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Maharashtra government declares Chandrapur as dry district

Maharashtra Government has declared mineral rich Chandrapur district (in Vidarbha region) as dry district.

Thus imposing ban on the sale, purchase, production and consumption of liquor in the district.

In this regard, state government has cancelled all alcohol permits in Chandrapur district and henceforth will be shifted to other districts.

Chandrapur district is third district in state to be declared dry district. The demand for banning liquor in Chandrapur was made in late 2010, following which a committee was set up by state government. Thus, this decision was taken that in the interest of health of the people of Chandrapur, liquor consumption must be prohibited.

Earlier, Wardha and Gadchiroli districts from same region were declared dry districts.

Wardha was declared dry district as it is closely linked to Mahatma Gandhi with his ashram situated in Sevagram.

While, in the case of Gadchiroli the decision to declare it as a dry district was taken in 1992 owing to a public outcry to ban alcohol in view of growing Naxal movement.

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India’s Tigers population increases by 30% since 2011

As per tiger census report 2014, the population of tigers in India has increased from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

This tiger census report was released by Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar.

Key facts of tiger census report 2014

  • It shows an increase of 30 per cent in country’s tiger population compared to 2011 tiger census report.
  • The latest tiger census figures show that Karnataka has the highest number of tigers in the age group of 1.5 years and more. It has 408 tigers in that age group.
  • While census figures show that 340 tigers are in Uttarakhand, 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 in Uttar Pradesh.
  • As per new census, India is estimated to be home to around 70% of the world’s tigers.
  • For census, total of 3,78,118 sq km of forest area in 18 tiger states was surveyed with a total of 1,540 unique tiger photo captures.

Tiger census

In India, tiger census is carried out after a gap of every four years by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

2006 tiger census: Tiger population estimated was 1,411.

2010 tiger census: Tiger population estimated was 1,706.

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