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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • J&K minister opposes anti-encroachment drive; J&K minister pelts stones during demolition drive
  • All opportunities being diverted to Gujarat. Nothing is given for Maharashtra by the central govt, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches a direct hotline to the state CM’s office
  • MNS workers vandalise shops, assault cabs in Vasai area, near Mumbai.
  • After nothing was allocated in the Finance bill, I decided that TDP is not going to be in alliance with the NDA govt: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time in two hours. Will be adjourned till Tuesday.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s name plate vandalised in Presidency University, Kolkata
  • Supreme Court asks Centre to visit Rohingya refugee camps after lawyer filed PIL alleging human rights violations at the camps.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh says there is nothing to fear if non-confidence motion is moved against the government.
  • Morally, BJP govt has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the state of AP, says Congress party’s Renuka Chowdhury


Poaching of palm squirrels rampant at Singanallur Tank

Covai Post Network

After wild birds it now hunting of palm squirrels near Singanallur Lake. Volunteers of the Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Education (CUBE) spotted a few poachers hunting the squirrels on Tuesday. Last year, there were cases of wild bird hunting in the area.

According to the volunteers on a field visit to water the miyawaki plantation (a Japanese method of planting of different plants close to each other to develop ecosystem) by the lake side, three men were noticed in the area. One of them was on the tree collecting squirrels from the trap they had set and others were under the tree.

When the volunteers made enquiries, the three fled the scene with a large bag. A small one was left behind and the volunteers found that it had a few dead squirrels.

A volunteer said poachers were found killing larger wild birds like painted stork, spot-billed pelican, francolin and other wilds ducks and small animals like hare and mongoose for meat by setting traps in the areas around the lake.

Last year, nature enthusiasts during a birding activity spotted poachers involved in killing painted storks.

Coimbatore District Forest Officer N Sathish said field staff would be deployed to inspect the area for traps. There will be regular monitoring in that area, he added

“We got photographs of the poachers and will take stringent action under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,” Satish said.

He requested people and nature enthusiasts to inform the department if they noticed such offences and added that action would be taken immediately.