Centre: India is home to 70% of world’s tiger population
On the eve of Global Tiger Day, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar released All India Tiger Estimation 2018 and revealed that India is home to 70% of the world’s big cats.
“In 1973, there were just nine tiger reserves which has now increased to 50. It is important to know that none of these reserves is poor quality. Despite India’s constraint of 2.5 per cent of global land, four per cent of rainfall and 16 per cent of world’s human population, India is home to eight per cent of world’s biodiversity which includes 70 per cent of world’s tiger population. Today, India not only has tigers, but 30,000 elephants, 3,000 one-horned rhinoceros and over 500 lions besides variety of other flora and fauna”Prakash Javadekar, Environment Minister
2019 tiger estimation report revealed that India recorded 2967 tigers which was twice of 2006 numbers (1411).
The minister also added that India was ”ready to take leadership role and work with all 12 tiger range countries in their training, capacity building and in actual management of tiger reserves”.
India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam are know as tiger range countries.
ED’s multi-city raid over alleged money laundering case against GKV Group
The Enforcement Directorate conducted a multi-city raid in connection with the money laundering case against GVK group and Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) as it conduct probe alleged siphoning of funds close to Rs 705 crore while running the Mumbai airport.
MIAL, is a joint public-private partnership venture between GVK Airport Holdings Limited and Airports Authority of India.
The raids were held at 9 locations in Mumbai and Hyderabad under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. GVK group & MIAL offices along with premises of GVK group promoters were raided.
ED, had earlier this month, filed an enforcement case information report under the PMLA after CBI filed an FIR in this case. The central agency is probing illegal routing funds angle.
Officials suspect GVK group promoters along with unnamed AAI officials siphoned off funds.
ICC ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma retain top slots
India captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma maintained command and occupied 2 spots in ICC ODI rankings for batting while bowler Jasprit Bumrah also maintained second spot among bowlers.
With 871 points, Kohli is followed by Rohit Sharma who has amassed 855 points, while Pakistan’s Babar Azam, with 829 points is at the third spot.
Meanwhile among bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah with 719 points trails after New Zealand’s Trent Boult who has 722, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman with 701 points is at the third spot.
In the all-rounders category, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, England all-rounder Ben Stokes lead the table, while Ravindra Jadeja is at the 8th spot.