In official and
distressing figures released by the newly-minted
National Tiger Conservation Authority (set up to
implement India's Project Tiger), the latest
estimated count of tigers remaining in
Indias protected forests hovers at a mere
1,411 less than half of the 3,642 tigers
tallied during the last census of 2001-2002.
India is believed to be home to about half of the
worlds remaining wild tiger population.
The main culprits
for this decline are poaching, habitat loss and
the increasing scarcity of prey. Across the
border in China and in other parts of Southeast
Asia, tiger-derived products and medicines are in
demand, further pushing the tiger toward
But according to
the secretary of the Tiger Project, Rajesh Gopal,
there is still hope to be found in the fact that
the government is setting up eight new tiger
reserves, covering 30,000 square kilometres of
known tiger territory. In addition to this and in
the face of immense international pressure of
"too little, too late", the government
also recently set up a wildlife crime control
bureau to keep poaching of tigers and other
endangered animals in check.
announcement seems grim, three other important
tiger habitats were omitted from the count, while
census work carries on in mangrove forests of the
Sundarbans, located in the eastern state of West
Bengal. Due to the risk posed by Maoist rebels,
the census also omitted eastern Jharkhand and
like Corbett National Park in Uttaranchal and
Bandipur, and Nagarhole in Karnataka are safe
havens with the number of tigers in these areas
remaining more or less the same.
Western India was supposed to be a safe haven for
tigers, but the latest Tiger Census shows that
the number of Tigers in Madhya Pradesh have
almost halved in the last five-six years.
Madhya Pradesh like Panna and Kanha and even
Melghat in Maharashtra have witnessed a drastic
reduction in the number of tigers.
Trikuta Nagar, Jammu
We all know that
replacing board exams with grades is one of the
most argued topic these days.The aim of this
decision is to lessen the burden of the children
who become frustrated due to the burden of
also lay a lot of stress on children to score
good marks in exams which sometimes force them to
take mindless decisions like suicide etc. and our
education minister took this decision especially
to prevent such cases but there is the other side
of the coin too.While making efforts to prevent
such cases and provide a healthier and happy life
to children many other problems have also arise
as it decreases the the competitive feeling in
students and they become careless in class.
problem is not solved yet.Students will have to
face the board exams again in 12th std. To put
the matter into a nut shell we can say that
parents play an important role in helping the
students to tackle the exams easily; so they
should play their role well and encourage the
students to do well in exams and never pressurise
them to do so.
Indigenise Defence production
It is quite
heartening to know that India's Defense
Procurement Policy (DPP) is being fine tuned to
reduce imports and promote indigenisation in
defence production sector.
The process should
have been initiated much before, as a country
like India can't protect its sovereignty on the
mercy of other nations.
It is an admitted
fact that most of the defence needs of our
security forces are met by importing equipments
from other nations. These deals/contracts often
either get delayed or are terminated due to
frauds. Moreover, acquisition process is quite
cumbersome and time consuming.
You have to float
international tenders, then short list the chosen
companies and complete formalities. Had these
equipment been available in the country, such a
situation would not arise. Besides we can reduce
our reliance on the exporting countries.
Sharma, Director General (Acquisition) Ministry
of Defence has rightly said If India
was to have a say in the global milieu, it needed
to have a vibrant defence industry. By
indigenising defence production sector, the
country will not only save huge exchequer, but
will also create lakhs of job opportunities for
R S Pura