To protect the endangered ‘mahaseer’ fish, Uttarakhand set to rope in fishermen
In an initiative to conserve the near threatened Mahaseer fish in Kosi and Ramganga river of Ramnagar, the forest department will enrol fishermen to ensure the safety of the species. Titled ‘Mahaseer Watch’, the project aims at roping in locals for conservation of the fish.
The greatest threat faced by the species is indiscriminate use of dynamites, electricity and poison, which adversely affects the marine ecosystem. In 2013, two people died while trying to electrocute the fish in Ramnagar.
“We are working on a proposal to safeguard the species,” said Neha Verma, divisional forest officer (DFO) Ramnagar.
In July, five people were booked under The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, for catching a 125 kg catfish in Almora.
Anup Sah, former member of State Wildlife Board said that over 100 rivers and tributaries are under the same threat. The depletion of fish population is starting to wreak havoc on the biotic system, whose effects are visible up the food chain. Angling was once an integral pastime inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve, but owing to irregularities, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) stopped the services in 2013. The indiscriminate hunting, thereafter, continues outside the reserve.
In the last board meeting in September 2016, the then chief minister Harish Rawat constituted a team to conduct a study on the species. The purpose was to create a baseline data, on the basis of which the situation could be analysed to achieve a healthy fish population and also to mitigate threats.
No action has been taken against the several cases of locals killing fish that were reported. “We have been trying to exhort people on the financial gain involved if they give up on fish hunting, but the result hasn’t been a positive one,” said head of forest force, Rajinder Kumar Mahajan.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, 48, will get married at a private ceremony in Chandigarh on Thursday. “Mann saab will tie the knot with Dr Gurpreet Kaur, who belongs to Pehowa in Kurukshetra. It will be a private and simple ceremony,” Aam Aadmi Party's Punjab unit chief spokesperson said. This will be Mann's second marriage after he had separated from his first wife, Inderpreet Kaur, in 2015.
Following heavy rains that continued for the third consecutive day in parts of western Maharashtra, a landslide occurred on a road leading to the Pratapgad fort in western Maharashtra's Satara district on Wednesday. Public Works Department's executive engineer, Sanjay Sonawane, said, the incident took place in the wee hours on the main road (no.17) which leads to Pratapgad, located about 140 km from Pune and over 200 km from Mumbai.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, 48, is set to get married in a private ceremony on Thursday. “Mann saab will tie the knot with Dr Gurpreet Kaur who belongs to Pehowa in Kurukshetra. It will be a private and simple ceremony,” Aam Aadmi Party's Punjab unit chief spokesperson said. This will be Mann saab second marriage after he had separated from his first wife Inderpreet Kaur in 2015.
In order to ensure safety of people, a team of National Disaster Response Force personnel from Pune arrived in Palghar on Wednesday. The team comprises of 20 jawans, two officers, with four 30 HP Over Board Motor(OBM) and four Inflattable Rubber Boat along with a dog squad, said Inspector Arakhita Jena,NDRF, who is leading the operations.
A priest of the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya has requested Union home minister Amit Shah to take stern action against filmmaker Leena Manimekalai for releasing an objectionable poster of her documentary 'Kaali'. A poster of the Canada-based director's film showing Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette and holding an LGBTQ flag created an uproar on social media. Multiple FIRs have been registered against her in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.