber caused a drop in passenger vehicle sales, then why there is a slowdown in sales of two-wheelers and trucks?”

Sinha even mocked the Piyush Goyal’s statement while defending the finance minister . “A Union minister (Piyush Goyal) is talking about Einstein’s law of gravity,” the former BJP leader said.

Piyush Goyal was defending the government against the allegations of the economic slowdown. He was trying to answer the question of how projected GDP growth rates don’t seem to align with the $5 trillion-dollar economy mission when he said something interesting — “Maths didn’t help Einstein discover gravity”.

“Bihar’s finance minister (Sushil Modi) said there is recession due to Sawan-Bhado (the rainy season).” the former BJP leader said.

Sinha also asked how can Sitharaman equate the economies of India and UAE and questioned the announcement to organize a mega-shopping festival in India on the lines of Dubai Shopping Festival to boost exports.

“The economies of UAE (United Arab Emirates) and India are different. India’s economy will progress only when farmers in areas like Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh progress,” he said.

Critical of the merger plan, he said”I am not opposed to merger. But it will not reduce their non-performing assets automatically, rather bank officials will get tied up in completing merger formalities instead of focusing on actual banking.”

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‘Deadly’ malaria cases detected in 11 Uttar Pradesh districts

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Lucknow, Sep 15 Eleven districts in Uttar Pradesh have reported cases of the ‘deadly’ plasmodium falciparum (PF) malaria this year.

According to data issued by the state’s health department, a total of 852 PF cases were detected from January to August this year and of these, the highest were reported from Bareilly (707).

The other 10 districts where PF was detected are Pilibhit, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Bahraich, Kanpur Dehat, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar.

Officials said that 39,135 cases of the plasmodium vivax (PV), the most widespread and common form of malaria, and 852 cases of PF were reported in Uttar Pradesh from January to August this year.

Out of total 852 persons tested positive with PF, 707 were in Bareilly, 106 in Budaun, 23 in Sonbhadra, five in Shahjahanpur, three each in Pilibhit and Bahraich and one each in Kanpur Dehat, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, Lalitpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar.

The malaria cases drastically increased in the month of September in Bareilly and Badaun.

Joint Director (malaria) Avadhesh Yadav said: “Following an outbreak of malaria last year in Bareilly and Badaun, the cases are on the rise in these two districts but the situation will be controlled by the end of the year. Except Sonebhadra, other districts have reported only a few PF cases.

“Whenever a person is tested positive with PF malaria, the health teams have conducting special activity. At least 50 houses situated in the radius of the residence of the PF patient were sprayed with pyrethrum, a natural insecticide. Besides fogging and larvicidal spraying was also carried out.”

The health department has sprayed larvicides in 22 villages, fogged 116 villages and sprayed pyrethrum in 193 villages of Bareilly to contain the breeding of mosquitoes this year till August.

In neighboring Badaun, larvicides have been sprayed in 140 villages, while fogging and spraying with pyrethrum has been done in 125 and 66 villages respectively.

Most of the malaria cases being reported since January, were detected in three blocks of Bareilly and four blocks of Badaun on the Bareilly-Budaun border.

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