Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jan 2019 12:24:06










DECADES of hard work and dedication of all stakeholders is paying dividends as the country sees upswing in tiger numbers. Minister for Forest and Environment Mr. Harsh Vardhan, addressing the 3rd Stock Taking Conference on Tiger Conservation in Delhi, was happy to state that his Government has nearly doubled the allocation for the purpose and that it has been able to expand the area under tiger conservation by nearly 4000 kms. Both initiatives are paying and will continue to pay rich dividends. Because of the sustained efforts of the Government and tiger conservationists over the years, India’s conservation story has become a hallmark in the world. Nowhere else in the world tiger population has nearly doubled as has happened in India. This in spite of the fact that there is increasing pressure of urbanisation on wildlife habitat and there is a danger of the area under forests shrinking as a result. Of course India is successfully grappling with this critical issue as it involves man-animal conflict. But a fine balance is required to be achieved.




CAPTAIN Virat Kohli has reason to be happy over the “relentlessness” of his team and it appears to be in “auto mode” for the upcoming World Cup. The clinical manner in which the Indian cricket team decimated New Zealand in three consecutive one-dayers, surely makes it the most favourite to win the World Cup, though to attribute “invincibility” to it would be far-fetched in an unpredictable game of cricket. Captain Kohli takes a well-deserved break from the remaining two games with the assurance that the team in its current form would live upto its reputation as the number one team in the world. After the triumph against the Australians, the New Zealand outing is icing on the cake. Virat Kohli’s men appear to have shaken off the ‘poor travellers’ tag. The series against Kiwis shows that every thing is falling in place for Team India ahead of the World Cup. This tour down under has proved to be good preparation for the upcoming mega event to be hosted by England. The rest of the two games can be utilised for testing bench strength.