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Biggest plant conservation report of its kind released: Will it cure Plant Blindness as well?

One of the biggest reports on plant species conservation in India was on Sunday released making Uttarakhand the first state to release a unique report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,145 rare plants from extinction.

 

The research and conservation project was conducted and compiled by the whistleblower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi and his team of bright budding researchers. As per the report as many as 1,145 plant species have been conserved out of which 46 species are endemic to Uttarakhand and 68 species are rare, endangered or threatened, under the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or under state biodiversity board.

 

It covers all classes of plants - tree, shrub, herb, bamboo, wild climbers, fern, orchid, grass, cane, alpine flowers, palm, cycad, cactus, succulent, aquatic species, insectivorous plants and even lower plants like moss, lichen and algae, which have been documented, classified and conserved for the first time.

 

The project aimed at germplasm conservation so that species remain conserved with the forest department even if they disappear from their natural habitat in the wild. Conservation of endemic species is considered to be particularly important as they exist in one geographical region only.

 

The conservation programme includes herbs like Ashwagandha, Giloy, Kalmegh and Chitrak, Brahmkamal and mythological ‘Sanjeevani’ herb as well. Brahmkamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand is considered sacred. It is found at over 12,000 feet altitude in the Himalayan region bordering China, It is used as antiseptic and for treatment of other ailments.

 

Sanjeevani (Selaginella bryopteris) is another rare herb which has found a mention in Ramayan. Similarly, Thuner (Taxusbaccata), a tree found at very high altitude in Himalayan region and at the verge of extinction because of extraction of ‘taxol’, used in treating breast cancer, and Bhojpatra -- a holy tree on the bark of which ancient scriptures were written -- being the last species in tree line, are also conserved by the Uttarakhand forest department. Bhojpatra (Betulautilis) is found in the Himalayan region at around 10,000 ft altitude, before the start of glaciers.

 

Some of the famous and endangered plant species conserved are Chandan, Raktchandan, Ritha, Vajradanti, Jatamasi, Dhoop, Badritulsi, Sita Ashok, Mithavish, Sarpgandha, Brahmi, Salampanja (orchid), Kalmegha, and Buransh among others.

 

The project gathers importance because the present extinction rate of plant species has reached up to 5-7 species per year. Chaturvedi said that the ambitious conservation endeavor would end ‘plant blindness’, a term coined by US botanist Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee in 1998, which underlines the ironies of forest conservation regime. Presently most of the conservation efforts and public attention, funds are diverted into the conservation of glamorous megafauna species like tiger, elephant etc, completely neglecting plant conservation while they play a much more important ecological role. Chaturvedi further added that plants play a more important role in sustaining human life in terms of carbon sequestration, the supply of oxygen, air purification, for food security in terms of the gene pool of wild species, and providing valuable biochemical and bio-molecules in preparation of various medicines.

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UP STF arrests a man for facilitating transfers of IAS and IPS

Uttar Pradesh STF nabbed a 30-year-old man Peeyush Aggarwal from Ghaziabad for allegedly facilitating transfers and postings of IAS and IPS officers in the state. He has been posing himself a journalist and social worker.

 

Aggarwal had allegedly fixed a Rs 1.25 crore deal for ensuring that a senior IAS officer is posted as vice-chairperson of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA). However, the deal fell through. He is alleged to have assets worth crores, he stayed in a rented flat at KW Srishti housing society. Originally from Uttarakhand, he had been living in Delhi-NCR for the past 10 years.

 

He also carried an ID card of DD News which later turned out to be fake. Vishal Vikram Singh, ASP in STF in Lucknow, said their investigation followed an audio clip in which Aggarwal can be purportedly heard talking to his associates about the IAS officer’s posting. After the clip featured on a news channel on May 21, the government ordered an investigation by the STF.

24 May 2020
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Biggest plant conservation report of its kind released: Will it cure Plant Blindness as well?

By Rakesh Ranjan Just now

One of the biggest reports on plant species conservation in India was on Sunday released making Uttarakhand the first state to release a unique report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,145 rare plants from extinction.

 

The research and conservation project was conducted and compiled by the whistleblower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi and his team of bright budding researchers. As per the report as many as 1,145 plant species have been conserved out of which 46 species are endemic to Uttarakhand and 68 species are rare, endangered or threatened, under the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or under state biodiversity board.

 

It covers all classes of plants - tree, shrub, herb, bamboo, wild climbers, fern, orchid, grass, cane, alpine flowers, palm, cycad, cactus, succulent, aquatic species, insectivorous plants and even lower plants like moss, lichen and algae, which have been documented, classified and conserved for the first time.

 

The project aimed at germplasm conservation so that species remain conserved with the forest department even if they disappear from their natural habitat in the wild. Conservation of endemic species is considered to be particularly important as they exist in one geographical region only.

 

The conservation programme includes herbs like Ashwagandha, Giloy, Kalmegh and Chitrak, Brahmkamal and mythological ‘Sanjeevani’ herb as well. Brahmkamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand is considered sacred. It is found at over 12,000 feet altitude in the Himalayan region bordering China, It is used as antiseptic and for treatment of other ailments.

 

Sanjeevani (Selaginella bryopteris) is another rare herb which has found a mention in Ramayan. Similarly, Thuner (Taxusbaccata), a tree found at very high altitude in Himalayan region and at the verge of extinction because of extraction of ‘taxol’, used in treating breast cancer, and Bhojpatra -- a holy tree on the bark of which ancient scriptures were written -- being the last species in tree line, are also conserved by the Uttarakhand forest department. Bhojpatra (Betulautilis) is found in the Himalayan region at around 10,000 ft altitude, before the start of glaciers.

 

Some of the famous and endangered plant species conserved are Chandan, Raktchandan, Ritha, Vajradanti, Jatamasi, Dhoop, Badritulsi, Sita Ashok, Mithavish, Sarpgandha, Brahmi, Salampanja (orchid), Kalmegha, and Buransh among others.

 

The project gathers importance because the present extinction rate of plant species has reached up to 5-7 species per year. Chaturvedi said that the ambitious conservation endeavor would end ‘plant blindness’, a term coined by US botanist Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee in 1998, which underlines the ironies of forest conservation regime. Presently most of the conservation efforts and public attention, funds are diverted into the conservation of glamorous megafauna species like tiger, elephant etc, completely neglecting plant conservation while they play a much more important ecological role. Chaturvedi further added that plants play a more important role in sustaining human life in terms of carbon sequestration, the supply of oxygen, air purification, for food security in terms of the gene pool of wild species, and providing valuable biochemical and bio-molecules in preparation of various medicines.

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UP STF arrests a man for facilitating transfers of IAS and IPS

By IndianMandarins 24 May 2020

Uttar Pradesh STF nabbed a 30-year-old man Peeyush Aggarwal from Ghaziabad for allegedly facilitating transfers and postings of IAS and IPS officers in the state. He has been posing himself a journalist and social worker.

 

Aggarwal had allegedly fixed a Rs 1.25 crore deal for ensuring that a senior IAS officer is posted as vice-chairperson of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA). However, the deal fell through. He is alleged to have assets worth crores, he stayed in a rented flat at KW Srishti housing society. Originally from Uttarakhand, he had been living in Delhi-NCR for the past 10 years.

 

He also carried an ID card of DD News which later turned out to be fake. Vishal Vikram Singh, ASP in STF in Lucknow, said their investigation followed an audio clip in which Aggarwal can be purportedly heard talking to his associates about the IAS officer’s posting. After the clip featured on a news channel on May 21, the government ordered an investigation by the STF.

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Andhra HC revokes suspension of former state intelligence chief

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

Andhra Pradesh High Court on May 22 revoked the suspension of former state intelligence chief A B Venkateshwar Rao (IPS:1989:AP) and directed the state government to take him back into service.

The HC ruled on a petition filed by the DGP rank officer challenging his suspension by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government on February 8, 2020.

The HC also set aside the order of CAT which upheld the suspension of Rao. It ruled that the IPS officer be paid a full salary for the period of suspension. Rao was suspended for his alleged irregularities in the procurement of security equipment from an Israeli company during the TDP regime.

But the Jagan Mohan Reddy government alleged Rao of colluding with Israeli defence equipment manufacturing firm RT Inflatables Pvt Ltd to illegally award critical intelligence and surveillance contract to his son Chetan Sai Krishna, who is the CEO of Akasam Advanced Systems Pvt Ltd. The government also alleged Rao for willfully disclosing intelligence protocols and procedures of police to the foreign defence manufacturing firm.

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Maharashtra hands over five of its hospitals to four IAS officers

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

In a seemingly desperate move, the Maharashtra government has deputed three IAS officers to three major civic-run hospitals in the city for effective management of the outbreak. The responsibility of Nair Hospital has been given to Madan Nagargoje (IAS:2007) while Ajit Patil (IAS:2007) will oversee the functioning of KEM Hospital. Balaji Manjule (IAS:2009) has been deputed to Sion Hospital.

State chief secretary Ajoy Mehta deputed the IAS officers for effective control and management of these hospitals, which are handling most of the coronavirus cases.

The responsibility of state-run GT Hospital and JJ Hospital has been given to Sushil Khodvekar (IAS:2011) apart from this, who is deputy secretary in the school education department. Mumbai, one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the county, has so far recorded nearly 42,000 positive cases and around 850 deaths.

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Union Home Secretary asks states to follow MHA guidelines strictly

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

With certain state government not following the advisory issued by the government, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written a letter to all chief secretaries asking them to ensure compliance with lockdown guidelines. It has been brought to the Home Ministry’s notice that there are violations in implementing the prescribed measures at various places.

 

The Home Secretary said, “I would like to emphasise that the MHA Guidelines should be strictly implemented, and all authorities in states/UTs should take necessary steps to ensure the same. Some of the specific points that merit special consideration is mentioned below.”

 

Proper delineation of containment zones and effective implementation of containment measures within these zones are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. In this respect, the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) need to be followed, and containment zones properly demarcated.

 

States and Union Territories can now delineate various zones and decide on the activities to be prohibited, or allowed with restrictions, in accordance with the MHA guidelines. The need to ensure night curfew or prohibition of all non-essential activities, between 7 pm and 7 am is an important element of the MHA guidelines.

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Punjab CM apparently meets legislators to buy peace over CS?

By IndianMandarins 21 May 2020

Punjab legislators are not ready for anything less than to take the scalp of state chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh’s alleged ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with ministers during a meeting a fortnight ago. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met with some legislators to buy peace.

 

Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, MLAs Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Pargat Singh and Sangat Singh Gilzian met the chief minister over lunch at his Siswan farmhouse. Congress president Sunil Jakhar was also present at the meeting.

 

The CM invited them for an informal lunch during which discussions were held on various issues. Randhawa said that he had raised with the chief minister the issue of Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh’s alleged ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with ministers during a meeting held here a fortnight ago.

 

“When the CM asked about the chief secretary issue, we told him that the chief secretary’s attitude was not right and the way he spoke with ministers cannot be tolerated by anybody,” Randhawa said. The chief minister was told about what had happened on that day and why ministers had walked out of the meeting, Randhawa said, adding that the CM assured them to look into the matter.

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MP transfers Khandwa DM and SP for spike in COVID-19 case

By IndianMandarins 21 May 2020

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, the Madhya Pradesh government transferred Khandwa district collector Tanvi Sundriyal (IAS: 2010: MP) and superintendent of police Siv Dayal (IPS: 2012:MP). Actually this was done a day after the small border town with Maharashtra saw 90 new Covid-19 patients in 24 hours.

Sundriyal was replaced with another 2010-batch IAS officer Anay Dwivedi(IAS: 2010: MP) and was posted as a deputy secretary in the state secretariat. Dayal, was replaced by commander of Special Armed Force’s 7th battalion Vivek Singh (IPS: 2012:MP). Dayal will be the new commander of the battalion.

The government seems clueless and shifting officers when on May 4, collector of Ujjain Shashank Mishra and on May 7, SP Sachin Atulkar were shifted when the city became a Covid-19 hotspot with the death rate being highest among big cities.

Indore saw a similar situation earlier when its collector Lokesh Jatav was shifted and replaced with Manish Singh on March 28. Three days later, Indore police chief deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Ruchivardhan Mishra was shifted to a smaller district in the region. However, when Indore collector was shifted, the city had not become a Covid-19 hotspot but virus was spreading fast in certain localities.

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Cabinet nod for Jammu & Kashmir Adaptation of State Laws

By IndianMandarins 21 May 2020

Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval from retrospective effect for Jammu & Kashmir (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2020 issued under section 96 of Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. The order has further modified applicability of Domicile conditions to all level of jobs in the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir under the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment) Act. This order would apply the specified domicile criterion for employment to all posts in the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

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