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Tiger killed by carnivore in buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In more bad news for tigers and animal lovers in Maharashtra, the state lost yet another tiger. The big cat was killed by another carnivore in the buffer zone of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. (TATR).This has taken the number of tiger mortalities in Maharashtra this year to 15, which is at par with the highest toll recorded.State forest department officials said that forest department staff, who were visiting the Janala village in Chandrapur after a farmer’s cow was killed by a tiger, had chanced upon the carcass of the slain big cat on Wednesday. “The tiger may have been killed in a fight with another tiger. The slain tiger was aged around one-and-half years,” said an official. The tail and a rear leg of the killed tiger was severed from his body during the fight and some part of the body was also eaten by wild animals making it difficult to identify the gender. “The other tiger too may have been injured badly in the fight as we heard it cry out in pain at a distance,” the official added. In 2016, India lost 98 tigers–the highest since 2010 and this year, the toll stands at 79.In 2016, Maharashtra accounted for 15 mortalities–the highest so far. In 2015, Maharashtra’s tiger deaths stood at 12, up from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013. Tiger mortalities were 13 in 2012 and four each in 2011 and 2010. As on November 17 this year, the tiger deaths in Maharashtra are 15. Since November 4, 2016, a total of six tigers have been electrocuted in the state. This includes Srinivas, the son of Maharashtra’s iconic tiger Jai, who was electrocuted to death in the Nagbhid range in April. Maharashtra has six tiger reserves, namely Tadoba Andhari, Pench, Bor, Sahyadri, Melghat and Navegaon Nagzira. According to the tiger census, results for which were released in 2014, India has 2,226 tigers, up from 1,706 in 2010. The state has around 190 such big cats, more than the figure of 169 in 2010.

Sports centre announced near Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing that the state government would develop a sports science centre at Balewadi on the outskirts of Pune city, Minister for Sports Vinod Tawde on Thursday said that it would provide players all facilities under one roof.Tawde on Thursday felicitated sportspersons who have won medals for the country at the Olympics or Paralympics, and the coach for Indian women’s cricket team, which was a runner-up at the World Cup tournament.He said that the protocol department along with the sports department would now from now take care of the visa formalities for the players representing the state, or the country in international sporting events.Olympics silver medalist Sakshi Mallik, cricketer Poonam Raut, and other medalists and participants including Kavita Raut and Lalita Babar were felicitated at Sahyadri Guesthouse. Mumbai Cricket Association president Ashish Shelar was also present.

Farm loan waiver: Govt to charge sugar mills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has decided to deduct Rs 4 per tonne from sugar mills towards the chief minister’s relief fund during the 2017-18 cane crushing season, which will begin from November 1. The permission process will be shifted online.In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Sahyadri Guest House, ministers discussed planning for the crushing season of 2017-18. The review meeting also included members from the state’s cooperative sugar industry.The Union Government has already announced a fair and remunerative price (FRP) of Rs 2,550 per metric tonne which the state has to abide by. The meeting approved the decision to provide Rs 4 per tonne towards chief minister’s relief fund.Minister for Cooperation Subhash Deshmukh, Minister for Agriculture Pandurang Fundkar, Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bavankule and Minister of state (MoS) for Finance Deepak Kesarkar were present at the meeting.

Goa reservoirs filling up fast due to bountiful rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Goa receiving good monsoon rains, reservoirs in the state are filling up fast and are expected to achieve full capacity by this month-end itself, a minister said today. “Dam levels in the state have gone up to almost 80 per cent of the capacity and farmers will not face water shortage for irrigation purpose (in the near future),” Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar told reporters here. He released data of all the five major reservoirs in Goa, including Selaulim dam, which supplies drinking water to almost 80 per cent of the state. “Dams are getting filled up fast and are on the verge of getting fully filled by the month-end,” the minister said. As per the data, water level in Selaulim dam, located in South Goa and having a height of 41.15 metres, has touched a mark of 40.24 metres. Anjunem dam, located on the foothill of Sahyadri in Sattari taluka and having a height of 93.2 metres, has been filled up to 87.62 metres. Amthane dam, which has 50.25 metres height, has touched a mark of 49.45 metres. Panchawadi dam in South Goa has a height of 26 metres and is almost full with water touching 25.84 metres level. Chapoli dam in North Goa has a height of 38.75 metres and it has touched a level of 25.84 metres. Palyekar said the government is pushing for rainwater harvesting during the monsoon to recharge the water table. The southwest monsoon arrived in the coastal state in early June 8.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sagareshwar to be Maharashtra’s first completely-fenced sanctuary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While man-animal conflict is rising around forest areas, the State Forest Department will completely fence-off the Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Maharashtra to prevent animals from raiding human settlements and farms.Once this fencing of the 10.87 sq km-sanctuary gets over in the next four months, it will become Maharashtra’s first protected area to be completely enclosed. Located in Sangli district, Sagareshwar has another first to its name — it is the first man-made wildlife sanctuary.”We have chain-link fenced most of the sanctuary and will soon cover the remaining part. We will ensure 24X7 vigilance,” V Clement Ben, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and Field Director of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve told DNA. He added that the move was initiated after repeated crop depredation by herbivores.”The sanctuary is surrounded by human settlements and agricultural fields. “We have no option but to fence off the area,” said Ben. Combined with watch-towers and protection huts, the fence will ensure the safety of the animals in the sanctuary.Work on parts of the fence commenced around five years ago in areas where the crop damage was huge.A forest official said the fence would be 7-feet tall to prevent animals from crossing over. “The sanctuary has an around 39 sq km boundary, of which just a 1.60 km patch is to be covered,” he said.Sagareshwar has herbivores like spotted deer, black bucks, sambar, wild boar, and nilgai, and birds like peacocks. Hyenas and fox are the main carnivores. Since the forest was created artificially, it isn’t linked to other forests or the Western Ghats.However, officials admit that fencing other forest areas similarly will impede animal movement and thus, the quality of the genetic stock.The Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary located in Sangli is the first man-made wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra.It was built by freedom fighter and environmentalist Dhondiram Mohite in 1975. Animals were introduced artificially.It is surrounded by agricultural fields in the Krishna basin and there have been instances of animals straying into these areas and destroying crops.The sanctuary will be fenced off to prevent this conflict.

Sparks fly at the steering committee of farmers leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A split down the middle seems to have emerged within the steering committee of farmers’ leaders constituted to have dialogue with the Maharashtra government for removing the cap on loan waiver. According to agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar when most of the members across the board agreed to a financial cap of Rs 1 lakh, which was later even agreed to be raised to Rs 1.5 lakh, some members of the steering committee raised objections and demanded that farm loans up to Rs 15 lakh be waived. The BJP minister alluded to the fact that some of the steering committee members were clearly favouring the interests of the rich farmers owning vineyards and orchards. The minister said that matters came to such a pass that some members of the steering committee even burnt copies of the Government Resolution (GR) that had laid down the criteria to select the farmers who would get the loan waiver. He added that Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil who read clause by clause the government conditions, took consensus only after it was agreed upon and deleted those on which objections were raised. The senior BJP minister disclosed that only 10 members of the committee were allowed in at the meeting venue at Sahyadri State Guest House at Malabar Hill. They then communicated the deliberations to other members waiting outside, and those waiting outside disapproved and began using abusive language and burnt the copy of the GR, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will only hold talks with ‘true’ farmers: Maha CM Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reiterating his promises to farmer leaders, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday made it clear that he was ready to hold discussions with true farmers and farmer leaders but would not talk to those who want to do politics in the name of farmers’ strike. Speaking to media persons after a program at Sahyadri Guest House, Fadnavis said that he has assured to take a decision by October 31’st on loan waiver for the marginal farmers with small landholding up to five acres. He said that he would fulfil all the promises including loan waiver for small farmers. Maha CM said that he held discussions with farmer leaders before announcing loan waiver and was even today ready to hold talks with any of the farmer leaders. In the same breath, Fadnavis said that but he would not talk to those who jjust want to play politics in the name of strike.

Indian Navy to hold exercises with Indonesia, PNG and Aus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy will hold bilateral exercises with Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia after completing a maritime exercise with Singapore. The Navy is currently taking part in the annual Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise 2017 (SIMBEX-17) with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) which will be completed on May 24. “After we conclude SINBEX with RSN, we will set course for further interaction for Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia before returning home,” said Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. lndian Naval Ships (INS) Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating in SIMBEX-17. INS Jyoti and Shivalik completed their naval exercise with the Royal Malaysian Navy yesterday and will join INS Sahyadri and Kamorta for the second phase of SIMBEX-17. “Our presence in this region is a manifestation of growing engagement with ASEAN countries and the maritime nations of the Western Pacific in furtherance of our diplomatic initiative,” Real Admiral Dasgupta said. “Constructive engagement between navies has always been a preferred method of military engagement between friendly nations,” he said last night at a reception hosted on board Sahyadri and Kamorta, both docked alongside at the Changi Naval Base. The Indian navy has once again reaffirmed the strategic partnership between India and Singapore, and reiterated its commitment to maritime security, stability and peace in this region, added India s High Commissioner to Singapore, Jawed Ashraf.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ISKCON’s Govardhan Eco Village wins Smart Village Award

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in adjoining Thane district, has won an award for being a sustainable project in rural Maharashtra. The village at Wada taluka is located 108km north of Mumbai at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains. The award, “Smart Village,” has been instituted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), which also gives awards in various other categories. The award was received by Nimai Lila Das, Chief Sustainability Officer of Govardhan Eco Village, in New Delhi yesterday, said a statement issued by ISKCON here today. Govardhan Eco Village won the honour jointly with Ecosoft, the statement added. Director of Govardhan Eco Village Gauranga Das said, “Over 100 entries were received at the second edition of the awards with 15 winners under 12 categories. Each of the members of the jury rated the projects and the winner was decided based on the cumulative score. We are excited to receive this award.” The awards are presented in various categories including the smart city project, safe city, smart ICT, green buildings, architectural design, smart urban mobility, smart energy, smart village, smart water and solid waste management. Das added, “The smart village award category recognises village project that integrates upgradation and uplift of various (socio-economic, infrastructure, etc.) facilities for making life smooth and accessible for the villagers.” Describing the main characteristics of the rural project, Radhanath Swamiji Maharaj, ISKCON spiritual leader, said, “Govardhan Eco Village is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres at Galtare in Wada taluka. “Since its inception in 2003, Govardhan Eco Village has made steady progress in organic farming, cow protection, rural education & development, alternative energy, eco friendly constructions and sustainable living.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai-Solapur rail traffic hit as monkey gets electrocuted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rail traffic on Mumbai-Solapur line was affected today for nearly half-an-hour after a monkey got electrocuted that resulted in tripping of power on the route, said a senior railway official. The primate got electrocuted at Monkey Hill station, in Pune division of the Central Railway, at 9.54 AM and the services were restored around 10.24 AM, he said. The railway station is named so because the area has a large number of monkeys. “The monkey was reported to have been electrocuted when it came in contact with the overhead wire due to which power supply got tripped. A brief power block was taken to remove the monkey,” a senior official of the CR’s Public Relations department said. Train 11024 Sahyadri Express was affected due to the incident, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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