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The South Asia Network on Dams, River and People reports that in 2018, 28 people died across India in sand-mining violence.(HT File)

Nature’s protectors often in line of fire

By Bharati Chaturvedi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2019 07:40 AM IST
The South Asia Network on Dams, River and People reports that in 2018, 28 people died across India in sand-mining violence. Not all were officials.
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India has seen an increase in total tiger population with numbers going up from 1,411 in 2006 to 1,706 in 2010 and 2,226 in 2014. But it recorded a 12.6% decline in tiger occupancy in connecting tiger habitats outside tiger reserves between 2006 and 2010(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
India has seen an increase in total tiger population with numbers going up from 1,411 in 2006 to 1,706 in 2010 and 2,226 in 2014. But it recorded a 12.6% decline in tiger occupancy in connecting tiger habitats outside tiger reserves between 2006 and 2010(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

To protect tigers, India needs more better-equipped forest personnel

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2019 05:30 PM IST
India is currently the most dangerous country in the world for forest rangers. In 2017, 29 rangers were killed on duty in India; the Democratic Republic of Congo (17) and Thailand (8) made for a distant second and third, says a report of the International Ranger Federation. On January 27, unidentified poachers with weapons hacked to death two guards in the Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar.
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