Punjab government approves release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rivers to promote eco-tourism

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on 17 April 2015 approved release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rives in the state to promote eco-tourism.

Initially, 10 Gharials (last surviving species of the family Gavialidae) will be released in the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of ‘Gharial Recovery Action Plan’.

Decision in this regard was taken after recommendations of the State Board for Wildlife.

Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) also had given permission for release of Gharials under Section 12 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

About Gharial

  • The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is also known as the gavial.
  • It is a fish-eating crocodile and belongs to one of the three crocodilian species found in the Indian Sub-Continent.
  • It is listed in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • It is also listed as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species.
  • In historic times it was present in Indus River system, including Beas and Sutlej rivers, indicating healthy river system.


Gujarat wins Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 trophy 2014-15

Gujarat won the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 cricket trophy for the tournament season 2014-15.

In the final match played at KIIT Stadium, Odisha they defeated Punjab by two wickets. Punjab by batting first had scored 117 for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Gujarat by chasing the target had scored 123 in 19.5 overs for 8 wickets.

With this win, Gujarat has won this trophy for second, earlier they won in 2012-13 season.

About Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 Trophy

  • Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 Trophy is a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship in India named after famous Indian cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali.
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organizes the tournament and played among the teams from Ranji Trophy.
  • Inaugural season of tournament was 2008-09 and was won by Maharashtra cricket team.


88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan begins in Ghumaan, Punjab

88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (All India Marathi Sahitya Sammelan) on 3 April 2015 began in Ghumaan village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

It was inaugurated by Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari along with the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The three-day long sammelan is dedicated to Marathi Saint Bhagat Namdev (Sant Namdeo). In this conference large contingent of Marathi litterateurs is going to take part.

The President of 88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan is Dr. Sadanand More. Apart from inaugurated the sammelan, foundation stone of Bhagat Namdev Degree College was also laid in the Ghumaan village.

Village Ghumaan is the place where Marathi Saint Bhagat Namdev had spent 18 years of his life and gave valuable teachings to the society.

It is believed that in Ghuman, Sant Namdeo had composed his shlokas in Awadhi, Marathi and Punjabi. His 61 shabads were included in holy scripture of the Sikhs i.e. in Guru Granth Sahib.