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Man-animal conflict can lead to human existential crisis

New Delhi (NM Bureau): There is an urgent need to optimise conservation efforts of wildlife as the situation could lead to an existential crisis for humans said minister for commerce Suresh Prabhu in a function held on the occasion of World Elephant Day.

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said “man-animal conflict can create an existential crisis for humans and protection of wilderness and forests was a must for preserving wildlife.” He called on for optimising conservation efforts in this regard.

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Minister Prabhu was addressing a gathering to celebrate 'World Elephant Day' and to mark the beginning of a four day long 'Gaj Mahotsav' in the premises of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts here in the National capital Delhi.

Minister presented the 'Best Elephant Warrior Award' to late Mani Kandan who a senior Indian Forest Service officer at Karnataka's Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. Kandan was trampled to death by a tusker when he went inside the jungle to assess the damage caused by a forest fire this year.

As per the data released by the Indian Environment Ministry for the year 2017, there are about 30,000 Asian elephants left in the world and most of them confined to South Asia and Southeast Asia. Incidentally, around 60 per cent of the global population of Asian elephants are  in India.

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Taking part in the symposium as part of the festival organised by the Wildlife Trust of India in collaboration with other government and non-government bodies, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change officials of India said that  “if elephants were confined to one place, nature's linkage will be broken and pointed to the need to protect the habitat and corridors of elephants.”

The four day long Gaj Mahotsav focuses on the “right to passage” for elephants in India where industrialisation is fast infringing upon Elephant habitats.  The deliberations during the festival focused on improving enforcement policies to prevent illegal poaching and trade in ivory. Different panel discussions delved on issues conserving elephants' habitats, providing better treatment for captive elephants and reintroducing some captive elephants into sanctuaries.

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Multi fold hike in Delhi MLA fund

New Delhi (NM Bureau): The government of the National Capital Region Delhi has approved the proposal to increase the MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) fund from ₹4 crore to ₹10 crore annually. Which effectively means that each elected member of the Delhi legislative assembly will have around ₹ 50 crore to spend for the welfare of their respective constituencies. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Hunger deaths trigger political slugfest in National Capital

 

New Delhi (NM Bureau): An political slugfest has begun between political parties over the unfortunate death of three kids in Delhi due to hunger. The starvation deaths which was reported widely in the national media lost its direction with all three major political parties in Delhi, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the BJP and the Congress blaming each other for the deaths. 

 

While Delhi is ruled by AAP, the centre is in the hands of BJP and Congress is playing the role of the opposition in both places. While political parties fight over media, the real cause of the starvation deaths seems to be not investigated.

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Wife can deny sex: Delhi high court

New Delhi: In a significant judgement and a departure from the past position, Delhi high court has ruled that marriage is not a permanent consent for sex and the wives have the right to deny it. Experts feel the observation are bound to have far reaching consequences for Indian society.

 

The observation of the Delhi High Court on Tuesday also strives to define marital rape by saying that rape is not always by physical force only suggesting that sex against the will of the wife could also be termed as rape. 

The observation was made by two member bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar. The bench unequivocally said that in a relationship like marriage, both man and woman have a right to say ‘no’ to physical relations. The court’s observation came while hearing pleas seeking to make marital rape an offence.

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First Bud Organics, chosen for Amazon Launchpad in India

First Bud Organics, a budding start-up focused on promoting healthy lifestyle in people has been chosen to be part of Amazon’s Launchpad platform. Based out of Dehradun, First Bud Organics has been growing in popularity since its launch and has managed to garner repute for offering genuine quality products. The company, which is still in its nascent stage, has made quite a stir with the natural, chemical-free organic products.