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  • Decision to develop forests over the vacant mines is commendable: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

    Chief Minister inspected the magnificent man-made forest developed over the vacant mines of Nandini

    Mr. Baghel planted a banyan plant under Jan Van Program

    More than 83 thousand saplings have been planted here

    This man-made forest is a great example of how a mining-based project can be turned into a natural habitat, an example for environmental re-conservation or ecological restoration

    A magnificent man-made environment heritage of the country has been developed over the vacant mines of Nandini in Durg district. This man-made jungle at Nandini was inspected by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today. This project has been developed over the land of vacant mines of Nandini at the cost of Rs 3.30 crore. During his inspection visit today, Chief Minister also planted a banyan sapling under Jan Van programme. It is noteworthy that DMF and other heads have been utilized for development of this forest. This project was prepared with the objective of environment conservation, on Chief Minister’s instructions. This project is a great example of how the non-functional mining areas can be utilized to develop natural habitat. 

    On the occasion, Chief Minister said that it is a commendable step towards conservation of environment. In this man-made forest, medicinal plants have been planted and orchids have been developed over 100 acres. He added that this man-made forest is a major initiative towards environment conservation and pollution control. 

    Forest and Climate Change Minister and In-Charge Minister of Durg District Mr. Mohammad Akbar said on the occasion that we have taken several major steps to preserve nature including the Lemru Project, plantation on riverbanks, and others. He congratulated people of the district on development of the magnificent man-made forest. 

    PHE Minister Shri Guru Rudra Kumar, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel also planted saplings on this occasion. It is noteworthy that there are already many teak and gooseberry trees in Nandini's forest spread over an area of 17 km. Now 83,000 saplings have been planted in the area, with the funds sanctioned under DMF-ADB. On this occasion, PCCF Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi gave detailed information about the project and congratulated the officials engaged in the implementation of this project. CF Mrs. Shalini Raina also congratulated the project team. Collector Dr. Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure and DFO Mr. Dhammsheel Ganveer gave detailed information about the project to Chief Minister. They informed that 83000 saplings have been planted in the area under the project. In 3 years, this area will be fully developed as a forest. Mr. Ganveer said that trees with long life span such as Peepal, Banyan have been planted here, along with the medicinal trees like Harra, Behada, Mahuva. On this occasion, PCCF Forest Conservation Mr. Narasimha Rao, MD of Minor Forest Produce Mr. Sanjay Shukla, IG Mr. Vivekanand Sinha, and other officers were present. BSP CEO Mr. Anirban Dasgupta was also present on the occasion.

    Ideal habitat for birds- The entire project has been developed in such a way that it will serve as an ideal habitat for birds as well as a bird park. There is a huge wetland here, which will be utilized as breeding ground for Whistling Ducks, Open Billed Starks etc and other birds.

    Development of Eco-tourism – Special arrangements would be made for tour of this man-made forest. Necessary action plan has also been made to make this forest one of the best tourist places of not only Chhattisgarh but the entire country.


  • AIADMK, BJP wooing PMK to remain in NDA fold

    The PMK is the political arm of the powerful Vanniyar community and the previous AIADMK government had ordered 10.5 percent reservation for the community from within the Most Backward Caste (MBC) fold.

    The opposition AIADMK and the BJP are reaching out to the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) to remain in the NDA fold after the latter announced to go solo in the rural local body polls.

    The PMK on Tuesday announced that it would contest the ensuing rural local body elections, to be held on October 6 and October 9, alone.

    The PMK is the political arm of the powerful Vanniyar community and the previous AIADMK government had ordered 10.5 percent reservation for the community from within the Most Backward Caste (MBC) fold, a long pending demand of the PMK and its founder leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss.

    However, after the DMK government came to power, it announced a Government Order for the 10.5 percent reservation for the Vanniyar community as well as a memorial for the 21 Vanniyars who were shot dead by the police during the regime of AIADMK leader M.G. Ramachandran on September 17, 1987.

    Political observers are of the opinion that the DMK was trying to woo the Vanniyar community to get a stronghold in North Tamil Nadu where the community is strong. The announcement by the state president of the party and also an MLA G.K. Mani that the PMK would contest the rural local body polls alone was a shocker for the AIADMK-BJP combine. and hence the firefighting operation began quickly.

    Sources in the BJP said that senior leaders of the party in New Delhi have already communicated to the PMK youth wing leader Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, who was a minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government, to stay back in the NDA fold in Tamil Nadu.

    The AIADMK leaders, O. Panneerselvam and K. Palaniswami have also communicated to the PMK leadership including Dr. S. Ramadoss regarding the continuation of the alliance.

    Meanwhile, the statement issued by the PMK spokesperson, S. Balu noted that the PMK was still with the NDA and that it had announced contesting the rural local body polls on its own was due to the lack of time to enter into coalition discussions as the polls would be held in three weeks from now.

    Manonmani G. Professor of Political Science at a private college in Chennai and a close observer of Tamil Nadu politics said, “PMK was testing the waters and the party now wants Anbumani Ramadoss to get a ministerial berth at the Centre and the announcement that they would contest the polls alone has brought both the AIADMK and the BJP at their feet. The statement of the party spokesman that the PMK has not severed its ties andR that it was only for the rural local body polls that the party was contesting alone could be read along with this.”


  • Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

    Meanwhile, Egyptian-mediated efforts to deliver a long-term truce have struggled with the sides unable to agree on a system to renew Qatari payments to needy Gaza families

    Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday in response to a series of rocket launches out of the Hamas-ruled territory. It was the third consecutive night of fighting between the enemies.

    Tensions have been heightened following last week’s escape from an Israeli prison by six Palestinian inmates, as well as struggling efforts by Egypt to broker a long-term cease-fire in the wake of an 11-day war last May.

    The Israeli military reported three separate rocket launches late Sunday and early Monday, saying at least two of them were intercepted by its rocket defenses.

    In response, it said it attacked a number of Hamas targets. There were no reports of casualties on either side.

    Over the weekend, Israel caught four of the six Palestinian inmates, who tunneled out of a maximum security prison on Sept. 6. Palestinian militants responded with rocket fire. Israel’s search for the last two prisoners is continuing.

    Meanwhile, Egyptian-mediated efforts to deliver a long-term truce have struggled with the sides unable to agree on a system to renew Qatari payments to needy Gaza families. Israel has demanded guarantees that Hamas does not divert the money for military use.

    Gaza is an impoverished territory whose population is overwhelmingly comprised of families who fled or were forced from properties in what is now Israel during the war surrounding Israel’s establishment in 1948.

    Hamas is pushing for Israel to end a crippling blockade that has devastated Gaza’s economy, while Israel is demanding that Hamas free two captive Israeli civilians and return the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers.

    Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting the forces of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007, a year after the Islamic militant group won Palestinian parliamentary elections.

    Since then, Israel and Hamas have fought four wars and numerous smaller rounds of fighting.