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Crown discovered off Harappan site in UP

Workers at a brick kiln at Chandayan village, 38 km from Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh, accidentally found a human skeleton, a few pieces of terracotta pottery and a copper crown with carnelian beads attached to the skull.

Beads of carnelian, a semi-precious stone, are generally linked with the Harappan civilization.However, a crown has never been discovered at any of the Indus Valley civilization sites

However, the Archaeological Survey of India has not confirmed the find’s association with Harappan age as it has not conducted a thorough survey of the area.

Tiger population improves in Uttar Pradesh

The number of tigers Uttar Pradesh has improved in the core area of Dudhwa tiger reserve. The initial figures for two years, 2011 to 2013, have shown 72 to 80 tigers in the core area of the reserve.

As per tiger census 2010-11, there were 118 tigers in Dudhwa reserve. In all, 72 to 80 tigers have been estimated in these areas. Once figures for Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary, North and South kheri forest division come, tiger numbers might increase up to 125.  

UP has a major tiger population in Dudhwa tiger reserve comprising Dudhwa National Park (680 sq km), Kishenpur Sanctuary (204 sq km) and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (440 sq km); Pilibhit (720 sq km); North Kheri (350 sq km) and South Kheri (460 sq km).

Bijnor forests in west and Suhelwa (Gonda-Bahraich) and Sohagibarwa wildlife sanctuaries (Maharajganj) in east have smaller tiger populations.

President appoints new Governors to five states

President of India, Pranab Mukherjee appointed Governors of five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland.

Given below is the list of Governors and their respective state of appointment:

  • Keshari Nath Tripathi: Governor of West Bengal
  • Balramji Dass Tandon: Governor of Chhattisgarh
  • Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya: Governor of both Nagaland and Tripura
  • Ram Naik: Governor of Uttar Pradesh
  • Om Prakash Kohli: Governor of Gujarat

UP Govt increased retirement age of State Election Commissioner to 68 years

The Uttar Pradesh Government enhanced the retirement age of State Election Commissioner (SEC) from 65 to 68 years.

The UP government amended the UP State Election Commission (Panchayat and Local bodies) (services and conditions of services) Rules 1994 to increase the term of the SEC up to either 68 years of age or 6-year tenure. Earlier the term of SEC was of 5 years.

State Election Commissioner

73rd and 74th Amendment Act of 1992 of the Constitution of India provide for the formation of State Election Commissions.

These Amendment Act introduced Article 243K and Article 243ZA in the Constitution of India. As per these two Articles, superintendence, direction, control and preparation of electoral rolls for conducting all elections to Panchayat Raj bodies and Municipal bodies in the State are vested in a State Election Commission which comprises a State Election Commissioner to be appointed by the Governor.

The powers and functions of the SEC are similar to those vested in the Election Commission of India constituted under Article 324 of the Constitution of India in their respective field.

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